The Virginia International Tattoo — long regarded as the most patriotic of the world’s great tattoos — thrills audiences year after year with an awe-inspiring spectacle of music and might. A brand new show every year, the Tattoo is more than a performance, it is an experience.
Virginia’s rich history, culture and spectacular scenery, from beautiful beaches to mountains, make it a perfect holiday playground. Don’t miss its award-winning wines.
From soaring mountains to scenic Atlantic Coast beaches, the Commonwealth of Virginia is diverse enough to feed every passion. You'll discover outdoor adventures, historic sites, compelling museums, unique restaurants and 22 winding wine trails to explore.
The Grand Illumination Parade kicks off Holidays in the City, a six week long holiday celebration in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. The themed parade includes festive floats, marching bands, giant balloons, dancers and Santa himself.
Experience one of the region's most beloved holiday traditions! Dozens of brightly lit boats will stretch along the Potomac River during this colorful parade at Alexandria's historic harbor.
A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s'mores and hot chocolate (for purchase), nightly family activities & more. The region's ultimate holiday extravaganza!
The International Gold Cup steeplechase race is a celebration of hunt country tradition with over 50,000 spectators gathered to witness one of largest, most celebrated outdoor social events held in Virginia. In addition to the races, guests will enjoy terrier and pony races before the main event, hat contests on Members Hill, vendor tents and booths, parachute demonstrations, classic and new car displays, and countless tailgates.
Holiday traditions of 17th- and 18th-century Virginia are recalled through special interpretive programs and, from December 26 through 31, musical entertainment of the period. A Jamestown Settlement holiday film and guided tours compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony.
In the 18th century, illuminations, which included the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks, were held to celebrate major events, such as great military victories, the anniversary of the reigning sovereign's birth, or the arrival of a new colonial governor. Join Colonial Williamsburg for this special day by strolling the Revolutionary City and viewing all the unique decorations. Enjoy musical performances from multiple stages and delight in the fireworks displays from three different locations.