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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 2018 EVENTS

01 | The Manhattan Transfer Holiday Show

The Manhattan Transfer kicks off a harmonic holiday season as the vocal group brings its signature sound to The American Theatre. Expect an evening of spectacular singing that has earned the group an astounding 10 Grammy Awards for its unique arrangements and performance style. The Manhattan Transfer’s incredible vocal power has entertained worldwide audiences for more than four decades. During this special time of year, the group delivers a remarkable performance of holiday favorites from its hit albums, The Christmas Album, An Acapella Christmas, as well as selections from the recently released, chart-soaring album, The Junction. The Manhattan Transfer Holiday Show is a rare opportunity to see one of the music industry’s most influential jazz vocal groups.

The American Theatre

07 | Santa's Attic

Santa's AtticThe Hampton Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services Department presents the 2018 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

07 | Phoebus Annual Holiday Illumination

Phoebus Annual Holiday IlluminationJoin us for the 7th Annual Historic Phoebus Holiday 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

07 | 30th Annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade

30th 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

08 | Holiday Open House

Come out to the Holiday Open House! All of the family-friendly activities will be there—heirloom ornament making, train displays, face painting, live music, hot cider, and free museum admission. We’ll also have “Selfies With Santa” at the Hampton Carousel 1-6 pm, where children can share holiday wishes with Saint Nick. Enjoy a second face painting station, free candy canes, and rides for just $1 on a festively decorated 1920s carousel. These two events will make the perfect activity to get the family ready for the Holly Days Parade starting at 7 pm.

Hampton History Museum
Free Admission

08 | 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

08 | Selfie's with Santa

Selfie's with SantaThe festively decorated carousel will be the perfect backdrop for a fun selfie with Santa. Face painting will also be available to make your picture even more memorable.

Carousel Park

08 | Hampton Holly Days Parade

Hampton Holly Days Parade Experience the largest illuminated parade on the Peninsula at 7:00 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 including high school bands, auto clubs, dance groups, military honor units, and everyone’s favorite holiday guest…Santa Claus!

Downtown Hampton
Free Admission

09 | Hampton Roads Philharmonic Winter Classics & Holiday Favorites

Hampton Roads Philharmonic Winter Classics & Holiday FavoritesCome hear the sounds of the season as the orchestra presents a program of holiday favorites including “The Nutcracker,” “Sleigh Ride,” “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and a special guest appearance by the Golden Baton raffle winner. You won’t want to miss this fan-favorite program for the whole family!This 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

31 | New Year's Eve Downtown Hampton Block Party

New Year's Eve Downtown Hampton Block PartyBlock Party is continuing its new tradition. At Midnight, for the third year, we will be dropping a lit, oversized, crab pot from the top of the Old Point National Bank.  Downtown Hampton has over eight restaurants and bars open with no cover charge during this New Year's Eve celebration. Downtown Hampton. 9:00 p.m. -12:30 a.m

Downtown Hampton