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.
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.
Come see Virginia's finest animals and agriculture, exhibits and shows, toe-tappin' music, fine arts and crafts, blue ribbon competitions and more! The State Fair of Virginia is a multi-day event at the beautiful rural setting of The Meadow Event Park. Visitors can enjoy rides, pet animals, see amazing shows, play games, see a concert and enjoy delicious food. With different events happening every day, no two visits are ever the same.
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.
At the Plane Pull, teams of 25 people play tug-of-war with a FedEx jet to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia. The Plane Pull is the main event at the Dulles Day Family Festival, which also includes live music, a classic car show, aircraft displays and children's games and entertainment, including the Kids' Bus Pull. Admission and parking are free!
The largest indoor/outdoor show in the Mid-Atlantic, featuring 18th and 19th century American and English period antiques plus a trove of vintage Americana, jewelry, silver, glassware, primitives, rugs and mid-century modern pieces. Intriguing collectibles include stoneware, toys, Civil War memorabilia, vintage hardware and restoration pieces, and much more.
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.
Christmas past comes to life during this special afternoon in Williamsburg's James River Plantation Country. Explore history and holiday traditions at Piney Grove (circa 1790), Ashland (circa 1835) and Ladysmith (circa 1857). You will enjoy the very unique collection of Christmas decorations of the Gordineer that spans five generations! The tour concludes with hot cider and homemade cookie.