Illuminate your Hampton Roads Weekend

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving.

That means you can jump right into holiday fun in Hampton Roads with illuminations and holiday lights! If you’re not quite ready to sing “Deck the Halls,” there’s a lot of fun activities to keep you busy without adding holiday stress.

Have fun!

 

 

All Weekend

Friday-Sunday/19th Annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive/Various Locations
THREE Locations this year: Coliseum Marketplace in Coliseum Central, 2170 Coliseum Drive, Hampton; Pembroke Mall, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach; First Team Subaru, 4834 Bridge Road, Suffolk. You can also help us get a jump start on the event by donating non-perishable food starting November 1st at any Farm Fresh Supermarket. What to donate: Turkeys, Hams and all of the traditional sides; Lean Canned Protein – peanut butter, tuna, chicken, turkey, beans; Fruits and Vegetables – canned fruits and vegetables, pasta sauce, 100% fruit juice, fruit preserves, dried fruit; Whole Grains – cereal, pasta, oatmeal, rice, crackers; Meals – soups, stews, boxed meals, canned pasta. All donations will benefit the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

Saturday-Sunday/Children’s Theater of Hampton Roads: “The Tale of Sir Hummingbird”/Various locations
Gather round, gentle lords and ladies, for a most excellent tale- a tale of gallant squires and heroic jousts and malevolent dragons. Who among ye noble few can save a kingdom in utmost peril? Anybody? No one…? Very well then. Send in Sir Hummingbird! What have we got to lose?
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Chesapeake

Saturday-Sunday/Chesapeake Holiday Craft Show/Chesapeake Conference Center
Get your holiday shopping started early. Talented artisans display and sell their crafts at this traditional opening of the holiday shopping season in Chesapeake. Parents don’t forget your camera for pictures with Santa! A holiday clown will also be at the show with fun children’s activities. Concessions will be available for purchase. This event is an official Food Drive for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.
FREE

Norfolk 

Ongoing through November 25/Million Bulb Walk 2015/Norfolk Botanical Garden
For 8 nights, walk through 2-miles of spectacular light displays with family and friends. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season! This is a walking event. No running, bikes or pets please! Wheelchair accessible (paved paths). Tickets are available each night at the ticket booth.
$12 Not-Yet Members/$11 Military/$10 NBG Members/Children 2 and under are free

Friday-Saturday/Ragtime the Musical/Chrysler Hall
RAGTIME returns to the road in all-new touring production directed & choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and produced by the team that most recently brought you THE ADDAMS FAMILY, SPAMALOT, ROCK OF AGES and THE COLOR PURPLE.  The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician unfold – set in turn-of-the-century New York – all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. Their compelling stories are set to theatre’s richest and most glorious Tony Award®-winning score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.
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Friday-Sunday/Blue Moon Harbor Lights Half Marathon & Sports Fitness Expo/Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center
Lace up your running shoes and get ready to take on the Blue Moon Harbor Lights Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Final Mile presented by Bon Secours In Motion. This exciting 3-day event kicks off on Friday with a Sports & Fitness Expo at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. Saturday features the 5k and Kids Final Mile, and concludes on Sunday with the half marathon and post-race party. This event features flat, fast courses, which run through historic downtown Norfolk, into beautiful old neighborhoods, and along the majestic Hampton Roads Harbor.
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Ongoing/The History Boys/Little Theatre of Norfolk
This dramatic comedy follows an unruly bunch of boys in a British boarding school who are, as such boys will be, in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university – generally in that order. In their efforts, they are helped by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons, and by a young history teacher who questions the methods, and the aim, of their schooling.
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Ongoing/Dickens’ Christmas Towne/Nauticus
A lively London Pub featuring savory fare, additional storefront shops, and even more family-focused entertainment will help bring the magic and tradition of Dickens’ Christmas Towne to life this holiday season at Nauticus! Visitors walk through a magical Victorian village filled with strolling carolers, Father Christmas, sweet treats, unique gifts, games, holiday activities, and crafts. An impressive train display, lighted sailboats, and the Teddy Bear Express trackless train on Saturday and Sunday evenings combine to make this a truly memorable experience.

Virginia Beach

Friday-January 2/McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach/Boardwalk
Take a shining journey into nautical, holiday, and adventure lands – all along the beautiful Virginia Beach boardwalk.  Festive fish, jumping dolphins, frolicking porpoises – all in bright, colored lights against the clear night-time sky, are the stars of McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach.  They are joined by Santa, elves, and a 40-foot tall Christmas tree erected on the beach and in the beautiful parks along the Virginia Beach boardwalk.

Saturday-Sunday/Coastal Virginia Auto Show/Virginia Beach Convention Center
The 2015 Coastal Virginia Auto show will bring over 6,000 people and more than 350 automobiles to the Virginia Beach Convention Center. If it has wheels you will find it here. There is plenty to do and see at this one-of-a-kind event, tour the cars, visit the vendors, watch demonstrations or cheer on the trophy winners!

Saturday-Sunday/Hunt Club Renaissance & Fantasy Faire/Hunt Club Farm
Two action packed days of equestrian activities & medieval demonstrations & entertainment. King’s Feast 5–8 pm Saturday. Equestrian Tournament of Games, Exhibition of Horsemanship and Medieval Weaponry. Armor & Weapons Demonstrations. Black Smith Demonstrations. Medieval Games: Archery, Ax Throwing. Featured Entertainment: Captain Thom Bedlam and The Wizard of Odd, Maypole Demonstration, courtSturdy Beggars Mud Show, Overland Crew (Pirate Overlord).
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Williamsburg

Ongoing/Williamsburg Players present: “Amadeus”/200 Hubbard Ln., Williamsburg
This provocative work weaves a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a tale of breathtaking dramatic power. In the court of the Austrian Emperor Josef, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter the greatest musical genius of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri has given himself to God so that he might realize his sole ambition to be a great composer. Mozart is a foul-mouthed, graceless oaf who has that which is beyond Salieri’s envious grasp: Genius.
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Friday

Portsmouth

5 p.m.-8 p.m./ 46th Annual TCC Art Faculty Exhibition/Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center
The Visual Arts Center full-time and adjunct faculty members present a diversity of art media including glass, pottery, photography, painting, drawing, computer generated work and mixed media.

Newport News

8 p.m./ “Love For The Holidays”: Darlene Love, with Special Guest Little Anthony/Ferguson Center for the Arts
From her first No. 1 recording, “He’s A Rebel,” through her string of hits with the legendary “Wall of Sound” hit factory (“Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Christmas Baby Please Come Home”), to the countless backup gigs for artists like Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Cher and Aretha Franklin, Darlene Love continues to blaze a trail of success in the music industry. In 2011 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
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Norfolk

8 p.m./Big Time Wrestling/The Scope Arena
Big Time Wrestling returns to Virginia at the Norfolk Scope Exhibition Hall with 16 Time World Champion “Nature Boy” RIC FLAIR, RICKY “The Dragon” STEAMBOAT, The ROCK’N’ROLL EXPRESS, SCOTTY 2 HOTTY, GANGREL and much more! Bell time is 8 pm but get to the Scope early to meet Ric and all the stars from 6 to 8 pm.
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Suffolk

6 p.m./ Suffolk Grand Illumination/Market Park at Seaboard Station Railroad Museum
A hometown kick-off to the holiday season. Featuring the lighting of the Christmas Tree, horse & carriage rides, arts and crafts for kids, hot cocoa and apple cider and Christmas carols. The tree is illuminated at 6:15pm and Santa arrives at 6:30pm.
FREE

Virginia Beach

8 p.m./Trevor Noah/Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa. He was recently chosen to become the next host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. Noah joined “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in 2014 as a contributor.
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Saturday

Chesapeake

8:30 a.m./Breakfast with Santa/Chesapeake Square Mall
Breakfast with Santa will be held on November 21st in the Food Court from 8:30 am to 10 am. Tickets are $5.00 each and must be purchased in advance.
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1 p.m./Oyster & South Festival/Greenbrier Farms
Don’t miss out on Hampton Roads Finest Southern Oyster Festival. Tempting Seasonal Oysters & Other Seafood. Delicious Fresh Foods from Local Restaurants, Cool Beverages, Live Entertainment and Plenty of Good Old Southern Style Harvest Time Fun! Get Ready For a Great Time!
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Hampton

9:30 a.m.-12 p.m./Coliseum Central Holiday Parade/Peninsula Town Center
See local marching bands, floats, helium balloons, and more as they take center stage in the festivities. Santa Claus is also sure to stop by!
FREE

9 a.m-2 p.m./Bluebird Gap Farm Fall Festival/Pine Chapel Road
Our Fall Festival celebrates the changing of the seasons with local clubs and groups. Come out and see all kinds of groups in Hampton and the surrounding area and learn about what they do and how you can be involved. We will have many exhibitors including: Friends of the Farm, Hampton Clean City Commission, Peninsula Chicken Keepers Club, and many others. Food vendors include: Little Piggy’s Wurst Nightmare & Scratch Bakery. Programs: 10:30 am – Pony Pedicures with the Bluebird Gap Farm farrier; Noon – Country Hayrides start. Fire truck from Station 9 will also be on the grounds.
FREE

8 p.m./Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline/The American Theatre
Having sold out two national tours of “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline,” Katie takes the stage with her own story of how the music and style of Patsy Cline have changed her life forever. With a new take on nostalgia, Katie’s one-woman show, “Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline” features a live band, tight harmonies and a powerhouse singer.
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Norfolk

All Day/MacArthur On Ice & Winter Carnival Kick-off/MacArthur Center Square
MacArthur Center kicks off the eleventh season of ice skating at the coolest place in town. Whether it’s a family tradition or a first date, the center’s 7,200-square-foot outdoor ice rink is the place for good times this winter. Also enjoy an outdoor Winter Carnival featuring nine family-friendly rides, including a 55-foot-tall, LED-lit Ferris wheel.
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7 p.m./Grand Illumination and Holidays in the City/Downtown Norfolk
The six weeks of Holidays in the City officially begins with the Grand Illumination of Downtown Norfolk’s skyline followed by the 31st Annual Grand Illumination Parade presented by Church’s Chicken. The Grand Illumination Parade is the premier holiday parade in the region and features more than 70 units; spectacular floats, marching bands, giant balloons, dancers and Santa himself, on a 2-mile route throughout historic Downtown Norfolk. This year’s theme is “Musical Madness”.
FREE

8 p.m./The Legwarmers- Ultimate 80’s Experience/The NorVa
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Virginia Beach

11 a.m.- 4 p.m./Cadence Fest by Young Veterans Brewing Company/Military Aviation Museum
Cadence Fest is a Music & Craft Beer Fest, sponsored by Young Veterans Brewing Company, featuring Manchester Orchestra, and many local bands and Virginia Breweries. Bring your blanket and beach chair for an afternoon of fun and music!
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7 p.m./Light Up the Town/Virginia Beach Town Center and Pembroke Mall
Santa Claus is coming to town – Virginia Beach Town Center, that is!  Join us for a festive evening of celebrating, eating, and shopping! Light Up the Town will feature live entertainment along Main Street in the heart of Town Center.  Delight to the magical appearance of Santa Claus in a lively procession with Santa’s elves, costumed characters, a band, holiday train, stilt walker, and more.  The festivities end with a countdown at Fountain Plaza for the magnificent lighting of the giant holiday tree and all of Town Center! Then, join Santa and Mrs. Claus for story time at Pembroke Mall.
FREE

7:30 p.m./ Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music present: Claire Lynch/Meyera E Oberndorf Central Library Theatre
Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She was the 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship.
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8 p.m./Trace Adkins/Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold over 10 million albums, cumulatively. His hit list includes “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “Songs About Me,” “Every Light In The House,” “Hillbilly Bone (Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins),” and “Just Fishin’,” to name a few.
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Suffolk

7:30 p.m./“A Chowan Christmas” Featuring John  Rutter’s Magnificent & Seasonal Favorites/Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
Presented by ensembles and members of the faculty from Chowan University. This Concert is FREE, but tickets are required. Tickets can be acquired at the Suffolk Center or by calling (757) 923-2900.

Williamsburg

7:30 p.m./The Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra/Kimball Theatre
Lovers of swing music will want to mark their calendars as the Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra returns to the Kimball. This 16-piece authentic big band presents the best music from the height of the swing era from the 1930s and 1940s as well as some popular swing hits of today. All seats are $18.
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Sunday

Newport News

7 p.m./The Oak Ridge Boys: “Christmas Night Out”/Ferguson Center for the Arts
The Oak Ridge Boys have one of the most distinctive sounds in the music industry. Their annual Christmas show includes Oaks’ hits as well as tried and true holiday songs people expect to hear. It has become a holiday tradition with fans and their families.
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Virginia Beach
3 p.m./Symphonicity: Irina Muresanu/Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Symphonicity presents violinist Irina Muresanu at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. The performance includes: Berlioz Roman Carnival Concerto, Tschaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35, Beethoven Symphony No.3 in Eb major (Erocia), Op.55 .
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Williamsburg

4 p.m./ The Williamsburg Youth Orchestras in Concert/Kimball Theatre
The Winter Concert of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras presents the collective musical efforts of 80 young musicians in our first concert of the season. Performing the Nabucco Overture by Verdi and Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No.1, the WYO Symphony will be led by our new music director, Mr. David Grandis. The three String Orchestras, led by Mrs. Karey Sitzler, showcase the talent of students ranging in age from six to 16.
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