2022 Holiday Guide: Get a List of Events, Light Displays, and More!
It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season in Hampton Roads!
Check out our neighborhood holiday light map guide here and get a list of holiday events and light displays below.
Chesapeake’s Christmas Bird Count Dec. 14th- Jan. 5th- Held annually by the National Audubon Society, this is the ideal way to see some of the over 200 species of birds flying south for the winter as they migrate across Virginia. Free to participate, this holiday season event is a wonderful way to celebrate nature with family and friends.
Christmas in the Country: Drive through this light display at Triple R Ranch. The event runs from Dec. 1st-23rd and is free of charge.
11th Annual Chick-Fil-A Christmas Parade: December 3, 2022. The parade staging and lineup area will be in the parking lot area by Petsmart. Entry for all parade participants will be through the Walmart Parking lot via the entrance on Taylor Road. The location of horse staging will be to the left of Funville. The parade will start in front of the former Macy’s location and continue around Ring Road, which circles the mall. The parade will conclude at the former Sears automotive area parking lot. Judging will begin at 7:00 am. The parade will start promptly at 8:00 am.
Deck the Hall-Enjoy the free festive Deck the Hall light display from the comfort of your own car. The event occurs nightly from November 24 until January 2. Fa La La Land, the walkable, outdoor wonderland, will occur on December 10 & 17 from 5 – 9 pm. Visitors will enjoy carolers, face paintings, holiday-themed food trucks, and more! www.CityofChesapeake.net/PRTevents
Coliseum Central’s Whimsical Winter Wonderland: presented by Sentara: On November 19 from 12pm-5pm, Coliseum Central is turning the Hampton Coliseum into a Whimsical Winter Wonderland. This FREE, festive celebration will include fun for the whole family. The Sentara Main Stage will feature shows by aerialists, jugglers, and illusionists. Four holiday-themed areas with coordinating backdrops, props and displays will provide ample opportunities for photos. In addition, there will be roaming characters and stilt walkers, a variety of photo booths, face painting, balloon and glitter tattoo artists, and carnival-style games.
Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade: The Hampton River will come to life as a fleet of decorated boats parade past the Downtown Hampton waterfront. The parade runs from 6:00-7:30 pm and concludes with an awards ceremony at 8:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public!
Holiday Wonder Walk: The Holiday Wonder Walk will be held Dec. 19 -25, 2022, from 5-8 p.m. along Hampton’s Waterwalk Trail. There is no admission fee, all activities are free, and parking is free.
Old Towne Holiday Music Festival: Dec. 10. Live entertainment, strolling carolers, roving costumed characters, marshmallow roasting stations, children’s activities and more during this city holiday tradition.
Coleman Collection Nativity Scene: Come visit Monumental United Methodist Church and witness this amazing Nativity Scene for yourself! The Nativity Scene is free to view and will be open on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and on Sundays from 12:30 – 5 p.m. until December 18th.
Snow Wonders: Nov. 25th- Dec. 31. On Fridays and Saturdays beginning November 26 – December 31, snow will fall from the sky, music will fill the air, and we hope that it brings nostalgic memories of the past. Enjoy this magical holiday experience.
Winter Wonderland: Nov. 25th- Dec. 31. The Coleman Collection continues to offer a visual treat for all ages young alike who come to visit the animated scenes of ice skaters and children sledding and more. Various times offered.
Great Hot Cocoa War: Beginning the day of Downtown Norfolk’s Grand Illumination celebration, there will be a magical contest of the hottest and chocolatiest proportions. Downtown Norfolk will rain with marshmallows of fantastical sizes! Get your cup and choose your side. JUST LIKE LAST YEAR – THE CONTEST RUNS FOR A FULL WEEK! Vote online at www.hotcocoawar.com starting at NOON on SAT. 11.19! (voting link will not work until the vote time begins)
A Merry Little Christmas Carol : Nov. 30th- Dec. 31st- Virginia Stage’s most popular production continues its tradition at the Wells Theatre. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey through time with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future as he learns about redemption, kindness, and compassion. Filled with music and mirth, this timeless play is recommended for all ages and is fun for the whole family to enjoy. Adapted by Patrick Mullins, Directed by MARIANNE SAVELL
Mistelow Market: Virginia Stage Company is proud to partner with local artists, artisans, and crafters for its second Seasonal Mistletoe Market to be held during Norfolk’s Grand Illumination Parade on November 19th! If you’re looking for a warm and wonderful place, full of holiday cheer and historical theatre history to enjoy while observing the Grand Norfolk Parade then look no further!
Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Million Bulb Walk: The Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Million Bulb Walk is back for another year! Reserve tickets online. This event runs from November 11 through January 1st from 5 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. each night.
Winterfest on the Wisconsin at Nauticus: Nauticus & Battleship Wisconsin. Nauticus’ WinterFest on the Wisconsin returns to the Downtown Norfolk waterfront this holiday season! With more nights and lights to enjoy, you’re bound to be dazzled by this magical winter experience. Bring the whole family!
Celebration in Lights: Celebration in Lights is returning to Newport News for its 30th season. One million lights will take over Newport News Park and transform it into an animated Christmas drive-thru display. The event runs November 24 through January 1 from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Lights at the Fountain: Experience this strolling state-of-the-art holiday light show featuring falling snow! Delighting all ages, this animated light show plays every half hour and incorporates a 50′ animated holiday tree, 55 pixel-wrapped perimeter trees, a festive soundtrack and holiday decor that surrounds the five-acre fountain plaza. Free Admission. Free Parking.
Christmas in Driver: come and join us for our first Christmas Market! It will be held on Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2022, from 9am-2pm. Shop local! Free and open to the public.
Festival of Lights: Welcome in the holidays with the 3rd Annual Suffolk Festival of Lights at Sleepy Hole Park! This FREE drive-through holiday light display runs for 1.2 miles and has over 35,000 bulbs—sure to put you in the festive spirit! The display is available November 25 through December 30, nightly, from 5:30 to 9:30pm. Please note that it will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
Gingerbread Extravaganza at The Pinner House: Sunday, December 4th. Step into a Winter Wonderland at The Pinner House! Let’s continue the holiday festivities at the market! Enjoy an afternoon of holiday-inspired cheer as you create a beautiful gingerbread house. Space is limited, so secure your spot today! There are two sittings, 11am-12pm, and 1-2:30pm.
Suffolk Grand Illumination: The 2022 Holiday Season officially begins in Suffolk on Friday, November 18, 2022, with a hometown kickoff. The Grand Illumination Ceremony at Market Park (next to the Seaboard Station Railroad Museum) in Downtown Suffolk will ring in the holidays with the park opening at 6pm.
Suffolk Holiday Parade: “Home For the Holidays”: December 10th. View the sights and sounds of the 2022 Suffolk Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at 7pm. Find the best spot to watch the floats, equestrian units, marching bands, and festive vehicles as they make their way down W. Washington Street and turn up N. Main Street, with the parade route ending at Finney Avenue. The Grandstand will be in front of the old SunTrust Building in the 100 block of N. Main Street. Be sure to grab a seat to catch all the great performances! This year’s theme is “Lights, Camera, Holiday!”
Pet Photos with Santa at the Suffolk Visitor Center: December 18th. Bring your pet to meet jolly ol’ St. Nick, at the Suffolk Visitor Center, from 1-4pm on Sunday, December 18, 2022! Holiday décor makes this the ideal place to snap a photo with Santa. Free and open to the public. We welcome all friendly, well-behaved critters. Dogs must be leashed.
Pet owners are encouraged to bring a donation for the homeless pets at the Suffolk Animal Shelter. The following items are encouraged: kitty litter, cat food/kitten chow, dog food/puppy chow, leashes and collars, grooming supplies, toys, crates, towels, blankets, bleach, hand sanitizer & wipes, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, trash bags, and carriers.
Lights at the Beach: The magic of BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights at the Beach, presented by Food Lion, returns to the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Friday, November 18, 2022 – Sunday, January 1, 2023. Tickets are on sale now.
The Lights of Christmas at the Virginia Beach KOA Holiday: The magic of Christmas returns to the Virginia Beach KOA Holiday starting November 25th and continues nightly through January 1st! A drive-thru light show experience the whole family can enjoy includes admission to the popular Christmas village where families can grab dinner from one of our food truck vendors, shop for unique gift ideas from local crafters, enjoy the outdoor camping amenities offered by KOA and more! Don’t miss the appearances of Santa and other classic Christmas characters for your holiday cards and scrapbooks!
Christmas Decorations Walking Tour. Enjoy a guided look at Colonial Williamsburg’s picturesque building exteriors and streets decked out in holiday splendor. Discuss the materials and construction techniques of these traditional holiday decorations.
Grand Illumination: December 3, 10, 17, 2022. Join the Colonial Williamsburg community as we celebrate the holiday season with three Grand Illumination weekends, December 2-4, 9-11, and 16-18. Yuletide entertainment will include favorite holiday traditions, as well as heartwarming new additions to the festivities.