The months of November, December, and January contain countless major holidays, each with their own set of obligations and traditions, but the holiday season also brings a wide variety of fun-filled activities that you won't want to miss out on! Carve out some time for a holiday getaway with the family where you can experience some of the best festive attractions that Virginia has to offer. From classic performances and thrilling holiday rides, to wondrous light displays and festive parades, there are endless opportunities to create cherished memories and new traditions this holiday season. Check out a few of our favorite holiday experiences below!
Celebrate a classic holiday story in a whole new way at the American Shakespeare Center! Also known as Blackfriars Playhouse, this theatre is the world's only recreation of Shakespeare's own indoor theatre and every year they put on an unforgettable performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Audiences will be captivated not only by the brightly lit and gorgeously crafted interior, but also by the skilled actors and interactive aspects that breathe new life into the story that we all know and love.
There's a world of holiday fun waiting to be discovered at Busch Gardens Christmas Town! From November to January, the expansive amusement park morphs into a fully decorated village featuring one of the largest holiday light displays in North America. Whether you're visiting with family or friends, everyone is sure to enjoy the winter wonderland of lights, seasonal entertainment, holiday treats, and thrilling rides that remain open throughout the holiday season.
Pack the kids in the car and set out for an unforgettable holiday lights experience! Every winter, Virginia Beach turns their oceanfront boardwalk into a drive-through tunnel of lights. From the comfort of your own vehicle, witness wondrous light creations of jumping fish, dancing elves, surfing Santas, and so much more, all with the Atlantic Ocean as their backdrop. You won't want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind coastal holiday attraction!
This year, Massanutten Resort is transforming their Outdoor WaterPark into a stunning walkthrough light display that is sure to be the highlight of the season! Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of holiday themed displays like the snowflake tunnel, ice throne, and dancing tree show while enjoying a hot beverage or two. This brand-new attraction is the perfect opportunity to make holiday memories with friends and family!
There's nothing quite like a small-town holiday celebration to kick off the festive season! At the beginning of December, nearly every small town across the Shenandoah Valley hosts their own holiday parade as a way to bring the community together and spread a little holiday cheer. The whole family will enjoy festive floats and jolly holiday music followed by a rare glimpse of Santa Claus himself!
Bridgewater – Dec. 9
Elkton – Dec. 9
Harrisonburg – Dec. 2
Luray – Dec. 14