A Very Merry Hampton Roads Weekend


The holiday season is well upon us and the fun continues this weekend. Several cities are celebrating with parades and so much more!

There’s so much to do and see in Hampton Roads this holiday season. Click here to check out the Holiday Guide.

Also don’t forget to take the little ones out to see Santa. Click here to check out our Santa Guide.

See anything we missed? We want to know about it! Send us an email: info@hrscene.com or submit your events to our calendar by clicking here.

All Weekend

Hampton

Friday & Saturday | Hampton Holly Days: Operation North Pole | Hampton Carousel Park
The multi-day event will offer carousel rides, make and take crafts at the interactive elf workshop, take family photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The event also includes carolers and food vendors.
FREE

Norfolk

Friday & Saturday | Home for the Holidays | Downtown Norfolk – Waterside
The USO benefit concert will feature live music from Guava Jam, Home for the Holidays performers, and Old Dominion University Department of Music student performers. All net proceeds will go directly to the USO to assist military families in need during the holidays.
FREE

Friday – Sunday | Hurrah for the Holidays | TCC Roper Performance Center for the Arts
Guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit is the annual production of Hurrah for the Holidays; a joyful celebration featuring all the best music of the season – from your favorite classic standards to popular modern day hits.
Click here for ticket information

Friday

Hampton

6 p.m. | Hampton Lighted Boat Parade | Hampton Waterfront
Boat Parade sets sail at 7 p.m. on the Downtown Hampton Waterfront. Music by Full Spectrum. Bedtime story with Santa in the Crowne Plaza Maria Hotel lobby at 8:45 p.m. Don’t have a boat? Join Santa aboard the Miss Hampton II Tour Boat.
FREE

Newport News

4 p.m. | Holiday Frost Celebration | Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
Get swinging this holiday season. Join us for a free, family-friendly holiday party with live music and activities for all ages.
Click here for ticket information

8 p.m. | Holiday Pops! | Ferguson Center for the Arts
Join us for the must-see holiday tradition of the season – Holiday Pops! There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with seasonal songs and traditional carols delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Virginia Symphony.
Click here for ticket information

Norfolk

7 p.m. | The Muse Neighborhood Jam | Muse Writing Center
Join us for an evening where everyone is welcome to make music, sing, read, laugh, or just hang out and listen.
FREE

Suffolk

7 p.m. | Bad Poetry Open Mic Night | Suffolk Art Gallery
An open mic night devoted to all that bad poetry and journaling you did throughout the years. Ages 18+. Bring your embarrassingly bad poetry and journal entries to read aloud and share the shame! Drinks provided by the Suffolk Art League.
FREE

Saturday

Hampton

10 a.m. | Hampton Holiday Market | Hampton History Museum
Featuring unique vendors and taking place at the Hampton History Museum, the Hampton Holiday Market features arts and traditional crafts, demonstrations, food, entertainment, holiday ornament making, face painting, a train display, and much more.
FREE

4 p.m. | Hampton Holly Days Parade | Downtown Hampton
Hampton Holly Days Parade will feature over 70 units, including beautiful floats, marching bands, beauty queens, military honor units, and everyone’s favorite holiday guest…Santa Claus!
FREE

Newport News

10 a.m. | Breakfast with Santa | Mariner’s Museum
Enjoy a hot breakfast with Santa Claus, take your own photos, listen to A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas reading by Santa, and make ornaments and other holiday crafts.
FREE with admission

11 a.m. | Holiday Songs Around the World | Peninsula Community Theater
Travel the globe and explore some of the world’s many winter holidays in this musical revue. Songs and stories come together for a truly magical wintertime show.
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1 p.m. | Twas the Night Before Christmas | Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center
Inspired by the timeless poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and by the real life of its author, Clement Moore, this hilarious musical introduces Santa in a particularly beneficent light.
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Norfolk

8 p.m. | Holiday Pops! | Chrysler Hall
Join us for the must-see holiday tradition of the season – Holiday Pops! There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with seasonal songs and traditional carols delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Virginia Symphony.
Click here for ticket information

8 a.m. | The Tacky Sweater 5k | Ocean View Beach Park
Join in on our tacky sweater competition. The Tacky Sweater 5K also features a festive post-race party with live entertainment, finisher medals, and more.
FREE

1 p.m. | Kids Wonderland Workshop | Chrysler Museum of Art
Calling all crafty kids ages 7–12! Come create your own snow globe and a scented candle in this winter workshop.
$7 for members, $12 for all others

2:30 p.m. | Write-In | Slover Library
Join other writers in a place with no pressure, no critiquing, and no deadlines. Just a place for writing inspiration and practice.
FREE

7:30 p.m. | WWE Holiday Tour | Norfolk Scope
Click here for ticket information

Portsmouth

10 a.m. | Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival | Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Choral groups, and musicians will be performing at museums, shops and on the streets. Also TONS of holiday events will take place throughout the day.
FREE

2 p.m. | Ranger Walk | Paradise Creek Nature Park
Join our Education Ranger for a behind the scenes tour of the park in spring. Learn insider facts, get a tour of our BRAND NEW Wetland Learning Lab and Kayak Launch, and get up close with our wetland wildlife.
FREE

Suffolk

9 a.m. | Wreath Laying Ceremony | Albert G Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery
Family members with loved ones interred at the Albert G. Horton, Jr., Memorial Veterans Cemetery will have the opportunity to lay wreaths for their loved ones first at 9:30 am, followed by general wreath placement by our volunteers.
FREE

2 p.m. | Finding Dory – Free Family Movie | Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
Families will love revisiting the adventures of Dory, the wide-eyed blue tang fish with the poor memory, in the film that continues to smash box office records. Presented by the Suffolk Tourism Division
FREE

7 p.m. | Suffolk Holiday Parade: Holidays in Toyland | Downtown Suffolk
This year’s theme is “Holidays in Toyland.” Find the best spot to watch the floats, equestrian units, marching bands and festive vehicles stroll down West Washington Street and take a turn up North Main Street, with the parade route ending on Finney Avenue.
FREE

Virginia Beach

2 p.m. | Second Saturday Conversations Tours | Virginia MOCA
A tour highlighting “Turn the Page: the First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose.” A MOCA educator will guide you through the exhibition, promoting conversation and sharing fascinating details on the meaning and background of the art.
FREE for members, $7.70 adults; $5.50 students/seniors/65+/military

7:30 p.m. | Virginia Beach Chorale: We Wish You Christmas | Sandler Center
The Virginia Beach Chorale provides musical entertainment at its best to the Hampton Roads area. It is one of the oldest continuous performing arts groups in Virginia Beach and is dedicated to quality performances and community service.
Click here for ticket information

Williamsburg

9 a.m. | Yorktown Market Days and Toyland Parade | Riverwalk Landing
The market will operate with extended hours and offer items unique to the holiday season. Decorate a stroller, wagon, yourself, or even a pet and join in the 1:30 pm parade. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet the guests.
FREE

12 p.m. | Jingle Bark in the Park | York River State Park
Join Santa Claus and support the York River State Park. Walkers will receive a set of “jingle bells.” Dogs will receive a special treat. Enter your pooch in the holiday hat/outfit contest. Coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies will be provided. Donations of pet food and supplies will be accepted.
$4

Sunday

Cape Charles

2 p.m. | Historic Cape Charles Cookie Trail | Cape Charles Bed & Breakfasts
Participants will pick up maps of the participating properties at the Cape Charles Civic Center and may choose to visit one or all of the B&B’s and homes on the tour, enjoying cookies along the way.
FREE

Chesapeake

6:30 p.m. | Hampton Roads Metro Band presents: “Holiday Concert” | Oaklette United Methodist Church
Enjoy holiday favorites by the oldest continuously performing community concert band in Tidewater.
FREE

Hampton

4 p.m. | A Very, Merry Muscial Mosaic Holiday Concert | Westhampton Community Center
If you love Christmas music or you’re in need for some holiday cheer, then look no further! Musical Mosaic is one of the most versatile music groups in the area, and this concert will be no different.
FREE

Norfolk

11 a.m. | Riverview Village Days Farmer’s Market – Holiday Market | Lafayette Park
Your last opportunity in 2016 to shop the largest open air/farmer’s market in the area. Over 70-plus artists, crafters, famers, antique dealers, and food vendors displaying and selling their amazing works.
FREE

1 p.m. | Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic! | Ted Constant Center
Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions with Disney Live.
Click here for ticket information

Portsmouth

8 a.m. | Santa Claus Shuffle 5K and 1Mile Fun Run | Portsmouth Pavilion
Put on your most festive outfit and come out and run (or walk) through the streets of Olde Towne Portsmouth. Costume contest, face painting, refreshments and more. If you can’t participate come out and cheer on your favorite runners.
FREE

Virginia Beach

Noon | Grand Holiday Marketplace | Green Flash Brewing Company
This Green Flash holiday tradition will be welcoming and supporting over 10 local businesses. In addition to crossing off your holiday shopping list, we will have an Ugly Sweater Contest and food available from Karnage Asada.
FREE

3 p.m. | Jingle Bell Jam | Sandler Center
Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s stopping by to be a part of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s ever-popular Jingle Bell Jam! Celebrate the magic of the season with an afternoon that showcases the music of the holidays performed by the best talent in Hampton Roads.
Click here for ticket information

7 p.m. | Holiday Pops! | Sandler Center
Join us for the must-see holiday tradition of the season – Holiday Pops! There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with seasonal songs and traditional carols delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Virginia Symphony.
Click here for ticket information

Williamsburg

2 p.m. & 4 p.m. | Williamsburg Choral Guild – Christmas Program & Carol Sing | St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
A family-friendly program of traditional Christmas selections, seasonal musical arrangements and a group carol sing.
FREE

Ongoing (Holiday Season)

Chesapeake

Ole’ Country Christmas | Greenbrier Farms
Fresh-cut Frazier Fir trees at the best prices you’ll find in the area. Also have plenty of cut-your-own trees and the farm will even provide the saw. Also have fresh, homemade wreaths and Santa will also return to the farm this year for photos with children, and even pets.
Click here for the full schedule of events through December 24.

Newport News

Celebration in Lights | Newport News Park
Newport News Park will be transformed by over 800,000 individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes.
Click here for pricing information through January 1.

Norfolk

Dickens Christmas Town | Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center
Hampton Roads’ newest holiday tradition returns in 2016 with an entirely new entertainment line-up of musicians, parlor magicians, jugglers, actors, and carolers! Plus, a new enchanted Christmas tree forest, an animated puppet show, a magical snow fall, a petting zoo and more.
Click here for the full schedule of events through December 31.

Dominion Garden of Lights | Norfolk Botanical Gardens
Don’t miss Virginia’s favorite holiday tradition. Bring your family and friends to our 21st annual light show extravaganza for a magical holiday experience. During this event, the Garden is transformed into a winter wonderland where you will enjoy a 2-mile drive through a million sparkling lights bringing the four seasons to life.
Click here for pricing information through December 31.

Portsmouth

Winter Wonderland | Children’s Museum of Virginia
The Children’s Museum of Virginia transforms into a fully-interactive Winter Wonderland. Events include planetarium shows, gingerbread house making workshops, parties with Santa, live music and so much more. There will even be SNOW falls!
Click here for a full schedule of events through December 31.

Winter Wonderland | Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
From Victorian scenes of animated skaters and carolers to the enchanted forest of bears, deer and Santa’s workshop, the displays are sure to delight visitors of all ages. During Winter Wonderland we also offer an array of holiday activities including crafts, face-painting, tasty treats, performances including plays, music and song, and horse-drawn carriage rides.
Click here for the full schedule of events through December 31.

Virginia Beach

Santa’s Seaside Village | 30th Street & Atlantic Avenue
Take a spin on carnival rides, visit with the animals at the petting farm, take a pony ride, and thrill to the holiday lights and decorations throughout the village. Best of all, visit with Santa and take a photo as a souvenir.
Weekend ONLY through December 31 – Click here for the schedule.

Williamsburg

A Colonial Christmas | Jamestown Settlement
“A Colonial Christmas” at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offers a glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions through interpretive programs and demonstrations.
Click here for a full schedule of events through December 31.