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‘Tis The Season to be Merry in Virginia Beach

by Mary Melnick

Nov 24, 2022

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Ditch the snow this winter with a sunny family escape to Virginia Beach, Virginia. The beach destination draws travelers during the warmer months, but the mild climate and smaller crowds make it an unmatched winter destination. From surfing Santa to holiday boardwalk cheer, Virginia Beach celebrates the season with holiday performances and unique experiences the whole family will enjoy.


Here are a number of events to help travelers get in the holiday spirit all season long:


The Founders Inn and Spa Thanksgiving Buffet

On Nov. 24, the award-winning culinary team at The Founders Inn and Spa offers a delicious menu to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy turkey, ham, seafood, and locally grown fruits and vegetables. End the night with yummy desserts from an in-house pastry shop.


41st Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market

The award-winning craft market returns to Virginia Beach Convention Center, Nov. 25–27. The market showcases the original work of more than 175 talented artisans and crafters. With thousands of different crafts and items, it’s the perfect chance to find a thoughtful gift for everyone on your list. Donate a canned good at the door or participate in the on-site American Red Cross Blood Drive to receive discounted admission.


Small Business Saturday In the ViBe District

The ViBe Creative district comprises small, locally owned and operated businesses. Join in the seventh-annual Small Business Saturday celebration, the largest local celebration of participating businesses in the area. Fifty businesses located within 1.5 miles will be open and ready to welcome guests. Guests can also enjoy live music by Big Juicy Entertainment while shopping.


The Holidays at Town Center

The city’s holiday spirit is on full display with lots of festivities in the town center, Nov. 26–Dec. 31. From the nightly Dancing Northern Lights Tree to festive installations like giant snow globes and holiday selfie stations, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Holi-Rays at the Virginia Aquarium

On the weekend of Dec. 16, ring in the holiday season with special underwater events. The aquarium will be decorated with the most festive decorations and holiday craft stations with recycled items. Visitors also have a chance to meet Santa and maybe even catch him swimming with sharks.


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