Holiday events in Virginia Beach

Holiday Events in Virginia Beach

Come celebrate the holiday season on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront! The Boardwalk is lighting up with The Holiday Lights at the Beach. The Holiday Lights at the Beach has been named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 November Events” and one of the American Bus Association’s “Top 100 Events in North America”! More than 20,000 families a year make this unique light show a part of their holiday celebration. This “Fanta-Sea” of lights will dazzle and amaze holiday visitors and locals alike. 

In addition to the amazing lights, the beach is buzzing with holiday festivities; restaurants are dazzling with great food and favorites like fresh local oysters and rockfish specials, and the Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market and local shops make for fun holiday shopping!  


Holiday Lights at the Beach: Nov 19 – Jan 2

Guests drive their vehicles on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk through holiday, nautical, and adventure-themed light displays, listening on their radios to a soundtrack playing traditional holiday music. Festive fish, musical crabs, and hard-working elves – all in brightly colored lights against the moonlit Atlantic Ocean – are the stars of BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights at the Beach. They are joined by Surfing Santa and a 40-foot tall dancing light Christmas tree, new for 2020! The magical light display features fish swimming overhead, color-changing archways, and light fixtures that pay tribute to the region’s Armed Forces community.

Virginia Beach Christmas Market: Nov 25 – 27

The Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, features over 250 artisans, quality fine arts, & crafts, collectibles, holiday fashions and decor, shabby chic and vintage recreations, handcrafted edibles, reclaimed furniture, jewelry, unique gifts and thousands of holiday home decorating ideas

Holiday Parade at the Beach: Dec 4

Watch as almost 90 parade units make their way down Atlantic Avenue in a joyous celebration of the holiday season at the Holiday Parade at the Beach.


Stay with us here at Holiday Inn Virginia Beach Oceanside . Our Virginia Beach Oceanfront hotel is situated directly on the Boardwalk on the oceanfront in Virginia Beach right in the heart of all the fun:)