This November, Head to the Farm, Enjoy a Fanta-sea of Lights, Visit Saint Nicholas, Watch the Illumination of a 30-foot Tree and much more

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (October 26, 2015) – The leaves are painted with fall hues, and November is filled with family-friendly holiday festivities. After all, living the life means enjoying it year-round, well beyond the summer months. With a “fanta-sea” of lights, a fight for the championship belt, visits to Santa’s Village and much more, Virginia Beach is thankful for an entertaining month ahead and invites visitors to come be a part of the excitement.


In Sandbridge Beach, it’s already harvesting season! Come one, come all to celebrate fall at the Harvest Festival at Hunt Club (Nov. 1 – last weekend of the event!) and pet the friendliest farm animals, take a pony ride, tour the farm, scream from the top of the highest carnival ride and so much more. Don’t forget to visit the massive pumpkin patch, where you can pick your very own perfect Pungo pumpkin.


Cheer on the competitors at the Virginia Beach Field House during the Virginia Beach Nationals (Nov. 6-8), the first and only national wrestling event in the state opening competition for middle school, high school and open divisions, all competing for the red championship belt. This non-profit organization is run by former competitors – wrestlers, coaches and officials – who have poured their heart into the sport for years.


A new holiday tradition is coming to Virginia Beach this winter! Santa's Seaside Village is making its debut at the Resort Beach (Nov. 27-Dec. 27), adding a beachy twist to the holiday season. The village is ready to delight the young and young-at-heart with carnival rides, animated displays of Santa's busy elves, building and shipping toys, and live entertainment from carolers and storytellers. Shop for quaint holiday presents and visit the jolly old man who makes wishes come true.

One of Virginia Beach’s most popular annual holiday festivities is also back! 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.

Just minutes away, Virginia Beach’s downtown district, Town Center, will kick off the holidays at Light Up the Town (Nov. 21) with the arrival of Santa Claus and the illumination of a 30-foot Christmas tree. Join the free family-friendly festivities, including visits with Santa, a laser light show, carolers, balloon artists and more.

Those wanting to get an early start on their holiday shopping list will find inspiration at the 33rd Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market (Nov. 27-29), named one of the “100 Best Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows in the United States.” A $7 fee grants three days’ admission to browse the works of more than 250 artisans from 25 states offering fine arts, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, wood crafts, toys, photography, fiber arts and Christmas collectibles. This amazing market, located inside the Virginia Beach Convention Center in the heart of the Resort Beach, is a  great place to start the hunt for unique one-of-kind Christmas gifts, personalized stocking stuffers or a stunning decor for the holidays.


Explore Virginia Beach’s emerging ViBe Creative District during First Friday ViBe (Nov. 6), when local artisans and shops extend their hours to feature special events, music, food and other entertainment throughout the neighborhood’s galleries and stores, located just blocks away from the oceanfront boardwalk at the Resort Beach.

Enjoy the fun this November in Virginia Beach, or begin planning your visit for later in the year. Maybe a vacation to Virginia Beach is just the perfect gift for someone special this holiday? 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