Holidays in the City

Spend your Holidays in the City! Enjoy a magical six-week celebration of holiday events and activities throughout Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth.

Holidays in the City kicks off with everyone's favorite annual tradition: the Grand Illumination Parade, held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Buildings throughout Downtown are beautifully illuminated, and the festivities officially begin!

During the Holidays in the City season, enjoy favorites like the Virginia Stage Company’s A Christmas Carol or Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center's Winter Wonderland. Visit festive attractions like Dickens’ Christmas Towne and MacArthur Center's Winter Carnival and Ice Rink. 

Holidays in the City will celebrate its 32nd anniversary in 2016. Be a part of this glorious family tradition!

For more information and a calendar of all Holiday in the City events, visit

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