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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.


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.


WinterFest on the Wisconsin

WinterFest on the Wisconsin returns this holiday season with all new nightly entertainment, illuminations, and seasonal treats! Featuring more than one million festive lights and an all-new “holidays around the world” experience, WinterFest on the Wisconsin is bringing even more cheer this year!


Miracle on Waterside Drive: A Holiday Pop Up Bar

From November 24 - December 30, the tipsy-topsiest holiday pop-up bar returns to Norfolk complete with new cocktails and fabulous glassware. Book your reservations today for this limited experience.


Dominion Energy Garden of Lights - Walk the Garden Aglow

This holiday season, immerse yourself in more than 1.5 million twinkling lights – a magical experience like no other in Coastal Virginia. Look for illuminating color-changing trees, the sparkling Conifer Garden and the Garden’s historical NATO tower drenched in lights. Plus, walk through the Mega Tree. Event runs from November 10 - December 31.


A Merry Christmas Carol

Hampton Roads’ favorite holiday tradition returns with a larger than life production from November 25 - December 24, 2023. See Ebenezer Scrooge’s haunting journey unfold with inventive theatricality incorporating traditional holiday music harmonizing to produce a tour de force of laughter, hope, and the magic of the season.