“Hampton Holly Days Parade” in Downtown Hampton

This December 9, let the joy of the holiday season take over at the Hampton Holly Days Parade: Holiday Lift Off in honor of NASA Langley Research Center’s centennial celebration. The free event, taking place at 7:00 p.m. in downtown Hampton, is one of the largest annual illuminated parades in all of Hampton Roads.

Hampton Holly Days Parade will feature over 70 units, including beautiful floats, marching bands including high school bands, auto clubs, dance groups, military honor units, and everyone’s favorite holiday guest…Santa Claus!

For more information on Holiday Lift Off, dial 757/727-8311 or click here.

“Lighted Boat Parade” in Downtown Hampton


Gather the family and bundle up for the 29th annual Lighted Boat Parade in Downtown Hampton.

Friday, December 8th, jump into the holiday spirit by watching a parade of beautifully decorated boats cruising the river. More than 20 vessels are expected to participate in this free nautical light show at the downtown waterfront.

The event will kick off with live music by Little Doors beginning at 6pm. At 7pm, the parade of illuminated power and sail boats will be visible from anywhere along the Hampton River.

For more info, visit the website by clicking here.

“St. Nick at Endview Plantation” in Newport News

December 8-9th, bring your family out to Endview Plantation to experience the magic of an 1861 Christmas.  Private family sessions create the perfect setting for seasonal photo opportunities in the historic atmosphere.  Craft activities will be offered before the visit with Santa.  

Please plan to bring a wrapped gift for your child as well as a non-perishable food item to donate to the local Foodbank.  Reservations must be made in advance by calling 757-887-1862.  Admission is $5 per child.  

For more info, please visit endview.org.