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BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights at the Beach 2023

Enjoy a Christmassy ride along Virginia Beach Boardwalk against the moonlit Atlantic

Dates: November 16, 2023–January 1, 2024

BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights at the Beach
Christmas lights along Virginia Beach Boardwalk
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BayPort Credit Union Holiday Lights at the Beach is a favorite seasonal event for over 25,000 families visiting annually. As you enter Virginia Beach Boardwalk on Atlantic Avenue at 2nd Street, a spectacular nautical Christmas show takes place parallel to the Atlantic Ocean. The drive-thru display features giant musical crabs, treasure chests, whales, and dolphins, as well as traditional glowing archways, hard-working elves, Santa, and lots of Christmas trees.

Hours & admission

Virginia Beach Christmas lights run from mid-November through early January. The illumination is on at 5:30 pm till 10 pm on Sunday–Thursday and through 11 pm on Friday & Saturday. During the light show, the boardwalk is open to vehicles only; pedestrians won't be allowed. The ticket prices depend on the vehicle type and start at $17 per car. Please note that in 2020, tickets must be purchased in advance online.

More things to do during your visit

Don't limit your holiday getaway in Virginia Beach to Christmas lights alone. The area is famed for its fine restaurants and fascinating attractions. In early December, Virginia Beach Oceanfront hosts the Holiday Parade. Also, in late November, Virginia Beach's Christmas Market is held at the Convention Center. And for families with kids, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center offers Sailing With Santa, a fabulous 45-minute cruise with the man in red. So plan wisely to make the most of your Christmas adventures.

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