This January, Jam Out during the Last Night on the Town, Wave to Our Fin-tastic Friends, Sip Back and Relax at the Wine Fest and more

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (December 15, 2015) – Let’s ring in the New Year! The holidays are in the rear view, but there are so many events to look forward to in the new year. Get down at the Last Night on the Town, experience a whales and wildlife sea adventure and sip back at wine fest. Regardless, it’s sure to be a bright and exciting month ahead!


One of Virginia Beach’s most popular annual holiday festivities, McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach (Nov. 20 - Jan. 2) is a winter staple at the Resort Beach, welcoming thousands of families each year. Children of all ages can take in the three-mile spectacle of nautically-themed holiday lights with the accompaniment of a selection of holiday music narrating the light show of festive fish, frolicking dolphins, surfing Santa and more. The “fanta-sea” of lights is sure to dazzle and amaze travelers.

Celebrate the “Last Night on the Town” at the area’s premier New Year’s Eve event (Dec. 31) at the Virginia Beach Town Center. Festivities begin in the afternoon at Pembroke Mall with entertainment for the whole family performed by Magical Solutions, including a children’s countdown and balloon drop. The fun continues throughout the night at Town Center with live music by headlining band Smash Mouth! A midnight countdown and a spectacular laser light show, fireworks and Virginia Beach ball drop will help ring in 2016. All activities and entertainment are free and open to the public, with food and adult beverages available for purchase. WVEC-TV and BOB FM will broadcast live from the event.


It’s time to get wild! Join us for an unforgettable experience with a chance to view the world’s largest and most beautiful marine animals on the Winter Wildlife Boat Tour aboard the Rudee Flipper (Dec. 26 - Mar. 15). Discover Humpback and Fin Whales as they move in a seasonal migration along the Atlantic. Marine life sightings are incredible, and whale sightings are the number one goal; however, they’re not guaranteed. You may also see brown pelicans, northern gannets and other sea birds, all of which make a dramatic show while feeding on schools of fish.

From bird activity to whale-sightings and frolicking dolphins to the seals that harbor near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, there are endless opportunities to witness winter wildlife throughout Virginia Beach. Learn about what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings at the Winter Wildlife Festival (Jan. 29-31). Free and open to the public, this event includes educational walk-up workshops and engaging excursions that are sure to captivate outdoor enthusiasts, both novice and expert.


Taste some of the city’s best flavorful creations during the Coastal Virginia Wine Fest (Jan. 16-17) at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Vendors in attendance include wineries, specialty foods and arts and crafts. Enjoy educational seminars, a craft beer garden, grape stomp competition, live entertainment and more.

There’s an exciting new year upon us. Begin planning your stay with us this month or for later in the new year. To learn more about Virginia Beach, plan a stay or request a complimentary vacation guide, contact the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau by calling 1-800-VA-BEACH or going to