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Hampton Roads Virginia Events

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2016 Hampton Roads Christmas Events

Published: November 24, 2016

This article includes a sampling of Christmas and winter holiday season events in Hampton Roads Virginia for 2016. Check back often as this article will be updated throughout the holiday season.


Jingle Ball
Chesapeake Conference Center
700 Conference Center Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
December 2, 2016 (6:00 pm)

Christmas Palooza Craft Show
Chesapeake Conference Center
700 Conference Center Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
December 4-5, 2016

Holiday Brass Concert - Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Chesapeake Conference Center
700 Conference Center Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
December 14, 2016 (7 pm - 9 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm)


Holiday and Kwanzaa Marketplace
Friday, December 2, 2016 (Friday 10 am -7 pm, Saturday 1-4 pm)
Hampton University Museum
11 Frissell Ave
Hampton, VA 23669

Newport News

Newport News Celebration in Lights
Newport News Park
Ft. Eustis Blvd. and Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, VA
November 24, 2016 through January 1, 2017 (5:30 - 10:00 p.m)

Newport News Celebration in Lights opens on Thanksgiving night, November 24, 2016. Newport News Park will be transformed by over 800,000 individual lights, creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes.

The event will be open each evening, 5:30 - 10:00 p.m., through January 1, 2017. Admission is $12.00 per car and $60.00 per bus. Newport News Park is located at the intersection of Ft. Eustis Blvd. and Jefferson Ave. in Newport News, VA.

For more information, visit www.nnva.gov

Newport News Hollydazzle
City Center at Oyster Point
Newport News VA
Saturday, December 3, from 4-8 PM

The City of Newport News is ushering in the holidays with the 13th Annual Hollydazzle holiday event. Hollydazzle 2016 will be held Saturday, December 3, from 4-8 PM to City Center at Oyster Point.

The event includes a variety of activities and entertainment leading up to the spectacular Light Show with fireworks and special effects and the lighting of the 45 foot tree beginning at 7:45 PM.

Choral groups, musicians, dancers, and variety acts are performing on four stages.Park for free at the City Center Merchants Walk Parking Garage, the Fountain Way Parking Garage, and at a satellite lot at Canon Virginia. A free, continuous shuttle bus service will be provided to and from the event area and Canon from 3 to 9 PM.

For more information, visit https://www.nnva.gov/1772/Hollydazzle or call 757-926-1400.


Outdoor Ice Skating
MacArthur Center Outdoor Ice Rink
Monticello Avenue and Freemason Street
Downtown Norfolk VA
November 2016 - January 16, 2017

MacArthur Center kicks off the twelfth season of ice skating at the coolest place in town. Whether its a family tradition or a first date, the centers 7,200-square-foot outdoor ice rink is the place for good times this winter. Throughout the season, enjoy public skating sessions, ice hockey clinics, figure skating exhibitions and more. The outdoor ice rink is located at the corner of Monticello Avenue and Freemason Street, across the street from The Norva. Visit the MacArthur Center website to view the hours of operation and complete schedule of events.

MacArthur Center Winter Carnival
Downtown Norfolk VA
November 2016 - January 16, 2017

The MacArthur Center Winter Carnival features seven family-friendly rides. The cost is $1.25 for a single ticket, $25 for 25 tickets or $40 for 50 tickets. Rides include: 55-foot-tall, LED-lit Ferris wheel and a 20-foot-tall fun slide for big and little kids, along with the Ocean Rage, The Speedway, Spinning Monkeys, Red Baron airplanes and Rio Grande Train. For more information, visit the MacArthur Center website.

Dickens Christmas Towne
Norfolk VA
November 2016 - December 31

Dickens Christmas Towne is a grand-scale experience designed especially for families. Guests are transported back to Victorian London. Carolers will provide the soundtrack and actors dressed in period costume will bring the village to life. Merchants, tea parties, holiday activities, a Victorian Father Christmas and an impressive train display will all help make a truly memorable visit.

Boats decorated with lights and wreaths illuminate the nearby waterfront and an outdoor train ride provides fun for all ages. Dickens Christmas Towne offers a chance for families to play, learn, sing, and celebrate together.

Garden of Lights
Norfolk Botanical Garden
November 24 - December 31, 2016 (5:30 P.M - 10:00 P.M. Nightly)

Norfolk Botanical Garden is transformed into a winter wonderland where you can enjoy a 2-mile drive through a million sparkling lights bringing the four seasons to life. Visit the Norfolk Botanical Garden website for ticket information.

Holiday Market and Holiday Yule Log Bon Fire
Town Point Park
Norfolk VA
December 3, 2016 (12:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.)

A one-day Holiday Market will be held in Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. This festive outdoor wonderland will feature unique and local crafters, Christmas caroling, and a visit Santa Claus. During the festivities, hot chocolate, ciders, seasonal craft beer, mulled wine, and other holiday treats will be available for purchase. The Holiday Market will coincide with the 3rd Annual Holiday Yule Log Bon Fire. The 2016 Town Point Park Holiday Market and Holiday Yule Log Bon Fire are free and open to the public.

The Nutcracker with Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Chrysler Hall
Norfolk VA
December 2 - December 4, 2016

The Nutcracker with Virginia Symphony Orchestra is a holiday classic. From the opening notes of Tchaikovsky's famous overture, audiences are instantly whisked into the warm, candlelit drawing room of the Silberhaus family for celebrations of Christmas. Tickets start at $20.00.

Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Wells Theatre
110 East Tazewell Street
Norfolk VA
December 7 - December 24, 2016

Enjoy Dickens A Christmas Carol at Wells Theatre. This traditional Christmas story follows the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future as they visit Ebenezer Scrooge with a message of hope, redemption, and love.

Hurrah for the Holidays
TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
Granby Street
Norfolk, VA
December 9-11, 2016

Held at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Hurrah for the Holidays is a joyful celebration featuring all the best music of the season - from classics to popular modern day hits. With the renowned precision kick-line dancers, a 6 foot dancing snowman, and more.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra - Chorus Holiday Pops
Chrysler Hall
215 Saint Pauls Boulevard
Norfolk VA
December 10, 2016 (8:00 p.m.)

Seasonal songs and traditional carols delivered will be played in full sound by the Virginia Symphony, the inspirational voices of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus and special guests. This year, Music Director JoAnn Falletta conducts Holiday Pops with high energy music, familiar carols, and more.

ELF The Musical
Chrysler Hall
215 Saint Pauls Boulevard
Norfolk VA
December 16-18, 2016 (8:00 p.m.)

ELF The Musical is a tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.


Portsmouth Winter Wonderland
Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
Portsmouth VA
December 2016


5th Annual Artisan Gift Fair at the Pavilion
Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion
524 North Main Street
December 3, 2016 (10 am-5 pm)

Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society Candlelight Tour
Sights and Sounds of Christmas
December 3-4, 2016 (3 pm-7 pm)

Suffolk Holiday Parade
Downtown Suffolk
December 10, 2016 (7 pm)