The Coleman Collection's Sleeping Santa display at Winter Wonderland
Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market every first Saturday, Portsmouth Virginia
High Street decorated for the winter holidays, Olde Towne Portsmouth Virginia
Snow Wonders snow, music, and light display at the Children's Museum of Virginia

December 2017 · Portsmouth, Virginia Events and Activities

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December 31

Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Celebrate the season with Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection, a holiday classic for generations of Hampton Roads visitors and residents.  Animated displays feature Victorian skaters and carolers, enchanted forest of bears, deer and other fauna along with Santa’s workshop, candy store and bakery.  These holiday displays delight visitors of all ages.

Friday

December 1

7:30 pm

Community Concerts Presents: Thomas Pandolfi

Location: Willett Hall

American Pianist Thomas Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. His orchestral appearances often feature not only beloved masterpiece concerti by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt but also the equally brilliant ones by Paderewski, Rubinstein and Moszkowski. Additional in the “Pops” genre Thomas’ critically acclaimed performance in Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin) Concerto in F (Gershwin), Warsaw Concerto (Addinsell) and the James Bond Concerto (Proctor) were immensely popular. For more information please visit www.portsmouthcommunityconcerts.com.

Saturday

December 2

8 am

Bide-A-Wee Christmas Toys “Fore” Tots Golf Tournament

Location: Bide-A-Wee Golf Course

For more information please call 757-393-8600 or email relana@portsmouthva.gov.

Saturday

December 2

10 am – 2pm

Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market

Location: Middle Street Garage

Great finds of all kinds. With more than 70 dealers and vendors exhibiting, you will enjoy hunting through this eclectic collection of unique and antique wares. Discover a great selection of antique and estate furniture, architectural antiques, china, silverware, art and prints, sporting gear, musical instruments, books and ephemera, handmade crafts and toys, as well as decorative accessories and flea market items of all types and one of a kind items priced to sell. For more information please call 757-405-3500.

Saturday

December 9

8 am

Early Bird Walk

Location: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join us for some early morning birding. We will open the gates before the preserve opens to the public for a chance to spot our feathered friends on a walk led by local bird experts or researchers. Gates close at 8:10am sharp.   This program is free and advanced reservations are not needed. For more information please call 757-686-8684 or visit www.hofflercreek.org.

Saturday

December 9

8 – 10 am

Breakfast with Santa

Location: Monumental United Methodist Church

Come and join us for a Breakfast with Santa! All children and their families are invited to join us for a pancake breakfast. Every child will receive a special gift from Santa and a picture with the Jolly Man! For more information please call 757-397-1297 or visit www.monumentalumc.org.

Saturday

December 9

9 – 11 am

Volunteer Service Day

Location: Paradise Creek Nature Park

Become a river hero. Help us clean up the park, improve plantings and learn river stewardship while you’re at it. Projects vary by date. Groups please contact us in advance to schedule a private volunteer event. All ages allowed with adult supervision for those under 18. Free, but registration is required. For more information please call 757-399-7487 or visit www.paradisecreeknaturepark.com.

Saturday

December 9

10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Santa Brunch

Location: Willett Hall

Come and join us for a Breakfast with Santa! All children and their families are invited to join us for a pancake breakfast. For more information please call 757-393-5460.

Saturday

December 9

10 am

2nd Annual Children’s Christmas Parade

Location: High Street – Olde Towne

Join us for the Children’s Christmas Parade and watch as we bring a twinkle to the eyes of the young and old alike.  The parade will start at Washington and High Streets and travel to Water Street.  For more information or to register your holiday entry please call 757-393-8481.

Saturday

December 9

10 am – 4 pm

Trinity Children’s Christmas Shoppe

Location: Trinity Episcopal Church

Each year, children between the ages of 3 and 12 can purchase gifts for $3.00 with the help of an “elf” and have them wrapped for a surprise on Christmas morning. There are gifts for moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, teachers, and even the family pet. For more information please call 757-393-0431 or visit www.trinity-portsmouth.org.

Saturday

December 9

Noon – 3 pm

20th Annual Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival

Location: High Street Corridor (Historic Olde Towne)

Join the Olde Towne businesses and museums for holiday music and carols. This festival has become one of Portsmouth’s signature holiday season events. It is a musical tribute to the spirt of the Holiday Season, enlivening the historic High Street corridor with performances, children’s activities, re-enactors in period attire and strolling characters. For more information the Department of Marketing, Entertainment and Tourism at 757-393-5143.

Sunday

December 10

7 am

23rd Annual Santa Claus Shuffle 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run

Location: Portsmouth Pavilion

With over 20 years under our belt, the Santa Claus Shuffle is a well-planned, fun and festive event for the entire family! Get your   weekend off to a great start by joining the crowds of costumed runners through the beautiful historic streets of Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia and along the scenic seawall. When you’ve finished your run, you’ll enjoy complimentary refreshments of Starbucks coffee, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, warm bagels, doughnuts, and bananas. Running in the Santa Claus Shuffle will boost your holiday spirits – PLUS, you will be helping young people in our community who need a little extra guidance and the help of caring adults. Please join us! Food Drive Bring a non-perishable food item to the race and receive an extra raffle ticket for door prizes. For more Information: Contact Race Director, Susan Drewery, at sdrewery@tysfoundation.org or 757-488-9161.

Sunday

December 10

12:30 – 4pm

Trinity Children’s Christmas Shoppe

Location: Trinity Episcopal Church

Each year, children between the ages of 3 and 12 can purchase gifts for $3.00 with the help of an “elf” and have them wrapped for a surprise on Christmas morning. There are gifts for moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, teachers, and even the family pet. For more information please call 757-393-0431 or visit www.trinity-portsmouth.org.

Tuesday

December 12

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Portsmouth Master Gardner Lecture Series: Fascination for Pollination

Location: Churchland Branch Library

Join the Virginia Cooperative Extension / Portsmouth Master Gardner for a free gardening lecture: Fascination for Pollination.  Their mission is to educate Portsmouth residents about safe, effective and sustainable garden management practices. They are volunteers who have received extensive training under the auspices of Virginia Tech, Virginia State, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office to provide unbiased, research-based horticultural information, tips, techniques and advice to the community. Free and open to the public. For more information please call 757-393-5314 or visit www.pmgv.org.

Tuesday

December 19

6 pm

Family Movie Night

Location: Churchland Library

Enjoy the latest series of programming at Churchland with our monthly movie night. Movie will be shown on the big screen. Bring a friend and munch on some popcorn! For more information please call 757-686-2538.

Tuesday

December 19

6:30 pm

Holiday Harmony Featuring Tidewater Concert Band and Special Guest Eric Taylor

Location:  Willett Hall

A holiday concert with holiday music for the entire family. This special holiday performance will feature many of your holiday favorites. Free and open to the public. For more information please call 757-393-5460.

Sunday

December 31

11 am – 2 pm

Noon Year’s Eve Bash: Countdown to Noon

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Bring in the New Year before bedtime by celebrating with a Countdown to Noon with a glittery ball drop and toast. Face painting, magic and balloon-making will take place along with a photo booth and refreshments. After “Noon Year” arrives, kids can create their own fireworks on a carpet of giant bubble wrap. For more information please call 757-393-8543 or visit www.portsmouthartcenter.com.

Sunday

December 31

3:30 pm

Olde Towne Scottish Walk

Location: Queen and Washington Streets continue to High Street Landing

Modeled after Scotland’s Hogmanay Festival, the walk is a day when townspeople honor their community and merchants, wishing good luck and prosperity in the coming year. Join the procession of families, friends and visitors led by bagpipe-and-drums. Begin at the corner of Queen and Washington Streets and continue to High Street Landing for a flag ceremony that honors George Washington’s raising of the first flag, the Grand Union. For more information please call 757-650-3052.

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