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Christmas Happenings in Virginia Beach and Norfolk

Celebrate Christmas in Virginia Beach

The Christmas season gives us all kinds of opportunities to take a little time away from the hustle and bustle of shopping, wrapping, partying and cooking to spend some leisure time with the family.  One perennial Christmas attraction in Virginia Beach is Lights at the Beach.  You can ride down the boardwalk through a wonderland of sparkling lights that bring cries of glee from the little ones and warm Christmas memories to the older ones.  This attraction takes place at the oceanfront from now until January 1st.

Norfolk Has a Few Ways to Celebrate

If lights is what you enjoy at Christmas, head to the Norfolk Botanical Gardens for a drive-through light show now through New Years.  It is a stunning installation.  You can also take in a presentation of The Nutcracker put on by the Richmond Ballet and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  The traditional production is at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk this weekend from December 12 through December 14.  Of course, the Grand Illumination has already taken place so all the high rise buildings downtown are outlined in lights.  If you go to Chrysler Hall, take the elevator up to the top floor for a breathtaking view of the city.

The Wells Theater mounts a production of  Dickens’ A Christmas Carol from now until December 24

Travel to the Peninsula for More Christmas Joy

Colonial Williamsburg is lighted by candles and other decorations in the manner of a town from the 18th century.  You will find wreaths made of birds’ feathers, fruit and natural greens.  Take a leisurely stroll along Duke of Gloucester Street to appreciate the workmanship and imagination.  At the end of this street is Merchant’s  Square where you can find gifts that are unique for your loved ones.  Busch Gardens is all lighted up for the holidays and you can get in your final roller coaster ride of 2014.

Make sure you take some time off from all the craziness that is the Christmas holiday and enjoy what our communities have to offer.

To all of you from the Custom Maid  family…Merry Christmas…Happy Hanukah…Happy Kwanza and a healthy, happy, prosperous New Year!!!