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:

Nordstrom, one of the nation's leading fashion specialty retailers, offers a selection of quality apparel, shoes, accessories and cosmetics for women, men and children. Nordstrom is committed to its founding philosophy of service, selection, quality and value.

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 19th? 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.

Contributing Sponsors:

California Pizza Kitchen provides a range of creative California dishes, from signature California-style, hearth-baked pizzas to creative salads, pastas, soups and sandwiches. FREE Valet Parking when you dine with us and spend a minimum of $10. See server for details. 

Dickens’ Christmas Towne has become Hampton Roads’ newest holiday tradition. This year we’re bringing back the very best of seasons’ past including an indoor train display and Father Christmas, but also creating an entirely new entertainment line-up. A magical Christmas tree forest will come to life as you enter the 15,000-square-foot village, and an elaborate, animated PUPPET SHOW will delight your entire family. Performance artists, parlor magicians, incredible jugglers, actors, carolers and musicians will take center stage.  Each Saturday morning, join the fun at COPPERFIELD’S PETTING ZOO. You’ll also have a chance to experience the first SNOW of the season every day in our town square!    

FREE ACTIVITIES & CRAFTS are an important part of Dickens’ Christmas Towne. We’ve added even more games, family activities and fun – all free with admission. We’re also extending our season and will remain open through New Year’s Eve. After Christmas, be the first to see a national-caliber exhibit celebrating LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS’ 75th anniversary, featuring 65 original illustrations from the beloved storybooks. We’ll also showcase classic children’s movies each day after Christmas and host a magical celebration on PRINCESS DAY.  

Please join us this year at Dickens’ Christmas Towne – it promises to be our biggest, brightest, boldest season yet.

Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 26,000 megawatts of generation, 14,400 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,500 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 1 trillion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves more than 6 million utility and retail energy customers.

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: the new two-lane U.S. 58 West Midtown Tunnel under the Elizabeth River adjacent to the existing Midtown Tunnel; interchange improvements at Brambleton Avenue and Hampton Boulevard; a mile-long elevated highway 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. ERC is also responsible for the 24/7 incident response, roadway maintenance, snow removal and 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.

FIT36® IS THE NEXT LEVEL IN FITNESS! No traditional workout can provide elite-level results in 36 minutes or less. No traditional fitness plan can match the efficiency of the FIT36® workout. We do high intensity interval training / HIIT and we do it like no one else. Once you HIIT at FIT36®, you won’t want to HIIT anywhere else.

We run our circuits for two weeks at a time. This quick muscle-memory plan allows your body to go from unable to able to expert on these movements in a two-week span. Once you become great at these movements, we shake up the circuit and start over again.

This is modern training for the modern athlete. We use everything from kettlebells to TRX® and beyond, and we use it in intervals. We use movements you never thought existed. We use movements you use every day. Combined together, these movements can build strength and improve athleticism.

We have a certified personal trainer in each class to ensure proper technique and improve efficiency. Our movements are self-limiting, taking you to the max while prioritizing your safety. We don’t make you do what you can’t do. We can make you better at what you can do.

Heart rate monitors are available to keep you in the proper anaerobic zone throughout the workout. Your heart rate can be displayed on a screen during the workout to allow the trainer, and yourself, to monitor your progress and maximize your workout.

Hampton Roads Transit’s mission is to serve the community through high quality, safe, efficient and sustainable regional transportation services. Our vision is to be the most efficient and customer driven public transit agency in Virginia.

Be sure to stop by the Visit Norfolk Visitor Information Center at 232 East Main Street and let us help you plan your stay! The center offers maps, brochures and a visitor guide full of restaurants, attractions, shopping and hotels. Find a gift for that special someone at our Mermaid Market in the Center where you can purchase Norfolk and mermaid memorabilia such as Christmas ornaments, soap, bags, t-shirts and children's toys. Don't forget to download our new mobile app at VisitNorfolkVa and tag us in your pictures of Norfolk on Instagram at @VisitNorfolkVa!

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 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.

A stay at Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown places you in the heart of Norfolk, walking distance from Norfolk Scope and Chrysler Hall. This hotel is within close proximity of Granby Street and the MacArthur Center Shopping Mall. Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, express check-out, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Enjoy recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, gift shops/newsstands, and a picnic area.   Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. 

The Courtyard Marriott Norfolk Downtown hotel near MacArthur Center Mall features a new lobby with inviting spaces, free Wi-Fi and access to the latest news, weather and local information via our GoBoard. The highlight of our new lobby is The Bistro-Eat. Drink. Connect., which provides guests with healthy food, beverages, and Starbucks(R) items during the day and evening dinner service with cocktails. Guests will be near the NorVA, Chrysler Hall, and Granby Street, known for an eclectic mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Business travelers will be near Dominion Enterprises, Norfolk Southern, Sentara Norfolk, and Old Dominion University. We offer a fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool, 24-hour business center and boarding pass printing service to make your travel easier.

The Residence Inn by Marriott Norfolk Downtown offers ideal accommodations for short or long stays in Norfolk. Guests will be at ease when relocating or traveling for a long-term project in Norfolk. The Norfolk hotel's studio, one, and two bedroom suites offer separate living, eating and sleeping areas with full kitchens. Plug in your laptop and enjoy free wireless Internet while watching the Flat screen TV in your suite. Enjoy free breakfast daily, evening "Mix" various nights of the week, a grocery shopping service, a heated indoor pool and on-site fitness center. Residence Inn is close to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, EVMS, Dominion Enterprises, and Norfolk Southern. You'll be blocks from Norfolk's top eateries, nightlife, culture, and shopping. The Spirit of Norfolk, Chrysler Hall, Scope, the NorVa, Ted Constant Convocation Center and MacArthur Center Mall are all located a short distance from the hotel.

Supporting Sponsors:



In its 46th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines(NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 53,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 99 destinations in the United Statesand eight additional countries with additional Cubaservice to Havana, Cuba, beginning Dec. 12, 2016, and Santa Clara beginning Dec. 15, 2016, both routes subject to governmental approvals.

Balloon Sponsors:

MacArthur Center

The Real Estate Group

Slover Library

Tidewater Community College

Top Guard Security

The Virginian-Pilot

Wells Fargo

Corporate Bleachers Sponsors:

Barnes & Noble at Tidewater Community College


Wells Fargo Advisors

Friends of Holidays in the City:

Collins Enterprises

Dominion Enterprises

Ervin Architectural Products

Greg Reck

Harbor Group

Kaufman & Canoles

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Retail Alliance

Southern Bank