Experience the Magic of the Holidays Downtown

Get ready for the most wonderful time of the year in Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth. Plan to spend the holidays and nights shopping, strolling, enjoying seasonally themed events, dining and creating your own holiday traditions. Enjoy the lights, the sights and the sounds of the holidays Downtown.

2019 Grand Illumination Parade 

The 35th Annual Grand Illumination Parade, "Toy Land,” will take place in Downtown Norfolk on Saturday, November 23 at 7pm, bringing thousands of spectators out to take in the beauty, magic, and electric holiday spirit. The Grand Illumination Parade is a beloved holiday tradition for many in Hampton Roads. Let us help you have the best experience!


Experience the Magic of the Holidays Downtown 

Make these the most memorable holidays ever with an entire season full of festivities and fun for the whole family. Find everything you need to plan your visit right here.


Holiday Events and Activities 

There is always something festive going on in Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth! Check out our full calendar of performances, holiday events, parties, family-friendly activities, and more.


Small Business Saturday 

We love to celebrate our small businesses in Downtown year-round, but we invite you to join in the national movement to Shop Small on Small Business Saturday, November 30. 

This Small Business Saturday, drop by the Shop Small Welcome Station in Selden Market from 10am-2pm for an independent shopping blitz! Pick up free goodies from American Express and a Shop Small shopping list of participating Downtown businesses. Plus there will be a few surprises in store for shoppers!