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Must Do's in Downtown Norfolk
for the Holidays

The holiday magic is coming back to Downtown Norfolk. Enjoy the season with themed events, shopping, dining, and favorite holiday traditions.

Unwrap the magic at every turn with our Holiday Experience Map.
For more holiday events happening in Downtown Norfolk, click here.


38th Annual Grand Illumination Parade

The Grand Illumination Parade takes place every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, bringing thousands of spectators out to the streets of Downtown Norfolk to take in the beauty, magic, and electric holiday spirit to kick off the season.


Elf Door Discovery

This seasonal scavenger hunt will take you on a magic journey to unlock the mystery of Santa’s elves! Adventure comes knocking all around Downtown Norfolk where you’ll discover 50 tiny entrances decked out for the holidays. You can find these magical doors near theatres, restaurants, hotels, and any other places elves may gather throughout Downtown Norfolk.