Highland for the Holidays - James Monroe's Highland

Beginning the first weekend in December, visitors will find the entire house beautifully decorated for the holidays! Discover the magic of James Monroe’s historical property during the holiday season. Guided tours are offered daily from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please call us at 434-293-8000 to receive accurate tour times for the day you plan to visit. The museum will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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Breakfast with Santa at the Mariners' Museum
Newport News - December 9
Enjoy a hot breakfast with Santa Claus and take your own photos - Listen to "A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas" reading with Santa - Make ornaments and other holiday crafts
Tickets include admission to the Museum for the day
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29th Annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade
Hampton - December 8
Cruise into the spirit of the holiday season at the Annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade.  This highly anticipated parade of illuminated power and sail boats will be visible from most locations along the Hampton River, however spectators wanting to hear the narration will want to find a spot near the Hampton Maritime Center.
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Natural Bridge State Park Luminary Nights
Natural Bridge - December 8, 9, 15 and 16
Don your hat, scarf and gloves as you enjoy an evening stroll under the Natural Bridge along Cedar Creek Trail as it is lined with luminaries and lit-up with gorgeous festive colors. Admission includes complimentary shuttle that take you from the Visitor Center to the accessible trail where you can walk under the bridge. This is a special opportunity to see the park after dark.
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Henricus Historical Park - Three Centuries of Virginia Christmas
Chester - December 9, noon to 5pm
Henricus interpreters will be demonstrating the changing traditions of English Christmas during the reigns of King James I (1621), King George III (1776) and Queen Victoria (1864).
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Hunt Club Farm’s Christmas Market
Virginia Beach - through December 24
Planning family time for the holidays? Our Winter Market is perfect! Make memories as you find your perfect tree, and enjoy browsing our ornaments and other novelty items for sale. After picking out your tree visit the Petting Farm!
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Southwest Virginia Museum State Park Festival of Trees
Big Stone Gap - through December 31
Celebrate the annual Festival of Trees. Eighty-one trees will be decked out for the season as will doorways, banisters and mantels. Area businesses, schools, churches, civic groups and individuals pitch in by creating themed decorations. Guided tours for groups are available. The Festival of Trees will be available for viewing during the museum's normal operating hours.
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Winter Lights - Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga
Chantilly- through January 5
Experience our new seasonal addition that offers a warm inviting family atmosphere and a full evening of amazing fun. Visitors will be able to take a hayride or walk to view this nighttime adventure and enjoy some hot chocolate with S’mores around a bonfire. Proceeds fund preservation and development of the Botanic Garden.
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Virginia Living Museum Holiday Magic Light Show
Newport News - check for dates & times of showings
Holiday Magic is a delightful celebration of the holiday season that the whole family will enjoy!  Featuring timeless classics and songs from the holiday specials we loved as kids, as well as modern holiday music, this show has something for everyone.  Ring in the holiday season with the most amazing light show in town!
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Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel - Natural Tunnel State Park
Duffield - weekend evenings through December
As you ride on chairlift and make your way to the tunnel, you will be surrounded by thousands of Christmas lights and see movable Christmas displays. Once at the tunnel, stand by the warm fire while sounds and smells of the season fill the air. Hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows, Christmas carols, and Santa are just a few of things you can expect to enjoy. The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association will also be on hand with period dressed historians telling stories of Christmas from 1775.
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