Christmas season is officially here and there are several kick-off events scheduled in Hampton to get people in the spirit.
Here’s what’s happening at Fort Monroe, Phoebus, and Downtown Hampton in the coming days.
Thursday at Fort Monroe
Join the choir from St. Mary’s Star of the Sea School as they sing Christmas carols and countdown to Fort Monroe’s annual tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
For its sixth year, the Fort Monroe Authority is inviting the public to observe the nearly 15,000 lights on a 40-foot Cannon Park holly tree for the first time this season.
Cookies are served and mingling with Santa will immediately follow at the Fort Monroe Theater where officials said “children of all ages are welcome.”
This event is free and open to the public although officials do recommend making reservations for the 7 p.m. concert featuring youth steel drum orchestra, Rhythm Project, as seating in the theater is limited.
For more information or to register, click here.
Friday in Phoebus
Phoebus is celebrating its 8th annual Holiday Illumination event on Mellen Street Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a tree lighting at 8 p.m.
Partnership for A New Phoebus officials said in a news release attendees should also look forward to holiday-themed crafts, food, music, fun with Santa, and another attraction that will make the day feel more like Christmas.
“The weather forecast is calling for SNOW on Mellen Street!” they said.
Dec. 14 Downtown Hampton
Hampton city officials are bringing what seems like the entire community together for what they said was the “Peninsula’s largest illuminated parade” on Dec. 14 in Downtown Hampton.
Military groups, car clubs, and every Hampton high school marching band, and more are featured in this year’s Hampton Holly Days Parade.
This year’s theme, “Holly Days Around the World,” celebrates the 20th anniversary of the International Children’s Festival in 2020, officials said in a news release.
The parade is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the best views located along Settlers Landing Road from the Crowne Plaza and past the Virginia Air and Space Museum.
For more information, click here.