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I'll give you the latest deals-- from hotel stays for 1 cent per night, to free admission days at Virginia attractions-- as well as secrets for visiting the top spots for less.

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Newport News Park "Celebration in Lights"


Lewis Ginter

If you've driven through Virginia Beach's Holiday Lights at the Beach (click here for a link to a $3 off coupon), you're probably a holiday lights fan. But you may not have checked out these other holiday fun options:

- Newport News Park "Celebration in Lights" - Around since 1993, this is actually Virginia's first drive-through holiday lights event. Featuring 800,000 lights, this two-mile drive is $12 per car and $60 per bus. It's open 5:30 pm - 11 pm each evening through Jan. 1. Newport News Park is located at the intersection of Ft. Eustis Blvd. and Jefferson Ave. in Newport News.


- Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden "Dominion Gardenfest of Lights" - Take a worthwhile trip to Richmond for a fabulous stroll about these gardens, beautifully lit up for the holidays. Admission is $13 for adults and $8 for children.

Holiday Lights at the Beach

Holiday Lights at the Beach - See Dazzling Virginia Beach Boardwalk - Save $7 on Tickets, Military Discount, $3 Off Coupon - See Surfing Santas in a Fanta-Sea of Lights...

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BOGO Gift Card and Food Deals

Courtesy of Retailmenot.com (my go-to site before I buy anything online to see if they've posted a coupon code!), here are some great BOGO gift card and food deals. They make great Christmas gifts too!

- Cheesecake Factory - Free cheesecake with every $25 in gift cards
- Bonefish Grill - $10 bonus card with $50 gift card purchase
- Chipotle - Free burrito, bowl, salad, or tacos with $30 gift card purchase
- Panera Bread - $10 bonus card with $50 gift card purchase
- Applebee's - $10 bonus card with $50 gift card purchase
- Red Lobster - Free appetizer or $10 off coupon with $50 gift card purchase
- Chili's - $10 bonus card with $50 gift card purchase
- Carabba's - $10 bonus card with $50 gift card purchase
- Olive Garden - $10 bonus card with $50 gift card purchase

For more deals like this, go to www.retailmenot.com.

Yorktown Christmas Events Dec. 2-4

Carrot Tree Kitchens

Don't miss two free Christmas events this week in historic Yorktown. First, enjoy the Yorktown Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 4, where festivities start off at 7 pm, followed by a a performance by the Fifes and Drums of York Town at the Victory Monument, holiday music at Riverwalk Landing, and a procession of lights through Yorktown village, capped off by the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. For more information, call 757-890-3500.

Come back the next night for the Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Riverwalk Landing Piers. You'll be able to watch a parade of beautifully decorated boats and yachts while enjoying complimentary hot cider, a beach bonfire, and musical entertainment. For more information, call 757-890-4970.

And if you're looking for a memorable place to eat in Yorktown, look no further than historic and be sure to cap off your meal with a piece of their famous carrot cake.

Free Admission to Monticello on Nov 27

You don't have to be a local resident to take advantage of free admission to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello on Nov. 27 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm as part of their annual Holiday Open House.

You'll be able to see how Monticello might have been decorated for the holidays as you walk at your own pace through the first floor of the mansion and outbuildings before heading back down the hill the The Shop for tastings and treats (don't miss the little museum at the Visitor's Center, or their yummy cafe!).

For $25 per person, you can also take a rarely-offered Upper Floors Tour, featuring the unique Dome Room. These tours are offered every half-hour on Nov. 27. (Note: They are not wheelchair-accessible and involve steep staircases.)

Free Admission to Ashlawn Highland Dec. 4

Local residents will be able to enjoy free admission to James Monroe's Ashlawn Highland on Dec. 4 from 11 am to 5 pm as part of their annual Open House.

Local residents includes those who live in Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, Orange, and Rockingham.

Even if you're not a local resident, this is a great time to visit as they will be having family-friendly activities in addition to the house tour that day. Their gift shop, featuring local and handmade items, is also a great place to purchase a unique Christmas gift.

Holiday Lights at the Beach Deal Ends Nov. 22

If you want to enjoy Virginia Beach's Holiday Lights at the Beach light event for just $8, better act fast. The opening weekend deal (just $8 per carload!) ends Nov. 22.

After that, prices will rise, but you may still be able to get a discount (especially if you're military) to this special holiday event-- the only time of the year when you can drive on the boardwalk! Here's how.

The Virginia Beach Polar Plunge!

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50 Cents Admission to Virginia Living Museum Nov. 13

In honor of their 50th anniversary, the Virginia Living Museum is offering admission for just 50 cents on Nov. 13. This is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy a really world-class zoo-aquarium-museum for just pennies!

When my kids were little, the Virginia Living Museum was one of their favorite museums as you'll see here, so do take advantage of this deal and go out and make a special family memory that day.

Virginia Beach Holiday Light Guide

Fantastic November Holiday Light Guide for Virginia Beach, Williamsburg & Beyond - 2016 Christmas Town Discounts, Ice Skating, Grand Illumnination

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Veterans Day Freebies

Here are the latest Veterans Day deals I've found for this week (all deals are for 11/11 and for active duty military or veterans with valid ID unless otherwise noted):

- Free B&B Stay: Military members and veterans can get a free night's stay at participating bed and breakfast locations on or around Nov. 11 through the B&B's for Vets program. See my "Free Bed & Breakfast Stay for Veterans" post on my blog.

- Free meals at Applebee's, Bob Evans, Chili's, Famous Dave's, Hooter's, IHOP, Olive Garden, Max & Erma's, Red Robin, and Twin Peaks on Nov. 11 (meals vary by location and may include breakfast, lunch, or dinner, so check ahead with the location)
- BOGO meal at Chipotle on Nov. 11, 3 pm to close (also includes reserves, and national guard)
- Free Grand Slam meal at Denny's 5 am to noon on Nov. 11
- Free dinner at Golden Corral Nov. 14
- Free lunch between 11 and 2 pm on Nov. 11 at TGI Fridays
- Free appetizer or dessert at these locations: Ruby Tuesday, Red Lobster, Outback, Cracker Barrel
- Free donut and small coffee at Krispy Kreme on Nov. 11
- Free haircut at Sports Clips and Great Clips participating locations on Nov. 11
- 10% discount at Lowe's on Nov. 11 for veterans
- Free basic oil change at Meineke's on Nov. 11 for veterans
- Free admission at Historic Jamestowne Nov. 11
- Free admission to over 100 National Parks Nov. 11
- Free admission to Colonial Williamsburg Nov. 6-11For more military deals, see my Military Discounts page.

Free B&B Stay for Veterans on Veteran’s Day

Busch Gardens heroes
Military members and veterans can get a free night's stay at participating bed and breakfast locations on or around Veterans Day through the B&B's for Vets program. Reservations fill up quickly, so this is one to act on fast.

For details, go to BandBsforvets.org. And for more military deals, go to my Military Discounts page.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town Tix for $16

They'rrrre out! Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Christmas Town latest discount deal is officially available online at the website now, with advance tickets available for as little as $16-- far less than the $38 you'll pay at the gate.

Here are full details on the deal, as well as the park's operating schedule, Dine with Santa details, and more.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town Tix for $16

They'rrrre out! Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Christmas Town latest discount deal is officially available online at the website now, with advance tickets available for as little as $16-- far less than the $38 you'll pay at the gate.

Here are full details on the deal, as well as the park's operating schedule, Dine with Santa details, and more.


New Busch Gardens Christmas Town Discount Deal

If you're a fan of deals and planning ahead, then Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Christmas Town latest discount deal will be a welcome surprise.

In lieu of coupons, this year the park will award you with significant discounts when you purchase your tickets in advance online for a specific date. Advance tickets will save you quite a bit from the attraction's $38 at-the-gate price.

Here are full details on the deal, plus the park's operating schedule and more.

Last Two Days for Howl-O-Scream and Halloween Haunt

Only one day left to take advantage of Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream and Kings Dominion's Halloween Haunt before they close for the season.

So if you haven't made your visit yet, here's how to buy tickets for tomorrow for less at both parks.

Howl-O-Scream Deals.

Halloween Haunt Deals.

And if you're already looking forward to Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Christmas Town, stay tuned for my soon-to-come announcement about this year's new way to get significant discounts on this winter tradition.

Celebrate Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg!

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25% Off Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg Through December

Just because it's getting colder outside doesn't mean your water park days are over-- at least not when you take advantage of a limited time Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg deal. Book at stay by Nov. 1 for dates ranging from Oct. 28 to Dec. 25 and you'll save up to 25% off a family suite.

Using the promo code I've shared here, you'll be able to enjoy bikini weather and water park fun even long after it's gotten cold outside.

Yankee Candle Williamsburg Halloween Bash

Get some free Halloween fun for the whole family at Yankee Candle Williamsburg's Halloween Bash on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 2 pm to 6 pm. They'll be offering free Halloween candy and snacks, a costume contest for both kids and adults (the adult prize is a year's worth of Yankee Candles!), games, face painting, and a fortune teller.

Additional activities available for a small fee include pumpkin painting and candle dipping. Check in time for the costume contest is from 2 pm to 4 pm with judging taking place at 4 pm.

For more information, paste this link in your browser:

http://www.yankeecandle.com/about-us/visit-our-village-stores/williamsburg-events

And for more information on why Yankee Candle makes our "Free/Cheap Family Fun" list, click here.


Last Day for Up to 20% Off Groupon Deals

Today is the last day to get up to an additional 20% off local Groupon deals using the code SAVES.

You might consider using your discount (which varies from 10%-%20 depending on the deal) for one of these attractions:

- Creepy Hollow Scream Park - Save 29% plus an additional 20% of tickets for this Richmond haunted attraction featuring 50 characters, animatronics, and more.

- International Spy Museum - Save 32% plus and additional 20% off tickets to this spy-themed museum featuring "Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains." (Read my full review of Washington DC's International Spy Museum here.)

- Go Ape Treetop Adventure - Save 15% plus another 20% at this Williamsburg attraction featuring Tarzan swings, a zipline, suspended obstacles and a ropes course.

You can also save on many other local deals, including massages, a Sam's Club membership, hair cuts, and more. To get the deal, go to Groupon and put in the promo code "SAVES" at checkout.

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg

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Halloween Entertainment for Less

With Halloween rapidly approaching, I've put together several ways you can get your haunting-fun-fix for less, including discounts to Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream, Kings Dominion's Halloween Haunt, and more Hampton Roads Halloween-themed fun.

- 25% off Spooks & Legends Tours - Groupon is offering 25% off this tour in Williamsburg, giving you two tickets for $16 (rather than $28). Plus, use the promo code "GET25" to save an additional 25% off (so you'll pay just $12 for two on this hour-long tour with a costumed interpreter) when you purchase today (Oct. 11). Click here for the deal (click on "Things to Do" if the deal doesn't automatically come up).


- Save $15 off Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream tickets when you use these promo codes through Oct. 30. Howl-O-Scream page.


- Get tickets for as much as $36 off Halloween Haunt using these promo codes and discounts for Kings Dominion.

Kings Dominion Halloween Haunt for $30

If you want to get your haunt on, Kings Dominion's Halloween Haunt is far cheaper than Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream (although I've got ticket deals here), but I've still got more than a dozen ways to save $36 or more for you.

The park is now open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Oct. 30, so check out these deals to make sure you don't pay any more than you have to.

Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion!

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Barrels, Bottles and Casks Event

If you like wine or beer tasting but want something unique consider visiting the Autumn Barrels, Bottles and Casks event at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest estate Oct. 14 and 15.

While enjoying a tour of Thomas Jefferson's private getaway (and the first octagonal house in America) you can sample wine and beer, enjoy a whiskey sampling by Virginia Distillery Company, as well as special tours highlighting drinks and foods of Jefferson's time.

Tours will be at 6 pm and 7 pm each night. Reservations are required and tickets cost $25. For more information, call (434) 525-1806 or go to www.poplarforest.org.

Wondering what you'll see on the tour? Check out Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest estate here.

Recent Articles


  1. Newport News Park "Celebration in Lights"

    Dec 02, 16 08:57 PM


    Lewis Ginter
    If you've driven through Virginia Beach's Holiday Lights at the Beach (click here for a link to a $3 off coupon), you're probably a holiday lights fan. But you may not have checked out these other hol…

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  2. Holiday Lights at the Beach

    Dec 02, 16 08:43 PM

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  3. BOGO Gift Card and Food Deals

    Nov 30, 16 09:49 PM

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Recent Articles


  1. Newport News Park "Celebration in Lights"

    Dec 02, 16 08:57 PM


    Lewis Ginter
    If you've driven through Virginia Beach's Holiday Lights at the Beach (click here for a link to a $3 off coupon), you're probably a holiday lights fan. But you may not have checked out these other hol…

    Read More

  2. Holiday Lights at the Beach

    Dec 02, 16 08:43 PM

    Holiday Lights at the Beach - See Dazzling Virginia Beach Boardwalk - Save $7 on Tickets, Military Discount, $3 Off Coupon - See Surfing Santas in a Fanta-Sea of Lights...

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  3. BOGO Gift Card and Food Deals

    Nov 30, 16 09:49 PM

    Courtesy of Retailmenot.com (my go-to site before I buy anything online to see if they've posted a coupon code!), here are some great BOGO gift card and food deals. They make great Christmas gifts too…

    Read More

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