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December 2021 Family Calendar

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Due to health & safety concerns, some of the listed events may be cancelled or postponed. Please call to confirm. Send your submissions for the calendar by the 15th of the month prior.

Wednesday 1
Winterfest on the Wisconsin - Times vary thru 1/2/22. Enjoy this waterfront light festival, entertainment, boat parade + more. ($) Nauticus 664-1000 (N)
Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Nursery Collection - 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Times vary daily thru 12/31. Enjoy animated yuletide displays, holiday crafts + more. Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 393-8543 (P)
VIBES Open Mic - 5-6 p.m. via Instagram. Every Wed. Teens & YA. Share your latest work. Teens with a Purpose 747-2679 (Virtual)
Family Night - 5:30-9 p.m. Every Wed. AYCE pizza, skating + more. ($) Haygood Roller Skating Center, 1036 Ferry Plantation Rd. 460-1138 (VB)
Bayport Credit Union Holiday Lights at the Beach - 5:30-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. Nightly thru 1/2/22. Drive through light displays on the boardwalk. ($) Oceanfront 385-7873 (VB)
Celebration in Lights - 5:30-10 p.m. thru 1/1/22. Drive thru animated holiday lights. ($) Newport News Park 886-7912 (NN)
Festival of Lights - 5-9:30 p.m. daily thru 12/30. Drive through festive lights. Sleepy Hole Park 514-7250 (S)
Nature Nights Holiday Lights - 5:30-8:30 p.m. thru 12/30. Enjoy a nature night walk decorated with lights & decor. ($) Va. Living Museum 595-1900 (NN)
Va. Stage Co.: A Merry Little Christmas Carol - 7:30 p.m. Times vary thru 12/24. Enjoy this reimagining of Dickens’ timeless classic. ($) Wells Theatre 627-1234 (N)

Thursday 2
Holiday Market & Grand Illumination - 4-8 p.m. Photos w/ Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers & more. Bridgeport Suffolk 547-1515 (S)
Teen Comedy Club - 4:30 p.m. Ages 13-18. Kids Comedy Club 6 p.m. ages 7-12. Every Thurs. Explore sketch comedy & improv acting. RR FFX Theatre, 206 16th St. 797-4020 (VB)
Planetarium Show: The Christmas Star - 8-9:30 p.m. Every Thurs. in Dec. Learn about the star that marked the coming of the Christmas season. RR Chesapeake Planetarium 547-0153 (C)

Friday 3
To the Lab! Science Program - 4 p.m. Every 1st Fri. via Facebook. Check out new science themes every month. Northampton Library 825-4558 (Virtual)
Outdoor Movie Night: The Star - 5-7 p.m. Enjoy pizza, cookie decorating & movie. Francis Asbury UMC, 1871 N. Great Neck Rd. 481-5016 (VB)
Christmas in Driver - 5-9 p.m. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Thru 12/19. Photos w/ Santa, lights, music & crafts. 3156 Kings Hwy 434-5539 (S)
Snow Wonders - 5:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat. Thru 12/18. Catch some falling snow in the museum! ($) Children’s Museum of Va. 393-5258 (P)
Holi-Rays - 6 p.m. Fri. & Sat. Thru 12/18. Holiday treats, crafts & scuba diving Santa! RR ($) Va. Aquarium 385-3474 (VB)

Saturday 4
Chick-Fil-A Christmas Parade: Christmas Through the Decades - 8:30-10 a.m. See local groups, bands & floats. Chesapeake Square 488-9639 (C)
Exotic Pet Retail Expo - 9 a.m.-4 p.m. See & purchase exotic pets, enjoy discounted products + more. ($) Chesapeake Conference Center 877-8084 (C)
WBHS Craft Show - 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 100+ vendors & food trucks on site. Western Branch High School, 1968 Bruin Place 638-7900 (C)
Cookies w/ Santa - 10 a.m.-noon. Enjoy cookie decorating, crafts & more. RR East Suffolk Recreation Center, 138 S. Sixth St. 514-7250 (S)
Mosaic Steel Orchestra Lanyard - 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Every Sat. Enjoy steel pan vibes + vendor market. 220 E. 27th St. 625-0545 (N)
Battle of Great Bridge - 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Step back in time w/ demos, characters, children’s crafts + more. Battlefield Park S. 382-6411 (C)
Phoebus Holiday Illumination & Craft Market - 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Vendors, food trucks, kids activities & more. 37 E. Mellen St. 727-0808 (H)
Yoga for Everybody - 10:30-11:15 a.m. Every Sat. All ages. Spon. By Teens with a Purpose. Donations accepted. Purpose Park, 801 Church St. 747-2679 (N)
Holiday Adoption Event - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Spend the holidays with a new furry friend. Kitty Kingdom Cat Cafe, 565 Cedar Rd. 381-7337 (C)
Lunch n’ Lego Club - 12-1:30 p.m. Every Sat. Enjoy Lego-based activities & practice social skills. RR ($) Inside Out Learners, Inc., 1220 Executive Blvd. 436-2722 (C)
Holiday Bazaar Vendor Market - 12-4 p.m. 30+ vendors, live music & food trucks. Big Ugly Brewing, 845 Battlefield Blvd S., 672-9752 (C)
Holiday Yule log Bonfire & Holiday Marketplace - 12-8 p.m. Vendors, caroling, live ice carving & Santa Claus visit. Town Point Park 441-2345 (N)
757 Teen Connect - 3:30 p.m. Every Sat. Radio show for teens, by teens. Teens with a Purpose 747-2679 (Virtual)
Chesapeake Rotary Christmas Parade - 6-9 p.m. Food vendors on site. Mount Pleasant Rd. & Battlefield Blvd. thru City Hall, 685-3209 (C)

Sunday 5
Mr. & Mrs. Claus Christmas Breakfast - 9 a.m. RR ($) The Smithfield Inn, 112 Main St. 357-1752 (Smithfield)
Christmas Market - 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Local vendors, crafts, kids’ play area + more. MKL Produce, 1737 S. Battlefield Blvd., 274-9526 (C)
Meet Santa - 1-4 p.m. Bring your cameras for photos w/ Santa. Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum 514-4135 (S)

Monday 6
Maritime Mondays - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Every Mon. Enjoy a book reading, artifacts & more. RR Mariners Museum 596-2222 (Virtual)

Wednesday 8
Celebrate Traditions & Holiday - 6:30-7:30 p.m. Gr. K-12. Learn about traditions around the world. Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast 547-4405 (Virtual)

Thursday 9
The Nativity Experience - 7-9 p.m. thru Sat. Hear the story of Christmas come to life + live animals. DC Church, 250 Mill Creek Pkwy 487-2182 (C)

Friday 10
Christmas in the Country - 5-8 p.m. Thru 12/31. Enjoy drive-thru lights. ($) Triple R Ranch, 3531 Bunch Walnuts Rd. 421-4177 (C)
Smithfield High School Christmas Concert - 7 p.m. Favorite sing-along carols + one-act play. ($) Smithfield High School, 14171 Turner Dr. 357-3108 (Smithfield)
Hurrah Players: Hurrah for the Holidays - 7 p.m. Times vary thru Sun. Enjoy kick-line dancers, a dancing snowman & festive surprises. ($) MacArthur Center Mall 627-5437 (N)

Saturday 11
Sensory Friendly Morning - 7:30-9 a.m. Enjoy soft lighting, limited sounds & other mods. RR ($) Va. Aquarium 385-3474 (VB)
Kiwanis Breakfast w/ Santa - 8-10 a.m. Enjoy hot breakfast + give Santa your Christmas wishes. RR ($) Smithfield Center 356-9939 (Smithfield)
Downtown Farmers Market - 9 a.m.-noon. 2nd Sat. Music, crafts & fresh produce. BSV Lot, Main St. 357-2214 (Smithfield)
Santa’s Workshop - 9 a.m.-noon. & 1-4 p.m. Holiday songs, craft stations, visit w/ Santa & more. RR ($) Greenbrier Farms 421-2141 (C)
Christmas Past & Present - 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn about holiday traditions from Colonial America to modern day + crafts, activities & Santa. ($) Great Bridge Battlefield, 1775 Historic Way 482-4480 (C)
Downtown Christmas Parade - 10:30 a.m. Enjoy floats, bands, dance teams & more. Main & Grace St. 357-5182 (Smithfield)
Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Carolers, marshmallow roasting, kids’ activities + more. High St. 393-8481 (P)
Movies at the Center: Aladdin - 2-4:30 p.m. Enjoy this live-action film w/ the family. ($) Suffolk Center 923-2900 (S)
Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade - 2-9 p.m. Enjoy live music, holiday snacks + more. Downtown Hampton 727-1271 (H)
Fa-La-La Land - 5-9 p.m. Also 12/18. Carolers, face painting, holiday activities + drive-thru light display. City Hall, 306 Cedar Rd. 382-6411 (C)
VB Holiday Boat Parade of Lights - 5:15 p.m. Benefitting VB Rescue Squad Foundation. See parade route map for shoreside viewing options. Long Creek 437-0968 (VB)
Community Christmas Celebration - 6-7:30 p.m. Also Sun. Music, dance performances + live nativity. Great Bridge Baptist Church, 640 Battlefield Blvd. S., 482-2111 (C)
Live Nativity - 6-7:30 p.m. Petting zoo, pony rides + refreshments. Greenbrier Presbyterian Church, 1100 Greenbrier Pkwy, 547-8535 (C)
Suffolk Holiday Parade: Home for the Holidays - 7-9 p.m. Enjoy local bands & performance groups. Downtown Suffolk 514-7250 (S)
SkyWatch - Sunset-11 p.m. Join Back Bay Amateur Astronomers for sky viewing. Northwest River Park, 1733 Indian Creek Rd. 382-1359 (C)

Sunday 12
Friendly Hours - 9-11 a.m. Every 2nd Sun. Experience the museum w/ reduced sound & lighting. RR ($) Mariners’ Museum 596-2222 (NN)
Va. Symphony Orchestra Jingle Bell Jam - 3 p.m. ($) Sandler Center 892-6366 (VB)
A Celebration of the Family at Christmas - 5 p.m. Christmas Dinner 6 p.m. Choirs, musicians & scripture. RR Francis Asbury UMC, 1871 N. Great Neck Rd. 481-5016 (VB)

Monday 13
Here Comes Santa - 10-11 a.m. Ages 0-5. Enjoy stories, music & crafts. RR Greenbrier Library 410-7100 (C)

Tuesday 14
Holiday Jingle Mingle - 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy hot cocoa, games & crafts. Whaleyville Recreation Center, 132 Robertson St. 514-7105 (S)

Friday 19
Hurrah Players: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - 7 p.m. Thru Sun. Times vary. ($) Hugh Copeland Ctr. 627-5437 (N)

Saturday 18
Saturday SUN-day - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Join Back Bay Amateur Astronomers for this public solar viewing event. Elizabeth River Park 382-1359 (C)
Here Comes Santa - 2-3 p.m. Ages 0-5. Enjoy stories, music & crafts. RR Indian River Library 410-7100 (C)

Sunday 19
The Christmas Story Tour - 10-11 a.m. Live Christmas story & petting zoo. Francis Asbury UMC, 1871 N. Great Neck Rd. 481-5016 (VB)
Pet Photos w/ Santa - 1-4 p.m. Donations accepted for Suffolk Animal Shelter. Suffolk Visitor Center, 524 N. Main St. 514-4130 (S)

Sunday 26
Village Family Food Pantry - 3-5 p.m. 4th Sun. Free groceries, clothes & more. First Calvary Baptist Church, 813 Henry St. 622-7418 (N)
Bluegrass Brunch - 12-4 p.m. Every 4th Sun. Food trucks + music. Commonwealth Brewing Co. 305-9652 (VB)

Wednesday 29
Rainbow Puppet Productions: Open a Book 2022 - 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Meet Blackbeard, a mermaid & Chessie the Manatee + take home a book. RR ($) Va. Air & Space Center 727-0900 (H)

Thursday 30
Eastern Va. Brass: Brasstastic Holidays! - 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. Continue holiday festivities and all that Jingle Bell jazz. Hennage Auditorium 888-965-7254 (W)

Please call to confirm. RR - Reservation req’d.
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