What to do for the holidays in Hampton Roads

The holiday season in Hampton Roads gets into gear this weekend and includes music, Christmas classics like The Nutcracker – some of them – light shows, Christmas markets and even a small disco.

Here is a selection of activities through early January. Adult ticket prices are listed, although most venues have discounts for organization members, children, older adults, and military personnel.

BayPort Credit Union Christmas lights on the beach. Until January 1st. Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Tickets start at $20. beacheventsvb.com.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town. Until January 8th. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. Tickets start at $76.99. buschgarten.com.

Dominion Energy Garden of Lights. Until January 1st. Norfolk Botanical Gardens. Tickets start at $18 Monday through Thursday; $25 Friday through Sunday. norfolkbotanicalgarden.org.

Wagsters Magic Theater Christmas spectacle. Until December 31st. Wagster’s Magic Theatre, Williamsburg. Tickets start at $29.95. williamsburgmagic.com.

Winterfest in Wisconsin. Until January 1st. Nauticus, Norfolk. Tickets start at $18.50. nauticus.org.

Holiday afternoon tea in the Raleigh Room. Every weekend until January 8th. Cavalier Resort, Virginia Beach. Reservations start at $31. cavalierresortvb.com.

Freedom Ice Pavilion. Open every day until February 26 (including bank holidays). Duke of Gloucester Street, Colonial Williamsburg. Day passes for $16 and season passes available. Ice skates can be hired. Colonialwilliamsburg.org/tickets/ice-skating.

Wagster's Snow Levitation at the Wagster's Magic Theater in Williamsburg.

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Christmas Market in downtown Williamsburg. Friday to Sunday; 1st-4th Dec; 8th-11th December; 15-21 December. Along Court Street, behind the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Free. culture-fix.org.

Murray & Peter,A drag queen Christmas.” Appearances by contestants on the Emmy Award-winning television show RuPaul’s Drag Race. 8 p.m. Friday. Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach. Tickets start at $37. sandlercenter.org.

Winter Wonderland at Coleman Nursery. Friday to December 31st. Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. Tickets start at $3. portsmouthartcenter.com.

Winter Festival at the Kings Dominion. Friday through January 1st. King’s Dominion, Doswell. Tickets start at $32.99. kingsdominion.com.

Virginia Rep on Tour, “It was the night before Christmas.” 11 a.m. Saturday. The American Theatre, Hampton. Tickets start at $15. hamptonarts.org.

“The Polar Express” in concert. 3 p.m. Saturday. Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News. Tickets start at $25. fergusoncenter.org.

Cavalier Grand Holiday Reveal. 5 p.m. Saturday. The Cavalier Hotel, Virginia Beach. Free. cavalierresortvb.com.

Plan B, Leftovers Edition: A Sketch Show. Saturday 8 p.m. Zeider’s American Dream Theater, Virginia Beach. Tickets start at $20. thez.org.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 29. Chrysler Hall, Norfolk. Tickets start at $40. sevenvenues.com.

Virginia Stage Company: “A Merry Little Christmas Carol.” 30 Nov-Dec 31. Fountain Theatre, Norfolk. Tickets start at $25. vastage.org.

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An interpreter adds fuel to a cresset in Colonial Williamsburg in November 2016.

“Christmas in the country” with driveway lighting. 1st-31st December. Triple R Ranch, Chesapeake. Free. triplerranch.org.

Boogie on the Bay’s annual Christmas dance. 6 p.m. December 2nd. Eagles Club, Chesapeake. Tickets start at $15. boogieonthebay.com.

Virginia Voices International: “Celebrate Christmas.” December 2, 7 p.m. Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach. Tickets $19. sandlercenter.org.

“A Wesleyan Christmas.” 2nd-3rd December. Susan S. Goode Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach. Tickets start at $10. vwu.edu.

Sticky sweater 5K. 9am 3 Dec Smartmouth Brewery, Norfolk. Tickets start at $30. smartmouthbrewing.com.

“Christmas in Wonderland” by Masterworks Productions. 2pm and 7pm December 3rd. Harrison Opera House, Norfolk. Tickets $19.99. sevenvenues.com.

Grand illumination celebrations at Colonial Williamsburg. 5 p.m. December 3rd, 10th, 17th. For free. kolonialwilliamsburg.org.

Illuminated boat parade. 7 p.m., December 3. Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown waterfront. visityorktown.org.

Dave Koz & Friends 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour: 8 p.m. December 3rd. Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News. Tickets start at $38. fergusoncenter.org.

Silent Night Disco. 8 p.m. December 3rd. Miracles on Waterside Drive, Norfolk. Tickets $25. watersidedistrict.com.

Church Street Market: Krampus Night. 2pm 4 Dec Maker’s Craft Brewery, Norfolk. Free. maker.beer.

Virginia Beach Chorale: “A Christmas Wish.” 3 p.m. December 4th. Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach. Tickets $30. sandlercenter.org.

US Air Force Heritage of America Band: “Holiday Traditions”. 7:30 p.m. December 5th. Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach. Free.

Tidewater Classical Guitar Society: “Holiday Showcase”. 7:30 p.m. December 8th. Williamsburg Regional Library Theatre. Tickets start at $30. tidewaterclassicalguitar.org.

Virginia Symphony: Holiday Bangs. 7:30 p.m. December 8, Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News; 7:30 p.m. 9 December, Harrison Opera House, Norfolk; 7 p.m. December 11, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach. Tickets start at $25. Virginiasymphony.org.

Virginia Stage Company: “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. 8th-18th December. Wells Theatre, Norfolk. Tickets $35. vastage.org.

“Hooray for the holidays.” 9th-11th December. Susan S. Goode Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach. Tickets start at $20. hoorayplayers.com.

Illuminated boat parade in downtown Hampton. 6 p.m. December 10. 710 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton. visithampton.com.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra: “Spark! The inspiring gala.” 6pm Dec 10 Hilton’s The Main, Norfolk. Tickets start at $250. Virginiasymphony.org.

Vivian Valentine: “Let me sled U.” 19:30 o’clock 10th of December. Zeider’s American Dream Theater, Virginia Beach. Tickets start at $20. thez.org.

Lightwire Theatre: “A very electric Christmas.” 8pm Dec 10 The American Theatre, Hampton. Tickets start at $35. hamptonarts.org.

Academy of Dance: “The Christmas Extravaganza”. 10th-11th December. Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News. Tickets $24. fergusoncenter.org.

Hampton Roads Philharmonic: “Winter classics and holiday favorites.” 2.30 11th December. The American Theatre, Hampton. Tickets $20. hrphil.org.

Virginia Symphony: Jingle Bell Jam. 3 pm 11th December. Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach. Tickets start at $12. sandlercenter.org.

US Army TRADOC Tape: “A TRADOC vacation.” 4pm 11 Dec Attucks Theatre, Norfolk. Free. sevenvenues.com.

Cirque Musica: “Holiday Wonderland”. 7pm Dec 11 Hampton Coliseum. Tickets start at $45. hamptoncoliseum.org.

Virginia Arts Festival: Vienna Boys Choir, “Christmas in Vienna”. 7:30 p.m. December 12. Harrison Opera House, Norfolk. The Williamsburg concert is sold out. Tickets start at $21. vafest.org.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Brass. 7:30 p.m. December 14, St. Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg; Tickets start at $37. 7 p.m. December 15, Chesapeake Conference Center, Chesapeake; free. 7:30 p.m. December 17, Historic Palace Theatre, Cape Charles; $25. Virginiasymphony.org.

“The Hip-Hop Nutcracker.” 19:30 o’clock 15th December. Chrysler Hall, Norfolk. Tickets start at $45. sevenvenues.com.

“Holidivas: A Holiday Cabaret.” 15-17 December. Zeider’s American Dream Theater, Virginia Beach. Tickets start at $25. thez.org.

Hooray Players, “The Best Christmas Contest Ever.” 16-18 December. Hugh R. Copeland Center, Norfolk. Tickets $25. hoorayplayers.com.

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Ballet Virginia: “The Nutcracker”. 16-18 December. Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach. Tickets start at $22. sandlercenter.org.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra: Handel’s “Messiah”. 7:30 p.m. December 17. Chrysler Hall, Norfolk. Tickets start at $25. sevenvenues.com.

Marcus Johnson, “A Jazzy Christmas”. 8pm 17 Dec Attucks Theatre, Norfolk. Tickets start at $45. sevenvenues.com.

Virginia Regional Ballet: “The Nutcracker” with the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. 17-18 December. Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News. Tickets start at $33.50. fergusoncenter.org.

Christmas time in Virginia. 9.00-17.00 18.-31. December. Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum in Yorktown. Tickets start at $18. www.jyfmuseums.org.

Celtic Woman: “A Christmas Symphony.” 7:30 p.m. December 20. Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News. Tickets start at $65. fergusoncenter.org.

State Ballet Theater of Ukraine: “Sleeping Beauty”. 7:30 p.m., December 20. Harrison Opera House, Norfolk. Tickets start at $45. sevenvenues.com.

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