As we head into the last month of the year, we shift our focus to one of our favorite times of the year in Virginia Beach. While we are known for our miles of beaches and summer fun, Christmas time is a wonderful time to visit our coastal city. Filled with twinkling lights, great food, and cheerful music, there is no shortage of ways to get in the holiday spirit in Virginia Beach.
November 22 - December 30
This festive drive-through light show features a twinkling journey into nautical, holiday, and adventure lands – all along the beautiful Virginia Beach Boardwalk, from 8th Street to 22nd Street. Guests can tune their car radio in to hear holiday music synced with the light show, as they drive through festive fish, jumping dolphins, and frolicking porpoises, as well as Santa and his elves and much more. The Holiday Lights Merry Mile is open nightly 5:30pm-10pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 5:30pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday.
November 23 - December 25
Santa’s Cottage in the Fountain Plaza at Virginia Beach Town Center, is the perfect place this holiday season for family fun. Make a festive craft, send a letter to the North Pole, and enjoy complimentary gift wrapping! This kid-friendly activity is free, open to the public, and the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit!
December 6 - 8, 13 - 15
For two weekends this December, the campus of the Christian Broadcasting Network and Regent University will transform into an enchanting place. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a festive array of activities and entertainment! Immerse yourself in the ambiance of a Christmas village. Smell the chestnuts roasting, sample German holiday treats, and experience festive traditions for the whole family. Entry and Activities are Free. Marketplace and food items are available for purchase.
December 7 - 9, 14 - 16
The heartwarming 1947 film comes to life as a staged radio play complete with sound effect artists and an ensemble of players portraying dozens of characters. Among them, leading man George Bailey who teeters on the brink of ending his life on Christmas Eve and Clarence Oddbody the angel sent to stop him. George’s salvation is nothing short of miraculous when Clarence reveals what life would be like without him. The show will take place at Regent University’s Studio Theatre, in Virginia Beach’s Inland District.
December 14 - 15
From J&A Racing comes one of our healthiest annual holiday traditions, the Great Outdoor Provision Co. Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler, presented by Bon Secours In Motion. Participants can choose between a 5-piece Santa suit or an official race shirt during registration to prepare them for their run through a nautical holiday wonderland along the Atlantic Ocean. The event is held at twilight along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk so runners can enjoy the Holiday Lights Merry Mile and a festive evening filled with holiday spirit. All participants are invited to the post-race party inside the Virginia Beach Convention Center featuring live music, brews from Samuel Adams, and other goodies.
December 14 - 16
Join the Sandler Center for The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Virginia International, and enjoy the wonder of this timeless ballet classic. Enjoy nationally recognized guest artists and our region's finest dancers along with imaginative choreography and staging. Live orchestra from Symphonicity, with Daniel W. Boothe conducting, will add the final touch to this version of one our most-cherished holiday masterpieces.
The holidays are a perfect time of year to pull out the family photo album, reminisce and to create new memories together. The Tidewater Winds, under the direction of Maestro John Brewington, will feature talented musicians and vocalists of "Fond Memories" who have captured those precious family pictures and turned them into a presentation titled "Holiday Portraits". Come out to the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, at Virginia Beach Town Center, for a joyous audience sing-along with many of our most beloved holiday songs and carols. Experience familiar holiday favorites like Sleigh Ride, Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bells and guest artist vocal group, "Fond Memories".
Head to the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts for the holiday tradition of the season – Holiday Pops! There's no better way to lift your spirits than with seasonal songs and traditional carols delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Virginia Symphony, the inspirational voices of Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus and special guests. Led by conductor Robert Shoup, Holiday Pops will have all the magical elements you've come to expect —high energy, familiar carols and lots of holiday warmth.
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