Give Your Oven at Norfolk Crossing a Break With This Easy No-Bake Gingerbread House Recipe

December 19, 2014 2:31 pm

You could spend hours in your kitchen at Norfolk Crossing baking the perfect gingerbread house—but why would you when PBS Kids has a brilliant, time-saving solution? We're referencing this easy gingerbread house recipe that swaps the gingerbread for graham crackers, allowing you to ditch the rolling pins and measuring cups and cut right to the fun part: the decorating!

Here's a quick rundown of the process: Create a "house" by using 10 graham crackers and frosting, then let the house dry for an hour. When it's dry and stable, it's time to decorate! Use frosting to glue your candies and decorations to the house (the sky's the limit!), then step back and admire your holiday handiwork.

For the complete instructions, follow this link!

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Depart Norfolk Crossing and Travel Back in Time to Victorian London With a Visit to Dickens’ Christmas Towne

December 12, 2014 2:30 pm

Promising a "magical world of Christmas characters, carolers, sweet treats, shops, games, activities, and crafts," Dickens' Christmas Towne has transformed the Norfolk waterfront into a Victorian Christmas village. A visit to this new, annual event, a partnership between Nauticus and the Virginia Stage Company, will transport you far, far away from Norfolk Crossing, back in time to Victorian London during the holidays, replete with candlelit shops and actors dressed in period garb.

Stroll the streets of London as you sip hot cocoa and cider, shop seasonal gifts, take in live musical performances, and marvel at an impressive indoor model train. Little ones can participate in a scavenger hunt, take part in seasonal crafts, and snap a photo with Father Christmas. (Check the event's daily calendar to see what's on the docket during your visit.)

Tickets to Dickens' Christmas Towne are $5 for adults, $4 for kids 4 to 12, and free for kids 3 and under. Free two-hour parking is offered at select times.

Dickens' Christmas Towne
Now through Saturday, Dec. 28 2014
Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center at Nauticus, Lower Level
1 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 664-1000
www.dickenschristmastowne.com

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Get in a Festive Holiday Mood With a Visit to Winter Wonderland at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Not Too Far From Norfolk Crossing

November 24, 2014 2:30 pm

When frost begins nipping at your nose, that means it's just about time to set up the holiday tree and start baking sugar-dusted cookies. Norfolk and Portsmouth have a unique way of celebrating the season, one that begins with the Grand Illumination Parade and continues with events like Winter Wonderland at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, not too far from Norfolk Crossing.

Running from November 28 until December 31, Winter Wonderland brings picturesque holiday scenes from the Coleman Collection to life. Walk through the displays to see a forest full of frolicking bears and deer, a colorful and creative rendition of Santa's workshop, and other displays of carolers and ice skaters. Interspersed between the displays, you'll find crafts, food, and face-painting booths. You can also go on a horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy live music and plays at Winter Wonderland. Admission is $3.

Winter Wonderland
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
420 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704
hamptonroads.com/events/details/73646

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