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Ring in the Holidays in Virginia Beach

by Mary Melnick

Nov 24, 2023

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Destinations / North America

Embrace the holiday season with a family coastal retreat to Virginia Beach. The destination offers a blend of holiday charm and year-round amenities perfect for family travels. With mild winter weather, pristine beaches and a variety of seasonal events, the destination offers a one-of-a-kind winter escape.


29th Annual Holiday Lights at the Beach

Through Dec. 31, take a magical journey through Virginia Beach Boardwalk’s festive nautical holiday light display from the comfort of your car. Get even more immersed by playing a holiday soundtrack on the radio. See festive fish, musical crabs and elves join a surfing Santa and a 40-foot dancing Christmas tree in this “Fanta-Sea” of lights.


Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market

If you are in town this Thanksgiving weekend, head to this award-winning craft market. This market started as a small country craft consignment shop and has since grown. Located at Virginia Beach Convention Center, the market showcases original works of more than 175 artists and crafters from more than 20 states.


Third Annual Gingerbread House Exhibit

The Historic de Witt Cottage, the oldest remaining private structure at the oceanfront and home to Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum, is home to a gingerbread house exhibit until Dec. 30. The exhibit features original designs by local businesses and residents.


The Virginia Beach Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

On Dec. 2, decorated boats with holiday lights and themed decorations sail along Lynnhaven Inlet to celebrate the season in support of Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation, a local volunteer-based EMS organization.


The Founders Inn and Spa Breakfast with Santa

On select dates in December, Founders Inn and Spa hosts a charming breakfast with Santa. Children can have their picture taken with Santa and enjoy balloon art and face painting.


Santa, S’mores & More at Hunt Club Farm

Bring the family to the farm for an afternoon of fun with Santa. Tickets include selfies with Santa, ornament making with elves, visiting the Petting Farm and TreeWalk Adventure, and roasting s’mores over the bonfire. Reservations are required.


Holiday Tree Hunt

Elves are set to invade The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium! Hunt for the elves in the park’s system of 17 elevated trails and zip lines, find them all and maybe even earn a Christmas surprise at the end.


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