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.

Grand Illumination Parade Street Seats 

The Grand Illumination Parade is Saturday, November 23rd at 7pm. Of course there is ample opportunity along the two-mile route to enjoy the parade, but do you like the convenience of knowing exactly where you will be sitting before you even leave the house? Purchase a Street Seat and watch the parade in style, and in a special seat just for you!


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!



The Grand Illumination Parade can't happen without your help. Our amazing and dedicated volunteers make this event the beloved and magical experience that it is for the thousands of people who fill the streets of Downtown Norfolk every year. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available for groups, organizations and individuals. There's no better way to support and show your dedication to the community while still getting into the holiday spirit and having fun! The Parade also offers the opportunity to provide branded volunteers from your organization or company.