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What's happening in Hampton? If it's fun and exciting, you'll know all about it when you check our regularly updated events calendar. Get the details up to four months in advance and you'll have plenty of time to make your plans and have a good time in Hampton.

December 2017 EVENTS

01 | Phoebus Annual Holiday Illumination

Phoebus Annual Holiday IlluminationJoin us for the fifth annual illumination event! Shop with Phoebus merchants for special deals, and more. There will special performances and Santa will even stop by! Mallory Street, Mellen Street and Hope Street in Phoebus. 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Free Admission.

Festivities will take place on Mellen Street

02 | Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas

Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric ChristmasAudiences of all ages will be captivated by Lightwire Theater’s dazzling visuals and unique menagerie of characters that magically appear out of the darkness. Combining the arts of puppetry, theater and dance with the music of timeless holiday hits, this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope creates a truly one-of-a-kind, inspired and exhilarating holiday experience that will be a treasured memory for years to come. Since bursting to national acclaim after appearing as semi-finalists on America’s Got Talent and winning the top honors on TRU TV’s Fake Off, Lightwire Theater has gone on to enthrall audiences worldwide with their unique combination of skill and grace as told through the technological innovations of moving light characters.

The American Theatre

08 | 2017 Santa's Attic (Dec. 8-9)

2017 Santa's Attic (Dec. 8-9)The Hampton Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services Department presents the 2017 SANTA’S ATTIC this holiday season on Friday, December 8, 10:00am-5:00pm. Join us for this popular event  located in the lobby at City Hall. Come take a look at some of Santa's helpers most unique hand-crafted items!! Whether shopping for that perfect holiday gift or picking up a little treasure for personal enjoyment, this arts and crafts show is not to be missed! It will bring plenty of distinctive treasures for fun and low-cost gift-giving. Santa's Attic features the best talents of area crafters as they showcase an array of original, hand-made items. Admission to this one-of-a-kind event is free. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, please contact 3-1-1.

City Hall
Free Admission

08 | 29th Annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade

29th Annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat ParadeCruise into the spirit of the holiday season. More than 20 boats are expected to participate. This highly anticipated parade of illuminated power and sail boats will be visible from anywhere along the Hampton River, however spectators wanting to hear the narration will want to find a spot near the Hampton Maritime Center.

Downtown Hampton waterfront
Free Admission

09 | Hampton Holiday Market

Celebrate Small Business Saturday by supporting local farmers, artists, and craftspeople! The Butcher, the Baker, and the Candlestick Maker…Whether you are searching for a holiday gift for the family, friends, or as a treat to yourself, you’re sure to find it at the Hampton Holiday Market. The market features heritage foods, arts and traditional crafts, demonstrations, roasted chestnuts, hot cider, entertainment, and more.

Hampton History Museum
Free Admission

09 | Miniatures and Small Works by Tidewater Artists - December 9, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Over 250 artists living in Hampton Roads were invited to create miniature or small artworks in any media. Miniature two-dimensional works were required to be no larger than 20 square inches; 4 by 5 inches for example. Small two-dimensional works were required to be no larger than 80 square inches. The resulting two-dimensional and three-dimensional works comprise a total of more than 350 artworks. Media represented include drawing, painting, watercolor, pastel, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and crafts. As would be expected there is a wide range of styles, techniques, content, imagery and intent. This year artworks may be removed at the time of purchase.

Charles H. Taylor Arts Center


09 | Fort Monroe Mistletoe Homes Tour

Celebrate the season with a walking tour of four of Fort Monroe's most beautiful, historic home, decorated for the holidays. The Chamberlin and the Casemate Museum will also be hosting free open houses. Tours require some walking and will be rain or shine. Please be advised that these are private homes and not handicapped accessible. Advance tickets must be redeemed at Building #17I, 8 Ruckman Road, on the day of the event. For full event details, visit our website.

Fort Monroe
$20 per person in advance; $25 the day of the event

09 | Hampton Holly Days Parade

Hampton Holly Days Parade Experience the largest illuminated parade on the Peninsula at 7:15 p.m. in downtown Hampton. The 2017 Holly Days Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9. This year's theme is "Holiday Lift Off" in celebration of NASA's 100th anniversary in Hampton. Hampton Holly Days Parade will feature over 70 units, including beautiful floats, marching bands, beauty queens, military honor units, and everyone’s favorite holiday guest…Santa Claus!

Downtown Hampton
Free Admission

09 | A Darlene Love Christmas - Love for the Holidays

A Darlene Love Christmas - Love for the HolidaysNo Christmas star shines quite as bright as the talent of the legendary Darlene Love. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will bring holiday cheer to the American Theatre with songs that span her celebrated career in the music industry. From her early days as part of Phil Spector’s wall of sound hit factory to Broadway roles in Hairspray and Grease and a subject in the Academy Award-winning film, Twenty Feet From Stardom, Love will rock the house with her warm, gracious stage presence and superb performance. Love helped launch more than 100 hit songs, including the number one Billboard hit, ”He’s a Rebel,” and her holiday anthem, ”Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).”

The American Theatre

10 | Hampton Roads Philharmonic Winter Classics & Holiday Favorites

Hampton Roads Philharmonic Winter Classics & Holiday FavoritesThis December, join the Hampton Roads Philharmonic for a winter-themed classical program, with a pops-style twist.  Come hear how the coldest times have inspired some of the greatest composers.  Along the way, shake off some winter gloom with seasonal favorites such as The Skater's Waltz, Sleigh Ride, and a special guest narration of "A Visit from St. Nick."

The American Theatre

10 | Holly Days Concert and Tree Lighting

Holly Days Concert and Tree LightingJoin us for our Holiday Concert with the Hampton Roads Philharmonic. Tree lighting of the largest Holly Tree on the Post located in Cannon Park will begin at 5:30 pm featuring a special visit from Santa Claus. Fort Monroe Theatre. 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m Free Admission. (42 Tidball Rd. Fort Monroe, VA 23651)

Fort Monroe