2016 Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring Holidays in the City Grand Illumination Parade, we have a range of packages available to potential sponsors. We would be pleased to discuss your company’s requirements. Please email us here to express your interest.

Presenting Sponsor:

Founded in San Antonio, TX in 1952 by George W. Church, Church’s Chicken® is one of the largest quick service restaurant chicken chains in the world. Church’s® specializes in Original and Spicy Chicken freshly prepared throughout the day in small batches that are hand-battered and double-breaded, Tender Strips®, sandwiches, honey-butter biscuits made from scratch and freshly baked, and classic, home-style sides all for a great value.

Church’s® (along with its sister brand Texas Chicken® outside the Americas) has more than 1,650 locations in 23 countries and international territories and system-wide sales of more than $1 billion. With three locations in the Greater Hampton Roads area, Church’s® is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for the annual Holidays in the City parade.  Follow Church’s® on Facebook at www.facebook.com/churchschicken and Twitter at www.twitter.com/churchschicken

In Partnership with:

ABC 13 is your local news leader a a proud sponsor of the Holidays in the City Grand Illumination Parade for the past 10 years. Their live broadcast and rebroadcasts of the parade, hosted once again by co-anchors Lucy Bustamante and André Senior, have enabled an approximate 92,000 additional viewers to take part in our holiday season’s marquis event. Turn to WVEC’s experienced news team to stay informed of events and occurrences throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia’s Eastern Shore, and northeastern North Carolina. And go online to WVEC.com—Hampton Roads' trusted source for national and local news, including top headlines, Norfolk weather, up-to-date traffic reports, and live video feeds of 13 News.  

Can’t make it downtown on November 21st? Tune in to WVEC and celebrate the onset of the holidays with 13 News.

Community Sponsors:

Founded in 1682, Norfolk grew up on the water, and its miles of lake, river, and bay front are central to many of its neighborhoods. The city's popular logo—an elegant young mermaid, which can be spotted in outdoor sites from Downtown to Ocean View—symbolizes 300 years of maritime and naval heritage and its modern reputation as a city on the move.

Attractions—such as the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin, a salute to the city's long-standing relationship with the Navy, Nauticus, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and the new Cruise and Celebration Center dot Norfolk's easily-walked downtown waterfront. Here, tugboats and visiting cruise ships share the waters with sailboats and merchant ships. The waterfront is also home to Town Point Park, a recently refurbished green space that houses summer festivals, fountains, walkways, and tributes to the City's naval history. Other treasures—The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Virginia Zoological Park—are close by.

Norfolk is home to the Port Authority, Norfolk-Southern Railway, The Virginia Symphony, Old Dominion University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, Tides baseball and the Admirals hockey teams, state of the art research facilities, shipping companies, and an exuberant arts and cultural community.

So join us, won't you? There's much to celebrate!

Founded in 1752, the City of Portsmouth is located in southeastern, Virginia—just across the Elizabeth River from the City of Norfolk. With over 80 miles of shoreline, including mile marker zero of the Intracoastal Waterway, it is a quaint seaport City with an inviting atmosphere highlighted by historic architecture and unique natural assets. Designated as an official Coast Guard City, Portsmouth’s southern charm, mild climate and beautiful waterfront setting, characterize it as a regional gem in the heart of Hampton Roads. 

Portsmouth is a diverse yet neighborly community, embracing both the richness of our heritage and the promise of the future in Hampton Roads. Downtown has retained its old southern charm and scale, as it has welcomed new development and revitalization. The historic waterfront downtown affords residents and visitors alike trendy shops and boutiques, chef-owned restaurants, art galleries and a range of entertainment and activities from the Farmers’ Market to First Weekend events and is home to the Children’s Museum of Virginia, the largest children’s museum in the state.

Olde Towne Portsmouth, it is a history lovers dream come true. In a single square mile, the Olde Towne Historic District chronicles 300 years of history in one of the largest collections of architecturally noteworthy homes. We invite you to see for yourself. Give us a day and we will give you a vacation.

Supporting Sponsors:

Elizabeth River Crossings (ERC) is delivering the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project, providing an efficient, linked transportation network between Norfolk and Portsmouth and improving connectivity in Hampton Roads. The project includes: a new two-lane tunnel under the Elizabeth River adjacent to the existing Midtown Tunnel; interchange improvements at Brambleton Avenue and Hampton Boulevard; extension of the Martin Luther King Freeway in Portsmouth from London Boulevard to I-264 and significant rehabilitation and safety improvements to the existing Midtown and Downtown Tunnels. Last July, ERC also assumed all responsibilities for the 24/7 incident response, roadway maintenance, snow removal and the ongoing operations and maintenance at the existing Downtown and Midtown tunnels and associated roadways. ERC is physically connecting the two partnering cities of Holidays in the City—Norfolk and Portsmouth, and they wish to remind everyone to travel safely this holiday season. Happy Holidays from ERC.

Hospitality Sponsors:

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, the Norfolk Waterside Marriott is a prominent feature of the Norfolk city skyline. This luxury waterfront hotel features nearly 400 rooms, 8 suites, and 60,000 square feet of conference space, a business center, and a 24-hour fitness center. Extraordinary dining is available at Shula’s 347, offering Premium Angus Beef® burgers and steaks or enjoy a cocktail in the Piano Lounge.

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel is proud to unveil a newly renovated and updated look, from top to bottom. From the moment you enter this downtown Norfolk hotel, you'll notice a fresh, clean and inviting atmosphere, enhanced by new décor, upgraded lighting, and stylish furnishings. It is Norfolk’s only waterfront hotel and provides stunning views of the Elizabeth River along with an exceptional hotel and meeting experience. A stay with Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel puts you right in the center of all the great things to do in Norfolk, including harbor cruises, upscale shopping, theaters and galleries.

Participating Sponsors:



Balloon Sponsors:

MacArthur Center

The Real Estate Group

The Virginian-Pilot

Top Guard Security

Wells Fargo

Corporate Bleachers Sponsors:

Barnes & Noble at Tidewater Community College


Wells Fargo Advisors

Friends of Holidays in the City:

Collins Enterprises

Dominion Enterprises

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Greg Reck

Southern Bank