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Where To Find Santa In Virginia Beach
The holidays are here, you either missed it or made it to a Grand Illumination Parade, and Community Craft Fair. The good news is there are plenty of events to attend with your family to see Santa Claus and make lasting memories. Here are some local places to catch the man in red before he goes back to the North Pole for the rest of the year.
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Dates: November 9 thru December 24, 2018. Regular Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11:00 AM-8:00 PM Sunday: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM Special Hours: Monday – Saturday (12/15-12/22): 9:00 AM-9:00 PM Sunday (12/23): 10:00 AM-8:00 PM Christmas Eve (12/24): 9:00 AM-6:00 PM Where: Lynnhaven Mall, 701 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452 What: Bring your little ones to share their holiday wish list, and get your annual Santa photos. Grandparents Photo Night on November 29. Pet Photos will be taken Mondays (November 12-December 17) from 5-8pm.Holiday PJ Night Photos will be on November 30 and December 6.Ugly Sweater Night with Santa will be November 16 and December 13.Cost: Free to visit with Santa, Photo Packages available for purchase.
Dates: November 18-December 24, 2018. Nov 18 from 12-6pm. Nov 19-21 from 11am-8pm. Nov 23-20 from 11am-8pm. Dec 1 from 9am-9pm. Dec 2 from 11am-7pm. Dec 3-6 from 11am-8pm. Dec 7-8 from 9am-9pm. Dec 9 from 11am-7pm. Dec 10-15 from 9am-9pm.Dec 16 from 10am-8pm. Dec 18-23 from 9am-9pm. Dec 24 from 9am-5pm. Break times vary by day. Pet photos on December 9 from 6-8pm and December 10 from 7-9pm. Where: Pembroke Mall, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd, Suite 201 Virginia Beach, VA 23462 What: Visit and photos with Santa
Special Event: Santa is coming to Pembroke Mall!! Bring the family as we welcome our Singing Santa Claus featuring Rudolph and Frosty on Saturday, November 10th, beginning at 11am, located in the Target Wing. Sing along to your favorite Christmas songs and visit Santa after his performance.
Cost: Free to visit, photos for purchase
Dates: Saturdays, November 24- December 22, 2018 from 11am-1pm Where: The Hilton Virginia Beach 3001 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451 What: Join Santa every Saturday starting Saturday November 24th from 11am-1pm and finishing on Saturday December 22nd as Santa has work to do! Come take your picture with Santa for FREE! Then grab lunch at Catch 31 Fish House & Bar where every Saturday Santa is here, from 11am-2pm kids 12 and under can eat for FREE! (With the purchase on an adult entrée). Mark your calendars now and plan for a trip to the beach to see Santa! Cost: Visit and photo with Santa is Free
Dates: Friday & Saturday, November 23 & 24 Saturday, December 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2018 from 12 to 4pm. Where: The Shops at Hilltop, Laskin and First Colonial Roads, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451 What: Look for Santa as he strolls our centers! Kids receive a Free activity pad! (while supplies last.)
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays November 24, 25, December 1, 2,8, 9, 15, 16, 22, & 23, 2018 from 10:30-11am Where: Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center 717 General Booth Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23451 What: See Santa as he dives in the Red Sea Tunnel! Watch as he spends some time beneath the surface with our spotted eagle rays and zebra shark! Cost: Included with Aquarium admission
Dates: November 24, December 1, 8, 15, 22 & 24, 2018 from 12-4pm
Where: Chick-fil-A Virginia Beach Blvd 4752 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
What: The holidays are here and Santa and his team are flying in to help us celebrate all season long. He'll be here every Saturday to visit, take photos, and spread Christmas joy! Kids are invited to drop their letters to jolly old Saint Nick in our special delivery mailbox and enjoy special surprise treat! (Exclusively at the Virginia Beach Bvd Chick-fil-A location)
Dates: November 25 & 26 and December 9 & 10 2018. 11/25 from 4-6 pm. 11/26 & 12/9 from 6-8pm. 12/10 from 7-9pm Where: Pembroke Mall, Virginia Beach VA What: Everyone loves Santa, even your furry four-legged friends! We would like to invite you to bring your dogs and/or cats to Pembroke Mall for our Pet Photo Nights with Santa! Please enter through our Mall Entrance between Off Broadway Shoes and Target. Santa Set is located across from the Kids Play Area. Cost: Photos available for purchase
Dates: Saturday & Sundays: December 1 & 2, 22 & 23, 2018 from 8-11am Where: IHOP at Landstown Commons Shopping Center 3334 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach VA What: Enjoy a fun, casual breakfast with Santa at IHOP at Landstown Commons Shopping Center!
Cost: Registration is free, you just pay for the cost of your breakfast at IHOP. Registration is necessary due to limited seating. Event is subject to change without notice.
Dates: December 1-2, 8-9, & 15-16, 2018. Saturdays 11am-4pm Sundays 12-5pm Where: Care A Lot Pet Supply Indian River 5457 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464 What: Bring your pets and kids to have their photo taken with Santa!
Cost:The price is only $10 and the entire amount goes to help dogs through Rainbow Animal Rescue
MILITARY: SANTA'S SCHEDULE AT NEX LITTLE CREEK:
What: Visit with Santa at the NEX! For military patrons only, must have valid military ID Dates:
Saturdays 10am-6pm (*Except 12/1 for Breakfast with Santa & Story Time with Santa)
Monday, December 24th 11am-3pm
MILITARY: SANTA'S SCHEDULE AT NEX OCEANA:
What: Visit with Santa at the NEX! For military patrons only, must have valid military ID Dates:
Saturday 12/1 from 11am-3pm
Saturday 12/8 Breakfast with Santa
Saturday 12/15 from 11am-3pm
Saturday 12/22 from 11am-3pm
Dates: Sundays, December 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2018 from 12-3pm
Where: Virginia Aquarium, Virginia Beach VA
What: Join Santa and his elves for fun festivities and activities!
Cost: Included in admission
Date: December 4, 11 & 18, 2018 at 7pm Where: Plaza Middle School Planetarium, 3080 S. Lynnhaven Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452 What: This presentation traces the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well. Cost: All shows only $3 per person. Reservations strongly suggested.
Date: Thursday, December 6,2018 from 5-8pm Where: Chick-fil-A General Booth Blvd. 1524 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454 What: On Thursday, December 6th we will be welcoming a very special guest from the North Pole!! Santa will be joining us for dinner from 5:00-8:00 pm. No reservations needed. Don’t forget to bring your letters to Santa!! We will also have some blank ones available if needed!
Date:Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4-6pm
Where:Navy Exchange (Little Creek) 1170 Amphibious Dr. Bldg 3443, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23459
What:Bring your friendly pet to NEX Little Creek on Thursday, December 6,2018 from 4pm-6pm and get a selfie with Santa! All pets welcome, so bring your bird, hamster, guinea pig, pot belly pig, iguana, dog, cat, rabbit & more. Don't forget your camera or phone. Tag us in your photos & use #NEXSantaPaws. All pets will leave with a goodie bag. Also, we'll have a Most Festive Pet Contest at 5pm. Winning pet will receive a prize.
Dates: December 8, 9, 15, 16, & 22, 2018 from 8-10am. Where: Founders Inn, 5641 Indian River Rd., Virginia Beach, VA What: What a better way to celebrate the season than to share a meal with the jolly elf in the red suit. Balloon artist and face painting are also included. Reservations Required 757-366-5777. Cost: $29.95 per person
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 8am-3pm
Where: Creeds Cafe 605 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach Virginia 23457
What: Come have Breakfast or lunch at Creeds Cafe with Santa and get your picture taken by Southern Photography!
Cost: 10$ per image! Kids meals are 1/2 off!!
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 8:30-10am Where: Chick-fil-A Lynnhaven Mall Food Court 701 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA
What: Chick-fil-A's 18th Annual Breakfast with Santa and the Chick-fil-A Santa Cow. Lynnhaven Mall Food Court. Astro DJ's will be providing entertainment, dancing, crafts, face painting, games, photo opportunities, breakfast, goodie bags and more memory filled fun. Reservations are required.
MILITARY - BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9-10:30am Where: Navy Exchange (Oceana) 1449 Tomcat Blvd. Building No. 292, Virginia Beach, VA What: Oh what fun! You're invited to Breakfast with Santa in the NEX Oceana Food Court on Saturday, December 8 from 9:00am-10:30am. Cost: Ticket of $7 includes breakfast provided by Chick-Fil-A, a meet & greet with Santa, a mini firetruck/train ride from Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services - Unofficial, children's activities & a FREE book courtesy of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia. Bring your own cameras. Purchase your tickets at NEX’s Personalized Services Department. Limited seating available.
Date:Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 9am-12pm
Where: Kaydee Kelly Photography 1561 Bradford Rd, Suite 104, Virginia Beach VA
What: Photos with Santa. Reservations required. Session is only booked with session fee paid and contract signed. Each session can include up to 3 children (additional time slots can be booked at half price if you have more than 3 children!)
Cost:$80-$165 depending on photo package selected
Date:Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10am-2pm
Where: American Brew - 3584 E Stratford Rd Virginia Beach, VA 23455
What: Come one, come all and visit the jolliest gentleman of them all! Visit the American Brew on Saturday December 8th between 10am-2pm for a FREE photo with Santa! You will be provided a link to go online and access your photo after the event. Coffee, hot chocolate bar, kids crafts & giveaways are just a few of the surprises we have in store for you! There will be parking next door at the Marina and across the street at J&A Racing. Please get your tickets for which time you will be attending and one for each person that will be with you. Presented by Val Lee, Realtor with Benham Signature Properties, Donnie Hoock - NMLS 1319720 - Movement Mortgage, Renee Jean Photography - Wedding & Elopement Photographer & American Brew
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 10am-4pm (Santa will visit from 1-3pm) Where: VB Farmers Market 3640 Dam Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23453 What: Craft Show: Live Music, Food Trucks, Children's Activities, VB Ice Skating on site, Fun for everyone! Santa will visit with children in our Rural Heritage Center from 1-3 on December 8 and there will be reindeer food and crafts. Cost: Free and open to the public, free to visit and take your own pictures with Santa
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 11am-1pm Where: Pembroke Mall, Virginia Beach VA What: Join us for our extra-special event, Cookies and Crafts with Santa! Kids will create holiday crafts while enjoying cookies, provided by Pembroke Mall. Santa will stop by and visit the kids during craft time. Located in the Target Wing. For kids 12 and under. Adult Supervision required for all ages. While supplies last. Cost: Free
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 11am-2pm Where: Select NEX Locations including Little Creek, Oceana, and Norfolk What: Join us Saturday, December 8th, 11am - 2pm, for a fun day of activities and help Dash The Elf write holiday letters to deployed sailors! Write a letter, give it to Santa to put in his sea bag and you will receive a $10 OFF COUPON* from Dash! Plus, visit and get your photo taken with Santa, listen to story time and more!
Dates: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 2-5pm Where: 357 Edwin Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 What: Join West Indies United, Inc and Santa for an Afternoon of fun, food and laughter. Children will receive goody bags. Bring your camera. AN AFTERNOON WITH SANTA 2018!! Food, Drinks, games, prizes and much more! Cost: Free. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or texting 757-496-6006 to get your spot on Santa's List.
Date: Saturday, December 8,2018 from 2-5pm Where: JEB Little Creek - Gator Theater 3504 Gator Blvd. Bldg. 3104 Virginia Beach, VA What: The sights and sounds of the holidays will be celebrated inside the Gator Theater on this special evening for the 2018 Holiday Extravaganza Whobilation Celebration. We forecast a 100% chance of fun for the entire family on Saturday, December 8. The festivities take place from 2 to 5 p.m. and include a candy cane hunt, performances and meet and greet with Cindy Lou, the Grinch and Santa. Open to active duty, retirees, Reservists, DoD civilians and their eligible family members. For more information, call 757-462-7691.
Dates: December 9 & 16, 2018 at 8:30am
Where: Virginia Aquarium, Virginia Beach VA
What: Ho ho ho! Join Santa for donuts at this Aquarium member exclusive event! This incredibly popular, family-friendly holiday event returns with two different dates. Enjoy holiday-themed donuts provided by Bliss Bakery, snap a photo, and visit with our jolly special guest before he heads back to the North Pole! This event will also include holiday-themed activity stations and story time.
Cost: $12 for children, $8 for adults. Members only. Registration is required for this event. To register and purchase your tickets, please call (757) 385-3474, option 3.
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 11am-4pm Where: Sound Wave Customs 2700 Avenger Drive, Suite 111, Virginia Beach, VA What: Our 7th annual toy drive returns to Sound Wave Customs with a static car show hosted by Santa Claus! 50-50 Raffle. All cash will be turned into toys and donated for children in need. SHOW ENTRY:Pre register for show or Bass Off $15 Day of admission show or Bass Off $15 with toy $20 without toy We will have food and drinks included with registration, or purchase a wristband @ $3.00 for spectators. Reindeer games for GIFT CARDS, PRIZES, and MORE. Costume contests for holiday themes (People and Cars)!
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 1-4pm
Where: Twisted Sisters Cupcakes & Sugar Shack Cafe 2724 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA What: Bring your kids to the bakery located at 2724 Virginia Beach Blvd on Sunday December 9th from 1pm-4pm for an afternoon of family fun! This is a free event! Come have some fun and see what our bakery has to offer! Come decorate a cookie while drinking hot cocoa. Get a holiday face painting Have your child write a letter to Santa and be entered to win a free a birthday cake up to a $75.00 value (child must be present to write the letter and be entered into the contest) You can even see Santa himself bring your camera and get free photos no need to fight the long lines and the malls Cost: This is a free event! Come have some fun and see what our bakery has to offer!
Date:Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 2-4pm
Where:Blue Pete's Restaurant 1400 N Muddy Creek Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
What:Join us at Blue Pete’s on December 9th as we host our good friend, Santa Claus! That’s right, we know him. Professional photos by Skylar Wyatt - a great photo opportunity with rustic decor in front of a fireplace!
Cost:$10 per child. 3 or more children pay $25 total! This event will be first come first serve, so stop by early - it’s a busy time of year and Santa can’t stay long.
Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 5-7pm Where: The English Rose Tea Room, 3101 Virginia Beach Blvd Suite 111, Virginia Beach, VA What: Tea with Santa and Mrs. Claus, we will be serving food and tea, make sure to take lots of pictures. We will be decorated for Christmas, family fun! The children's meal will be kid friendly. Tickets must be purchased in advance. On sale now, limited seating, won't last long! Cost: $15 per child (10 & under)and $25 per adult.
Dates: Friday & Saturday, December 14-15, 2018 at 7pm Where: Thalia Lynn Baptist Church, Virginia Beach VA What: Enjoy the holiday cheer with the U.S. Fleet Forces Band Holiday Concert. We finish the season with 2 nights, at Thalia Lynn Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, VA. Fun for all ages, kiddos and reindeer alike! Be extra nice this season, as we may get a special visitor from the North Pole! Cost: Free
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 8-11am Where: Dave & Buster's, 701 Lynnhaven Pkwy, Virginia Beach, VA What: Hot cocoa station,crafts and pictures with Santa! Cost: Breakfast Package: $15 Breakfast Buffet Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Roasted Potatoes, Bagels with Cream Cheese, Waffles, Orange Juice, Soda, Coffee and Tea. Breakfast & Play Package: $20 Breakfast Buffet Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Roasted Potatoes, Bagels with Cream Cheese, Waffles, Orange Juice, Soda, Coffee and Tea. $10.00 power card for Ticket (redemption) Games and Unlimited Video Game Play (non-redemption games)
Dates: Saturdays, December 15 & 22, 2018 from 8-11am Where: Sage Kitchen- Virginia Beach 1925 Fisher Arch, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456 What: Join us for our annual breakfast with jolly ol’ Saint Nick. Enjoy a delicious Sage Kitchen breakfast and free picture-taking with the man himself. Cost: ADULTS $15, KIDS $10, GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING $15. Hang around and make your own gingerbread house! We’ll provide all of the supplies, you bring your smiles and laughter. Reservations are required: (757) 599-3510 x.407
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 10am-1pm Where:J EB Fort Story - Youth Center 457 Vera Cruz Road Bldg. 457 Virginia Beach, VA 23459 What: Celebrate the Holiday! There will be lots of exciting activities! Pictures with Santa, Holiday Crafts, Games, Door Prizes, Holiday Refreshments, and fun for everyone! For more information, call (757) 422-7714.
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 11am-1pm Where: Drexler Manor Conference Center on JEB Little Creek, across from the CDC What: Photos with Santa, Cookies and Cocoa and other Holiday Treats, Holiday Crafts and Activities. Free Gift for each Military Child. Open to active duty military, reserve/national guard and dependents with valid Military ID card. For the Southside edition of Cookies & Cocoa, registration time slots are designated times for families to meet and greet Santa. Families can arrive and enjoy the other activities on site at any time before or after their photo with Santa, but families are expected to fall in line to meet Santa at the time slot they registered. Cost: Free but Reservations are required. This event has sold out in the past, so registering early is encouraged! One registration entry per family.
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 11am - 3pm Where: Rescue Station 21 - 1468 Nimmo Parkway, Virginia Beach VA What: Santa is making a special stop at Station 21. Princess Anne Courthouse Volunteer Rescue squad would like to invite you and your family to this special event.
Date: Saturday, December 15,2018 from 12-3pm Where: Virginia Beach Friends School Gym 1537 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach VA What: The Autism Society, Tidewater Chapter and Families of Autistic Children of Tidewater (F.A.C.T.) invite you to attend a holiday celebration. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No RSVP needed. Games, Face Painting, Crafts, Inflatables, Concessions, Photos with Santa Cost: Entry is free, but please bring a non-perishable food item for local shelters
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Where:Williams Farm Recreation Center 5252 Learning Circle, Virginia Beach VA What: Ages 3 & up. Santa's on his way to town and he wants to have breakfast with his favorite kids, at Williams Farm. Join us for a wonderful event and sit down and munch and mingle with Santa. We will have arts and craft plus holiday-themed games and then you can tell Santa your very special wish for the holiday. So put on your favorite outfit and take a picture to remember with Santa at this fun event. Cost: Parent must register and attend with child. Register online $7
Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 10am-2pm Where: Kahiau's Bakery & Cafe 3712 S Plaza Trail #101, Virginia Beach, VA What: Come join us for brunch with Santa. Come In Your most comfy holiday PJs. Santa will arrive at 11am so be on time. He will help with cookie decorating, coloring and reading the kids a story. We will have a brunch buffet set up along with coffee, tea, a hot chocolate bar and lots more. We will have games, coloring books, cookie decorating and more. Menu will be posted at a later date. Come join us this second year for all the holiday fun. Cost: The price is $20 for adults and $10 for kids and includes brunch, cookie decorating and all activities with Santa. MUST RSVP BY DECEMBER 10TH TO SAVE A SEAT. Call us 757.340.0071
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 5:30-8pm. Where: Chicho's Strawbridge 2135 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454 What:Take your own photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, post it to Facebook, Check-In and show your server for a locals discount!
Dates: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 6-7pm Where: The Founders Inn and Spa, 5641 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464 What: Children, all dressed in their holiday pajamas, will snuggle up in blankets to hear Santa read "The Night Before Christmas" and other stories. Children will enjoy milk, cookies and pictures with Santa. Children will also have an opportunity to sit on Santa's lap so bring your camera! Event starts promptly at 6pm. All guests are invited to stay for dinner and enjoy a 20% discount on our Holiday Pasta Night! Cost:Reservations Required $18.00 per child. Please call 757-366-5777 to reserve your space.
Date: Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 3pm
Where: Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market St, Virginia Beach, VA
What: Santa Claus is coming to town and he's stopping by to be a part of the VSO's ever-popular Jingle Bell Jam! Celebrate the magic of the season with an afternoon that showcases the music of the holidays performed by the best talent in Hampton Roads. You won't want to miss this holly jolly concert! Get your tickets early– this family favorite is sure to sell out!
Cost: Tickets are $14/child, $19/adult