Garden of Lights

Norfolk Botanical Garden

Through December 31

5-9:30 PM Nightly 

Get out and enjoy the spectacular 1.5 million lights at Norfolk Botanical Garden through New Year’s Eve. 


Barks & Bulbs

Norfolk Botanical Garden

Sundays in November

Bring your dog and walk the amazing light path through Norfolk Botanical Garden. 



Through January 1

USS Wisconsin/Nauticus

The deck of the battleships becomes adorn with holiday lights. Below deck, tour rooms of holiday exhibits. 




Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Through January 7 

Over 10 million twinkling lights illuminate the theme park. Holiday shows, rides and more. 


Downtown Norfolk Grand Illumination Parade

November 18, 6 PM

Downtown Norfolk 

It’s back. A full-fledged holiday parade with floats, marching bands, and Santa. 


Holiday Lights at The Beach

November 17 through December 31

A magical car journey down the Virginia Beach Boardwalk provides a memorable light show for the family or on date night. 


Light Up The Town Parade & Grand Illumination

November 23

Virginia Beach Town Center

Celebrate the arrival of Santa, the illumination of Town Center and help us light up our 30-foot tree with a few thousand of your closest friends! And it’s all FREE and open to the public.


Festival of Lights

Nov. 24-26, Nov. 30 – Dec 3, Dec. 7-25, 28-31

Sleepy Hole Park


Drive through the Suffolk park and enjoy the festive lights. 


Ghent Holiday Tree Lighting

December 1, 6:30 PM

Blair Middle School/Colley Ave.

The tree lighting will kick off the Holidays in Ghent weekend and is a memorable experience for the whole family! There will be entertainment for the whole family. The community is invited to stay and sing some carols, eat some cookies and hot cocoa and enjoy the festivities after the performances. 


Chartway Holiday Parade at the Beach

December 2, 5:30 PM

Atlantic Ave. Between 15th & 25th Streets

Nearly 90 parade units make their way down Atlantic Avenue in a joyous celebration of the holiday season. Giant balloons, marching bands, lighted floats, equestrian units, fire trucks, performing dance groups, motorcycles, and more join forces to present a dazzling and entertaining night of fun for all ages 


Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination

December 2, 9, and 16, 3-7:30 PM 

In the 18th century, illuminations — the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks — celebrated major events such as the birthday of a reigning sovereign, military victories, or the arrival of a new colonial governor. Begin the special day by checking out the unique decorations throughout the Historic Area. Then, enjoy musical performances on multiple stages throughout our streets and fireworks displays from the Capitol and the Palace. 


Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade

December 16, 6-7:30 PM

Downtown Hampton Waterfront

Boats of all sizes are covered in holiday lights.