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Virginia Beach, VA Events
GRAND ILLUMINATION AT LYNNHAVEN MALL
Date: Friday, November 9, 2018 from 6-8pm (Free lightup item will be distributed starting at5:30pm)
Where: Lynnhaven Mall 701 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach VA
What: Bring the whole family to Lynnhaven Mall for one of Hampton Roads beloved annual holiday traditions - the Grand Illumination. Kids and adults alike will be filled with the holiday spirit featuring live entertainment from acrobatics and stilt walkers. Children 12 & under will receive a FREE exclusive mystery light up holiday item (while supplies last) that will create enough holiday magic to welcome Santa's during his grand entrance! Santa will be available for photos and meet &greet's after from 8-9pm. Get there early for the best view.
SANTA AT PEMBROKE MALL
Dates: November 18-December 24, 2018. Nov 18 from 12-6pm. Nov 19-21 from 11am-8pm. Nov 23-20 from 11am-8pm. Dec 1 from 9am-9pm. Dec 2 from 11am-7pm. Dec 3-6 from 11am-8pm. Dec 7-8 from 9am-9pm. Dec 9 from 11am-7pm. Dec 10-15 from 9am-9pm.Dec 16 from 10am-8pm. Dec 18-23 from 9am-9pm. Dec 24 from 9am-5pm. Break times vary by day. Pet photos on December 9 from 6-8pm and December 10 from 7-9pm.
Where: Pembroke Mall, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd, Suite 201 Virginia Beach, VA 23462
What: Visit and photos with Santa
Special Event:Santa is coming to Pembroke Mall!! Bring the family as we welcome our Singing Santa Claus featuring Rudolph and Frosty on Saturday, November 10th, beginning at 11am, located in the Target Wing. Sing along to your favorite Christmas songs and visit Santa after his performance.
Cost: Free to visit, photos for purchase
"SEA"SONS' GREETING: PHOTO WITH SANTA AT THE BEACH
Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 1-3:30pm
Where: Chic's Beach, Beaufort Ave, Virginia Beach, VA
What:Children, families, and pets are all welcome to meet Santa and have their pictures taken on thebeach!
Cost: $25 per photo session. Time slots are in 3 minute increments starting at 1pm. Raising funds for CHKD. This Event is SOLD OUT
SANTA'S STOCKING OLD FASHIONED CRAFT BAZAAR
Dates: November 17, 2018 from 9am-5pm and November 18, from 10am-4pm
Where: Kempsville Recreation Center 800 Monmouth Lane, Virginia Beach VA
What: Crafters will be selling unique handmade items, everything from stocking stuffers to fine works of art, all at budget-friendly prices. Photos and Visits with Santa Saturdays: 11 am - 2 pm | Sundays: 1 pm - 4 pm. Visits are free; photo packages available for purchase.)
Cost: The bazaar offers free admission and free on-site parking to shoppers. Santa visits are free; photo packages available for purchase.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Dates: Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 10am-1pm
Where: The Westin, Virginia Beach Town Center
What:The King’s Daughters invites you to Breakfast with Santa with Busch Gardens Christmas Town. Enjoy live holiday performances, children’s activities, interactive train display, silent auction of trees, gingerbread creations, and gifts or the opportunity to create a handmade gift to send to a patient at CHKD. Tickets to event also include a buffet breakfast, and a digital photo with Santa for each child! Questions, email email@example.com or call 757.668.7098
Cost: $25 per child, $30 per adult
FOOD & TOY DRIVE OPEN HOUSE
Dates: Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 10am-2pm.
Where: 2089 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-3841
What: Join us at the Mounted Police barn for our annual food and toy drive! Bring a nonperishable food donation (for people) and/or a new toy in packaging to the barn and join the festivities. The barn and the horses will be all dressed up and decorated for the event. All ages are welcome. You will be able to take photos with the horses and purchase our snazzy merchandise. Raffle tickets sold all day. You don't have to stay to win. This is a great chance to meet the officers, equine and human, find out what we're about and ask all your questions about volunteering, donating and supporting our Mounted Police unit. Santa has been invited, so we're hoping for a visit!
Cost: Bring a non-perishable food donation (for people) and/or a new toy in packaging to the barn and join the festivities. Kelly Ann of Beachy LLC will be there from 10-Noon offering beautiful professional photos for donations. $5 for an individual, $10 for a group photo. Get your family photo checked off your to-do list!
EAST COAST FALL FESTIVAL
Date:Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 11am-5pm
Where:East Coast Equestrian Training Center 2508 W Landing Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
What:A day of family fun with live presentations from all aspects of the equestrian world: Western, Dressage, English and the Virginia Beach Mounted Patrol. Lots of activities such as Pony Rides, Hay Rides, Corn Hole, Games and Races! Live music and dancing throughout the day. Santa will be stopping by between 1 and 3 pm! Vendors will be selling their products and gift items to help with your stocking stuffers. The ECIEA will have collection boxes for their food and toy drives and will be accepting non-perishable food contributions for the Southeast VA Food Bank and new unwrapped toys for the "Toys for Tots".
PICTURES WITH SANTA AT BALLYHOOS
Date:Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 1-4pm
Where:Ballyhoos 2865 Lynnhaven Drive, Suite D3, Virginia Beach VA
What: Come take pictures with Santa Claus. Bring the family, friends and your pets. Cashola, College Football, Gifts & Decor. Proceeds benefit Roc Solid Foundation, a not-for-profit organization helping children and families facing pediatric cancer. Hosted by Dolphin Circle, Virginia Beach City Union-International Circle of The Kings Daughters and Sons.
Cost: Fee is only $20.
Dates: Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 4-7pm (Rain Date: November 18, 2018)
Where: Landstown Commons, 3334 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
What: Join us for the Celebration! Meet us at the Fountain! VISIT with SANTA! • Music • Giveaways • Caroling.
VIRGINIA BEACH SENSITIVE SANTA
Date: Sundays, November 18, and December 2, 2018 from 8:30-10:30am
Where: Lynnhaven Mall (Virginia Beach, VA) 701 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
What: RSVP ON MEETUP! We are happy to announce a visit from a Sensitive Santa! We have partnered with World Wide Photography, a photography company, and Lynnhaven Mall to provide families with a private experience with the Sensitive Santa at Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach before it opens to the public starting at 8:30 am. Please RSVP and you will be assigned a time slot. We only need 1 RSVP Per Family on Meetup.
Cost: No purchase is required for the child to visit with Santa. However, this is NOT a free photo event, and photo packages are available for purchase. You are not permitted to take your own photos.
SANTA AT THE HILTON
Dates:Saturdays, November 24- December 22, 2018 from 11am-1pm
Where:The Hilton Virginia Beach 3001 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
What:Join Santa every Saturday starting Saturday November 24th from 11am-1pm and finishing on Saturday December 22nd as Santa has work to do! Come take your picture with Santa for FREE! Then grab lunch at Catch 31 Fish House & Bar where every Saturday Santa is here, from 11am-2pm kids 12 and under can eat for FREE! (With the purchase on an adult entrée). Mark your calendars now and plan for a trip to the beach to see Santa!
Cost: Visit and photo with Santa is Free
PLANES, TRAINS & SANTA
Where: Military Aviation Museum 1341 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23457
When: November 23 - 25, 2018
Activity: It will be an exciting and fun weekend of Santa, planes, and model trains! The KRT layout is designed specifically using Lionel Collectors Club of America standards to allow kids of all ages to interact with the trains in a way unparalleled in Hampton Roads. Try your hand at driving one of the LionChief engines, compliments of our sponsor, Lionel Trains or push the buttons to activate many of the scenes around the layout. Fun for all ages!! Don't miss your opportunity to take pictures with Santa among vintage planes and marvel at the hangar overrun with trains and fire trucks. Santa arrives at the museum each day at 10 AM. Santa will also be collecting donations for Toys for Tots!
Cost: Members are FREE. Kids ages 17 and under FREE. Adults $15 (+fee), Seniors $13 (+fee), Military, including adult dependents $12 (+fee)
ANNUAL VIRGINIA BEACH CHRISTMAS MARKET
Dates: November 23-25, 2018. Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
Where: Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451.
What: Pictures with Santa daily from 11am-3pm
Cost: $8 Adults; $2 Children 6-12; Under 6 Free - One admission covers all three days. One discount per person. Receive $1 off admission by bringing a canned food donation for the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia. Admission is free with a blood donation to the Red Cross.
VISIT WITH SANTA AT HILLTOP
Dates: Friday & Saturday, November 23 & 24 Saturday, December 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2018 from 12 to 4pm.
Where:The Shops at Hilltop, Laskin and First Colonial Roads, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
What:Look for Santa as he strolls our centers! Kids receive a Free activity pad! (while supplies last.)
THE CORAL CARAVAN VINTAGE, FARM & FLEA HOLIDAY MARKET
Dates: Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 9am-3pm
Where:Cromwells Produce, 3116 New Bridge Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
What:Our traveling market will be popping up at Cromwell’s Produce on November 24th, Small Business Saturday! Come out and visit Santa, choose a fresh cut tree, have your holiday card photos made, and shop with all of our amazing vendors.
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays November 24, 25, December 1, 2,8, 9, 15, 16, 22, & 23, 2018 from 10:30-11am
Where: Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center 717 General Booth Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23451
What: See Santa as he dives in the Red Sea Tunnel! Watch as he spends some time beneath the surface with our spotted eagle rays and zebra shark!
Cost: Included with Aquarium admission
SATURDAYS WITH SANTA AT CHILD-FIL-A
Dates: November 24, December 1, 8, 15, 22 & 24, 2018 from 12-4pm
Where: Chick-fil-A Virginia Beach Blvd 4752 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
What: The holidays are here and Santa and his team are flying in to help us celebrate all season long. He'll be here every Saturday to visit, take photos, and spread Christmas joy! Kids are invited to drop their letters to jolly old Saint Nick in our special delivery mailbox and enjoy special surprise treat! (Exclusively at the Virginia Beach Bvd Chick-fil-A location)
VBLA'S SANTA ON THE BEACH
Date:Sunday, November 25, 2018 from 11am-3pm
Where:2nd Street and the Oceanfront Virginia Beach
What:Join VBLA & Santa at 2nd Street and the Oceanfront for your photo opportunity with Santa. Friends, family & pets are all welcome to join in on the fun. Donations are accepted to benefit VBLA, LivOn Foundation & Hope for Life Rescue, Inc. Minimum suggested donation is $20. For a $100 donation, you can move to the front of the line!
FOUNDERS INN ANNUAL ILLUMINATION
Dates: Sunday, November 25, 2018 from 2-6:30pm
Where: The Founders Inn and Spa, 5641 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
What: Start the Holiday Season Off Right by Attending Founders Annual Illumination Event! Activities to include: Puppet Caravan, Cultural Dancers, Christmas Choirs in the Atrium, Pictures with Santa, Strolling Entertainment, Face-Painting and Balloon Artistry, Horse-drawn Carriage (weather permitting). At 6pm, don't miss a reading of "The Christmas Story" followed by the "Illumination" of the English Gardens. This event is one you won't want to miss and is fun for the whole family! Free and Open to the public.
Cost: Free and open to the public
PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA
Dates:November 25 & 26 and December 9 & 10 2018. 11/25 from 4-6pm. 11/26 & 12/9 from 6-8pm. 12/10 from 7-9pm
Where:Pembroke Mall, Virginia Beach VA
What:Everyone loves Santa, even your furry four-legged friends! We would like to invite you to bring your dogs and/or cats to Pembroke Mall for our Pet Photo Nights with Santa! Please enter through our Mall Entrance between Off Broadway Shoes and Target. Santa Set is located across from the Kids Play Area.
Cost:Photos available for purchase
MILITARY - HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING & CONCERT
Date:Friday, November 30, 2018 from 5:30-8pm
Where:JEB Little Creek - Gator Theater 3504 Gator Blvd. Bldg. 3104 Virginia Beach, VA 23459
What:Come out to the Holiday Tree Lighting & Concert on Friday, November 30 at Gator Theater! This free event will feature Children's Indoor Holiday Activities at 5:30 p.m., Outdoor Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa's Arrival at 6:45 p.m., the U.S. Fleet Forces Band Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. For more information, call 757-462-7952.
MILITARY - OCEANA - TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY & HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
Date:Friday, November 30,2018 from 5:30-8pm
Where:NAS Oceana - All Sports Zone Laser Ave.
What:Ring in the holiday season with this free family-friendly event at the NASO Youth Sports Complex (Bldg. 531) and Aerotheater. The 2018 Holiday Tree Lighting event occurs Friday, November 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The festivities kick off with a Child & Youth performance at 5:30 p.m. at the Aerotheater, followed by the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. and a free special holiday movie. There will also be a variety of children activities to include inflatables, crafts, hayrides, face painting, balloon animals, pictures with Santa, Christmas music and dancing. Concessions available for purchase. For more information call 757- 433-3976.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT CHICK-FIL-A
Date:Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 8-10am
Where:Chick-fil-A Marketplace at Hilltop 749 First Colonial Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
What:Join us for a memorable morning filled with fun holiday activities, delicious Chick-fil-A food, and even a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Please RSVP on the event page!
2018 FARMHOUSE GRAND ILLUMINATION!
Date: December 1, 2018 from 11am-10pm. Illumination takes place at 6pm.
Where: Back Bay's Farmhouse Brewing Co 1805 Kempsville Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
What: On this magical day, the Farmhouse will transition from pumpkin patch to winter wonderland, as we light our 16 foot Christmas tree and Farmhouse decor! Make your way through the property to see our extensive holiday decorations placed around every corner. Each room in the house will be decorated with their own unique holiday theme. We will illuminate all decorations at promptly 6PM. This is a FREE event. In addition to the property decor, you can also enjoy the following: - On-site Christmas tree lot - Live music with The Swinging Santa Band (6-8PM) - La Cucina & Cast Iron Catering food trucks - Hot chocolate & hot cider - A special bottle beer release! - Pictures with Santa (This is by appointment only with limited spots – everyone will be notified within this page and on our profile when signups are available, which will also provide pricing information.) - Christmas Tree Lot pictures (This is by appointment only with limited spots – everyone will be notified within this page and on our profile when signups are available, which will also provide pricing information.) - AND MORE
Cost: Free Event
LANDSTOWN COMMONS BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Dates: Saturday & Sundays: December 1 & 2, 22 & 23, 2018 from 8-11am
Where: IHOP at Landstown Commons Shopping Center 3334 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach VA
What: Enjoy a fun, casual breakfast with Santa at IHOP at Landstown Commons Shopping Center!
Cost: Registration is free, you just pay for the cost of your breakfast at IHOP. Registration is necessary due to limited seating. Event is subject to change without notice.
MILITARY - BREAKFAST WITH SANTA - LITTLE CREEK
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 8:30-10:30am
Where: Navy Exchange (Little Creek) 1170 Amphibious Dr Bldg 3443, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23459
What: Oh what fun! You're invited to Breakfast with Santa in the NEX Little Creek Food Court on Saturday, December 1 from 8:30am-10:30am. Ticket of $7 includes breakfast provided by Wendy's, a meet & greet with Santa, a mini firetruck/train ride from Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services - Unofficial, children's activities, story time & a FREE book courtesy of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia. Bring your own cameras. Purchase your tickets at NEX’s Personalized Services Department. Limited seating available.
Cost: Tickets are $7 each
SANTA PHOTOS AT CARE-A-LOT
Dates:December 1-2, 8-9, & 15-16, 2018. Saturdays 11am-4pm Sundays 12-5pm
Where: Care A Lot Pet Supply Indian River 5457 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
What: Bring your pets and kids to have their photo taken with Santa!
Cost:The price is only $10 and the entire amount goes to help dogs through Rainbow Animal Rescue
ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 9am-5pm
Where: Ocean Lakes Elementary School, 1616 Upton Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23454-5730
What: OLES is hosting their annual holiday craft fair. We have activities for the children and a visit from Santa!!
MILITARY: SANTA'S SCHEDULE AT NEX LITTLE CREEK:
What:Visit with Santa at the NEX! For military patrons only, must have valid military ID
- Saturdays 10am-6pm (*Except 12/1 for Breakfast with Santa & Story Time with Santa)
- Sundays 12pm-4pm
- Tuesdays 11am-3pm
- Fridays 12pm-6pm
- Monday, December 24th 11am-3pm
MILITARY: SANTA'S SCHEDULE AT NEX OCEANA:
What: Visit with Santa at the NEX! For military patrons only, must have valid military ID
- Saturday 12/1 from 11am-3pm
- Saturday 12/8 Breakfast with Santa
- Saturday 12/15 from 11am-3pm
- Saturday 12/22 from 11am-3pm
PAINTING WITH SANTA
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Color Me Mine 737 First Colonial Road Suite 214 Virginia Beach VA
What: Join us for this spectacular event! Spend special time with Santa and enjoy seeing your kids' eyes light up and big smiles across their faces. Bring your camera! Paint a dinner plate and add your child's hand print along with Santa's hand, too. Kids also paint a Christmas ornament. Choose from a wide variety of beautiful ornaments. Light refreshments will be served.
Cost: $38 + tax per child.
Date:Saturday, December 1,2018 from 1-3pm
Where:My Vegan Sweet Tooth, 3916 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach VA 23452
What:Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a small detour in their busy schedule to come to the bakery and enjoy some tasty vegan treats and help us raise money for the SPCA! Photos with Santa will be available free with any SPCA donations (needed items can be found on their website) monetary donations are also accepted. Please bring a phone or camera, as an on site photographer will not be provided. Santa will be taking photos withkids, and pets!!! So bring your fur babies too. See you there!
12TH ANNUAL PUNGO VILLAGE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 4-6pm (Rain date December 2, 2018 4-6pm)
Where: Corner of Indian River Rd and Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach VA
What: Music, Singing, Hot Chocolate & Goodies Special Appearance by Santa! Bring your blankets and chairs.
HOLIDAY PARADE AT THE BEACH
Dates: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 5:30pm
Where: Atlantic Avenue (traveling North) from 15th to 25th Street, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA
What: Join us for the Cox Communications Holiday Parade at the Beach, where almost 90 parade units make their way down Atlantic Avenue in a joyous celebration of the holiday season. At this year’s Holiday Parade, Cox Communications is celebrating the importance of the human connection. Giant balloons, marching bands, lighted floats, equestrian units, fire trucks, performing dance groups, motorcycles, and more join forces to present a dazzling and entertaining night of fun for all ages! And, best of all, Santa himself makes a grand appearance to greet all his loyal fans as the evening winds down and thousands of families take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Virginia Beach oceanfront!
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS CONCERT
Dates: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7pm & Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 4pm. Saturday, December 1st Santa arrives at 6:00 PM Show starts at 7:00 PM Sunday, December 2nd Santa arrives at 3:00 PM Show starts at 4:00 PM
Where: Virginia Beach Convention Center 1000 19th St, Virginia Beach, VA
What: Share the holiday spirit for Hampton Roads military families this season. Head over to the Virginia Beach Convention Center for a lively and festive USO-style show featuring the Guava Jam Band. The event AND parking are 100% FREE, and all proceeds benefit Hampton Roads military families in need during the holidays.
Cost:FREE. All proceeds benefit Hampton Roads military families in need during the holidays.
TAYLOR'S DO-IT CENTER PRESENTS NORTH POLE EXPRESS
Date:Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 11am-2pm
Where:Taylor's Do-It-Centers 1609 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
What:Join us at our Hilltop location, Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Get your picture taken with Santa and ride his train, watch cooking demos by Big Green Egg, get presents wrapped at ContraVan, warm up with hot coffee and enjoy yummy food by The Coop food truck and Doughminion Donuts, and smell the aroma of fresh cut Christmas Trees! Have leftover canned goods from Thanksgiving? Bring them with you! During the event, we will collect canned food items and monetary donations for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
PICNIC WITH SANTA
Dates: Sunday, December 2, 2018, 11am-3pm
Where: MSP Design Group 641 Phoenix Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452 (note the location change!)
What: Come out to the parking lot of the MSP Design Group and have lunch and get your picture taken with Santa. (All Children and Pets Welcome) We will have BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs chili and more. Don’t forget to save room for dessert; homemade goodies will be on hand too! We will also have adoptable dogs on site just in time for the Holidays! All proceeds will go to Bay Beagle Rescue Fund, to help provide medical care and save more dogs!
Cost: Food fees. All proceeds go to the Bay Beagle Rescue Medical Fund!
SUNDAYS WITH SANTA AT VIRGINIA AQUARIUM
Dates: Sundays, December 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2018 from 12-3pm
Where: Virginia Aquarium, Virginia Beach VA
What:Join Santa and his elves for fun festivities and activities!
Cost: Included in admission
ROCK-A-BYE-BABY OBX ANNUAL SANTA PHOTOS 2018
Date:Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 1-3pm
Where:Rock-A-Bye Baby OBX Laskin Rd 1201 Laskin Rd Ste 200, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
What:It's that time of year again + we are soooo excited! Our annual Santa photos are becoming a staple in our customer's Holiday traditions + we couldn't love that more! Please join us for photos with Santa as our gift to you! We enjoy this day so much + hope you all do as well! We have moved the event to Sundays when Bella Monte is closed to allow more parking due to how popular this was last year! Details: Photos will be from 1pm to 3pm with the sign up sheet going out 30 minutes prior as in previous years. If you've been with us for this then you know it flows pretty well once it gets rolling. Photos will be available online via an emailed link once edited + free to download, print, share....whatever your hearts desire - They are yours to cherish for years to come!
SEASON OF LIGHT PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Date: December 4, 11 & 18, 2018 at 7pm
Where: Plaza Middle School Planetarium, 3080 S. Lynnhaven Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
What: This presentation traces the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well.
Cost: All shows only $3 per person. Reservations strongly suggested.
CBN CHRISTMAS VILLAGE
Dates: December 6-9 and 13-15, 2018. Thursdays and Fridays 6-9pm. Saturdays 12-9pm
Where: 977 Centerville Turnpike, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23463
What: Christmas Marketplace, Rides and Attractions, Special Christmas Performances, Area's Largest, Most Spectacular Christmas Tree, Live Nativity, Santa's Cottage, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Antique Cars & More.
Cost: Free admission
DINNER WITH SANTA
Date:Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 5-8pm
Where:Chick-fil-A General Booth Blvd. 1524 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
What:On Thursday, December 6th we will be welcoming a very special guest from the North Pole!! Santa will be joining us for dinner from 5:00-8:00pm. No reservations needed. Don’t forget to bring your letters to Santa!! We will also have some blank ones available if needed!
IRISH CHRISTMAS MARKET & CEILI
Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 7-9pm
Where:Church of The Ascension 4853 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
What:CHRISTMAS MARKET with several local vendors (free & open to the public)! SANTA & MRS. CLAUS will be there! GIFT WRAPPING available! Music & Dancing! HOT COCOA & MULLED CIDER for a small donation. ALL ARE WELCOME!
MILITARY - PETS WITH SANTA LITTLE CREEK
Date:Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4-6pm
Where:Navy Exchange (Little Creek) 1170 Amphibious Dr. Bldg 3443, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23459
What:Bring your friendly pet to NEX Little Creek on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4pm-6pm and get a selfie with Santa! All pets welcome, so bring your bird, hamster, guinea pig, pot belly pig, iguana, dog, cat, rabbit & more. Don't forget your camera or phone. Tag us in your photos & use #NEXSantaPaws. All pets will leave with a goodie bag. Also, we'll have a Most Festive Pet Contest at5pm. Winning pet will receive a prize.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Dates: December 8, 9, 15, 16, & 22, 2018 from 8-10am.
Where: Founders Inn, 5641 Indian River Rd., Virginia Beach, VA
What: What a better way to celebrate the season than to share a meal with the jolly elf in the red suit. Balloon artist and face painting are also included. Reservations Required 757-366-5777.
Cost: $29.95 per person
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH WITH SANTA!
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 8am-3pm
Where: Creeds Cafe 605 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach Virginia 23457
What: Come have Breakfast or lunch at Creeds Cafe with Santa and get your picture taken by Southern Photography!
Cost: 10$ per image! Kids meals are 1/2 off!!
CHICK-FIL-A'S BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 8:30-10am
Where: Chick-fil-A Lynnhaven Mall Food Court 701 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA
What: Chick-fil-A's 18th Annual Breakfast with Santa and the Chick-fil-A Santa Cow. Lynnhaven Mall Food Court. Astro DJ's will be providing entertainment, dancing, crafts, face painting, games, photo opportunities, breakfast, goodie bagsand more memory filled fun. Reservations are required.
MILITARY - BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9-10:30am
Where: Navy Exchange (Oceana) 1449 Tomcat Blvd. Building No. 292, Virginia Beach, VA
What: Oh what fun! You're invited to Breakfast with Santa in the NEX Oceana Food Court on Saturday, December 8 from 9:00am-10:30am.
Cost: Ticket of $7 includes breakfast provided by Chick-Fil-A, a meet & greet with Santa, a mini firetruck/train ride from Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services - Unofficial, children's activities & a FREE book courtesy of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia. Bring your own cameras. Purchase your tickets at NEX’s Personalized Services Department. Limited seating available.
THE COMPLETE SANTA EXPERIENCE
Date:Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9am-12pm
Where:Kaydee Kelly Photography 1561 Bradford Rd, Suite 104, Virginia Beach VA
What:Photos with Santa. Reservations required. Session is only booked with session fee paid and contract signed. Each session can include up to 3 children (additional time slots can be booked at half price if you have more than 3 children!)
Cost:$80-$165 depending on photo package selected
COFFEE WITH SANTA
Date:Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10am-2pm
Where:American Brew - 3584 E Stratford Rd Virginia Beach, VA 23455
What:Come one, come all and visit the jolliest gentleman of them all! Visit the American Brew on Saturday December 8th between 10am-2pm for a FREE photo with Santa! You will be provided a link to go online and access your photo after the event. Coffee, hot chocolate bar, kids crafts & giveaways are just a few of the surprises we have in store for you! There will be parking next door at the Marina and across the street at J&A Racing. Please get your tickets for which time you will be attending and one for each person that will be with you. Presented by Val Lee, Realtor with Benham Signature Properties, Donnie Hoock - NMLS 1319720 - Movement Mortgage, Renee Jean Photography - Wedding & Elopement Photographer & American Brew
Date:Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10am-4pm (Santa will visit from 1-3pm)
Where:VB Farmers Market 3640 Dam Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23453
What: Craft Show: Live Music, Food Trucks, Children's Activities, VB Ice Skating on site, Fun for everyone! Santa will visit with children in our Rural Heritage Center from 1-3 on December 8 and there will be reindeer food and crafts.
Cost:Free and open to the public, free to visit and take your own pictures with Santa
COOKIES WITH SANTA
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 11am-1pm
Where: Pembroke Mall, Virginia Beach VA
What: Join us for our extra-special event, Cookies and Crafts with Santa! Kids will create holiday crafts while enjoying cookies, provided by Pembroke Mall. Santa will stop by and visit the kids during craft time. Located in the Target Wing. For kids 12 and under. Adult Supervision required for all ages. While supplies last.
MILITARY FAMILIES - WE BELIEVE: HOLIDAY KIDS AND FAMILY EVENT
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 11am-2pm
Where: Select NEX Locations including Little Creek, Oceana, and Norfolk
What: Join us Saturday, December 8th, 11am - 2pm, for a fun day of activities and help Dash The Elf write holiday letters to deployed sailors! Write a letter, give it to Santa to put in his sea bag and you will receive a $10 OFF COUPON* from Dash! Plus, visit and get your photo taken with Santa, listen to story time and more!
WEST INDIES UNITED (WIU): CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY
Dates: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 2-5pm
Where: 357 Edwin Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
What: Join West Indies United, Inc and Santa for an Afternoon of fun, foodand laughter. Children will receive goody bags. Bring your camera. AN AFTERNOON WITH SANTA 2018!! Food, Drinks, games, prizes and much more!
Cost: Free. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or texting 757-496-6006 to get your spot on Santa's List.
MILITARY - LITTLE CREEK - HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA WHOBILATION CELEBRATION
Date:Saturday, December 8,2018 from 2-5pm
Where:JEB Little Creek - Gator Theater 3504 Gator Blvd. Bldg. 3104 Virginia Beach, VA
What:The sights and sounds of the holidays will be celebrated inside the Gator Theater on this special evening for the 2018 Holiday Extravaganza Whobilation Celebration. We forecast a 100% chance of fun for the entire family on Saturday, December 8. The festivities take place from 2 to 5 p.m. and include a candy cane hunt, performances and meet and greet with Cindy Lou, the Grinchand Santa.
Open to active duty, retirees, Reservists, DoD civilians and their eligible family members. For more information, call 757-462-7691.
MEMBERS ONLY - DONUTS WITH SANTA AT VIRGINIA AQUARIUM
Dates:December 9 & 16, 2018 at 8:30am
Where:Virginia Aquarium, Virginia Beach VA
What:Ho ho ho! Join Santa for donuts at this Aquarium member exclusive event! This incredibly popular, family-friendly holiday event returns with two different dates. Enjoy holiday-themed donuts provided by Bliss Bakery, snap a photo, and visit with our jolly special guest before he heads back to the North Pole! This event will also include holiday-themed activity stations and story time.
Cost:$12 for children, $8 for adults. Members only. Registration is required for this event. To register and purchase your tickets, please call (757) 385-3474, option 3.
SOUNDS OF THE SEASON TOY DRIVE
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 11am-4pm
Where: Sound Wave Customs 2700 Avenger Drive, Suite 111, Virginia Beach, VA
What: Our 7th annual toy drive returns to Sound Wave Customs with a static car show hosted by Santa Claus! 50-50 Raffle. All cash will be turned into toys and donated for children in need. SHOW ENTRY:Pre register for show or Bass Off $15 Day of admission show or Bass Off $15 with toy $20 without toy We will have food and drinks included with registration, or purchase a wristband @ $3.00 for spectators. Reindeer games for GIFT CARDS, PRIZES, and MORE. Costume contests for holiday themes (People and Cars)!
COOKIES AND COCOA WITH SANTA
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 1-4pm
Where: Twisted Sisters Cupcakes & Sugar Shack Cafe 2724 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA
What: Bring your kids to the bakery located at 2724 Virginia Beach Blvd on Sunday December 9th from 1pm-4pm for an afternoon of family fun! This is a free event! Come have some fun and see what our bakery has to offer! Come decorate a cookie while drinking hot cocoa. Get a holiday face painting Have your child write a letter to Santa and be entered to win a free a birthday cake up to a $75.00 value (child must be present to write the letter and be entered into the contest) You can even see Santa himself bring your camera and get free photos no need to fight the long lines and the malls
Cost: This is a free event! Come have some fun and see what our bakery has to offer!
PHOTOS WITH SANTA AT BLUE PETE'S
Date:Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 2-4pm
Where:Blue Pete's Restaurant 1400 N Muddy Creek Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
What:Join us at Blue Pete’s on December 9th as we host our good friend, Santa Claus! That’s right, we know him. Professional photos by Skylar Wyatt - a great photo opportunity with rustic decor in front of a fireplace!
Cost:$10 per child. 3 or more children pay $25 total! This event will be first come first serve, so stop by early - it’s a busy time of year and Santa can’t stay long.
TEA WITH SANTA AND MRS CLAUS
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 5-7pm
Where: The English Rose Tea Room, 3101 Virginia Beach Blvd Suite 111, Virginia Beach, VA
What: Tea with Santa and Mrs. Claus, we will be serving food and tea, make sure to take lots of pictures. We will be decorated for Christmas, family fun! The children's meal will be kid friendly. Tickets must be purchased in advance. On sale now, limited seating, won't last long!
Cost: $15 per child (10 & under)and $25 per adult.
US FLEET FORCES BAND PRESENTS "SOUNDS OF THE SEASON"
Dates:Friday & Saturday, December 14-15, 2018 at 7pm
Where: Thalia Lynn Baptist Church, Virginia Beach VA
What:Enjoy the holiday cheer with the U.S. Fleet Forces Band Holiday Concert. We finish the season with 2 nights, at Thalia Lynn Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, VA. Fun for all ages, kiddos and reindeer alike! Be extra nice this season, as we may get a special visitor from the North Pole!
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 8-11am
Where: Dave & Buster's, 701 Lynnhaven Pkwy, Virginia Beach, VA
What: Hot cocoa station, crafts and pictures with Santa!
Cost: Breakfast Package: $15 Breakfast Buffet Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Roasted Potatoes, Bagels with Cream Cheese, Waffles, Orange Juice, Soda, Coffee and Tea.
Breakfast & Play Package: $20 Breakfast Buffet Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Roasted Potatoes, Bagels with Cream Cheese, Waffles, Orange Juice, Soda, Coffee and Tea. $10.00 power card for Ticket (redemption) Games and Unlimited Video Game Play (non-redemption games)
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO THE CAVALIER
Dates:December 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2018
Where:Cavalier Hotel 4200 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
What:Experience the magic of the historic Cavalier Hotel as we kick off the holiday season with a special visit from Santa EVERY Saturday and Sunday in December from NOW until Christmas. Santa’s sleigh touches down at 10am and he will be available for photos in our beautifully decorated lobby until the reindeer whisk him away at 2pm. **SPECIAL EVENTS:** Saturday, December 15th from 8:00am to 2:00pm, join us for breakfast, lunch or Sunday brunch with Santa at Becca — in addition to a kid-friendly meal, there will be cookie decorating, pictures with Santa, and lots more. Call (757) 965-9899 for more details and to reserve your spot.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Dates: Saturdays, December 15 & 22, 2018 from 8-11am
Where: Sage Kitchen- Virginia Beach 1925 Fisher Arch, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
What: Join us for our annual breakfast with jolly ol’ Saint Nick. Enjoy a delicious Sage Kitchen breakfast and free picture-taking with the man himself.
Cost: ADULTS $15, KIDS $10, GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING $15. Hang around and make your own gingerbread house! We’ll provide all of the supplies, you bring your smiles and laughter. Reservations are required: (757) 599-3510 x.407
MILITARY - FORT STORY HOLIDAY COMMUNITY PARTY
Date:Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 10am-1pm
Where:JEB Fort Story - Youth Center 457 Vera Cruz Road Bldg. 457 Virginia Beach, VA 23459
What:Celebrate the Holiday! There will be lots of exciting activities! Pictures with Santa, Holiday Crafts, Games, Door Prizes, Holiday Refreshments, and fun for everyone! For more information, call (757) 422-7714.
MILITARY - COOKIES & COCOA WITH SANTA
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 11am-1pm
Where: Drexler Manor Conference Center on JEB Little Creek, across from the CDC
What: Photos with Santa, Cookies and Cocoa and other Holiday Treats, Holiday Crafts and Activities. Free Gift for each Military Child. Open to active duty military, reserve/national guard and dependents with valid Military ID card. For the Southside edition of Cookies & Cocoa, registration time slots are designated times for families to meet and greet Santa. Families can arrive and enjoy the other activities on site at any time before or after their photo with Santa, but families are expected to fall in line to meet Santa at the time slot they registered.
Cost: Free but Reservations are required. This event has sold out in the past, so registering early is encouraged! One registration entry per family.
ANNUAL SANTA TO THE RESCUE
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 11am - 3pm
Where: Rescue Station 21 - 1468 Nimmo Parkway, Virginia Beach VA
What: Santa is making a special stop at Station 21. Princess Anne Courthouse Volunteer Rescue squad would like to invite you and your family to this special event.
Date:Saturday, December 15,2018 from 12-3pm
Where:Virginia Beach Friends School Gym 1537 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach VA
What:The Autism Society, Tidewater Chapter and Families of Autistic Children of Tidewater (F.A.C.T.) invite you to attend a holiday celebration. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No RSVP needed. Games, Face Painting, Crafts, Inflatables, Concessions, Photos with Santa
Cost:Entry is free, but please bring a non-perishable food item for local shelters
MUNCH MINGLE AND PICTURES WITH SANTA
Date:Saturday, December 15, 2018, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Where:Williams Farm Recreation Center 5252 Learning Circle, Virginia Beach VA
What:Ages 3 & up. Santa's on his way to town and he wants to have breakfast with his favorite kids, at Williams Farm. Join us for a wonderful event and sit down and munch and mingle with Santa. We will have arts and craft plus holiday-themed games and then you can tell Santa your very special wish for the holiday. So put on your favorite outfit and take a picture to remember with Santa at this fun event.
Cost:Parent must register and attend with child. Register online $7
SWINGING SANTA BAND
Date:Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 4-6pm
Where:Back Bay's Farmhouse Brewing Co, 1805 Kempsville Rd, Virginia Beach VA
What:Bring the family to watch the Singing Santa Band from 4-6PM on December 15th! This brass band will be playing all of your favorite holiday songs right in front of the Farmhouse. Grab your blankets and bundle up with a beer as we count down the days until Santa comes!
Cost:This event is FREE!
COOKIES & CIDER WITH SANTA
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 5-7pm
Where: TASTE 4097 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455
What: Visit Santa at TASTE Bayville Farms for cookies and cider. Bring your camera and snap photos of your family, your kids or even your pets with jolly Old Saint Nick, and enjoy cookies and cider surrounded by our fresh cut Christmas trees.
Cost: Admission is free! While supplies last.
VEGAN BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 10am-2pm
Where: Kahiau's Bakery & Cafe 3712 S Plaza Trail #101, Virginia Beach, VA
What: Come join us for brunch with Santa. Come In Your most comfy holiday PJs. Santa will arrive at 11am so be on time. He will help with cookie decorating, coloring and reading the kids a story. We will have a brunch buffet set up along with coffee, tea, a hot chocolate bar and lots more. We will have games, coloring books, cookie decorating and more. Menu will be posted at a later date. Come join us this second year for all the holiday fun.
Cost: The price is $20 for adults and $10 for kids and includes brunch, cookie decorating and all activities with Santa. MUST RSVP BY DECEMBER 10TH TO SAVE A SEAT. Call us 757.340.0071
PIZZA & PHOTOS WITH MR. & MRS. CLAUS
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 5:30-8pm.
Where:Chicho's Strawbridge 2135 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
What:Take your own photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, post it to Facebook, Check-In and show your server for a locals discount!
COOKIES WITH SANTA
Date:Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30pm
Where:Chick-fil-A Parkway Plaza 877 Lynnhaven Pkwy, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
What:Break out your best Christmas sweaters and join us for a memorable evening filled with a fun holiday craft, the Cows, & Santa! Reservations required using the Eventbrite link provided. Reservations are by table, so it is based on how many are in your party. If there are 4 of you, you will need to purchase the $10 ticket for a 4-seat table. It also includes an ornament craft for each child, and cookies and milk for everyone!
EVENING WITH SANTA AT FOUNDERS INN
Dates: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 6-7pm
Where: The Founders Inn and Spa, 5641 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464
What: Children, all dressed in their holiday pajamas, will snuggle up in blankets to hear Santa read "The Night Before Christmas" and other stories. Children will enjoy milk, cookies and pictures with Santa. Children will also have an opportunity to sit on Santa's lap so bring your camera! Event starts promptly at6pm. All guests are invited to stay for dinner and enjoy a 20% discount on our Holiday Pasta Night!
Cost:Reservations Required $18.00 per child. Please call 757-366-5777 to reserve your space.
FUNVILLE CHRISTMAS PARTY - MEET SANTA!
Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 5-8pm
Where: FunVille Playground and Cafe Virginia Beach 4318 Holland Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
What: Did you know that Santa is coming from the North Pole especially for FunVille? Don't miss an awesome party filled with music, raffles, discounted admission and pictures with Santa! Cherry on top? FunVille will be giving out raffle tickets for a chance to win multiple free admissions!
VIRGINIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: PB&J FAMILY SERIES - JINGLE BELL JAM
Date: Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 3pm
Where: Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market St, Virginia Beach, VA
What: Santa Claus is coming to town and he's stopping by to be a part of the VSO's ever-popular Jingle Bell Jam! Celebrate the magic of the season with an afternoon that showcases the music of the holidays performed by the best talent in Hampton Roads. You won't want to miss this holly jolly concert! Get your tickets early– this family favorite is sure to sell out!
Cost:Tickets are $14/child, $19/adult
CRUISE WITH CLAUS
Date:Monday, December 24, 2018 at 2pm
Where: Virginia Aquarium, Boat Dock 717 General Booth Blvd. Virginia Beach VA 23451
What:Santa is in charge on this special Whales and Wildlife boat trip! Spend the trip with Captain Santa on Christmas Eve beginning at 2pm. Join us for an unforgettable ~2.5 hour adventure in search of whales, dolphins, seals,and seabirds. Staff & volunteers trained by Aquarium experts share a program built upon our own research and conservation efforts and three decades of experience. We adhere to all responsible wildlife viewing guidelines.
Cost:$24.95-$29.95. Children under age 3 are free