HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – The 2022 holiday season has begun in Hampton Roads and Northeast North Carolina. If you are looking for some holiday cheer, take a look at the guide for what festive events are happening around the area.

Additional holiday events can be found at the Living Local events calendar. If you see an event we missed, email us at webdesk@wavy.com.

Chesapeake

  • Deck the Hall
    • Where: Chesapeake City Hall, 306 Cedar Rd
    • What: A dazzling winter wonderland is coming to Chesapeake City Hall. Gather your family to experience this drive-thru light display from the comfort of your car. The event is walking-only during “Fa La La Land” on December 10 and 17.
    • When: Friday, November 25, 2022 through Sunday, January 1, 2022; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • How much: The event is free and open to the public.
  • Fa La La Land
    • Where: Chesapeake City Hall, 306 Cedar Rd
    • What: Walk around this outdoor wonderland while enjoying carolers, face paintings, baby goats in holiday sweaters, live snow globe, holiday-themed food trucks, holiday movie characters, and more!
    • When: December 10 and 17 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • How much: The event is free and open to the public.
  • Chesapeake Holiday Market Extravaganza
    • Where: Greenbrier Mall, 1401 Greenbrier PKWY S
    • What: Still need time to finish up your holiday shopping? Join local vendors at the Chesapeake Holiday Market Extravaganza to for unique crafts, giveaways, and more.
    • When: Open weekends from November 18 through December 18.
      • Friday and Saturday Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
      • Sunday Hours: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • How much: This event is free and open to the public. There will be items for purchase.
  • Chesapeake Rotary Christmas Parade
    • Where: Starts on Mt. Pleasant Road and Battlefield Boulevard and wind its way to City Hall.
    • What: The 39th annual parade will have the them “Lights, Camera, Christmas!”. Road closures will start around 4 p.m. to about 9 p.m. The event is sponsored by Chesapeake Regional Healthcare.
    • When: December 3 at 6 p.m.
    • How much: This event is free and open to the public.

Elizabeth City

  • Lighted Boat Parade
    • Where: Mariners’ Wharf Parade, 202 S Water Street
    • What: Skiffs, sailboats, and pontoon boats with lights galore and crews of costumed holiday characters circle the waterfront for a cheering audience watching from land with joyful holiday background music.
    • When: Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m.
    • How much: This event is free and open to the public.
  • First Friday Christmas ArtWalk
    • Where: Arts of the Albemarle, 516 E Main Street
    • What: Enjoy artwork, artist demos, and live music around downtown Elizabeth City as the streets come alive with the monthly ArtWalk celebration! The event will feature Christmas sales, Christmas gifts, and Santa Claus.
    • When: Friday, December 2 at 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • How much: This event is free and open to the public.
  • Christmas Parade
    • Where: Downtown Elizabeth City, Main Street
    • What: Elizabeth City trucks, floats, motorcycles, tractors, sleighs, firetrucks, wagons and 4x4s will gather for the Annual Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World”.
    • When: Saturday, December 3 at 5:30 p.m.
    • How much: This event is free and open to the public.

Hampton

  • Holiday Wonder Walk
    • Where: Hampton Coliseum parking lot, 1000 Coliseum Drive
    • What: Walk along Hampton’s Waterwalk Trail as it is lit up for the holidays.
    • When: December 19 – 25, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. nightly
    • How much: This event is free and open to the public.
  • Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland
    • Where: Hampton Coliseum, 1000 Coliseum Drive
    • What: Holiday cirque-style show. According to the press release it is a “musical journey that will transport audiences to a magical land far away for a fun-filled, unforgettable holiday-themed show experience.”
    • When: Sunday, December 11 at 7 p.m.
    • How much: Tickets range from $45 to $129 for VIP
  • Phoebus: Holiday Illumination & Craft Market
    • Where: Mellen St., Phoebus
    • What: Day of family-friendly fun in historic Phoebus. Enjoy food vendors, handmade works, music, an ugly sweater contest, and the tree lighting.
    • When: Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • How much: Free and open to the public.
  • Big Bad Voodoo Holiday Show
    • Where: The American Theatre, 125 E Mellen St
    • What: Enjoy the annual Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Show this holiday season. The goal of the music is to “celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music”.
    • When: December 16-17 at 8 p.m.
    • How much: Tickets start at $35. Additional fees may apply.

Newport News

  • Celebration in Lights
    • Where: Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Ave
    • What: Join Celebration in Lights for its 30th season. The park will be lit up with over a million individual lights. There will be new displays, and features.
    • When: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. from November 24 through January 1, 2023
    • How much: $12 per car on weeknights (Monday – Thursday), $15 per car on weekends (Friday – Sunday), $75 per bus any night. Advanced purchase tickets are available for a discounted rate.
  • Wonderfest
    • Where: Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 65 Saunders Road
    • What: A holiday event for all for shopping, eating, music, and holiday fun. The event will have a shopping raffle and more fun.
    • When: Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • How much: Free to the public. Items available for purchase.
  • Lights at the Fountain
    • Where: City Center at Oyster Point, 701 Town Center Drive
    • What: Holiday lights show that plays every half hour during the holiday season. Begins December 3 with a holiday tree lighting.
    • When: Begins December 3 and goes until January 1, 2023 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • How much: The event is free and open to the public.
  • ARTech Lights
    • Where: Brooks Crossing, 550 30th Street
    • What: This holiday event will run all season long. The event will feature “tech-nitivities”, games, a silent disco, photo booth, a skating rink, and more.
    • When: December 3 through January 1, 2023 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A special event will be held December 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • How much: The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free.
  • Holiday Pops!
    • Where: Ferguson Center, 1 Avenue of the Arts
    • What: Holiday Pops by the Virginia Symphony and special guests. there will be carols and seasonal songs.
    • When: December 8 at 7:30 p.m.
    • How much: Prices start at $25 and vary by seat.
  • Operation Sergeant Santa 
    • Where: Joint Base Langley Eustis
    • What: Enjoy Holiday train rides around the Fort Eustis railroad. The event is operated by the Military Railroad Society. A barbershop car will be available. This year’s event has more cars, which will help move over four thousand passengers.
    • When: December 10-11 and December 17-18
    • How much: Tickets range from $40 to $60 plus have additional fees. Check the link for more information.

Norfolk

  • WinterFest 2022 on the Wisconsin
    • Where: Nauticus and The Battleship Wisconsin, One Waterside Drive
    • What: The Nauticus’ WinterFest on the Wisconsin is returning this year will new features and two new nightly shows. There will be treats and gifts available, and over one million lights.
    • When: Wednesday, November 9 through Sunday, January 1 from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • How much: $16.50 for adults and $14.50 for children. Discounted prices are available for members.
  • The Norfolk Botanical Gardens Annual Garden of Lights
    • Where: Norfolk Botanical Gardens, 6700 Azalea Garden Rd
    • What: This walking event takes you through an immersive experience through the garden, with over a million twinkling lights.
    • When: Friday, November 11 through Sunday, January 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • How much: On Premium nights, $25 per adult and $15 per child; On Value Nights, $18 per adult and $12 child. Special rates for members and military. Walk-up tickets are an additional $5.
  • Holiday Yule Log Bonfire & Christmas Marketplace
    • Where: Downtown Norfolk, Town Point Park, 113 Waterside Drive
    • What: It’s the 9th Annual Holiday Yule Log Bonfire & Christmas Marketplace is back with tons of shopping options from local vendors, seasonal cocktails and beverages, and family-friendly entertainment.
    • When: Saturday, December 3 at 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • How much: The event is free and open to the public. Items available for purchase.
  • Miracle on Waterside Drive: A Holiday Pop Up Bar
    • Where: 333 Waterside Drive
    • What: Seasonal pop up bar at the Waterside District. It will have holiday-inspired cocktails and festive decor.
    • When: Opens Saturday, November 19 and runs until January 1, 2023. Limited reservations are available. On weekdays, it will be open 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. On weekends, it will be available 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    • How much: Pay per items at the bar.
  • Sail Nauticus Lighted Boat Parade
    • Where: Nauticus, 1 Waterside Drive
    • What: Lighted boat parade on the Elizabeth River hosted by Sail Nauticus.
    • When: Saturday, December 3 from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
    • How much: Free and open to the public.
  • Holiday Pops!
    • Where: Chrysler Hall, 215 St Pauls Blvd
    • What: Holiday Pops by the Virginia Symphony and special guests. there will be carols and seasonal songs.
    • When: December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
    • How much: Prices start at $25 and vary by seat.
  • Elf Door Discovery
    • Where: Downtown Norfolk
    • What: One hundred elf doors have appeared in downtown! Enjoy the elf door scavenger hunt around the area. Find the festive colorful doors near restaurants, parks, and more. These doors are even at WinterFest on the Wisconsin. Recommended as a day time activity as the doors are not lit up.
    • When: Through the holiday season.
    • How much: Free and open to the public.
  • Santa Looks Like Me
    • Where: Miracle at Waterside, Waterside District, 333 Waterside Dr
    • What: Enjoy this Christmas event with the family. Show up and take photos with a Santa that look just like you. The event says the hues will show the diversity of 757 community and show children Santa looks just like them. The event will also collect toy donations for YWCA and Broadcreek’s Angel Tree, benefitting children in need. Monetary donations are also welcome.
    • When: Saturday, December 3 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    • How much: If able, requests families bring a toy to donate if attending.

Outer Banks

  • Christmas on the North End
    • Where: Island Farm 1140 N. US Hwy 64, Manteo
    • What: It is an event focusing on historical holiday traditions in Roanoke Island. Visit as the home is decorated for the holidays. There will be activities like candle making and grapevine wreath making.
    • When: December 1-3, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • How much: $10 for those ages 4 and older; it is free for children 3 and under.
  • Holiday Market at Dowdy Park
    • Where: Dowdy Park, 3005 South Croatan Highway, Nags Head
    • What: The market will have handmade gifts from local artisans. There will be a special event on November 26 when Santa visits for the annual Christmas tree lighting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • When: Multiple dates.
      • Saturday, November 26 from 9 am to 12 pm
      • Thursday, December 1 from 4 pm to 7 pm
      • Saturday, December 10 from 9 am to 12 pm
    • How much: Free and open to the public.
  • Candy Cane Hunt
    • Where: Dowdy Park, 3005 South Croatan Highway, Nags Head
    • What: Kids search for candy canes at the park. There will be hunts for two age groups to make it fun and fair for all.
    • When: Thursday, December 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • How much: Free and open to the public.
  • Currituck Tree Lighting and Holiday Parade
    • Where: Currituck County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension, 120 Community Way #120, Barco, NC 27917
    • What: Enjoy the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the 29th Annual Holiday Parade at 7 p.m. Head to the event early for more fun including holiday-themed games, cookies, and hot cocoa.
    • When: Friday, December 2 at 5:30 p.m.
    • How much: Free and open to the public.

Poquoson

  • 19th Annual Christmas Parade
    • Where: Parade runs from Poquoson Ave. at Wythe Creek Rd. to Victory Blvd.
    • What: The annual Christmas parade feature bands, parade floats, antique and classic cars, twirlers and Santa. The theme this year is “The 12 Days of Christmas”.
    • When: Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m.
    • How much: Free and open to the public.

Portsmouth

  • Winter Wonderland
    • Where: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, 400 High Street
    • What: Visit the Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Nursery Collection in Portsmouth, which is back after 2 years.
    • When: Starts Friday, November 25. Open Thursdays through Saturdays, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Christmas eve & New Years Eve, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • How much: $3 per person
  • Olde Towne Music Festival
    • Where: High Street corridor
    • What: This event began in 1998 and continues in the holiday season in Portsmouth. Listen to holiday music and enjoy local shops and restaurants.
    • When: Saturday, December 10 at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • How much: $3 per person

Suffolk

  • Festival of Lights
    • Where: Sleepy Hole Park, 4616 Sleepy Hole Road
    • What: Drive through light display with over 35,000 bulbs.
    • When: November 25 to December 30, from 5:30 pm. to 9:30 p.m. It will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
    • How much: Free and open to the public.
  • Suffolk Holiday Parade: “Home for The Holidays”
    • Where: Downtown Suffolk
    • What: This year’s theme is “Lights, Camera, Holiday”.
    • When: Saturday, December 10 at 7 p.m.
    • How much: Free and open to the public.
  • Holiday Market at Bridgeport
    • Where: The Plaza at Bridgeport, 3800 Block of Bridge Road, between the 1400 Bridgeport Way and 1500 Bridgeport Way buildings
    • What: Enjoy various holiday events including, a holiday market, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse drawn carriage rides, and holiday music.
    • When: Thursday, December 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • How much: Free and open to the public. Items and activities available for purchase.
  • Holiday Jingle Mingle
    • Where: Curtis R. Milteer Sr. Recreation Center, 132 Robertson Street
    • What: Enjoy holiday festivities and visits with Santa at the recreation center. There will be hot cocoa, treats, games, and more.
    • When: Tuesday, December 13, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • How much: Free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy at the event that will go to a local charity.
  • Breakfast with The Grinch
    • Where: Baron’s Pub, 185 N. Main Street
    • What: Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, and juice. Also, take photos with the Grinch. Ticket sale proceeds will be donated to the Suffolk Sheriff Office toy drive.
    • When: Saturday, December 3 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • How much: Tickets are $12 per person
  • Annual Senior Holiday Gala
    • Where: Hilton Garden Inn, 100 E Constance Road
    • What: Holiday gala for those aged 55 and over. There will be entertainment and food at the event. For more information, or to find out about sponsoring this event contact Chelsea Morgan at (757) 514-7256 or cmorgan@suffolkva.us.
    • When: Wednesday, December 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • How much: $10 per participant. Only for ages 55 and over.
  • Jingle Mingle
    • Where: Curtis R. Milteer Sr. Recreation Center, 132 Robertson Street
    • What: Suffolk Parks & Recreation is hosting the family-friendly event. There will be holiday-themed games, hot cocoa, sweet treats, and a visit from Santa! Visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a local charity.
    • When: Tuesday, December 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • How much: Free and open to the public.
  • How the Grinch Stole East Suffolk
    • Where: East Suffolk Recreation Center, 138 S 6th St
    • What: Enjoy arts and crafts, a hot cocoa bar, a gingerbread house competition, and a photo opportunity with the Grinch. Visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a local charity.
    • When: Friday, December 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • How much: Free and open to the public.

Virginia Beach

  • Holiday Lights at the Beach
    • Where: Virginia Beach Boardwalk, starts at 21st street
    • What: Car only lighted, festive display on the boardwalk to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy holiday music and light displays.
    • When: Friday, November 18 through January 1, 2023 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday – Thursday) and 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday – Sunday)
    • How much: $25 for personal vehicles. Take a look online for more prices and to register.
  • The Lights of Christmas
    • Where: Virginia Beach KOA,1240 General Booth Boulevard
    • What: Drive through Christmas light show. There is also a Christmas village with vendors and food trucks.
    • When: November 25 – January 1, 2023 from 5-10 p.m. daily, and 5-11p.m. Friday and Saturday
    • How much: $30 for general vehicle admission. Check online for other prices and to purchase tickets.
  • Holiday Pops!
    • Where: Sandler Center, 201 Market Street
    • What: Holiday Pops by the Virginia Symphony and special guests. there will be carols and seasonal songs.
    • When: December 11 at 7:30 p.m.
    • How much: Prices start at $25 and vary by seat.
  • Winter Holiday CrafTea
    • Where: Lynnhaven Colonial Education Center, 4409 Wishart Road
    • What: Enjoy tea and holiday wreath making as you learn about colonial Virginia holiday traditions.
    • When: On December 7 at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. (90 minutes each)
    • How much: Tickets are $40 per person
  • Candlelight Yule Tours
    • Where: Thoroughgood House, 1636 Parish Rd
    • What: Enjoy colonial Christmas traditions at this event. You will be led by guides in traditional costume through the festive home and learn about traditions, foods, and festivities from the 18th century. There will be singing, ornaments, hot drinks, sweets, and more.
    • When: December 1-4. Tours are every 30 minutes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • How much: $15 for ages over 10; $7 for children ages 2-10; free for children under 2
  • Snowglobe Spectacular
    • Where: Town Center
    • What/When: November 25 – December 31
      • Daily: Enjoy snow globes around Town Center featuring various holiday scenes. At the start of each hour between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. the Holiday Fountain Plaza Tree will have a festive light display for visitors to watch. Santa will also visit to take photos and hear wish lists.
      • Weekends and Christmas week: December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, and 18-23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. there will be live entertainment to enjoy at the Fountain Plaza.
    • How much: Free and open to the public.
  • Cool Yule Open House
    • Where: The Shops at Hilltop, 1604 Hilltop West Shopping Center
    • What: Visit the Shops at Hilltop for a weekend of holiday fun with the whole family. Enjoy special savings, visits with Santa, live entertainment, and free horse-drawn carriage rides.
    • When: December 1-3 with events from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • How much: Free and open to the public, with items available for purchase.

Williamsburg

  • Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
    • Where: Market Square, in front of the courthouse steps
    • What: An event lighting the community Christmas tree, a 40-foot spruce that has over 7,500 lights. Enjoy a reading of The Night Before Christmas, hear about the first Christmas tree in Virginia, and sing Christmas carols.
    • When: Thursday, December 1 from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • How much: This event is free and open to the public.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination Weekends
    • Where: Governor’s Palace, and the Capitol
    • What: Enjoy holiday traditions of Williamsburg in the illumination weekend celebrations. There will be fireworks and musical performances.
    • When: December 3, 10, and 17 from 5 p.m.– 7:00 p.m
    • How much: Free and open to the public.
  • Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
    • Where: Busch Gardens, located at 1 Busch Gardens Blvd
    • What: Busch Gardens will transform into a Christmas Town with over ten million lights, holiday performances and skating shows, and more. Guests can participate in a holiday scavenger hunt, meals with Santa, holiday shopping, and other festive treats.
    • When: Select days from November 11 to January 8, 2023
    • How much: Take a look at Busch Gardens for ticket information.
  • Christmastide in Virginia at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
    • Where: Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd; American Revolution Museum, 200 Water St, Yorktown
    • What: Take a look at 17th and 18th century Christmas traditions at the Jamestown settlement and American Revolution Museum.
    • When: Open December 18-31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • How much: Access is included with museum admission. Tickets for Jamestown Settlement is $18 per adult and $9 per children ages 6-12, and to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, $18 per adult and $9 per children ages 6-12.