Uniquely Hampton Roads Holiday Traditions

Cities all over the world are visiting Santa, looking at lights, going to the ballet and singing Christmas carols. The beauty in Hampton Roads lies in what makes us unique! We’re having that traditional fun, too, but there are some holiday happenings in Hampton Roads that just couldn’t happen anywhere else.

Check out our list of uniquely Hampton Roads holiday events. Did we miss any? Let us know!

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Hampton: Lighted boat parade

With all our waterways, it’s no wonder that boat owners dress up their vessels for the holidays and show off! More than 20 boats are expected to participate in this free nautical light show taking place on the downtown Hampton waterfront. This year’s lighted boat parade is happening on the Hampton waterways this Friday at 7:15 p.m.

Virginia Beach: Santa by the Sea

Surfing Santas are nothing new, but when the man in red comes to Hampton Roads he sets up his whole workshop at the Oceanfront, elves and all. Santa’s Seaside Village is open from 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays from November 27 through December 27.

Yorktown/Jamestown: Historical Holidays

Hampton Roads is where the history comes from! A big part of American history started with settlements in what is now our area. “A Colonial Christmas” at Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center offers a glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions with special interpretive programs, and December 26-31, musical entertainment of the period. Sneak in a history lesson while the kids are on holiday break.

Norfolk: Santa Cruise

Enjoy breakfast with Santa along the Elizabeth River! This special cruise with Santa on the Spirit of Norfolk is happening this Saturday morning at 8 a.m.

For other fun holiday events in Hampton Roads, head over to our holiday guide for everything you need for a holly jolly season!