Wreaths decorate Granby Street, oversize Menorah towers over Town Point Park and carolers can be heard spreading cheer through the downtown streets. Christmas trees and holiday lights of all shapes, sizes and colors illuminate the city, while holiday flavored brews and coffees are steps away to warm up your soul. Join us to kick off the holiday celebrations at Norfolk’s beloved Grand Illumination Parade, November 23rd! 

Thanksgiving Happenings

Turkey, too much pie and post-meal naps: the tradition of Thanksgiving. Norfolk has all the best events to get you prepped and ready for Turkey Day! Fill a growler with Coelacanth’s Thanksgiving-themed beer, Sauce, or create a floral centerpiece at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Either way, we’ve got all the Thanksgiving events, dinners and brunches for you and your family and friends! 

Holiday Happenings

From a hot chocolate war to pictures with Santa, and all the Nutcracker performances in between, Norfolk's holiday lineup will leave you filled with joy. Check out our holiday bucket list to make your December extra memorable this year. Grab your holiday pajamas, load everyone into the car and marvel at Norfolk's Garden of Lights, named the best botanical garden holiday lights in the country by USA Today.