Kick off the holiday season with illumination ceremonies this weekend, find unique gifts for your loved ones, and visit with Santa! There’s lots of festive fun this weekend in Hampton Roads.
**Grab your ice skates and head to MacArthur On Ice to meet your favorite WAVY TV 10 and WVBT FOX 43 news personalities on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by and say ‘hi’ to Tom Schaad, Stephanie Harris, Ariane Aramburo, Chris Reckling, Jeff Edmondson, and Face of FOX43 Andria Lea!
-PORTSMOUTH: The Interstate 264 westbound lanes of the Downtown Tunnel will remain open both Friday and Saturday night. Crews will resume work Sunday night at 8 p.m. The tunnel reopens Monday at 5 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 22:
-SUFFOLK: The 2013 Suffolk Grand Illumination Ceremony has been pushed up to Friday. Market Park opens at 6 p.m., with the illumination starting at 6:15. Santa arrives at 6:30 p.m. and there will be musical entertainment and movies until 8 p.m. Parking is available at the Visitor Center at 524 North Main Street with a shuttle service.
-VIRGINIA BEACH: Holiday Lights at the Beach return, lighting up the boardwalk through New Years Day. The opening weekend special costs $8 per car. You can drive through from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
-VIRGINIA BEACH: Joe Ely, Ruthie Foster, and Paul Thorn perform Friday at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. The show starts at 8 p.m. with tickets starting at $30.
-VIRGINIA BEACH: The 17th annual Mayflower Marathon Food and Fund Drive is in the Pembroke Mall parking lot, near Target. The marathon event runs from 5:30 a.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Sunday. The goal is to provide meals to those who struggle with hunger in our community.
Saturday, Nov. 23:
–CHESAPEAKE: Take a Poinsettia Tour at White’s Old Mill Garden Center in Chesapeake. Take a free tram ride through thousands of poinsettias and see Santa. The Center is located at 3133 Old Mill Road, and tours are offered Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-CHESAPEAKE: Check out the Holiday Craft Show at the Chesapeake Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It’s a good chance to pick up handmade gifts and even see Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is also a food drive for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.
-HAMPTON: The 15th annual Coliseum Central Holiday Parade comes through Peninsula Town Center Saturday. The parade includes Santa and his carriage ride, which you can enjoy from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The festivities start at 9:30 a.m.
-NORFOLK: The southern ground hornbill is on special display, “Luscious Lashes,” Saturday at the Virginia Zoo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Head to the Zoo’s Africa – Okavango Delta exhibit to learn about the animals and their habitat. The first 50 visitors to the discovery station will receive free eyelashes for their car to show their support for the southern ground hornbill. All activities are included with zoo admission.
-NORFOLK: Before you head to Downtown Norfolk’s Grand Illumination Parade, take your family to a free screening of “The Polar Express” at TCC Roper Performing Arts Center. The movie is set to start at 4 p.m.
-NORFOLK: The 29th annual Grand Illumination Parade is a perfect start to the holiday season in Downtown Norfolk. Starting at 7 p.m., the parade will kick off Holidays in the City with the skylines of Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth lighting up.
-NORFOLK: If you’re looking for unique gifts this holiday season, visit the Old World Christmas Market this Saturday at the Hunter House Victorian Museum. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit a European-style market inside the museum, featuring local artists and vendors.
-NORFOLK: Another unique stop for holiday gift shoppers is d’ART Holiday Gift Shop in Norfolk. You’ll be able to find arts and crafts from local and regional artists in the Decker Gallery area.
-NORFOLK: Get on the ice at MacArthur Center. The 7,200 square-foot outdoor ice rink is a festive activity for your whole family. Admission is $6 per person, $5 with a military ID. Skate rentals are $6.
-SUFFOLK: The City of Suffolk is sponsoring a flea market and bazaar to benefit the United Way. The event is at the National Guard Armory located at 2761 Godwin boulevard, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-SUFFOLK: A basketball tournament for all ages is sponsored by the Suffolk Parks & Recreation Department, in partnership with the East Suffolk Federated Civic Leagues. Admission is $1 or a canned good. All games will be played at Booker T. Washington Recreation Center located at 204 Walnut Street.
-SUFFOLK: It’s the final farmers market of the season in Suffolk. Stop by the Suffolk Visitor Center Pavilion to check out local produce, baked goods, and crafts. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24:
-CHESAPEAKE: Take a Poinsettia Tour at White’s Old Mill Garden Center in Chesapeake. Take a free tram ride through thousands of poinsettias and see Santa. The Center is located at 3133 Old Mill Road, and tours are offered Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
-CHESAPEAKE: Check out the Holiday Craft Show at the Chesapeake Conference Center from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. It’s a good chance to pick up handmade gifts and even see Santa from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is also a food drive for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.
-NORFOLK: Meet Santa at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk Saturday. From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., you can find Santa in Rose Garden Hall for cookies, cocoa, and a craft. The event costs $10 and includes admission to the Million Bulb Walk.
-VIRGINIA BEACH: The 17th annual Mayflower Marathon Food and Fund Drive wraps up Sunday in the Pembroke Mall parking lot, near Target. The marathon event runs until 3 p.m. Sunday. The goal is to provide meals to those who struggle with hunger in our community.
-YORKTOWN: Visit the Coventry Club House for an afternoon of holiday cheer. Vendors will be on hand at the open house, including Pampered Chef, Lia Sophia, Thirty One Bags, and more. There are also chances to win prizes at the event, which runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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