Peninsula 2017 holiday events guide

Natalie Joseph

Gloucester area

Santa on the Trail: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Beaverdam Park, 8687 Roaring Springs Road. Walk through the woods and meet Santa. Tickets are $5. Pets are welcome. Register at More info: 804-693-2355.

Christmas Open House: Tuesday at 8066 Little England Road in Hayes. A holiday open house hosted by the Ware River Circle of the King’s Daughters and Sons. Tickets are $25. More info: or 757-810-7007.


Santa's Attic Arts and Crafts Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at City Hall, 22 Lincoln St. Vendors sell handmade arts and crafts. Free. More info: or 757-727-8311.

Hampton Holly Days Holiday Market: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ruppert Sargent Building at 1 Franklin St. in Hampton. (Location changed from the Hampton History Museum, which still will offer free admission and other activities including ornament making and train displays.) Nearly 30 vendors will be at the Ruppert Sargent Building. More info: 757-727-1102.

Hampton Holly Days Parade: 7-9 p.m. Saturday in downtown Hampton, 602 Settlers Landing Road. Illuminated parade with floats, drill teams, high school bands and Santa themed to honor NASA Langley’s centennial. Free. More info:

Mistletoe Holiday Homes Tour: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Fort Monroe, 20 Ingalls Road. Walking tour of five homes on Fort Monroe decorated for the holidays. Tickets are $20 advance and $25 day of. More info: or 757-637-7778.

Mistletoe concert featuring Hampton Roads Philharmonic: 4 p.m. Saturday at Fort Monroe Theatre, 42 Tidball Road. Free. More info: or 757-637-7778.

A Darlene Love Christmas: Love For The Holidays: 8 p.m. Saturday at The American Theatre,125 E. Mellen St. Holiday music by the Rock and Roll Hall of fame member. Tickets start at $50. More info: or 757-722-2787.

Hampton Roads Philharmonic: 2:30 p.m. Sunday The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St. Winter-themed classical music performance. Tickets are $20. Info: or 757-722-2787.

New Year's Eve Downtown Hampton Block Party: 9-12:30 p.m. Dec. 31 along Queens Way in Downtown Hampton. Ring in 2018 at the family-friendly block party featuring 17 restaurants, a DJ and the annual oversized crab pot drop at midnight. Free and open to the public. More info: or 727-727-1271.

Isle of Wight

Christmas in Smithfield Evening Market: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 15 (rescheduled) along Main Street. More than 100 vendors, food and music. More info:

Kiwanis Santa Breakfast at the Smithfield Center: 8-10 a.m. Saturday at 220 N. Church St. Pancake breakfast and Santa. Cost is $5 per child, children 2 and younger are free. More info: 757-449-4861.

CANCELED || Christmas in Smithfield Parade: 10:30 a.m. Saturday along Main Street in downtown Smithfield. More info: 757-357-5182 or​​​

Visions of Sugarplums: An Afternoon with St. Nick: Noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Isle of Wight County Museum. Readings of "Twas the Night Before Christmas," holiday refreshments, crafts and activities, plus visits with Santa. Adults are $2. More info: or 757-356-1223.

Handmade Holiday Show at the Arts Center: Through Dec. 31 at 319 Main St., in downtown Smithfield. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and includes photos, paintings, pottery and more for the holidays. More info: or 757-357-5182.

Newport News

Celebration in Lights: Through Jan. 1 at Newport News Park. A drive-through holiday light event open nightly from 5:30-10 p.m. Tickets are $12 per car and $60 per bus. More info: 757-926-1400.

Holiday POPS: 8 p.m. Friday at the Ferguson Center, 1 Avenue of the Arts. Seasonal songs and holiday carols by the Virginia Symphony and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Tickets $25. More info: or 757-594-8752.

Holiday Frost: 4-7 p.m. Friday at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, 2410 Wickham Ave. Family-friendly holiday party featuring live music and activities. Free. Registration is recommended. More info: or 757-247-8950.

The Christmas Extravaganza: 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ferguson Center, 1 Avenue of the Arts. More than 300 dancing elves, dolls and angels will perform excerpts from “The Nutcracker.” Tickets are $20. Proceeds benefit Operation Smile. Purchase tickets by calling 757-873-0454. More info:

JCCY Hurry Up Hanukkah Party: 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula, 401 City Center Blvd. Youth event for children in grades kindergarten to third grade. Cost is $10 per child or $25 for three or more children. More info: or 757-930-1422.

Jingle Bell Run: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at City Center at Oyster Point. Arthritis Foundation’s holiday-themed 5K. More info: Kim Hudson at or 757-675-6284.

Hanukkah at City Center: 6 p.m. Dec.12-18 in City Center at Oyster Point. Light the menorah, enjoy food, enter raffles and listen to live Hebrew entertainment. More info: or 757-930-1422.

Jim Brickman “A Joyful Christmas:” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Ferguson Center, 1 Avenue of the Arts. Grammy-nominated songwriter and pianist Jim Brickman performs holiday classics and original songs. Tickets start at $32. More info: or 757-594-8752.

Williamsburg area

Busch Gardens Christmas Town: Select days through Jan. 1 at Busch Gardens, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd. Christmas-themed shows, food and rides at Busch Gardens. Closed Dec. 25. Single-day tickets start at $25 (online), a Fun Card is $49 (online) and single-day tickets are $49 if purchased at the park. More info: or 757-229-4386.

“A Colonial Christmas”: Through Dec. 31 at Jamestown Settlement (Route 31 southwest of Williamsburg) and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (Route 1020 in Yorktown). Explore 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions through interpretive programs at both locations, which also will offer period musical entertainment Dec. 23-31. In the re-created fort at Jamestown Settlement, the Lord of Misrule (grand captain of mischief) will perform 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23-31. Various performers and artists will be featured at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23-31 at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. A combined ticket to both museums is $23 for adults and $12 for children ages 6-12. Children 6 and younger are free, as are residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg (with proof of residency). Individual admission varies at the museums. More info: 757-253-4838 or visit Both are closed Dec. 25.

Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bruton Parish Hall, 331 Duke of Gloucester St. Event features vendors and raffles to benefit Heritage Humane Society.

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree: 7-10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Kimball Theatre, 428 W. Duke of Gloucester St. Culture Fix presents a night of Christmas classics from the Michael Clark Band, Vexine, Andrew Shield and the Big Deal, Billy Joe Daniels and Katie Boucher and Brandon Wilson. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Gingerbread House Craft: 11 a.m. Dec. 16 at the Williamsburg Regional Library, 7770 Croaker Road. Make mini gingerbread houses while listening to holiday music. Event is for children ages 6-12. To register, call 757-259-7770.

Hanukkah at New Town: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 19 at New Town. Celebrate the last night of Hanukkah by enjoying food, entering raffles and listening to live entertainment. Located at the intersection of Ironbound Road and Monticello Avenue. More info: or 757-930-1422.

Tree lighting: 5 p.m. Dec. 21. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg hosts their 58th annual tree lighting outside the Courthouse on Duke of Gloucester Street. More info: or 855-296-6627.

York County

Toyland Parade: 1-3 p.m. Saturday along Riverwalk Landing, 331 Water St. A parade featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Polar Express and the Fifes and Drums of York Town. Free. More info: or 757-890-3500.

Virginia Handbell Consort: 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 118 Old York-Hampton Highway. The Sine Nomine Christmas program “Glad Tidings We Bring” by the Virginia Handbell Consort will be featured. The musicians perform on more than five octaves of Schulmerich bells, five and a half octaves of Melody Chimes, three octaves of Petit and Fritsen bells and other percussion instruments. Program is free and open to the public. Contributions will be accepted to help support the concert series. A reception will follow the performance. More info: 757-898-4395.

Joseph can be reached by phone at 757-374-3134. Follow me @heynatjo.

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