As we turn to the last page on our calendars, the fun is only beginning in Virginia Beach. With cooler temps comes a beach scene with a decidedly more local vibe and a wave of holiday activities that can only be experienced during December in Virginia Beach. When you have a whole coastal city at your fingertips, a winter getaway to the beach is the gift that keeps on giving.
BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights Merry Mile
November 22 - December 31
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
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.
CBN Christmas Village
December 5-7 and 12-14
CBN Grounds and Regent University
Experience the festive traditions of the Christian Broadcasting Network with the whole family this month. The Village is free and open to the public, and features a Christmas marketplace, live Nativity, Santa's Cottage, special Christmas entertainment, a dazzling Christmas tree and light display, antique cars, carriage rides, and other festive rides and attractions. Guests can also take part in the CBN Christmas Village Quest, a self-guided scavenger hunt quest through the event grounds!
Holiday Parade at the Beach
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
The Holiday Parade at the Beach kicks off the holiday season each year at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Featuring giant balloons, student marching bands, flashy floats, equestrian units, fire trucks, dancers and more, it’s sure to be a dazzling and entertaining night of fun for everyone! Best of all, Santa Claus will make his debut appearance and greet all the boys and girls as the parade makes its way down Atlantic Avenue. Catch the parade traveling from 15th Street to 25th Street.
2019 Surf-n-Santa Expo
December 14 - 15
Virginia Beach Boardwalk
From J&A Racing comes one of our healthiest annual holiday traditions, the BayPort Credit Union 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.
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops!
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Join the Sandler Center and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for the must-see holiday tradition of the season. Get into the Christmas spirit with seasonal songs and traditional carols delivered to perfection by the VSO and featured guests. This concert will have all the holiday fun you've come to expect -- and may even feature a festive surprise or two!
On New Year’s Eve, this free, public event will kick off with fun and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Pembroke Mall will host a variety of live performances, including Bennett Wales and the Relief and The Deloreans. Food and drinks will be available throughout the night for purchase, and parking is always free. Town Center merchants, hotels and restaurants will also be offering celebratory specials throughout the night. VIP tickets may also be purchased for exclusive access to food, party favors and more.
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