Brighten Up the Holiday Season at Holiday Lights at the Norfolk Botanical Garden

December 11, 2017 1:23 pm

Looking to create a new tradition this holiday season? Head over to Holiday Lights at the Norfolk Botanical Garden! This annual event features more than one million lights in the Dominion Garden of lights, and visitors can drive right through the garden to admire the various light displays.

The Holiday Lights at the Norfolk Botanical Garden event runs from December 1 through December 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly. If you prefer to get a closer look at the lights, take a ride on the NBG Express Tram instead of your own car. No tickets are available online, but you can purchase yours at the ticket hut at the entrance to the Botanical Garden.

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Here’s What to See During This Year’s Holidays in the City

November 30, 2017 12:20 pm

Norfolk is always a wonderful place to live, but it's especially wonderful around the holiday season. Here are just a few of the can't-miss events going on during this year's Holidays in the City, the annual holiday celebration in downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth.

  • Model Train Exhibit Presented by the Atlantic Coast "S" Gaugers
    November 29 through December 16
    Admire incredible model trains with a holiday theme at this event presented by the Atlantic Coast "S" Gaugers, a premiere train collecting organization.
  • Snow Wonders
    November 24 through December 30
    Held outside of the Children's Museum of Virginia, this all-ages holiday event features a music and light show accompanied by pure white snow.
  • Indoor Sock Skating Rink
    November 24 – December 30
    This brand new event allows visitors to "skate" indoors at the Children's Museum of Virginia wearing festive socks instead of ice skates.
  • Million Bulb Walk
    Ends November 30
    Don't miss this incredible exhibit at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, which features 2 miles of dazzling holiday lights.
  • Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection
    November 24 – December 31
    Nearly 50 years ago, when Junie and Millie Lancaster operated the Coleman Garden Nursery, they created a holiday display of their own festive figurines. The collection grew each year, and it's just as popular today as it was back then.

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NAVSTA Norfolk 2017 Fleet Fest

October 18, 2017 3:33 pm

On Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., head over to Pier 14 and the Q Area for Naval Station Norfolk's Fleet Fest. This family-friendly event will offer ship tours, static aircraft displays, children’s entertainment area, military demonstration, chili cook-off, car show, beer garden, food trucks, concessions, concert and a grand finally fireworks show. Here's the complete schedule of events:

8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Chili Cook-off Set-up: Fire & Preventative Maintenance Screening

9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Car Show Contestants Arrive, Food Truck & Breweries Set-Up

9 a.m., Chili-Cook-Off Begins

11 a.m., Fleet Fest Begins (Fleet Fest Gates Open for General Public)

11 a.m., Ship Tours Begin

Noon, Chili Cook-Off Judging Begins

4 p.m., Car Show Judging Begins

5 p.m., Ship Tours End

5 p.m., Fleet Fest Ends & Concert Site Opens

5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Announce Car Show, Brewery and Chili Cook-off Award Winners

6 p.m., U.S. Fleet Forces Band

7 P.M., NEON TREES

8:30 p.m., Fireworks Show

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