If you have a family with young children, finding great holiday events can add to the magic of the season. Whether you’re celebrating the winter solstice, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, or Christmas, there are many opportunities to get out into the community and meet new people.
Around Portsmouth there are plenty of events to get you and your family involved. We’ve made a list of just four that are ongoing from now until the holidays are nearly over.
Visit Santa at Greenbrier Mall
Now through December 24th
Visit with Santa this holiday season and get your photo taken. With photo packages ranging from $22 to $47, there are great options for your budget. With the more expensive packages, you’ll get a free digital download of your photos, and every package comes with a free $10 or $20 promo code for Shutterfly. Your photos will be printed right there, so you can them to take home with you. Check out the website for special events with Santa, including pet photos with your dog or cat.
Snow Wonders – Let It Snow! at the Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth
Now through December 27th
Every Friday and Saturday evening at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 pm, this free event takes place between the museum entrance on High Street and the County Street parking garage. If you like the museum and the other events they have, such as the Family Gingerbread Workshops in December, you might consider signing up for the Holiday Pass for $12. They’re good for admission to three Portsmouth museums and activities at each one.
Holiday Events at Portsmouth Arts Center
From now until December 31st
The Portsmouth Arts center has a load of holiday events that can fulfill your family’s holiday wish list. On certain dates, Olde Town Santa will visit with the children, listen to holiday wishes, and take photos. Other ongoing events include ornament decorating, cookie decorating, and holiday candle dipping. On New Year’s Eve, they’ll hold a countdown at noon for the kiddos and have a party filled with magic, face painting, and balloons.
Winter Wonderland in Olde Town Portsmouth
On select dates from now until December 29th
At the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, for just $3 per person (free for museum members), your family can enjoy a holiday celebration, a winter wonderland with animated carolers and skaters who visit Santa’s workshop, and an enchanted forest with deer and bears. The event will also include face painting, crafts, yummy holiday treats, and special performances, including music and carriage rides. Check the website for specific dates and times.
The holidays are all about celebrating the season, being thankful for all that we have, and having a great time. So take time this winter to contemplate with your family all of the wonderful things you experienced this year, whether it was an ending or a birth.
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