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Christmas in the South - Holiday Festivals and Christmas Lights

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100 Miles of Lights - Richmond to Virginia Beach
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A "fantasea" of lights illuminates the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of "100 Miles of Lights"
Seven Virginia Cities from Richmond to Virginia Beach

The award-winning annual 100 Miles of Lights takes place along the 100 or so miles from Richmond to Virginia Beach, featuring a festive array of holiday light shows, special events, decorated historic areas, musical performances, visits with Santa Claus and more.

The seven host cities for this delightful seasonal event are: Richmond, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Some of the highlights include:

See the Holiday Lights - A few of the Light Display highlights include: Holiday Lights at the Beach along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, featuring 250 mostly nautical displays; Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration, transforming the popular theme park into a Christmas wonderland; GardenFest of Lights at Richmond's Lewis Ginter Garden with over 500,000 lights in botanical themes; and Celebration in Lights, Virginia's oldest drive-through light show, featuring 700,000 lights in over 200 fanciful displays.

Visit Santa - A number of uniquely festive opportunities to visit Santa include singing, sailing and brunch with Santa, a legendary Santa, Victorian Santa and more, each at various locations throughout the season.

Special Events - The events calendar is chocked full of wonderful special events including:

  • Holiday parades
  • Seasonal marketplaces and bazaars
  • Planetarium and aquarium shows
  • Ice skating, carriage rides and caroling
  • Special events for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve
  • World class holiday entertainment
  • Special holiday themed tours and many more fun events
Hotel Packages - Several area hotels feature special packages and rates during the holidays.

Additional Information Related Travel InformationNext Destination: Magical Nights of Lights - Lake Lanier
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