There is no better place to spend the holidays than "In the City". 

From a parade through downtown and into the new year, the lights, the sights, and sounds of the Holidays in the City season provide unforgettable activities for the whole family to enjoy.   

30th Annual Grand Illumination Parade
November 22
7:00 p.m.
Free & Open to the Public
The festivities begin on Saturday, November 22nd at 7:00 pm with the 30th Annual Grand Illumination of the downtown skyline. The lighting of the skyline signals the start of Hampton Roads’ most cherished event, the Annual Grand Illumination Parade. Spectacular floats, marching bands, giant balloons, dancers and Santa himself will delight spectators with glowing décor as they parade through downtown Norfolk. Visit>>   

MacArthur on Ice and the Winter Carnival at MacArthur Center
November 22 – January 19
This holiday season, there’s no place like MacArthur Center, which comes alive with holiday fun and entertainment, from the annual outdoor ice skating tradition, MacArthur on Ice to the all-new outdoor Winter Carnival. Hampton Roads’ premier shopping destination, MacArthur Center, is also the place for an exciting winter extravaganza.

Dominion Garden of Lights
November 27 – December 31
5:30 – 10:00 p.m. Nightly
Don’t miss a Hampton Roads’ holiday tradition. Bring your family and friends to the 20th annual light show extravaganza for a magical holiday experience. During this event, our garden is transformed into a winter wonderland where you can enjoy a 2-mile drive through a million sparkling lights bringing the four seasons to life. Visit>>

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
December 10 – 24
It wouldn’t be the holidays without Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Virginia Stage Company. Ebenezer Scrooge and his travels with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future reawaken the spirit of Christmas in all of us. This timeless take remains a heartwarming tradition for many Hampton Roads families as they celebrate the season in the festively decorated Wells Theatre. Visit>>

The Nutcracker
December 12 – 14
Chrysler Hall
Virginia Ballet Theatre Presents Richmond Ballet's The Nutcracker with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Children's Chorus and Todd Rosenlieb Dance at Chrysler Hall. Visit>>

Hurrah for the Holidays
December 12 at 7:00 p.m., December 13 & 14 at 3:00 p.m.  
T.C.C. Roper Performing Arts Center

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 13 at 7:00 p.m.
T.C.C. Roper Performing Arts Center
Put a little Hurrah in your Holidays! The Hurrah Players, Virginia's Leading Family Theatre Company, present two family-friendly shows for the holidays. Hurrah for the Holidays is a multi-cultural celebration featuring all the best music of the season - from your favorite classic standards to popular modern day hits. Along with the renowned precision kick-line dancers, a 6 foot dancing snowman and a few festive surprises - it's an event for the entire family. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is the funny and heartwarming story of an unlikely group of kids who learn the true meaning of Christmas. A holiday tradition in Hampton Roads, this one night only event is presented with Happy Hanukkah, My Friend; a short program celebrating the Festival of Lights. Visit>>

Pagoda and Garden LightFEST
November 22 – December 31
The Annual Pagoda & Garden LightFest featuring over 40,000 sparkles of friendship glowing in the Garden & Pagoda nightly. This event opens with the Grand Illumination on November 22. Visit>>