Newport News Holiday Events

The holiday season has arrived to Newport News and with it, events that bring the holly jolly goodness. From lights to cookies to seeing the jolly old elf, Santa Claus, we have Christmas covered with our events below. Put on your ugly sweater and enjoy this wintery time of year in Newport News.

Ferguson NlightN Holiday Event Series

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, Newport News residents and visitors will experience the sights and sounds of the season with the Ferguson NlightN Holiday Event Series. Pronounced “enlighten,” this series includes three main events – the classic Celebration in Lights at Newport News Park, the magical Lights at the Fountain at City Center, and the family friendly ARTech Lights at Brooks Crossing – along with additional smaller events throughout the city.

City-Wide

NlightN Holiday Tour

To light up the city and create memorable moments for residents and guests, Newport News is once again inviting residents, business, churchs/places of worship and other organizations to become part of the tour that takes drivers from one end of the city to the other to enjoy light displays. Decorations can be tacky, majestic, elaborate, colorful and more - we want to see them all!

If you want your location to be included, please visit the NlightN Holiday Tour website and enter the address of the decorated location.

Check out the NlightN Holiday Tour map to check out the best light displays the city has to offer.

Brooks Crossing

Dec. 4 - Jan. 1, 2022: Artech Lights

Visit Brooks Crossing throughout the season for a holly jolly good time when the area is lit up from 5 - 9 p.m. Lace up your ice skates to enjoy our free skating rink Dec. 10 - 12. An animated holiday show synched to Christmas music will play every half hour. 

Dec. 10: Special Event

It's a Christmas party at Brooks Crossing including "Techtivities" at Jefferson Lab, food, a "silence disco", DJ, skating rink and snow machine. 

City Center at Oyster Point

Dec. 4: Tree Lighting Ceremony

Kicking off the 2021 edition of the City Center Fountain Plaza is the tree lighting ceremony from 5 - 8 p.m. with the Christmas tree officially being lit for the holidays at 7 p.m. Join us for a holiday bash with food, holiday gift vendors, live performances, games, giveaways, and more!

Dec. 4 - Jan. 1, 2022: Lights at the Fountain

Step into a winter wonderland at City Center Fountain Plaza with festive decorations and dazzling lights. Every half hour, from 5 to 9 p.m., enjoy a show with lights and falling “snow,” set to holiday music. This year, witness a new animated holiday show on state-of-the-art pixel pines holiday tree synched with a unique holiday soundtrack. Be sure to take photos at the “Instagram-able Moments” sites around the fountain. Call 757-926-1400 for details.

Newport News Park

Nov. 25 - Jan. 1, 2022: 29th Annual Celebration in Lights

Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light show! Since 1993, Celebration in Lights has transformed Newport News Park into a magical winter wonderland. Admission on weeknights (Monday – Thursday) is $12 per car, a savings of $3 off the weekend rate (Friday – Sunday) of $15 per car. Additionally, advance purchase tickets (good any night) can be purchased for $10 at the Newport News Visitor Center at Newport News Park. Admission for motorcoaches is $75 per busload. Celebration in Lights is open daily, 5:30 to 10 p.m. 

Events Throughout the city

Brittingham-Midtown Community Center

Dec. 8: Jingle-Jingle Drive Thru

To help residents ages 50 and over get in the holiday spirit, the Newport News Active Lifestyles Program is hosting a Jingle-Jingle Drive Thru on Wednesday, December 8 from noon until 2 p.m. at the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center (570 McLawhorne Drive). This free event includes entertainment, gifts and much more. RSVP by Wednesday, December 1 to Angelica at 757-591-4853 or at any of the city’s Active Lifestyles Centers

City Hall 

Dec. 4 - Jan. 1, 2022: Deck The Hall

Let it snow at Newport News City Hall with the holiday tree, decor, lights, and Instagrammable moments.

Denbigh Community Center

Dec. 4 - Jan. 1, 2022: Gnome For The Holidays

The gnomes make their home at Denbigh Community Center with a snow gnomes mural, Instagrammable moments, festive decor, crafts, and Christmas lights. On December 10, bring the family along to watch Snow Buddies with hot cocoa and popcorn. 

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

Dec. 10: Holiday Frost

Holiday Frost at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center (Dec. 10, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m), returns with its annual toy and activity giveaway.  Explore the holidays in Outer Space – featuring a Martian candy store, a visit to the moon with Apollo 8 and games with your favorite characters from Star Wars. Admission is free, reservations required. Click here to reserve.

Dec. 11: Newport News Holiday Extravaganza!

Get in the holiday spirit with a family-friendly performance highlighting the talented youth of the Peninsula. This performance is presented in partnership with the Goode Dance Project. Click here to book.

Endview Plantation

Dec. 3 - 31: Holidays at Endview

Learn about historical holiday customs on a guided tour of the house. Greenery and period decorations add a festive seasonal touch to the historic home’s interior. The holiday tour is included with regular admission. For hours and admission fees visit their website, email nnhistoricsites@nnva.gov, or call 757-887-1862.

This long-standing holiday tradition provides private family photo opportunities with St. Nick, in Endview’s historic interior. A wrapped present for each child participating is requested along with a can of food for the local food bank. Admission is $5.00 per child. Reservations are required. To reserve, email nnhistoricsites@nnva.gov, or call 757-887-1862. Participants will be required to follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols. 

Adorn a grapevine wreath with period embellishments at this popular workshop. The $15.00 fee includes the wreath and all materials plus a guided holiday-themed tour of Endview. The event is co-sponsored by the Peninsula Master Naturalists. Masks are required for all participants and social distancing measures will be in place. For workshop times and reservation information visit their website email nnhistoricsites@nnva.gov, or call 757-887-1862.

Ferguson Center for the Arts

Click here for full schedule.

Nov. 30: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis: 35th Anniversary

Do you remember the first time you heard “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas”? Join the celebration as Mannheim Steamroller makes history again - celebrating 35 years of holiday magic as they bring their annual tour to fans throughout the country. Experience the performance of the #1 Christmas music artist in history, and for the first time ever, hear the entire album that started it all: LIVE - “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas”

Dec. 2: Eric Jacobsen + Branford Marsalis and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Eric Jacobsen, conductor, plus Branford Marsalis, saxophone. Join us to welcome new Music Director Eric Jacobsen with Grammy-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis for an evening of musical celebration.

Dec. 4: Dave Koz and Friends Christmas

Chart-topping, Grammy®-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz returns to the road this holiday season with the 24th annual Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2021, with South African guitarist/singer Jonathan Butler, trumpeter Rick Braun, saxophonist Richard Elliot and introducing vocalist Rebecca Jade.

Dec. 7: Cirque Dreams Holidaze

The family holiday spectacular! Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the stage in this popular and dazzling family holiday spectacular. This annual tradition wraps a whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!

Dec. 10: Holiday POPS! with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Join us for the must-see holiday tradition of the season – Holiday POPS! There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with seasonal songs and traditional carols delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Virginia Symphony and special guests. Holiday POPS will have all the magical elements you’ve come to expect and more – high energy, familiar carols and lots of holiday warmth! And we’ll even throw in a surprise or two! We can’t wait to celebrate the 2021 holiday season together!

Dec. 18: Virginia Regional Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker

This sparkling holiday classic returns to Hampton Roads with swirling snowflakes, sword fights, the wondrous Land of Sweets, waltzing flowers and an enchanted Nutcracker. Virginia Regional Ballet presents this spectacular production with Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, members of the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, and nationally acclaimed soloists Nicole Graniero and Simon Wexler (Sugar Plum and Cavalier).

First Baptist Newport News

Dec. 17: HALLELUJAH! Handel’s Messiah

We welcome back Virginia Symphony’s founding chorus master Don McCullough for the holidays! After his departure from Virginia, he led the Kennedy Center’s Master Chorale and is currently director of the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus (FL). McCullough will conduct the VSO Chorus in excerpts from the Messiah, the perennial holiday favorite that continues to bring hope and joy to listeners nearly 300 years after it was written. Click here for tickets.

Hilton Village

Dec. 11: Gingerbread Celebration, Parade & Merchant Open House
The 2021 Village Gingerbread Celebration has been announced! Join us, December 11th as we cast our votes for the amazing gingerbread creations in our Historic Hilton Village Business District! Participating business locations will have extended Open House hours and offers for this special once a year event. Click here for details.

Jungle Gym

Dec. 11: Donuts & Photos with Santa

Join us Saturday, December 11th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM for this FREE event. Get your photos taken with Santa, enjoy some Indulge Bakery sweets, hot chocolate, BBQ, and more. Click here for details.

The Mariners' Museum & Park

Nov. 1 - Dec. 11: Marine Corps Toys For Tots

Bring the joy of the holidays and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for children ages newborn – 11 years old on your next visit to the Museum. Look for the donation box in the Main Lobby.

Dec. 4: Wreathing The Lions

Join The Bronze Door Society and The Mariners’ Museum and Park for holiday cheer when they host the annual wreathing of the four life-sized lion sculptures created by Anna Hyatt Huntington at Lions Bridge. Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, crafts, and story time with Santa Claus! Click here for details.

Nov. 28 & Dec. 11: Storytime with Santa

Santa Claus is coming to The Mariners’ Museum for Storytime with Santa! Join us for holiday fun as jolly St. Nick shares one of his favorite stories, and everyone indulges on yummy cookies and hot chocolate. First come, first served. Registration not required. Click here for details. 

Lee Hall Depot

Dec. 1: Lecture: The Silver Fleet in Palm Tree County

Lee Hall Train Station Foundation President Kenneth Jones will highlight the twilight of passenger train operations in Florida in the late 1960s. Program is free and open to the public. Program participants will be required to follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols. For information, call 757-525-7372.

Dec. 1: Deck the Depot!

Join the Friends of the Lee Hall Depot to make merry decorating the station’s interior and enjoy light refreshments.  At 7 pm, Foundation President Kenneth Jones will present a special rail heritage program “The Silver Fleet under the Palms,” highlighting passenger train travel in Florida prior to the era of Amtrak.

Dec. 4 & 11: Rocking Around the Christmas Tree

Holiday décor and model trains! The Tidewater O Gauge Association will operate a large interactive layout that kids of all ages can enjoy.

Dec. 18: Santa at the Depot!

The Hampton Roads O Scale Club will operate a large interactive layout that kids of all ages can enjoy.  Make and take children's crafts.  A visit by Santa from 1-4 pm.  Light refreshments. For more information, call 757-888-3371 ext. 304 or email nnhistoricsites@nnva.gov.

Lee Hall Mansion

Dec. 3 - 31: Christmas Through The Ages

Learn about the origins of holiday traditions while exploring 19th and 20th-century period decorated rooms set amidst the splendor of the Victorian Era. The holiday tour is included with regular admission. Visitors will be required to follow the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols. For more information, call 757-888-3371 ext. 304 or email nnhistoricsites@nnva.gov.

Scottish Rite Masonic Center

Dec. 11: 6th Annual Christmas Wonderfest Holiday Marketplace

Looking for a busy store to complete your holiday shopping list or would you prefer a relaxing fun environment? Let the 54 amazing local vendors help you with your list or maybe even something for yourself while you're here. The Tidewater Demolay will be selling some wonderful burgers, hot dogs and fries from the kitchen in the social hall.

Patrick Henry Mall

Nov. 17 - Dec. 14: Salvation Army Angel Tree

Patrick Henry Mall has partnered with the Salvation Army to bring joy to families on the Peninsula this holiday season.

Look for the Angel Tree located near Tilt Studio, take an Angel tag, and drop off your unwrapped gift back to the Angel Tree area.

Nov. 18 - Dec. 24: Family Photos with Santa

Visit Santa near Dick's Sporting Goods to capture your Holiday Memories. Reservations are encouraged but not required to have a photo taken with Santa. Digital photo packages are available with options to purchase prints and a family portrait. Click here for details.

Mondays Nov. 22 - Dec. 20: Pet Photos with Santa

Tuesdays Nov. 23 - Dec. 14: Santa and Friends!

Peninsula Community Theatre

Dec. 3 - 19: The Harmony Baptist Church Ladies Auxillary Christmas Jubilee

Pastor Bobby has come to the town of Harmony just in time for the 25th Annual Harmony Baptist Church Christmas Jubilee. As the town readies for the celebration, things start to fall apart. No one can decide who will play the angel in the pageant, the star on the Christmas tree won't light up, the fruitcake bake-off is a disaster and, worst of all, the baby Jesus is missing. But as the town fights to hold on to their traditions, they learn that maybe "progress" isn't a dirty word. Click here for details.

Peninsula Family Skating Center

Dec. 11: Winter Skate Formal 2021

Dress to impress in Coastal Virginia Roller Derby's First Annual Winter Skate Formal! Bring your special someone or your best buds for a night of skating, photo booths, great music and surprises for guests 18 years or older. Click here for details.

Port Warwick

Nov. 27: Port Warwick Holiday Tree Lighting

We have a wonderful festive event planned for the entire family to get everyone in the holiday spirit with a Santa parade, live holiday music, dance performances, carriage rides, food trucks, and so much more! Click here for details.

The Portrait Studio

Nov. 20, 21 & Dec. 3: Photos with Santa

Get swept away into the magic of our Santa Experience where children's imagination will run wild, as your storyline unfolds. Santa and your storyteller(who is also your photographer) will have your children guessing and smiling all while keeping children engaged and excited! Creating and capturing memories that you and your family will cherish forever! Click here to book.

U.S. Army Transportation Museum

Dec. 1 - 30: Winter Wonderland

Join the TRADOC Band Woodwind Quintet as they help us celebrate the grand opening of our new Winter Wonderland displays. See lights and decorations throughout the museum and learn how Soldiers celebrated the holidays through history. Click here for details.

Virginia Living Museum

See the Virginia Living Museum's calendar for details.

Nov. 5 - 30: Fill the Canoe Food Drive

For the month of November as a gesture of thanks and giving, the Museum will be doing our annual “Fill the Canoe” with non-perishable food items to benefit the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. Please bring your non-perishable food items from November 5th through November 30th. The canoe is located in the Museum lobby to the right of the guest services desk.

Nov. 26 - Dec. 30: Nature Nights 

An evening Nature Night Walk through the museum’s outdoor trail decorated with lights and holiday decor.  Enjoy a treat of hot cocoa and cookies and get your Christmas Shopping done at the Wild Things Museum Store.  Happy Holidays… naturally! (there could even be Santa Sightings!)  Enjoy the planetarium show Star of Wonder at 6pm and Holiday Magic Laser Show at 7pm each night for an additional fee. 

Dec. 3 - 4: Wild at Art Show

A 2-day show featuring artwork to enrich and inspire appreciation of nature. A portion of sales will support wildlife conservation at the VLM.

Dec. 11: Owl Be Home for the Holidays

 Join us as we celebrate the season and show our appreciation for our members. There will be hands-on craft projects. Learn more about owls in Virginia.  Enjoy owl related story time, and more. 

Dec. 31: Noon Year's Eve Celebration

Blast off into the new year with our space adventure-themed Noon Year’s Eve party.  It’s a celebration of the New Year at 12 noon instead of 12 midnight so the whole family can participate.

Santa Sightings

Looking for St. Nicholas? Click here to see where you can find the jolly old elf around Newport News.

100 Miles of Lights

Click here for a list of light shows and holiday events across the seven cities of Richmond, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. Drive-through and walk-through light shows will dazzle and shine with more than two million lights, providing a colorful backdrop to the wide range of events and activities for the young and young-at-heart. Lighted boat parades, city illuminations, festivals, parades, living history re-enactments, caroling, dining events, music and dance are among the many activities occurring throughout the region from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day.