~ Norfolk CVB announces great promotions and activities for all ages this holiday season ~

NORFOLK, Va. (November 10, 2009) − Ushering in another winter season, the Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCVB) has recently released exciting new details about upcoming holiday plans for the bustling seaport city of Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to its current Sail into Savings promotion, offering guests who book overnight stays at participating hotels discounted entry to citywide attractions, the city will turn on the lights to holiday events and activities throughout the season. From holiday dinner cruises aboard The Spirit of Norfolk and light shows at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk is the place for visitors to enjoy all the seasonal fun, without the holiday expense. In addition to the festivities below, visitors can log on to www.visitnorfolktoday.com for a complete listing.

• Holiday Shopping in Norfolk
Savvy shoppers will have a multitude of settings to choose from including Norfolk’s historic neighborhood of Ghent, where contemporary shops, boutiques, jewelers and craft stores are side by side with eclectic antique shops; The MacArthur Center, a three-level downtown urban showplace offering more than one million square feet of retailers, specialty shops restaurants and entertainment; or the Waterside District Marketplace, home to a variety of unusual gift shops and stores. Those searching for gourmet cakes, mixes, snacks, jams and cooking sauces exclusive to the area can visit Norfolk’s bakery, Rowena’s and sample the famed baked goods. Just a few minutes away, browse around the d’ART Center’s Gift Shop for some great holiday gift ideas on Friday, December 4 at the d’ARTini Night. Along with the d’ART Center Gift Shop, 28 art studios will open from 6 to 8 p.m. in Norfolk, allowing patrons the opportunity to find fresh and unique gifts for those on their list. Local artwork including glass, paintings and jewelry will also be showcased and on sale throughout the season at the downtown d’Art Center

• The MacArthur Center on Ice
Through January 18, 2010
Who needs Rockefeller Center, when the MacArthur Center in downtown Norfolk comes complete with open skating, figure skating exhibitions, lessons, skating with the Norfolk Admirals and live musical performances? Admission is $8 per person including skate rental.

• The Garden of Lights
On November 26, the famed Norfolk Botanical Gardens will become a ‘Garden of Lights’ with a two-mile driving tour through nearly a million twinkling lights. The display will be open to the public with an admission price of $10/car on a nightly basis from 5:30 to 10 p.m. until January 3.

• Taking Center Stage
Three highly anticipated shows in Norfolk are expected to receive standing ovations this winter. In light of the holiday season, the Virginia Stage Company will put on the classic Charles Dickens play ‘A Christmas Carol,’ which will run from December 12 through December 24. Also on the agenda is the original Hugh Copeland music revue ‘Holidays in Virginia,’ which will strike a chord with audiences December 11, 12 & 13. Last but certainly not least, Broadway Across America waltzes into town on December 28 with the critically acclaimed fan favorite ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical,’ which will run until January 2. With so much on the agenda in Norfolk this season, even the Grinch will be singing a different tune.

• Holiday Hotel Savings
The Norfolk Waterside Marriott is also offering a great incentive for families traveling with children- book a room at the hotel and kids eat free! The promotion lasts until the end of the year, so why not pile up on chicken fingers while it’s still 2009. Want some downtime with your special someone? The Norfolk Waterside Marriott is also offering the ‘Romance at the Norfolk’ package, which includes champagne and chocolate covered strawberries delivered right to your door, breakfast for two and complimentary valet. Rates start at $139 when booking through www.marriott.com.

Right down the road, the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside hotel is offering a special holiday treat for guests staying until January 30, 2010: book one night, stay the next night for 50 percent off! For reservations, visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

In addition to the festive line-up events, guests to Norfolk this holiday season can also visit the many attractions located within the destination, as well as sample some of Norfolk’s culinary delights at one of the nearly 100 restaurants dotting the streets of the downtown area. For more information, please visit www.visitnorfolktoday.com.