If you're looking for holiday fun, there's no end to it in the Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads area--ranging from colonial-themed events, Santa-in-the-sand and Scuba Santa events, to holiday planetarium shows.
Here's a comprehensive guide to Virginia Beach area holidaY events and festivities in December:
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Nov. 16-Jan. 1 - Holiday Lights at the Beach
Santa...in the sand? Holiday Lights at the Beach is a magical family fun attraction. Located at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, it's the perfect way to start the holiday season. Click here for more Holiday Lights at the Beach info, including the cheapest days to visit!
Nov. 21 to Dec. 31 - Star of Wonder Annual Holiday Planetarium Show, Virginia Living Museum
Star of Wonder combines holiday fun, science, religious history, and music to explore the story of the Star of Bethlehem, which led the wise men to Jesus' birthplace. Was it a planet, a comet, a supernova, or just a miracle?
Admission $4. For more information, call 757-595-1900 or go online at http://www.thevlm.org/. To find out why our kids "flip" for horseshoe crabs at the museum, click here.
Nov. 30 - Yorktown Celebrates Christmas
A Civil-war themed event, featuring entertainment at the Victory Monument at 7:00 pm, an Illumination and Christmas Tree Lighting at 7:30 pm, and a visit by Santa at Riverwalk Landing. For details, click here.
Dec. 1 - Dec. 31 - Hunt Club Farm Winter Wonderland
A wonderland for kids and kids at heart. Holiday fun and lights, a kids' maze, a live animal nativity and petting farm, marshmallow roasting, cider, and bonfires. Admission is $7 per person. Children under 2 are free.
December 1 -
TowneBank Holiday Parade at the Beach
Remember what it felt like going to see Santa arrive in his sleigh? Feel like a kid again at the Annual Holiday Parade at the Beach! Join tens of thousands lining the street to ring in the holiday season. Marching bands...fire engines...cool floats...and huge balloons from New York's Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. For details, click here.
December 3 -
Williamsburg Christmas Homes Tour
Get into the places you've always wanted to see! Includes five locations in the Historic Area not usually open to the public-- Lightfoot House, the home of Colonial Williamsburg's president; the President's house at the College of William & Mary; the Tayloe House and Grissell Hay Lodging House, and the Williamsburg Masonic Lodge.
Hours are from 10 a.m.–6 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance. For details, go to www.history.org.
December 2 -
The Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg
The one and only! Your chance to see Colonial Williamsburg literally "light up" as the attraction welcomes the holiday season with candles, music, and a fantastic fireworks display. Starts at 5:15 pm, with fireworks at 7 pm.
No admission fee, just come to Duke of Gloucester Street. For details, go to www.history.org.
Saturdays in December -
James River Plantation Progressive Candlelight Christmas Carol Tour
Christmas carols and explorations--a great combo and a perfect way to see James River Plantation Piney Grove's collection of antiques, historic buildings and gardens, PLUS enjoy an elegant four-course candlelight dinner. Their holiday family decorations span five generations. 3 - 5 p.m. $20 per person. Call 804-829-2196 for details.
December 6-7 -
St. Nick at Endview, Endview Plantation
Go "back in time" and experience holiday fun circa 1861, along with Santa (or St. Nick, as he used to be called) as you support the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. Admission is $3 per child.
Parents are asked to bring a wrapped present for their own child, and a new unwrapped one for a needy child. Reservations required. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 757-887-1862 or go online at http://www.endview.org/.
Saturdays & Sundays in December through Dec. 23, Scuba Santa, Virginia Aquarium, Virginia Beach
Never knew Santa was such a sportsman, did you? Join Santa as he dives into the gigantic Chesapeake Bay Aquarium tanks to feed the fishes at 11 a.m. each weekend. Admission. For information, call 757-385-FISH.
December 8 - 31 -
Antebellum Holidays, Lee Hall Mansion, Newport News
Historic Lee Hall Mansion will be decorated in full antebellum style for holiday fun. Monday, Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission. For more information, call 757-888-3371 or go online at http://www.leehall.org/.
December 22 - Sailing with Santa, Virginia Aquarium, Virginia Beach
Cruise away with Santa himself on this 45-minute tour of Owls Creek. Enjoy special refreshments, games and activities while Santa greets his special guests for a unique holiday photo opportunity. Reservations required.Admission: $17. For more information, call 757-385-0300.
Select dates in December -
Olde Towne Holiday Events
Portsmouth celebrates Holidays in the City on select dates in December with the best local music groups, choirs and musicians, craft fairs, family events, and more along High Street, plus the Winter Wonderland of the Coleman Collection.
There are too many events to list, so your best bet is to click here to see all they have to offer!
Dec 1-31 -
A Colonial Christmas
Celebrate Christmas past as you experience 17th- and 18th-century holiday fun and traditions. At Jamestown Settlement you'll see a film and take a guided tour focusing on English Christmas customs and their place in the early Jamestown colony.
Meanwhile, the Yorktown Victory Center will show you how soldiers kept the Christmas season alive in their military encampments, as well as show you how Christmas on an early 1800s Virginia farm. Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center.
Admission is $20; kids under 6 free. Click here for more information.
December 31 -
New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk
Celebrate New Year's Eve with a cruise on the lovely Spirit of Norfolk, featuring a lavish buffet, musical entertainment and dancing, and view of the Navy' s Atlantic Fleet. For details, click here.
Dec 31 - Noon Year's Eve Day Celebration at Virginia Living Museum
This family-friendly holiday fun event features animals from Teeny Tiny Farm, carnival-type games and prizes, face painting, and more. The event takes place from 11 am - 1 pm. There is an additional fee (besides regular admission) for some activities.