Spending the Holidays in Norfolk, VA: Lights, Markets, and Events

If you’re spending the holidays in or around Norfolk, Virginia, you’re in for a real treat! The city, as well as local businesses, have really outdone themselves this year! From a decked-out battleship and a swinging Santa band to a downtown elf door scavenger hunt, unique and enchanting events make this destination an ideal place to enjoy the holidays. 

So if you’re looking for things to do in Norfolk, Virginia, this holiday season, we’ve got some fun stuff to share with you!

Norfolk, Virginia Holiday Events to Enjoy

Nauticus Winterfest on the Wisconsin 2023

Spending the Holidays in Norfolk, VA: Lights, Markets, and Events
Winterfest at Nauticus

Not many people can say they’ve toured a battleship decked out in over one million holiday lights, but you can! If you’re looking for a unique experience, head to Nauticus this holiday season, where you can explore the USS Wisconsin battleship while enjoying holiday music and a magical light show.

During your visit, you can also see other boats decorated in lights at Mistletoe Marina, enjoy a performance by The Whoville Circus, meet Santa, or go on an elf door discovery scavenger hunt. Be sure to grab your Winterfest tickets ahead of time, as weekend tours tend to sell out fast!

Dominion Energy Garden of Lights 2023

Spending the Holidays in Norfolk, VA: Lights, Markets, and Events
Norfolk Botanical Garden

If you love holiday lights, you’ll want to head to the Norfolk Botanical Garden and walk the garden aglow! With new designs and even more lights, a stroll through this magnificent garden will surely get you and your family in the holiday spirit! Weekends tend to sell out quickly, so grab your tickets in advance

Waterside District’s Holiday Pop-Up Bar!

Waterside District Norfolk
Photo Courtesy of Waterside District

Are you looking for a fun night out with friends, co-workers, or family? Then head to the Waterside District’s holiday-themed pop-up bar! Enjoy music, decorations, and holiday lights with your loved ones while sipping on creative holiday-themed cocktails and brews. Any while you’re there, keep an eye out for Elfie! If you find him, snap a selfie and tag @pbrnorfolk for a chance to win a $50 giftcard! Reservations are required for the pop-up bar, so grab your tickets now! 

Selden Market Holiday Events

Selden Market Holiday Market Norfolk, VA 2022
Holiday Shopping at Selden Market

Holiday Model Train Exhibit at Selden Market

Free and open to the public, the Selden Market Holiday Model Train Exhibit is something that the entire family can enjoy! And while you’re visiting, be sure to check out all the local businesses for unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones!

Elf Door Discovery Scavenger Hunt

Elves have invaded downtown Norfolk! Tiny elf doors, 100 of them, have popped up all around the city and can be found near local businesses, hotels, parks, and restaurants! Hint: 15 of them can be found at Winterfest on the Wisconsin. So, if you’re on a mission to find them all, be sure to participate during the day because these sneaky elves won’t leave the light on for you!

Other Holiday Festivities to Enjoy in Norfolk, VA

Norfolk, Virginia
Holiday Yule Log Bonfire and Holiday Market at Town Point Park

Spending the Holidays in Norfolk, Virginia

It’s a magical time of year in Norfolk, Virginia! So grab your loved ones and head downtown to enjoy the festivities this holiday season!

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Spending the Holidays in Norfolk, VA: Lights, Markets, and Events
Alexandrea Sumuel

Alexandrea Sumuel is a travel writer and the founder of the Wander With Alex travel blog, where she provides vacationers with trip ideas, travel guides, news, and itineraries. She travels to experience, eat, explore, and, on occasion, escape! Alex’s mission is to help peopl find the perfectv acation destination.