Grand Illuminations light up Hampton Roads for the holiday season

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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Millions of twinkling lights are set to return to Hampton Roads this holiday season as cities once again host their highly-anticipated Grand Illuminations.

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WAVY.com has compiled a list of must-see illuminations across the area.

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Chesapeake

  • Grand Illumination at Greenbrier Farms: The historic Greenbrier Farms is set to kick-off the holiday season with a festive opening weekend including a Christmas tree lot, pre-made wreaths, make your own wreaths, and a farmers market.
    • Location: Greenbrier Farms | 225 Sign Pine Rd
    • Hours: November 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Fees: Prices vary per item
  • Military Illumination Celebration: This holiday celebration will include the lighting of the base tree, as well as pictures with Santa and other holiday activities.
    • Location: Mariner Community Recreation Center | 237 Relay Road
    • Hours: December 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Fees: This event is free and open to the public.

Elizabeth City

  • Elizabeth City Downtown Illumination: Hundreds gather at the Courthouse for singing and the “flipping of the switch” to turn on the downtown holiday lights. Festivities continue with caroling through the heart of downtown to the waterfront.
    • Location: Pasquotank County Courthouse | 206 E. Main Street
    • Hours: November 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Fees: This event is free and open to the public.

New Kent

  • New Kent Grand Illumination: The New Kent community is joining together for the 8th annual outdoor holiday event. The event will feature caroling, a holiday marketplace, silent auction and more.
    • Location: New Kent Historic Courthouse area
    • Hours: November 28 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Fees: This event is free and open to the public.

Newport News

  • Port Warwick Holiday Tree Lighting: The holiday season kicks-off with a Santa Parade, live music, dance performances and the tree lighting. Kids will be able to enjoy story time with Santa, as well as a balloon man and puppet show. There will also be games, prizes and food trucks.
    • Location: William Styron Square
    • Hours: November 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Fees: This event is free and open to the public.

Norfolk

  • Grand Illumination Celebration and Holiday Kick-off: The Grand Illumination Celebration will include an unveiling of new holiday art installations in the NEON district, marching bands, dancers, and performances by The Rhythm Project and other entertainment by the Virginia Arts Festival.
    • Location: 1 Waterside Drive
    • Hours: November 20, 2021 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Fees: The event is free and open to the public.

Suffolk

  • Grand Illumination: This year’s Grand Illumination Ceremony will take place virtually on the City of Suffolk’s YouTube channel. The event will begin with a message from Mayor Michael D. Duman, and will be followed by a performance by a local hand bell choir and conclude with the lighting of the 32-foot holiday tree!
    • Location: Virtual
    • Hours: November 19, 2021 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Fees: The event is free and open to the public.
  • Holiday Market & Grand Illumination: The Plaza at Bridgeport will come alive with holiday cheer with the First Annual Grand Illumination Holiday Market! The event includes photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, carolers, food & drink vendors and outdoor shopping.
    • Location: Bridgeport Suffolk | 3800 Block of Bridge Road
    • Hours: December 2 from 4 - 8 p.m.
    • Fees: The event is free and open to the public.

Virginia Beach

  • The Lights of Christmas Grand Illumination: Sync your radio to your favorite holiday tunes and take in the holiday magic. The Christmas tree will come alive with thousands of lights at the grand illumination.
    • Location: Virginia Beach KOA | 1240 General Booth Blvd
    • Hours: November 27 at 5 p.m.
    • Fees: General admission is $25. Purchase tickets online.

Williamsburg

  • Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination Weekends: Yuletide entertainment is taking over three weekends at Colonial Williamsburg! On Friday evening, join the new Procession of the Yule Log and enjoy holiday songs and stories on Market Square. Saturday evening will include a dramatic presentation of an original holiday story, glorious music, and a joyful appearance by Father Christmas, culminating in simultaneous Grand Illumination fireworks displays over the Governor’s Palace and Capitol building.
    • Location: Palace Green
    • Hours: December 3-5, 10-12, & 17-19; fireworks start at 7 p.m.
    • Fees: All audience areas are free and open to the public.

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