Holiday shows, festive markets, Christmas parades, seasonal crafts and more events this week

From holiday shows and festive markets to Christmas walking tours and seasonal craft events, there will be something for everyone this week.

From holiday shows and festive markets to Christmas walking tours and seasonal craft events, there will be something for everyone this week.

On Tuesday, Historic Endview will host a wreath making workshop, and on Wednesday, a free holiday performance by the Peninsula Concert Band will be held at the Williamsburg Library Theatre. On Thursday, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra will present its Holiday Pops concert at the Ferguson Center.

More events will be held on Friday, including the Celebration of the Yule Log at Colonial Williamsburg, a new Enchanted Evening on Main Street event in Yorktown and a free seasonal concert by Flute Frenzy in Williamsburg.

On Saturday, the Mistletoe Market and Toyland Parade will kick off in Yorktown, the Hampton Roads Philharmonic will perform in a free winter show at Fort Monroe Theater, Toano will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting (rescheduled from last week due to rain), holiday parades will commence in both Hampton and Newport News and Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination will return for its second night.

Sunday brings the 2nd Sundays December street fair, a holiday concert at the American Theatre in Hampton and a performance of A Christmas Carol by the Virginia Theatre Machine at the Williamsburg Christmas Markets.

Finally, there will be a variety of events spanning multiple days, including Santa’s Nature Reserve tours at the Virginia Living Museum, the 2nd Annual Hampton Holiday Fine Arts Bazaar and numerous holiday performances, light displays and walking tours.

Have a wonderful week!

Christin

Holiday Events

🗓️ Tuesday, Dec. 6

  • Wreath Making Workshop – Historic Endview (Newport News). Decorate a grapevine wreath with period embellishments at this popular workshop at Historic Endview. The cost is $15. The wreath and all materials will be provided, and a guided holiday-themed tour of Endview is included. Reservations are required. This program is co-sponsored by the Peninsula Master Naturalists. Buy tickets online here. 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Nowell Sing We Clear – Hennage Auditorium (Colonial Williamsburg). Join Lynn and Barry Trott and sing along with favorite English and American carols from the 17th to 19th centuries. Requires Art Museum admission and a program ticket ($5 per person). 4:30 – 5:30 pm.
  • TRADOC 2022 Holiday Concert – Ferguson Center for the Arts (Newport News). The talented U.S Army Training and Doctrine Command Band will perform a family-friendly show featuring the greatest holiday hits. This performance is free, but seats must be reserved in advance, and only the first 1,700 ticket holders will be admitted. For tickets, click here. 7:00 pm.
  • Holiday Handbell & Organ Concert – Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg). Enjoy a candlelight concert presented by Bruton Parish Tarpley Ringers, directed by Rebecca Davy and accompanied by JanEl Will on the organ. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

🗓️ Wednesday, Dec. 7

  • Cross Stitch Snowflake Ornament – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Learn the basics of cross-stitch and make a beautiful snowflake ornament in the library’s maker space. For ages 13+. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Peninsula Concert Band – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). The Peninsula Concert Band will perform a variety of holiday music, including classic and popular pieces, in celebration of the season. The band has been in existence in the Tidewater area for seventy-two years and is made up of volunteers. Free admission; no tickets required. 7:00 pm.

🗓️ Thursday, Dec. 8

  • Virginia Symphony Orchestra Presents Holiday Pops – Ferguson Center (Newport News) – Attend the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s holiday pops concert. This holiday tradition will offer seasonal songs and traditional carols that will lift your spirits. 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25-$79.

🗓️ Friday, Dec. 9

  • A Charles Dickens Christmas – Hennage Auditorium (Colonial Williamsburg). Attend this special holiday show featuring readings from a variety of Charles Dickens’ writings paired with Christmas carols of the Victorian era. Musicians will play historic instruments from the 19th century including cornopean, cornet, violin, ophicleide and more. Requires Art Museum admission or a Good Neighbor pass plus an event ticket ($15 for adults and youth 12 and over, $10 for children). Dec. 9, 16 and 23, 4:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • A Celebration of the Yule Log – Magazine Yard (Colonial Williamsburg). Watch the Yule log be hauled by wagon from Capitol Circle to Market Square, accompanied by music, festivity and the lighting of the cressets. Then, make a wish and throw a sprig of greenery into the bonfire. This event will be held Dec. 9 and 16. Free. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • An Enchanted Evening on Main Street – Historic Main Street (Yorktown). Enjoy twinkling lights, festive music, nostalgic aromas and hot cider at Yorktown’s “An Enchanted Evening on Main Street” holiday market. There will be vendors, food trucks, children’s activities, roasted chestnuts, strolling entertainment, a live nativity scene and more. Free. 5:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Enchanted Christmas Fire Pit Talk – Mobjack Bay Coffee (Yorktown). This Enchanted Evening Fire Pit Talk will discuss Christmas traditions throughout the history of America. Topics will include Roman and Norse winter traditions, Christian traditions, Christmas in Virginia during Colonial times and Christmas in America today. Mobjack will also have extended hours that day, from 9 am to 9 pm. This event is free for customers of Mobjack and the talk will run from 7:00 – 7:30 pm.
  • Flute Frenzy presents The Sounds of the Season – Historic Triangle Messmer Community Services Center (Williamsburg). Take a journey through winter with Flute Frenzy as they celebrate the Sounds of the Season, both familiar and novel. This diverse and varied program will include festive holiday pieces, winter-inspired works and the world premiere of a new opus by composer (and Flute Frenzy member) Edgardo Santiago-Ortiz! The performance will also be live-streamed on the Flute Frenzy Facebook Page. Admission is free; donations are welcome. 7:00 pm.
  • Christmastide Music at the Courthouse – Courthouse (Colonial Williamsburg). Sing along to the best songs of Christmastide with musicians Brian Forsman and Bill Weldon. Tickets are $19 for adults, $12 for youth 12 and under. 9:00 – 10:00 pm.
Yorktown will hold a new event, An Enchanted Evening on Main Street, on Friday, Dec. 9. The event will feature vendors, strolling entertainment, a live nativity scene, twinkling lights, festive music, nostalgic aromas, hot cider and more. (Image courtesy of York County).

🗓️ Saturday, Dec. 10

  • Mistletoe Market & Toyland Parade – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). Shop for chowders and soups; various baked goods; jams, jellies and honey; holiday wreaths; candles and soaps and local seasonal art. The annual Toyland Parade will also be held during this event. See the schedule of events here. Free. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (parade at 1:30 pm).
  • The Grey Goose Breakfast with Santa – The Grey Goose (Hampton). Santa and Mrs. Claus will celebrate the holiday season with the Grey Goose for three Saturdays in a row: Dec. 10, 17 and 24. Tickets must be purchased in advance and includes breakfast, crafts and entertainment. $17 for kids; $22 for adults. 9:00 – 11:00 am.
  • Ho Ho Ho at the Depot – Lee Hall Depot (Newport News). Celebrate the holiday season with train-themed decorations, crafts and model train displays. This event is included with regular admission. Dec. 10 & 17, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Midtown Holiday Maker’s Market – Midtown Row (Williamsburg). This holiday-themed pop-up maker’s market will feature carefully curated and specially selected artisans. This event, which is designed to be like a mini “2nd Sundays,” will be at held at Midtown Row. There will also be live music by Matt Thomas from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. See a full list of artisans and musicians here. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
  • Where Santa Lives: Tour of the North Pole – The Mariners’ Museum and Park (Newport News). The Mariners’ Curatorial team will explore where the North Pole is, who has been there and some interesting animals – and dangers – that come with living in this cold, far-away place. A special holiday craft will also be included, while supplies last. Admission to The Mariners’ Museum is always just $1. 11:00 – 11:20 am.
  • Christmas Tour – Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters (Yorktown). Enjoy a tour of historic Yorktown for the holiday season. Guest will hear tales of the Christmas season from pre-Colonial times through today while walking through the village of Yorktown. Tickets are $15 per person. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Annual Holiday Frost – Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center (Newport News). Explore three floors of activities during this fun holiday event, including 360-degree photos with Santa, cookies with Mrs. Claus, candy giveaways, games, crafts, karaoke, costumed characters and more. Register here. Free. 4:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • Hilton Village Gingerbread Celebration & Holiday Parade – Historic Hilton Village (Newport News). Celebrate the season at the Village Gingerbread Celebration. This event will include a holiday parade at 5:00 pm, the Hilton Holiday Market (featuring artisans, crafters, food trucks and more), a Gingerbread Competition with awards presented at 8 pm and Merchant Holiday Open Houses. 4:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade – The Docks at Downtown Hampton (Hampton). See the Hampton River come to life as a fleet of festive boats arrive at the Downtown Hampton waterfront. The parade will be held from 6:00 – 7:30 and concludes with awards. There will also be live music, holiday treats, kids activities, a visit from Santa and more. For a full schedule of events, click here. 2:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Hampton Roads Philharmonic Winter Classics and Holiday Favorites Concert – Fort Monroe Theater (Fort Monroe). The orchestra will perform a selection of uplifting holiday classics for the entire family at the historic Post Theater. Admission is free. Dec. 10, 2:30 pm.
  • Toano Christmas Tree Lighting – 7889 Richmond Rd. (Toano). This event was rescheduled to Saturday, Dec. 10 due to rain. All are invited to attend the 4th Annual Toano Christmas Tree Lighting, hosted by the Toano Historical Society. Attendees will enjoy Christmas music, food, wagon rides, a visit from Santa, crafts and games for kids and the tree lighting. The tree will be lit across from the Toano Post Office (7889 Richmond Rd). 3:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Storytime with Santa – Santa Claus is coming to The Mariners’ Museum. Join this event for holiday fun and bring your camera to capture magical moments with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will also be cookies and hot chocolate, and Santa will share one of his favorite stories. See the website for the schedule. This event is included in $1 admission. 9:00 – 11:00 am.
  • DIY Wreath Decorating Workshop – Landscape Design Studio (Colonial Williamsburg). Learn to decorate a fresh Christmas wreath in the “Williamsburg style” by Colonial Williamsburg’s Landscape Design team. A balsam wreath with all needed tools and materials will be provided. Limit of 10 participants; minimum age is 18. $90. 3:00 – 4:30 pm.
  • Grand Illumination – Various Sites (Colonial Williamsburg). Colonial Williamsburg’s Grand Illumination has kicked off the start of the Holiday season in Williamsburg for over 85 years. This year’s event will feature musical performances across multiple stages throughout the Historic Area, and breathtaking fireworks displays will be held at the Capitol and the Palace. This event will be held Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Free and open to the public. 5:00 – 7:30 pm.
  • Grand Illumination Dinner – Christiana Campbell’s Tavern and King’s Arms Tavern (Colonial Williamsburg). Celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with dinner and 18th-century entertainment at Christiana Campbell’s Tavern or King’s Arms Tavern. See the website for available times and reservation details.
  • Stargazing Night: Star of Wonder, Mystery of the Christmas Star – Virginia Living Museum (Newport News). Experience the journey of the Magi during this stargazing event. This show seeks to offer a truly immersive look at the journey of the Magi while examining clues and seeking to understand the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem. Tickets are $8, free for children 2 and under. 6:00 pm.
  • Stargazing: Laser Holidays – Virginia Living Museum (Newport News). Enjoy a mix of classic and modern holiday hits in this spectacular laser light show. 7:00 pm. Tickets are $8; free for children 2 and under.
  • Holiday Choral Concert: New Dominion Choraliers – Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg). Enjoy the sounds of the season with this holiday concert by the New Dominion Choraliers Community Choir from Prince William County, Virginia and directed by Katherine Nelson-Tracey. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas – The American Theatre (Hampton). Enjoy a magical tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits. Lightwire combines theater and eye-popping technology performed in complete darkness. These talented entertainers were featured on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. You can expect dancing poinsettias, nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and more during this unique holiday production. Tickets are $35-$45. 8:00 – 10:00 pm.
Yorktown’s annual Toyland Parade will be held during the Mistletoe Market at Riverwalk Landing on Saturday, Dec. 10. The Toyland Parade will take place at 1:30 pm, and the market will run from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

🗓️ Sunday, Dec. 11

  • 2nd Sundays Williamsburg (Downtown Williamsburg). This holiday-themed 2nd Sundays event will feature over 115 unique artisans, musicians, street performers and food vendors in the six blocks along N Boundary Street from Richmond Rd to Lafayette Street, along Scotland from Armistead to N. Henry and in the 400 block of Prince George Street. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Williamsburg Strolling Strings – 2nd Sundays (Merchants Square). The Williamsburg Strolling Strings will perform your favorite Christmas carols throughout the 2nd Sundays festival on Sunday, Dec. 11 in Merchants Square. The Strolling Strings are composed of talented violin and viola students from the Williamsburg area who enjoy performing a variety of festive music.
  • Second Sunday Holiday Event – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). This event will feature crafts, a holiday storytime with a costumed character and photos of Santa & Mrs. Claus. Stop and view the W&M Libraries Special Collections ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas exhibit while you’re there. 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Winter Classics & Holiday Favorites – American Theatre (Hampton). Enjoy a festive concert by the Hampton Roads Philharmonic at the American Theatre in Hampton. The acclaimed orchestra, directed and conducted by Steven Brindle, is comprised of members from all walks of life brought together by a love of music. This family-friendly performance features familiar sounds of the season blended with wintry classical works, film tunes and more. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased here. 2:30 pm.
  • “A Christmas Carol” by Virginia Theatre Machine – Williamsburg Christmas Market (Williamsburg). The Virginia Theatre Machine will be at the Williamsburg Christmas Markets performing A Christmas Carol on select dates in December, including Sunday, Dec. 11, Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18. On the 11th, performances will be held at 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm. The performance features an outdoor stage, 2 actors and 10 puppets. The Christmas Market is held adjacent to Bicentennial Park behind the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

🗓️ Multi-Day

The 3rd annual Williamsburg Christmas Market returns this week, Dec. 8 – 11. The event features 32 vendor chalets, live entertainment, snacks, photo opportunities and more in a traditional European-style Christmas Market setting. (Photo by Christin Nielsen/The Triangle).
  • St. Nick at Endview – Endview (Newport News). This longstanding holiday tradition offers private family photo opportunities while they visit with Santa at historic Endview. Children will also work on a seasonal craft. Attendees are asked to bring a wrapped present for each child participating as well as a can of food for the local food bank. This event will be held Thursday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 9, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The cost is $5 per child. See the website for reservation details.
  • Christmas Dreams – Kimball Theatre (Williamsburg). The Institute for Dance, Inc (iDance) presents its annual family-friendly holiday show, Christmas Dreams. Read a full description here. The show will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10 (2:30 & 7:30 pm) & Sunday, Dec. 11 (2:30 pm). Tickets are $13-$20.
  • A Christmas Carol – Williamsburg Players (Williamsburg). Enjoy this traditional holiday classic presented by the Williamsburg Players. This show is great for the entire family. Runs on select dates, Dec. 9 – Dec. 18. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for students and military.
  • Santa’s Nature Reserve – Virginia Living Museum (Newport News). Visit Santa’s Nature Reserve in Newport News! Guests will follow Santa’s boardwalk trail into the woods amid the beauty and wonder of sparkling nature. The softly-lit wooded trail will lead you to StoryBook Village and a family Dinosaur Tail. There will also be hot chocolate, cookie decorating in the Reindeer Cookie Workshop and opportunities to take family pictures and share holiday wishes with Santa in the Goodson Living House. This event will be held Dec. 9-11, 16-18 and 22-23. Tickets are $13.
  • 2nd Annual Hampton Holiday Fine Arts Bazaar – The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center (Hampton). Attend the second annual Hampton Holiday Fine Arts Bazaar! The event will feature original, handmade works from artists throughout the region. Meet the artists and shop for special holiday gifts. Saturday, Dec. 10 (11:00 am – 5:00 pm) and Sunday, Dec. 11 (11:00 am – 3:00 pm).
  • Williamsburg Families Spectacular Lights Tour 2022 – Here’s an activity you can do any evening. Williamsburg Families is maintaining a list of the best Christmas light displays in Williamsburg and the surrounding region. See the map here. More houses will continue to be added as additional displays light up.
  • Williamsburg Christmas Market – Court Street (Williamsburg). The Annual Williamsburg Christmas Market returns for a third season! There will be 32 vendors, photo ops with Santa, live entertainment, warm spiced wine and craft beers, Christmas music, fire pits and delicious food from local restaurants. The market will be held on the following dates: November 25-27 (Fri-Sun), December 1-4 (Thurs-Sun), December 8-11 (Thurs-Sun) and December 15-21 (Thurs-Wed). See the website for hours and additional information. This market will be held on Court Street, adjacent to Bicentennial Park. Admission is free.
  • Sounds of the Season – Peninsula Community Theatre (Williamsburg). The Peninsula Community Theatre presents “Sounds of the Season,” a musical celebration featuring a mix of traditional Holiday favorites, newer songs and a sprinkling of musical theatre pieces. The show is performed by a talented cast of 15 local performers under the stage direction of Jeff Corriveau and the musical direction of Betsy Forrest. Tickets are $20, $17 for active duty military and their families and seniors 60 and older. Student tickets for those 22 and younger are also available for $12. The show will be held Dec. 2-18, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm.
  • Christmas Spectacular – The Wagsters Magic Theatre (Williamsburg). Catch a truly magical Christmas show this holiday season at The Wagsters Magic Theatre. This professional magic show features amazing illusions, dazzling costumes, hilarious comedy and much more – all wrapped up in a message about the true reason for the season. This is a great event for the whole family. This show will be held on select dates and times (with shows at 2 pm and 7 pm) and runs through New Years. Tickets are $14.95 – $29.95 and can be purchased here.
  • Free Photos with Santa – New Town (Williamsburg). Santa Claus is coming to New Town on select weekends (Saturdays & Sundays) in November and December in front of the Regal New Town cinema. Snap your own photos (and share them instantly) for free. This event will be held on the following dates: Dec. 3-4, Dec. 10-11 and Dec. 17-18. Santa will be on site from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm each day.
  • Christmastide Music at the Courthouse – Courthouse (Colonial Williamsburg). Enjoy the best songs and dance melodies of Christmastide and sing along to the carols enjoyed by our ancestors of holidays past. Musicians Brian Forsman and Bill Weldon will lead this concert. Tickets are $19 for adults; $12 for children 12 and under. 9:00 – 10:00 pm.
  • Holiday Historic Home Tours – Historic Endview and Lee Hall (Newport News). Immerse yourself in historic holiday traditions by visiting these two historic house museums. Included with regular admission. Dec. 1-31, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Thursdays-Sundays only).
  • Santa’s Toy Shop – Denbigh Community Center (Newport News). Santa’s helpers have transformed Denbigh Community Center into Santa’s Workshop, complete with festive holiday decor, colorful lights and a sleigh. There will be free activities inside, open to the public, including toy and ornament workshops, children’s gift-wrapping stations, holiday movies and a hot chocolate bar. Several special events will also take place there throughout the month. More more information, contact the Denbigh Community Center. Free. Dec. 3 – 30.
  • Celebration in Lights – Newport News Park (Newport News). Celebration in Lights features two miles of holiday light displays set against the backdrop of the beautiful woods and water at Newport News Park. It features over one million lights and runs nightly, Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day. $12/car Monday-Thursday, $15/car Friday-Sunday. 5:30 – 10:00 pm.
  • Lights at the Fountain – City Center at Oyster Point (Newport News). This strolling, state-of-the-art holiday light show features falling snow. It plays every half hour and incorporates a 50′ animated holiday tree, 55 pixel-wrapped perimeter trees, a festive soundtrack and holiday decor. Free admission and free parking. 5:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • ARTech Lights – Brooks Crossing (Newport News). This holiday event features a wide variety of festive tech-tivities, holiday-themed games, a silent disco, giveaways, a photo booth, a skating rink, kids’ activities, food vendors and an animated holiday tree. Free admission and free parking.
  • Christmas Decorations Walking Tour – James Geddy House (Colonial Williamsburg). Enjoy a guided tour of Colonial Williamsburg’s picturesque streets and building exteriors decorated in holiday splendor. This tour is available on select dates throughout November and December. See the website for available times and dates or to purchase tickets.
A Christmas swag featuring greenery, dried flowers, apples, and oranges surrounding a picture of an apothecary decorates a building in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. (Photo by Jerry McCoy for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation).
  • Talk of the Town: Christmastide – Lumber House Ticket Office (Colonial Williamsburg). Walk about the historic area and experience the spirit of the Christmastide season with an 18th-century resident as your guide. Your guide will share the news of the day and reflections on the holiday season. This tour is available on select dates throughout November and December. Spots are limited, and some dates are already sold out. See the website for available dates and times.
  • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Exhibit 2022 – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). William & Mary Libraries, in collaboration with the WRL Gallery at Stryker Center, presents this annual exhibit of the Nancy H. Marshall “A Visit from St. Nicholas” Collection. This year’s exhibition features colorful illustrations and activities of magical wintry nights through the celebration of Christmas Eve. This exhibit is open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, Nov. 21 – Jan. 5 (closed Nov. 24-25, Dec. 23-26 and Jan. 1-2).
  • Liberty Ice Pavilion – Colonial Williamsburg. The Liberty Ice Pavilion is officially open for the season! See a full schedule of the ice rink’s operating hours here. For information about one-day skating tickets, click here. Season passes are also available.
  • Toys for Tots Annual Toy Drive – The Mariners’ Museum and Park (Newport News). The Mariners’ Museum and Park is hosting its annual toy drive for children in need. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child during the museum’s open hours and place it in the donation box in the Main Lobby. Toys for children 8 and over are always particularly needed. This event will run from Tuesday, Nov. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 11, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • The Santa Experience – 439 Prince George Street (Williamsburg). This event features photo sessions with beloved local “Santa,” Jim Hines, who has been known to thousands of families as the “Yankee Candle Santa” from his years at Williamsburg’s former Yankee Candle location. Sessions are signed up in advance and grouped in 30-minute increments (only 1-2 families are allowed in the studio at a time). Each ticket includes high-resolution digital copies of all photos taken during the session. Proceeds from this photo event will go to participating local nonprofit organizations. See the website for additional details or to reserve a ticket. Photo sessions will be available Nov. 25 – Dec. 23. Pet portraits are also available, and those needing a quieter experience can request a “Sensory Santa.” Follow Williamsburg Downtown’s Facebook page for updates and additional information.
  • Christmas Town – Busch Gardens (Williamsburg). Christmas Town returns to Busch Gardens on select dates between Nov. 11, 2022, and Jan. 8, 2022. Enjoy one of the largest Christmas light displays in North America, along with holiday shows, festive food and drinks, unique holiday shopping and more. See the website for pricing information.
  • Loosely Knit Annual Holiday Sale – Grissom Library (Newport News). If you’re looking for the perfect handmade holiday gift, stop by the Loosely Knit Group’s Annual Holiday Sale, November 19th – December 19th during library operating hours. Items for sale include crocheted and knitted shawls, sweaters, mittens, hats and scarves, baby and children’s clothing, ornaments, kitchen items and more. All proceeds benefit the Newport News Public Library Foundation to be used at the Grissom Library.
City Center in Newport News is aglow for the holidays. An animated light show will play there every half hour throughout the season, 5:00 – 9:00 pm, Dec. 3 – Jan. 1. Admission and parking are free. (Photo courtesy of the City of Newport News).

Live Music

🗓️ Tuesday, Dec. 6

  • Nowell Sing We Clear – Hennage Auditorium (Colonial Williamsburg). Join Lynn and Barry Trott and sing along with favorite English and American carols from the 17th to 19th centuries. Requires Art Museum admission and a program ticket ($5 per person). 4:30 – 5:30 pm.
  • Holiday Handbell & Organ Concert – Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg). Enjoy a candlelight concert presented by Bruton Parish Tarpley Ringers, directed by Rebecca Davy and accompanied by JanEl Will on the organ. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

🗓️ Wednesday, Dec. 7

  • Peninsula Concert Band – The Peninsula Concert Band will perform a variety of holiday music, including classic and popular pieces, in celebration of the season. The band has been performing in the Tidewater area for seventy-two years and is made up of volunteers. Free admission; no tickets required. 7:00 pm.

🗓️ Friday, Dec. 9

  • Flute Frenzy presents The Sounds of the Season – Historic Triangle Messmer Community Services Center (Williamsburg). Take a journey through winter with Flute Frenzy as they celebrate the Sounds of the Season, both familiar and novel. This diverse and varied program will include festive holiday pieces, winter-inspired works and the world premiere of a new opus by composer (and Flute Frenzy member) Edgardo Santiago-Ortiz! The performance will also be live-streamed on the Flute Frenzy Facebook Page. Admission is free; donations are welcome. 7:00 pm.

🗓️ Saturday, Dec. 10

  • Winter Classics and Holiday Favorites – Fort Monroe Theater (Fort Monroe). The orchestra will perform a selection of uplifting holiday classics for the entire family at the historic Post Theater. Admission is free. Dec. 10, 2:30 pm.
  • Naho Bessho – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). Enjoy solo piano music – featuring Dvorak, Poulenc, Brahms, and Schubert – by Naho Bessho. Tickets are $5 ($4 for Friends of WRL). 7:30 pm.
  • Holiday Choral Concert: New Dominion Choraliers – Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg). Enjoy the sounds of the season with this holiday concert by the New Dominion Choraliers Community Choir from Prince William County, Virginia and directed by Katherine Nelson-Tracey. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

🗓️ Sunday, Dec. 11

  • Lou Vangieri – Gallery at York Hall (Yorktown). Enjoy a live acoustical guitar performance by talented local resident Lou Vangieri. Free. 12:00 – 2:30 pm.
  • Hampton Roads Philharmonic Holiday Concert – American Theatre (Hampton). Enjoy a festive concert by the Hampton Roads Philharmonic at the American Theatre in Hampton. The acclaimed orchestra, directed and conducted by Steven Brindle, is comprised of members from all walks of life brought together by a love of music. This family-friendly performance features familiar sounds of the season blended with wintry classical works, film tunes and more. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased here. 2:30 pm.

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