November Community Events

Yorktown Day

Saturday, November 2, 9am-5pm

Patriotic ceremonies, a parade, fifes and drums performances, and tactical demonstrations by "The Old Guard" commemorate the 232nd anniversary of America's momentous Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown.

Where: Yorktown Battlefield and Historic Main Street

Yorktown, VA 23690

Military Appreciation Day at Virginia Zoo

Saturday, November 9

Free admission with proper ID for active duty, retired military, DOD civilians, reserve/guard members and their dependents.

Where: Virginia Zoo, 3500 Granby St., Norfolk

Military Appreciation Weekend at The Mariners' Museum

Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11

Free Admission to all active duty, retired military and their immediate families for up to four (4) free admissions & is available for immediate family members only. Must show valid military ID at admissions desk.

Where: The Mariners' Museum,

100 Museum Drive

Newport News, VA 23606

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro

November 9-December 24

The magic returns to Bass Pro Shops with Santa's arrival November 9th at 5 pm

Maritime Mondays

Monday, November 11, 10am

Each second Monday of the month is an hour and a half of stories, music, crafts and other activities. This Monday is Sailing into Thanksgiving: Put on your pilgrim hat and set sail aboard the Mayflower

Where: Mariners Museum

100 Museum Drive

Newport News, VA 23606

Who: Children ages 18-month to pre-school, and their adults

Holiday Lights at the Beach

Friday, November 15 through Monday, December 1

Take a shiny journey into nautical, holiday, and adventure lands – all along the beautiful Virginia Beach boardwalk with special displays for Virginia Beach’s 50th birthday.

Where: Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Cost: $12 Mon. – Thurs.; $15 Fri. – Sun. and holidays.

For more info: 757-491-SUNN (7866) or

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony-Peninsula Town Center

Saturday, November 16, 6pm-7pm

Join Peninsula Town Center for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Town Square! Learn about Hampton’s First Christmas, honor those that serve in our military forces. Enjoy holiday entertainment and witness the lighting of our 45 foot tree by our Holiday VIP Family! Military families will also get an exclusive special visit from our friend from the North Pole!

Where: Peninsula Town Center
Town Square

Million Bulb Walk

Friday, November 22 – Wednesday, November 27, 2013
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Walk through 2-miles of spectacular lighted displays before Dominion Garden of Lights drive through show begins on Thanksgiving. It’s a great way to kick off the holidays in a festive and healthy way.

Where: Norfolk Botanical Gardens

29th Annual Grand Illumination Parade-Norfolk

Saturday, November 23, 7pm

Kick of the Holidays in the City with the 29th Annual Grand Illumination Parade! The theme this year is Jingle Bell Jungle.

Where: 201 Granby St
Norfolk VA 23510


Saturday, November 23, 9:30am-11am

This year marks the 15th annual Coliseum Central Holiday Parade that comes through Peninsula Town Center! Santa will also visit after his carriage ride and will be in Mary's Park. Enjoy carriage rides around Peninsula Town Center from 1 PM – 5 PM. Cash donations will be accepted for Operation Homefront.

Where: Peninsula Town Center Town Square

Dominion Garden of Lights

Thanksgiving night through December 31
5:30 – 10 p.m. nightly

Don’t miss Hampton Road’s favorite holiday tradition. Bring your family and friends to the 19th annual light show extravaganza for a magical holiday experience. During this event, Norfolk Botanical Gardens is transformed into a winter wonderland where you can enjoy a 2-mile drive through a million sparkling lights bringing the four seasons to life.

Where: Norfolk Botanical Gardens

Newport News Park Celebration in Lights

November 28, 2013 - January 1, 2014, 5:30pm-10pm

Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light event, opens for its 21st season on Thanksgiving night (November 28, 2013). Newport News Park will be transformed by over 800,000 individual lights creating animated holiday and fanciful scenes.

Where: Newport News Park