Downtown Norfolk - and Olde Towne Portsmouth – Where Happy Holidays Happen.


Downtown Norfolk - and Olde Towne Portsmouth – Where Happy Holidays Happen. 

A breathtaking illuminated skyline, giant Christmas trees, beautiful decorations, scheduled snowfalls, a winter wonderland and all the holiday festivities you can imagine. The holiday season in Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth is truly magical. 

Both extremely walkable and accessible, Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth are your destinations for holiday happenings all season long. The 33rd Annual Grand Illumination Parade, the premier holiday parade in the region, officially kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, November 18th at 7pm. The downtown skyline is brilliantly illuminated and the parade begins, dazzling the crowd with spectacular floats, energetic marching bands and even a visit from Santa himself. 

There is so much to do, from symphony performances to light displays, seasonal outdoor markets and holiday shows. Dining options are fantastic and plentiful for whatever cuisine or experience suits your needs. You’ll also find unique shopping opportunities, including a world-class mall, eclectic boutiques and a market filled with goods from local artisans to check off everyone on your list. There really is nothing quite like Holidays in the City. 

Visit for a comprehensive calendar of holiday events conveniently broken down by categories like free, family friendly, traditional and more so you can easily plan a perfect holiday season of fun!

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01 Nov 2017

By Jessica Kliner