Christmas in Hampton Roads

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Originally published in 2015, this article is an overview of annual events and things to do around Hampton Roads during the Christmas and winter holiday season.

Chesapeake Virginia Christmas Parade

The Chesapeake Virginia Rotary Christmas parade is produced by the City of Chesapeake and the Chesapeake Rotary Club. For more information, visit

City Center at Oyster Point
Newport News

Held in Newport News at the City Center at Oyster Point, Hollydazzle is a free family event with lots of activities. Entertainment includes choral groups, musicians, dancers, fireworks, and a light show.

Celebration in Lights
Newport News Park
Ft. Eustis Blvd. and Jefferson Ave.
Newport News

Celebration in Lights in Newport News Park is held annually from Thanksgiving through January 2. Celebration in Lights includes display pieces, arches, and rope lighting displayed along the two mile path through Newport News Park.

Norfolk 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 with more than 70 units on a 2-mile route throughout historic Downtown Norfolk.

Hurrah for the Holidays

The annual production of Hurrah for the Holidays is a joyful celebration featuring music of the season. For more information, visit

Winter Wonderland
Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
Olde Towne Portsmouth

Celebrate the season with Winter Wonderland, a holiday classic for generations of Hampton Roads visitors and residents. The event includes animated displays, crafts, face-painting, tasty treats, plays and other performances, live music, and more. For more information visit

Holiday Farmers Market
Olde Towne Portsmouth

Celebrate the season with food for feasting and unique gifts for giving. Find more market information at

Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival
Olde Towne Portsmouth

The Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival festival fills the historic High Street corridor with musical performances, childrens activities, and more.

Annual Olde Towne Scottish Walk
Olde Towne Portsmouth

The annual Olde Towne Scottish Walk includes a procession of local family, friends, and visitors, led by bagpipe-and-drum music. The Portsmouth Olde Towne Scottish Walk usually begins at the corner of Queen and Washington Streets and continues through Olde Towne to the foot of High Street.

Suffolk Grand Illumination
North Main Street

Suffolk Virginia’s annual Grand Illumination features the lighting of the Christmas Tree, holiday music, parade, and other activities.

Santa’s Stocking Old Fashioned Craft Bazaar
Virginia Beach

The Annual Old Fashioned Craft Bazaar is held in November.

Williamsburg Grand Illumination
Colonial Williamsburg

Held each year on the first Sunday of December, the Grand Illumination is an outdoor celebration with thousands of Christmas lights.


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Hampton Roads Christmas Holiday Events 2018



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