As children prepare for their holiday break, parents in Hampton Roads and the Peninsula are searching for fun activities to keep them entertained.
Throughout the area, a number of events are occurring during the holiday season, from sessions with Santa to crafting holiday ornaments.
WYDaily has compiled a list to help parents pick the best events to make their holiday season more special.
- Christmastide in Virginia, Dec. 20-31, at Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.
- Busch Gardens Christmas Town, through Jan. 5.
- A Christmas Remembered at Colonial Williamsburg, Dec. 28 at 3:15 p.m. Guests can enjoy hearing about traditions of holidays past as a Nation Builder shares their favorite memories.
- Joy in the Morning at Colonial Williamsburg, Dec. 20 at 11:15 a.m., guests can meet with members of the enslaved community to hear music and stories that highlight the African American experience in 18th century Williamsburg.
- Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Colonial Williamsburg, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. Guests and families can come together for a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” and learn about the first Christmas tree in the United States.
- Christmas in Vienna-Williamsburg presented by the Vienna Boys Choir, Dec. 21 at 7:20 p.m. at the Williamsburg Lodge.
- A Big Band Christmas presented by the Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kimball Theatre.
- A Christmas Story, presented by Huzzah Holiday Movies on the Lawn at Huzzah’s Eatery, Dec. 25 at 6 p.m.
- A Crooner’s Christmas, presented by Good Shot Judy, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. Guests can listen to classic Christmas hits from artist like Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.
- Breakfast in Santa and Mrs. Claus with crafts, songs, and stories at The Grey Goose, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. until Dec. 23.
- Santa’s Wonderland with free games, crafts, and a photo presented Bass Pro Shops on Power Plant Parkway until Dec. 24.
- Christmas Palooza ’19, presented by Parents in Need at the Northampton Community Center Dec. 20 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. where “toys will be distributed until the bag is empty.”
- Elf Day: Santa’s Lock-in, presented by the Hampton Family YMCA, invites kids ages 6 to 12 for a slumber party featuring crafts, games, and food from Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m to Dec. 21 at 9 a.m.
- “Elf the Musical Jr!” presented by the homeschooling program at The American Theatre is playing Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 1 p.m.
- Decorate doughnuts and gingerbread cookies at Baked Bistro, Dec. 22 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Create “Holiday String Lights” with kids ages 7 and up at Painting with a Twist’s Family Day Dec. 23 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Melted Snowman Glass Fusing Workshop – Dec. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets $10.
- Celebration in Lights- Nov. 28 to Jan. 1. $15 per car. Canned food gets you $2 discount.
- Antebellum Holidays at Lee Hall Mansion– Dec. 1-30. Tickets $8 for adults, $6 for kids.
- Lights at the Fountain at City Center Oyster Point– Dec. 7-31 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free.
- Snowman’s Wonderland at Denbigh Community Center– Dec. 16, 18 and 20. Multiple times. Free.
- Community Dinner- Dec. 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free.
- Christmas Concert- Dec. 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star- Dec. 21 from 6:30 to 7:15. Tickets $3-$6.
- Holiday Magic- Dec. 21 from 7:30 to 8:14. Tickets $3-$6.
- The Nutcracker Ballet at Ferguson Center for the Arts– Dec. 21. Tickets start at $28.
- Community Christmas Sunday– Dec. 22, multiple times. Free.
- Santa’s Workshop Lunch at the Melting Pot– Dec. 22 from noon to 5 p.m. Kids $19.
- Holiday Family Friendly Workshop– Dec. 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $68, kids $25.