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Arts & Culture Events

  1. A Christmas Carol

    November 30, 2:00 PM - December 23, 7:30 PM @ Wells Theater

    It wouldn't be the holidays without Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Wells Theatre. Experience the childlike wonder of this heartwarming story that follows the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of redemption where he learns the power of kindness and compassion. This play is recommended for all ages and, in our opinion, is better the more kids you bring.

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  2. Cards for Veterans

    December 1, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ MacArthur Memorial

    As we salute our men and women of the Armed Forces this holiday season, what better way to do so than through a family friendly activity? Come on down to the MacArthur Memorial Visitors Center and create a card to send to a veteran. All materials will be provided onsite and the cards will be delivered to local installations and veterans hospitals before the holidays. Family friendly and FREE! Supplies will be available each day during normal opening hours. (Tues-Sat. 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm)

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  3. Million Bulb Walk 2018

    December 1, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Norfolk Botanical Garden

    Walk through 2-miles of spectacular holiday light displays with family and friends. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season… with a few new surprises. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

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  1. Million Bulb Walk

    November 9, 4:00 PM - December 15, 9:00 PM @ Norfolk Botanical Garden

    Walk through 2-miles of spectacular holiday light displays with family and friends. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season… with a few new surprises.

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  2. Photos with Santa in the Ice Palace

    November 10 - December 24 @ MacArthur Center North Garage

    Visitors are transported to a winter wonderland when they step inside the spectacular holiday Ice Palace, featuring a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show and interactive fun for all ages. Visitors can also marvel at the larger-than-life snow globes, leave an icy handprint and sit on the chilly Ice Throne. The adventure culminates with a visit to Santa and a special gift.

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  3. Dickens Christmas Towne

    November 17 - December 31 @ Decker Half Moone Center, Next to Nauticus

    Celebrate family, art and literature during six magical weeks in this delightful holiday village. In recognition of the 175th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this season will feature the first-ever U.S. exhibition of original book sketches by Christmas Carol illustrator P.J. Lynch. Let your imagination soar with magical fairies, carousel horses, weekend tea parties, a second giant train display, carolers, new entertainment, shops and more! Every child will receive a FREE copy of A Christmas Carol. Returning to this year’s experience will be Father Christmas, Geoffrey “the Talking Christmas tree”, puppet shows, magicians, a children’s crafts corner, and lots of free family activities! PLUS, special programming returns the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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  4. MacArthur On Ice

    November 17, 2018 - January 14, 2019 @ The ice skating rink is located just outside MacArthur Center, at the corner of Monticello Avenue and Freemason Street.

    MacArthur Center kicks off the fourteenth season of ice skating at the coolest place in town. Whether it’s a family tradition or a first date, the center’s 7,200-square-foot outdoor ice rink is the place for good times this winter. Throughout the season, enjoy public skating sessions, ice hockey clinics, figure skating exhibitions and more. Those new to the ice or feeling a bit rusty can sign up for private lessons or get a helping hand from skate guards on-site. The ice skating rink is located just outside MacArthur Center, at the corner of Monticello Avenue and Freemason Street

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  5. Pancakes, Paws and Santa Claws

    December 1, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Virginia Zoo

    Join us for Pancakes, Paws and Santa Claws at the Virginia Zoo! Along with getting to eat breakfast with Santa, guests will meet Zoo animal ambassadors, make a craft and receive a Zoo-themed coloring sheet, enjoy all-day Zoo admission and take home a lasting memento of you and Saint Nick.

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  6. Holiday Yule Log Bonfire & Marketplace

    December 1, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Town Point Park - Downtown Norfolk Waterfront

    Join us for a one-day Holiday Market in Town Point Park on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront. The Holiday Market will coincide with the 4th Annual Holiday Yule Log Bonfire, Saturday, December 1, 12 noon – 8 pm. This festive outdoor wonderland will feature unique and local crafters, a massive Yule Log bonfire, Christmas caroling with a take home carol book, and also a visit from the big-man himself, Santa Claus. During the festivities, hot chocolate, ciders, seasonal craft beer, mulled wine and other holiday treats will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Virginia Stage Associates.

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