At the Virginia Beach Convention Center, we know how to masterfully have a great time and it just wouldn’t be fair to keep that a secret. As a part of the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, a visit to the Virginia Beach Convention Center will transform you into a local in no time.
Located among beautiful Mid-Atlantic beaches, resort hotels, family attractions, golf courses, shopping and nightlife, the facility is within a day’s drive from two-thirds of the US population and fewer than 20 minutes from Norfolk International Airport, which services 200 flights daily.
Just blocks from the beach, the Virginia Beach Convention Center is over 500,000 square feet of stylish event space. As the Nation’s first convention center to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)®1 Gold certification for Existing Buildings from the US Green Building Council, we are committed to becoming as environmentally friendly as we are innovative.
Enticing views from the 147-foot glass tower, which hosts the Café, Executive Board Room, VIP Lounge and Observation Deck, we offer unparalleled service from our full-service event staff to help you plan
every detail and ensure a successful event.
Jun 17, 2016
Let the Competition Begin
Virginia Beach, VA (June 17, 2016) Hit your summer stride in July as Virginia Beach rolls out even more fun and festivities. Events range from artistic to adventurous, guaranteeing a great and distinct experience for everyone. Get your music fix at more than six live shows, cruise around the coastline to watch for both wildlife and Fourth of July fireworks, and experience art anywhere – from award-winning exhibitions to sidewalk chalk murals. Visitors won’t want to miss out on the nonstop action and excitement that Virginia Beach has to offer!
FOURTH OF JULY FUN
Virginia Beach kicks off free fireworks displays starting June 25th, igniting the night all season long. Visitors can sink down into the sand or take a stroll beside the ocean. The fireworks shows can be seen anywhere along the oceanfront boardwalk. Weekly displays are 100% free, fun and last all summer! Schedule is as follows.
Also held at the 24th Street Park, along with the 17th and 31st Street parks, the Stars and Stripes Celebration will pay a musical tribute to Independence Day (July 4). The main stage at 24th Street will feature the Virginia Beach symphony orchestra, Symphonicity, the U.S. Fleet Forces Wind Ensemble and the U.S. Fleet Forces Four Star Edition. Bands will be cranking out everyone’s favorite hits on the stages at 17th and 31st Street. Running from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the shows will culminate in a massive fireworks display that will send beautiful colors and patterns shooting across and reflecting on the ocean.
If you want to take a breather from the beaches, you can’t beat the annual 4th of July Firework Cruise with Rudee Tours for a relaxing evening on the water (July 4). Climb aboard one of Rudee Tours’ roomy headboats, featuring upper and lower decks, for an ideal view of the fireworks lighting up the Virginia Beach Oceanfront! Reserve your tickets now for just $15 a pop (children under 3 are free). Boats will begin boarding at 8 p.m., taking off at 8:45 p.m. No need to worry about refreshments, as sodas, snacks, and adult beverages will be available for purchase on board! After a long day at the crowded beach or boardwalk, head out onto the water for a leisurely change of pace.
Sandstock - A Tribute to Rock & Roll, is a beach-inspired variation on “Woodstock.” National and regional tribute artists who cover performers from Elton John to the Allman Brothers to the Grateful Dead will crank out hit after hit on two beach stages at the Virginia Beach oceanfront! All performances, which are free to the public, will be held on “dueling” stages on the beach at 24th Street, adjacent to the 24th Street Park. Merchandise vendors will be featured in the park itself.
ART ON THE ATLANTIC
Bask in the nostalgia of childhood afternoons while exploring the work of local artists at the Chalk the Walk ARTsplosion at the Resort Beach (July 9). Spanning three blocks from 15th through 17th Street, the quirky competition will prompt hundreds of artists and aspiring artists to create their best four-by-four mini mural for trophies and prizes. A panel of esteemed judges from the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will evaluate the entries on composition, creativity, use of color and adherence to theme. Anyone can register on the boardwalk at 17th Street, choosing from amateur, professional, and youth divisions.
This year, MOCA is hosting “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose,” a 10-year retrospective of the notable contemporary art magazine, Hi-Fructose. This one-of-a-kind exhibition (now - Dec. 31) brings the pages of the magazine to life for the first time ever in the same place. More than 51 artists will be represented, with a broad range of art forms and artists featured, including Beth Cavener, Greg Simkins, Brian McCarty, Wayne White and many more.
Taking over the beach at 24th Street, the Sandstock Tribute to Rock & Roll is sure to be a classic rock fan’s paradise (July 2-3). Cover groups will perform songs by 80s greats Bon Jovi, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Chicago and Fleetwood Mac on dueling stages. The Flower Power Stage and the Hippy Dippy Stage will be open and free to the public with performances from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Donations will be accepted to support the Virginia Legends walk.
Enjoy music, ranging from rock to blues to Motown, delicious food and local artists’ crafts at the seventh annual “Summer Nights at Town Center” concert series. This local favorite, Ynot Wednesday, takes place every Wednesday night until Aug. 31 on the Sandler Center Outdoor Plaza. The Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market will have local farmers with their fresh fruits, vegetables and other homegrown items on the plaza. Check out the work of Virginia Beach local artists, who will set up their handcrafted items inside the Sandler Center lobby.
The Resort Beach sidewalks transform into a stage during Beach Street USA , when musicians and novelty acts perform along Atlantic Avenue during the summer and fall months (May 30 - Sept. 5). From 7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., an eight-block corridor will transform into a magical world of its own that is part-circus, part-outdoor music festival and a complete family-friendly zone. Performers from all over the U.S. and Canada visit Virginia Beach each year for the opportunity to entertain visitors during this month-long event.
Hermit crabs are king at the annual Mid-Atlantic Hermit Crab Challenge (July 23)! Held in the sand at 30th Street, the challenge will definitely be off-the-wall fun for all ages. The coveted “Order of the Mercury Claw” trophy is up for grabs following the Crustacean 500 race! And for the more attractive crabs, the Miss Curvaceous Crustacean Beauty Pageant offers awards for creativity and beauty. With past winners like “Spider Crab,” “Beauty and the Crab” and “Pirates of the Crabibean,” the pageant has set the bar high for its contestants! Non-competitive crabs will have their own opportunities for praise as well, with other awards being given to the friendliest, biggest, shyest, most athletic, most-traveled crab and more. Registration is free!
Dolphin Discoveries Sea Adventures and Rudee Flipper (Mar. 19 - Oct. 31) offer unparalleled opportunities to experience the sights and sounds of our marine environment. Cruise the coastline in search of playful bottlenose dolphins and other wildlife, as you take in beautiful views and gorgeous sunsets. Aquatic wildlife specialists will explain the incredible dolphin behaviors and share what is being done to conserve and protect the species and its habitat. Brown pelicans, bald eagles and sea turtles are also frequently sighted along the way, so keep your eyes peeled for an unforgettable experience!
Apr 29, 2016
Virginia Beach Convention Center Prepares for a Busy May
Virginia Beach, VA (April 29, 2015) As the temperature steadily increases, so too does the traffic through the doors of the Virginia Beach Convention Center (VBCC) this spring. With a mix of events for both business and pleasure, check out some of the action coming to the state-of-the-art facility this May.
May 7 – 8: 2016 US Finals – Cheer and Dance Competition
May 18: Corporate Gray Job Fair
May 19: Hampton Roads American Marketing Association Lunch (Reservation Required)
May 21: Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men Scholarship Breakfast (Reservation Required)
May 21 – 22: Tidewater Comicon
May 20: Congressional Debate Luncheon (Reservations Required)
May 24: Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Awards Luncheon (Reservations Required)
May 27 – 30: 2016 National Wrestling Duals
Mar 8, 2016
This Month, Sip She Crab Soup, Fly a Kite, Sip on Aviation History, Visit an Oyster Garden and Much More
Virginia Beach, VA (March 8, 2016) Save the spring cleaning for another month. Instead, pack up your duffle bag and head to Virginia Beach for springtime events spanning all three beaches. This April, flowers are blooming, dolphins are looming and visitors are swooning. Enjoy a month full of delicious seafood, art festivals, kite competitions and flourishing gardens.
Things are beginning to get crabby, as a friendly competition among local restaurants hits the Resort Beach (Apr. 9) during the annual East Coast She Crab Soup Classic. She Crab Soup is one of the region’s staples and has landed on almost every seafood-centric menu throughout Virginia Beach. Restaurants will serve their individual recipes and compete for the People’s Choice Award, which is determined by the ballots of those attending, and the Critics’ Choice Award, which is determined by a panel of four regional cuisine experts. Be sure to attend this event with an empty stomach!
This year, the Virginia Arts Festival (Apr. 9 - May 26) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary of bringing world-class performing arts to the beach. To kick off the event, the festival presents the Spring for Dance Gala, gathering dancers from around the world. From Peking acrobats to the International PANFest, it’s sure to be an exciting month full of exquisite performances.
Later in the month, raise a kite high in the sky during the 12th Annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival (April 30) at the Resort Beach. Visitors and locals alike can participate in this fun competition with the chance to win Best Looking Kite and Longest Flight. The festival features a variety of activities appropriate for all ages and levels of kite aficionados. Awards will also be given for oldest and youngest kite fliers, funniest kite, most unusual kite and biggest kite.
SIP ON AVIAITION HISTORY
Savor the flavors of regional wines, the romance of historic aeroplanes in flight and the elegance of antique automobiles during the second-annual Aerodome Wine Classic (Apr. 16) at the Military Aviation Museum. Regional vineyards will be on-site pouring tastings, and a collection of classic automobiles will be on display from local enthusiasts. Of course, visitors will also have the rare treat of seeing WWI aircraft in flight during the afternoon of the event.
HISTORICALLY BLOOMING GARDENS
Each spring, Virginia Beach boasts beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during America’s Largest Open House, Historic Garden Week (Apr. 27). It gives visitors a unique opportunity to see blooming gardens at the peak of springtime color, as well as houses sparkling with more than 2,000 flower arrangements. Tour five private homes and gardens at the Resort Beach, a garden, as well as the new Brock Environmental Center, Virginia’s greenest building and home to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Visitors will also get the chance to visit an oyster garden, a bird-watching tour and access to six historic properties.
Plan a stay with us this spring or for later in the year. To learn more about Virginia Beach, plan a stay or request a complimentary vacation guide, contact the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau by calling 1-800-VA-BEACH or going to www.VisitVirginiaBeach.com.
Feb 24, 2016
Virginia Beach Convention Center Marches into Spring
Virginia Beach, VA (February 24, 2016) As winter passes through and makes way for spring, the Virginia Beach Convention Center (VBCC) is abuzz with activities, many of which are open to the public! From the Shamrock Sportsfest to the 30th Annual Spring Craft Market, March is a month of festivities, fitness and fun. Come and see for yourself how the VBCC does spring.
March 12 – 13: The Grand National Cheer Championship by the Sea
March 12: American Taekwondo Association Tournament
March 13: Rescue Squad Benefit Oyster Roast
March 18 – 19: Yuengling Shamrock Sportsfest Marathon & Half Marathon
March 18 – 20: Spring Craft Market
March 27: Trinity Church Easter Service
With 22 public and private events, an estimated 90,000 visitors are expected to go through the doors of VBCC in the month of March. For more information on how you can book your organization’s event, and for a complete list of all upcoming events, visit www.visitvirginiabeach.com/conventioncenter/
Feb 19, 2016
Virginia Beach Has Caught Spring Fever!
Virginia Beach, VA (February 19, 2016) As winter marches on, spring fills the air in Virginia Beach. Not to mention, there’s more sunlight to get visitors through each day! This March, enjoy a month full of festive events, including the 2016 Shamrock Marathon, 30th Annual Spring Craft Market and the Grand National Championship by the Sea. Also, it’s the last month to view the world’s largest marine animals aboard whale-watching boat tours, so mark your calendars for an unforgettable kickoff to spring.
DANCING BY THE SEA
The ninth annual Grand National Championship by the Sea is back at the Resort Beach (Mar. 12-13) this spring. Welcoming all divisions of cheer and dance, the weekend will fill the Virginia Beach Convention Center from wall to wall with incredible stunts, music and dance routines. Teams gather from up and down the East Coast in hopes of being crowned the next Cheer and Dance Extreme’s national champion. Visitors can watch these performances come to life while cheering on their favorite!
SHAM-ROCKING AND RUNNING
This year, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during the Shamrock Sports and Fitness Expo (Mar. 18-19), one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast! The two-day event at the Virginia Beach Convention Center welcomes runners, walkers and sports enthusiasts of all kinds looking to meet with and learn from a variety of vendors of equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories for the whole fit family. This event, free and open to the public, allows visitors to kick off the Shamrock Marathon weekend in true athletic style.
As a long-standing tradition, the 2016 Yuengling Shamrock Marathon & Anthem Half Marathon is bringing the luck of the Irish to all of its runners at the Virginia Beach oceanfront this St. Patrick’s Day weekend (Mar. 19-20). With more than 30,000 participants, Murphy’s Irish stew, a new King Neptune challenge and live music and entertainment, the weekend is sure to be a lucky one – even for non-participating visitors, who can partake in plenty of entertainment.
More than 150 fine artists and craftspeople from across the nation are coming together for the 30th Annual Spring Craft Market (Mar. 18-20), showcasing fine arts, handcrafted jewelry, wood, glass, photography, candles, woven baskets, toys, folk art and specialty foods. Exhibitors will be introducing new lines and special accessories for the home and garden.
Meet the artisans, learn the stories behind their work and shop for the best in fine arts and crafts. From simple to lavish, there’s one-of-a-kind creations for every budget.
GENTLE GIANT SEA ADVENTURES
It’s the last month to get wild – winter style – and experience an unforgettable ocean experience. View the world’s largest and most beautiful marine animals aboard the Winter Wildlife Boat Tour on the Rudee Flipper (Dec. 26 - Mar. 15) or aboard the Atlantic Explorer at the Virginia Aquarium (Dec. 26 - Mar. 6). Spot Humpback and Fin Whales as they move in a seasonal migration along the Atlantic Ocean. Marine life sightings are incredible, and whale sightings are the number one goal; however, they’re not guaranteed. You may also see brown pelicans, northern gannets and other sea birds, all of which make a dramatic show while feeding on schools of fish.
Feb 1, 2016
Tourism Excellence in Business and Leadership Series to Host Panel Discussion with National Meeting and Convention Experts February 18
Virginia Beach, VA (February 1, 2016) The Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the first industry event of the 2016 Tourism Excellence in Business & Leadership Seasonal Series, “Meetings, Conventions and Expos: Best Practices for an Emerging Destination,” will be held Thursday, February 18 at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. Five leading national industry experts - David DuBois, president and CEO of International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Karen Miller, CEM, Director of Meetings and Sponsorships for the National School Boards Association, Bob Hope, Director of Convention and Meetings, American College of Surgeons, Michael Tarr, CMP, Director of Global Accounts for HelmsBriscoe and Bill Martin, VP of Strategic Development for Experient, Inc. - will discuss best practices, trends, challenges and opportunities for the meetings and convention industry. This event is open to all stakeholders within the region’s hospitality, tourism and travel industry. Event registration is available online at www.visitvirginiabeach.com/springevent.
Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
2016 Tourism Excellence in Business & Leadership Seasonal Series Event: “Meetings, Conventions and Expos: Best Practices for an Emerging Destination”
Thursday, February 18, 2016
8:30-9am EST Registration and Continental Breakfast
9-9:30am Hot Topic Roundtable Discussions
9:30-10:30am Panel Discussion with Industry Experts
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
$10 registration fee includes continental breakfast.
Tiffany Russell, Director of Public Relations, Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau 757-385-6628 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan 28, 2016
Virginia Beach Doesn’t Skip a Beat This February
Virginia Beach, VA (January 28, 2016) Visitors know in their heart of hearts that Virginia Beach is a lovely place to spend time soaking up some winter fun or embarking on a romantic getaway for a Valentine’s Day retreat. This month is full of heart-throbbing events that will fill visitors with pure enjoyment to their heart’s content.
GARDENS IN BLOOM
For gardening enthusiasts, amateurs and professionals alike, the Virginia Flower and Garden Expo (Feb. 5-7) is the perfect place to expand their knowledge about horticultural life. Learn from experts and knowledgeable professionals about all aspects of gardening, from plants and products to landscaping and practices. With more than a hundred vendors, exhibits and displays, visitors will be provided with countless ideas and products that will have them falling in love with all things gardening.
MAY WE HAVE THIS DANCE?
It’s a ‘40s throwback in the Navy hangar at the Military Aviation Museum (Feb. 13) during the 1940’s Valentine’s Hangar Dance is hosting a full swing orchestra that will play favorites all night long and give guests a refresher swing dance lesson, bringing the crowd to their feet. All of the WWI and WWII planes will be displayed, and the stage will be set. Come in costume – zoot suits, pearls and cloche hats to boot – to make the wistful experience a beloved new pastime. Tickets, which include dinner, are $40 per guest and may be purchased from the museum.
Open to all levels, the Excalibur Cup (Feb. 12-14) is back and ready to floor the crowd. Taking place at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, the gymnastics event will host more than 3,000 competitors, representing more than 25 different states and 10 different countries. Support the teams and enjoy watching the competition heat up!
RACING FOR A CURE
Benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Race for the Cure 5K (Feb. 20) at Mount Trashmore City Park is all about happy runners and walkers raising awareness for finding a cure for breast cancer awareness. All participants will receive a t-shirt and finishing medal.
BON APPÈTIT FROM THE BEACH
An entire week for foodie lovers is forthcoming when the 11th Annual Virginia Beach Restaurant Week (Feb. 22-28), spans all three beaches, serving up the best of Virginia Beach’s culinary scene. Taste the creativity at VB’s finest restaurants as master chefs serve up the most innovative and delicious menus. The week features specials on two-course lunches and three-course dinners that are sure to spark an appetite for every visitor! More than 90 participating restaurants include Terrapin, Eurasia, Esoteric and Coastal Grill. No tickets are necessary, but reservations are strongly recommended. In conjunction, Virginia Beach is holding it’s first-ever Hotel Week to visitors and locals alike, providing the best winter deals across our beaches.
GENTLE GIANT SEA ADVENTURES
It’s time to get wild with an unforgettable experience with multiple opportunities to view the world’s largest and most beautiful marine animals aboard the Winter Wildlife Boat Tour aboard the Rudee Flipper (Dec. 26 - Mar. 15) or aboard The Atlantic Explorer at the Virginia Aquarium (Dec. 26 - Mar. 6). Spot Humpback and Fin Whales as they move in a seasonal migration along the Atlantic. Marine life sightings are incredible, and whale sightings are the number one goal; however, they’re not guaranteed. You may also see brown pelicans, northern gannets and other sea birds, all of which make a dramatic show while feeding on schools of fish.
Dec 16, 2015
New Year, New Memories Await in Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, VA (December 16, 2015) Let’s ring in the New Year! The holidays are in the rear view, but there are so many events to look forward to in the new year. Get down at the Last Night on the Town, experience a whales and wildlife sea adventure and sip back at wine fest. Regardless, it’s sure to be a bright and exciting month ahead!
THE HOLIDAY CHEER IS STICKING AROUND
One of Virginia Beach’s most popular annual holiday festivities, McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach (Nov. 20 - Jan. 2) is a winter staple at the Resort Beach, welcoming thousands of families each year. Children of all ages can take in the three-mile spectacle of nautically-themed holiday lights with the accompaniment of a selection of holiday music narrating the light show of festive fish, frolicking dolphins, surfing Santa and more. The “fanta-sea” of lights is sure to dazzle and amaze travelers.
Celebrate the “Last Night on the Town” at the area’s premier New Year’s Eve event (Dec. 31) at the Virginia Beach Town Center. Festivities begin in the afternoon at Pembroke Mall with entertainment for the whole family performed by Magical Solutions, including a children’s countdown and balloon drop. The fun continues throughout the night at Town Center with live music by headlining band Smash Mouth! A midnight countdown and a spectacular laser light show, fireworks and Virginia Beach ball drop will help ring in 2016. All activities and entertainment are free and open to the public, with food and adult beverages available for purchase. WVEC-TV and BOB FM will broadcast live from the event.
FLIPPING WITH FRIENDS
It’s time to get wild! Join us for an unforgettable experience with a chance to view the world’s largest and most beautiful marine animals on the Winter Wildlife Boat Tour aboard the Rudee Flipper (Dec. 26 - Mar. 15). Discover Humpback and Fin Whales as they move in a seasonal migration along the Atlantic. Marine life sightings are incredible, and whale sightings are the number one goal; however, they’re not guaranteed. You may also see brown pelicans, northern gannets and other sea birds, all of which make a dramatic show while feeding on schools of fish.
From bird activity to whale-sightings and frolicking dolphins to the seals that harbor near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, there are endless opportunities to witness winter wildlife throughout Virginia Beach. Learn about what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife in their natural settings at the Winter Wildlife Festival (Jan. 29-31). Free and open to the public, this event includes educational walk-up workshops and engaging excursions that are sure to captivate outdoor enthusiasts, both novice and expert.
CHEERS TO THE NEW YEAR - VB STYLE
Taste some of the city’s best flavorful creations during the Coastal Virginia Wine Fest (Jan. 16-17) at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Vendors in attendance include wineries, specialty foods and arts and crafts. Enjoy educational seminars, a craft beer garden, grape stomp competition, live entertainment and more.
Nov 30, 2015
Virginia Beach Brings Is Feeling the Ho Ho Holiday Spirit
Virginia Beach, VA (November 30, 2015) Happy holidays! There are so many events to look forward to this winter in Virginia Beach. With a “fanta-sea” of lights, a holiday parade, Jingle Bell Jam, visits to Santa’s Village and much more, it’s sure to be a jolly month ahead spent with family and friends.
The Holiday Parade at the Beach (Dec. 5) is kicking off the holiday season this year at the Resort Beach. Featuring giant balloons, student marching bands, flashy floats, equestrian units, fire trucks, dancers and more, it’s sure to be a dazzling and entertaining night of fun for everyone! Best of all, Santa Claus will make his debut appearance and greet all the boys and girls as the parade makes its way down Atlantic Avenue. Catch the parade traveling from 15th Street to 25th Street.
Santa Claus is coming to town and he’s stopping by to be a part of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s ever-popular Jingle Bell Jam (Dec. 13)! Celebrate the magic of the season with an afternoon that showcases the music of the holidays performed by the best talent in Hampton Roads at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. In fact, the Virginia Beach Town Center, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and Pembroke Mall have lined up an array of wonderful holiday events all month long! Visitors should check out each of their calendar of events to make sure they don’t miss out on any of these family favorites.
Dash through the lights with beautiful surroundings in sight! Race under the holiday lights along the beautiful boardwalk during the Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler (Dec. 19). Participants are encouraged to have fun, be creative and dress up for the holiday season! A costume contest awards great prizes for the best naughty or nice holiday costume. All racers will receive a unique medal, long sleeve t-shirt, a finisher’s item and access into the Rockin’ post-race party at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, featuring live music from Audio Sauce, Samuel Adams beverages and warm chicken corn chowder in a bread boule.
A new holiday tradition is coming to Virginia Beach this winter! Santa's Seaside Village is making its debut at the Resort Beach (Nov. 27 - Dec. 27), adding a beachy twist to the holiday season. The village is ready to delight the young and young-at-heart with carnival rides, animated displays of Santa's busy elves, building and shipping toys and live entertainment from carolers and storytellers. Shop for quaint holiday presents and visit the jolly old man who makes holiday wishes come true.
One of Virginia Beach’s most popular annual holiday festivities is also back! McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach (Nov. 20 - Jan. 2) is a winter staple at the Resort Beach, welcoming thousands of families each year. Children of all ages can take in the three-mile spectacle of nautically-themed holiday lights with the accompaniment of a selection of holiday music narrating the light show of festive fish, frolicking dolphins, surfing Santa and more. The “fanta-sea” of lights is sure to dazzle and amaze travelers.
Wonderful Winter Wanders
It’s time to get wild! Join us for an unforgettable experience with a chance to view the world’s largest and most beautiful marine animals on the Winter Wildlife Boat Tour aboard the Rudee Flipper (Dec. 26 - Mar. 15). Discover Humpback and Fin Whales as they move in a seasonal migration along the Atlantic. Marine life sightings are incredible, and whale sightings are the number one goal; however they’re not guaranteed. You may also see brown pelicans, northern gannets and other sea birds, all of which make a dramatic show while feeding on schools of fish.
Explore the emerging ViBe Creative District during First Friday ViBe (Dec. 4), when local artisans and shops extend their hours to feature special events, music, food and other entertainment throughout the neighborhood’s galleries and stores, located just blocks away from the oceanfront boardwalk at the Resort Beach.
Celebrate the “Last Night on the Town” at the premier New Year’s Eve event (Dec. 31) at the Virginia Beach Town Center. Festivities begin in the afternoon at Pembroke Mall with entertainment for the whole family performed by Magical Solutions, including a children’s countdown and balloon drop. The fun continues throughout the night at Town Center with live music by headline band Smash Mouth! A midnight countdown and a spectacular laser light show, fireworks and Virginia Beach ball drop will help ring in 2016. All activities and entertainment are free and open to the public, with food and adult beverages available for purchase. WVEC-TV and BOB FM will broadcast live from the event.