The weather is cooling down, but the fun keeps heating up in Virginia Beach, thanks to a variety of family-friendly events and special activities made with the season’s festivities in mind. Some locals may even tell you this is their favorite time of year, so… do as the locals do and enjoy all that Virginia Beach has to offer this month.
RING IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Every November, holiday cheer makes its way across the Virginia Beach coast with a variety of specially-themed events sure to get you in the holiday spirit long before Santa gets here.
The Virginia Beach Boardwalk at 2nd Street
Nov. 19 through Jan. 1, 2023
Festive fish, musical crabs and hard-working elves – oh my! These are the stars of one of VB’s most magical sights: Holiday Lights at the Beach. Drive through a stunning light display of nautical, holiday and winter wonderlands directly on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, as you listen to a traditional holiday soundtrack from the comfort of your own vehicle. Make the most of your night by enjoying dinner at one of our area restaurants or visiting other Resort-area attractions. Advanced tickets are required and may be purchased online. For more information, please visit the event website.
NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet!
The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Get in the spirit of the Christmas season with an acclaimed holiday tradition! Now on its 30th-anniversary tour, “NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet!” features larger-than-life puppets, breathtaking acrobatics and dazzling costumes. Tickets are now available for purchase via Ticketmaster and at the Sandler Center box office. For more information, please visit the event website.
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Nov. 25-Nov. 27
Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market! Featuring 175 fine artisans and crafters from more than 20 states, the market provides an opportunity to find one-of-a-kind gifts – including fine arts, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, toys, photography, Christmas collectibles and so much more. Whether you’re searching for personalized stocking stuffers, unique gifts or a stunning floral centerpiece for your holiday dinner, you’ll find it here. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8 per person ($2 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6). Tickets may be purchased online or at the Convention Center box office. For more information, please visit the event website.
Virginia Beach Town Center
Nov. 25 through Jan. 1, 2023
Stroll through the Virginia Beach Town Center and view one-of-a-kind snowglobes, themed around the area’s unique attractions and offerings during the annual Snowglobe Spectacular display. These unique and festive works of art provide a great backdrop as you savor, sip and shop in Town Center this November.
The Shack on 8th
Nov. 25-Dec. 26
The weather is cooling down, but the fun keeps heating up at The Shack on 8th, as it transforms into a Winter Wonderland! Shop for locally made and loved gifts at the Vendor Village, or start a new holiday tradition by picking out a tree from The Shack’s huge selection of live trees. Grab a drink and walk around to enjoy the lights, family-friendly activities and holiday cheer; or have a seat and enjoy the delicious food and drinks from The Shack Restaurant, open daily. For more information and for a full calendar of events, please visit the event website.
These live performances and family-friendly entertainment will have you singing, dancing, admiring and imagining all month long.
Joanne Shaw Taylor in Concert
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Join #1 Billboard blues artist Joanne Shaw Taylor and her amazing band at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, as they perform songs from her highly acclaimed latest studio release, “The Blues Album,” as well as fan favorites. You don’t want to miss blues-rock phenom, Joanne Shaw Taylor in this unforgettable night of soul and blues music, presented by The Langley Federal Credit Union Concert Series. The show begins at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets are available for purchase online and at the Sandler Center box office. For more information, please visit the event website.
Zeiders American Dream Theater
Descend, bold travelers! The Children’s Theater of Hampton Roads (CTHR) presents Jules Verne’s classic table, brought to life with actors, puppets and interactive storytelling. What mysteries lie beneath our feet? What secrets will they tell? There’s only one way to find out! Join CTHR on a “Journey to the Center of the Earth” for an unforgettable afternoon for adventurers of all ages (ages four and up recommended). The show begins at 11 a.m. and runs for approximately 1.5 hrs. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online.
Masterworks II: Winter Dreams
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
In a mix of flurry snow and ice, Symphonicity will showcase old masterpieces with contemporary aesthetics during Masterworks II: Winter Dreams at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” a familiar tune used in Disney’s “Fantasia,” will open the afternoon concert followed by a Swedish trombone concerto by Robert Conquer. Robert appears by special arrangement with Curtis on Tour, the Nina von Maltzahen global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music. The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s beautiful “Symphony No. 1” (Winter Dreams). The show begins at 3 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.). Tickets are available for purchase online and at the Sandler Center box office. For more information, please visit the event website.
NEW EXHIBITIONS AT VIRGINIA MOCA
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art has just opened its new exhibitions, so gather in the warmth of the museum’s Main Gallery and enjoy these inspiring new works, now through Feb. 5, 2023. Admission is always free! For more information, please visit Virginia MOCA online.
More than Shelter
“More Than Shelter” debuts new artworks by eleven invited artists, who were asked to consider what the idea of shelter means to them. The exhibition and related educational programming encourage members of our community to forge new connections with each other and gain a greater understanding of what it takes to weather the challenges of our ever-changing planet.
Made in VA
Virginia MOCA continues its celebration of regional artists through its annual juried exhibition, “Made in VA.”
Brian Kreydatus: Homebodies
In “Homebodies,” artist Brian Kreydatus explores relationships and spaces in the time of a pandemic. These paintings and prints document and archive him, his home and his family during this challenging time. From messy tables, to Zoom meetings, to naps, to mindless internet scrolling, this is how he lived. In fact, it is how many of us lived.
FOR THE CAR ENTHUSIASTS
Virginia is for lovers… of whatever it is you love! And in November, car enthusiasts will find plenty of vehicles to swoon over, right here in VB.
7th Annual Coastal Virginia Auto Show
Virginia Beach Convention Center
One of the largest car shows in the Mid-Atlantic, the annual Coastal Virginia Auto Show returns to VB for three days of national award-winning show cars, celebrities, live entertainment, prizes, giveaways and even a children’s area. In addition to the indoor show, an outdoor show will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, in front of the Convention Center. Tickets are now available for purchase online. For more information, please visit the event website.