McDonald's Holiday Lights at the Beach - Look below to get $2 off, plus military discounts.
Santa...in the sand?
Rolling out Nov. 22-Jan. 1, this event a magical family fun attraction. Located at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, it's the perfect way to start the holiday season. Join 30,000 people who flock annually to this festive and creative light display on the oceanfront.
Don't worry--that's 30,000 over the entire holiday season--you won't have to battle them all at once! Still, go with what the locals know: Saturday nights have the biggest crowds, so stick with Friday and Sunday nights.
Here's something else the locals know: It's one of the holiday highlights of the year. In fact, it's been named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 November Events” the last few years. Some of the top sights at this extravaganza include a "Twelve Days of Christmas" light exhibit, a three-story Christmas tree of lights, and a "surfin' Santa."
This is your once a year chance to actually "cruise" the boardwalk. (Note: There is an entrance fee for cars, but you can cram as many people into your car as your like!) This fee includes a free CD featuring music to light up your magical journey down the dazzlingly lit boardwalk.
When: Sunday-Thursday, 5:30pm – 10:00pm Friday-Saturday, 5:30pm – 11:00pm
Location: Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 2nd Street to 34th Street (enter at 2nd street)
Method: Your Car!
Cost: CASH ONLY! $12 per car Sunday-Thursday
$15 per car Friday-Saturday, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Limos $20; Motor coaches $45; Mini Buses $25
$25 Combo Tickets (Holiday Lights and Norfolk Botanical Garden's Garden of Lights)
Special Military Discount!
On Mondays, November 25-December 30, active military get a 50% discount.
$2 Off Coupon
For a coupon good for $2 off admission, go to http://www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/mcdonalds-holiday-lights-beach.
So c'mon...come see Santa at the beach. It's just one more reason Virginia Beach is such a great family vacation destination...year-round.
Special Events for 2013 -
Nov. 22-24 - Opening Weekend Discount -
Visit these days from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm (5:30 pm to 10 pm on Nov. 24) and you can visit for $8 per car.
Wed, Nov. 20 - Walk through the Lights for Ronald McDonald House Charities Norfolk -
From 5 pm to 8 pm, make a donation at 2nd street and you can enjoy a rare chance to walk (and not drive) through the lights, while supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Looking for more holiday fun, including light events, parades, ice skating, a winter planetarium, and more?
Check out these links:
For November & December holiday events, click here
For our top three favorite holiday itineraries, click here
Jul 20, 14 09:40 PM
After flying to 40 countries I thought I'd learned it all about air travel. But as I sat on the plane last night returning from a trip to the West coast I suddenly realized three things I'll do next time I fly.
1) Bring bleach wipes: Yep, I'd brought Wet Wipes to clean off my seat area, having learned long ago that airplane seat armrests, tray tables, and seat pockets are teeming with bacteria. But after all the funky germs we keep hearing about in the news (e.g., MRSA) and sitting there thinking how many people had probably touched that seat area since the last good scrubbing, I wish I'd brought bleach wipes. Next time.
2) Bring a little vial of "odor protector": Can't believe this has never happened to me before, but the guy next to me absolutely reeked of mold, having obviously left his clothes in the washing machine for a week. How'd you like to sit next to that for five hours? My sister-in-law likes to travel with a dab of peppermint oil or a little Vicks Vapor rub under her nose when she flies. Now I know why. So next time, I'm bringing a little vial of my favorite perfume as a little odor defense if I need it.
3) Fly Virgin: One word comes to mind after flying Virgin America for the first time. "Wow." Just "wow." They make flying fun again! Everything, from the music they play at check-in, to the friendly staff and flight attendants (who all seem to love their jobs compared to staff on other airlines who often seem basically fed-up and sometimes curt) to their hilarious and brilliant safety video, to the fact that my luggage was waiting for me in Baggage Check BEFORE I even got down there, they made me a Virgin believer!
Jul 01, 14 03:36 PM
Just four days left until July 4th-- do you have your fireworks show planned yet?
On my Fourth of July Fireworks page, I'll tell you about a number of festive ways to spend your Independence Day, including fireworks shows at Colonial Williamsburg, Hampton, Virginia Beach, Yorktown, Monticello, and more.
Jul 01, 14 02:51 PM