The holidays have arrived in Norfolk, VA, bringing with them a long list of wonderful ways to celebrate with the ones you love. The holiday season can get busy, and your shopping list may feel too long, so make a point to carve out time to gather your loved ones and experience your city’s wonderful holiday events.
Whether you prefer to head out on an ice skating adventure after a long day of shopping, a cruise through the Garden of Lights or enjoy a scenic breakfast cruise with Santa along the Elizabeth River, you can do it all when you live in Norfolk, VA!
We’ve chosen 5 of our favorite holiday events to enjoy in our fine city this season, and all events are family-friendly and located just minutes away from your front door! Mark your calendars for your best December yet, and make the most of this beautiful holiday season by celebrating in the city you love! Happy Holidays from all of us at Walker’s Chase!
Dickens Christmas Towne at Nauticus
Featuring a 120 foot waterfront maze, an interactive space show, a giant advent calendar, crafts, activities, games and more, Dickens Christmas Towne is sure to be a crowd pleaser for kids and adults, alike! Located just minutes away on the Elizabeth River waterfront at Nauticus, you can get the whole family there in just 15 minutes.
Botanical Gardens’ Dominion Garden of Lights
Every evening, now through December 31st, pile the family into the car and drive just minutes away to Norfolk Botanical Gardens for a light show unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The gardens will be decked out with millions of bulbs, delighting your entire family through a mile long ride through the park. If you prefer not to drive, bundle up and ride the tram, and see the lights up close!
Breakfast with Santa on Spirit of Norfolk
On Saturday, December 9th, board the Spirit of Norfolk for a delicious breakfast buffet with your favorite friend from the North Pole, Santa! Enjoy tasty breakfast treats, DJ entertainment and a full 2 hours sailing across the beautiful Elizabeth River beside the ones you love.
MacArthur on Ice
Enjoy MacArthur Center’s 13th season of ice skating through the holiday season, and visit our city’s favorite downtown mall for a brisk skate across the crisp and sparkly ice! Bring family and friends to join you, and even those without experience can sign up for a private lesson to get comfortable.
A Christmas Carol at Wells Theatre
It isn’t quite Christmas without this classic Dickens tale featuring the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. The historic Wells Theatre is truly an experience unto itself, and your entire family will be feeling the Christmas Spirit throughout this holiday production.