Spend Your Holidays in the City!

Get ready for the most wonderful time of the year in Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth. Holidays in the City is a seasonal experience that features a robust calendar of holiday events, activities, and programs to get you and your family in the holiday spirit: MacArthur Center's thrilling Winter Carnival and Ice Rink, visits with Santa Claus, traditional family favorites from the region’s finest arts organizations, such as Virginia Stage Company’s A Christmas Carol, brilliant light shows, magical holiday installations such as Portsmouth's Winter Wonderland and Dickens’ Christmas Towne, outstanding shopping, and so much more. It all begins with the brilliant illumination of the Downtown skyline and the beloved Grand Illumination Parade, November 27, 2018. And lucky for you: you’ve come to the right place to plan your holidays and nights!

Holidays in the City - Presented by Nordstrom

Experience the Grand Illumination Parade Like Never Before


Holiday Happenings

Downtown Events
33rd Annual Grand Illumination Parade
"From Sea to Shining Sea" November 18, 2017 at 7pm.

Celebrate Downtown

There is no more magical time to visit Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth than the Holidays in the City season. Holiday music in the air, the warm glow of festive lights decorating the streets and highlighting the skyline, the pleasant aroma of chefs’ special creations at nearby restaurants, and the hustle and bustle of a vibrant city brimming with holiday cheer.