The Best Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Hampton Roads

November 12, 2018

From Norfolk to Virginia Beach and all around the Seven Cities people are getting into the holiday spirit. Christmas and holiday tree lightings will illuminate parks and town squares throughout the area--some of them even come with actual snow. Here’s where you can get your family out to celebrate this year.

Olde Town Holiday Market and Tree Lighting

Since we can’t really count on snow falling in Northern Virginia this time of year, Snow Wonder will blanket the tree lighting in white with some artificial snow. It might not be quite as festive as the real stuff, but they will let you make snowballs out of it for a late fall snowball fight.  

When: Nov. 16, Noon

Where: Children’s Museum of Virginia

221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA

Suffolk Grand Illumination

The 32-foot high tree lights up promptly at 6:15 and the Suffolk Parks and Recreation department promise Santa will be there by 6:30. Hang out after the lighting for holiday treats, letter writing to Santa and horse-drawn carriage rides.

When: Nov. 16, 6 pm

Where: 326 North Main Street, Suffolk, VA

Port Warwick Holiday Tree Lighting

Santa arrives early ahead of the tree lighting in Styron Square. He’ll celebrate with you and your family as well as a choir of carolers singing Christmas classics.

When: Nov. 24

Where: 3100 William Styron Square North, Newport News, VA

Phoebus Illumination

Holiday treats will keep you full and holiday crafts will keep you busy at the seventh tree lighting in Phoebus. And yes, Santa will be there, but more importantly, so will Lucky the Dinosaur, dubbed Phoebus’ unofficial mascot. Since 2016, Lucky has become a fixture at the annual illumination.

When: Dec. 7, 5 pm

Where: 37 East Mellen Street, Newport, VA

Ghent Annual Tree Lighting

Local school groups will lead revelers in Christmas carols, hot chocolate will flow and Santa will be there too--seems like he’s busy this time of year.

When: Dec. 23, 6 pm

Where: Graydon Park

Norfolk, VA