Main Events

Beginning Thanksgiving Day and extending through New Year’s Day, the City of Newport News lights up with the NlightN Holiday Event Series. Pronounced “enlighten,” this series, includes three main events – the classic Celebration in Lights at Newport News Park, the magical Lights at the Fountain at City Center, and the art and technology focused ARTech Lights at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center – along with additional events throughout the city.

More events

Holiday Frost Dec 8th & 9th

Holiday Frost salutes 50 Years of Hip Hop, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, December 8

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free admission, activities and parking.

Come and celebrate the holiday season with a creative nod to”50 years of Hip Hop”.  Take a 360 photo with Santa in the disco, Break Dance with elves, while making a music video.  Enjoy candy and crafts and jam with a host of holiday characters.  Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center offers three floors of activities and fun during this event.

RSVP Required. Reservations can be made on the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center website.

A Hip Hop Christmas Carol, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, December 9

Show Times: 11:00 a.m.,  3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

This year we’re celebrating 50 years of Hip Hop by putting a rap spin on the beloved classic with an original youth performance. A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

Limited Ticket Sales $5 

Holiday Home Lights Tour

Holiday Home Lights Tour, a self-guided, city-wide tour of homes decorated for the holidays through January 1.  

Join the NlightN Holiday Home Lights Tour, which features light displays from local residents, businesses, places of worship and other organizations. Drivers will be taken from one end of the city to the other to enjoy light displays. Interested participants can visit the NlightN Holiday Tour website  and enter the address of the location that will be decorated. There is no cost to participate and all are invited to be part of the tour. The city has also created atour map  for people to find the decorated, brightly-lit areas in Newport News. Participants who sign up will be featured on the website and will be offered to pick up a sign announcing they are part of the tour. Everyone who registers will receive an email regarding pick up locations. 

Santa's Workshop Dec 3rd - dec 30th

Santa’s Workshop, Denbigh Community Center, Dec 2 – Dec 30. Free admission, activities and parking

More details to come!

Hilton Village Gingerbread Celebration Dec 9

Hilton Village Gingerbread Celebration & Holiday Parade, Hilton Village (Warwick Boulevard and Main Street historic area), December 9th

4:00 – 9:00 pm  

Annual Village Gingerbread Celebration, Holiday Market and Holiday Parade in Historic Hilton Village!
Participating business locations will have extended Open House hours and offers for this special once-a-year event.

For More info CLICK HERE


Homemade Holiday Jazzle Pearl Bailey Library December 9th | 1:30 – 4:30 pm





1:30-4:30 Hot Chocolate Station

2-3:30pm- Lickin Lipps (75 tickets/food)

Other events include: Santa & Mrs. Claus  (2-3pm)

Stuffed Animal giveaway (2-3pm)

Music/Heritage High School Choir (1:15-1:45)

Craft Description:

Kids- Holiday tree (Storytime Room)

Teens- Reindeer (Teen area)

Adults- Door hanging (Meeting room)

DIY Candles- (Meeting room/Family event)

For More info CLICK HERE