Tag: Holiday

Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival

The Olde Towne Holiday Music Festival began in 1998 and has become the signature holiday event for the City of Portsmouth. In 2022, this special day of music and friendship takes place on Saturday December 10th, from 11 AM until 5 PM. You’ll find even more music in restaurants, bars, and churches after the festival officially ends. The Farmer’s Market opens at 10 AM. So, spend the day and enjoy the sounds of the holiday season and support the local shops and restaurants.


  • Portsmouth Public Schools • 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Location – Washington Street, Middle Street Mall Area, Visitor Center (Outside)
  • Soul Intent • 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Tidewater Concert Band • 12:00pm – 12:30pm
  • 2nd Wynd • 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • Tidewater Concert Band • 1:30pm – 2:00pm
  • BrassWind • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Location – Showmobile on High and Court Streets
  • Roving Costumed Characters • Noon – 2:00pm
  • The Grinch, a Snowman, and a Reindeer
  • Location – High Street
  • Strolling Carolers • 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • The Doorway Singers
  • Location – High Street
  • Children’s Activities • 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Bounce Houses, Crafts, and Games
  • Location – Middle Street Area (Beside Visitor Center)
  • Fire Marshmallow Roasting Stations • 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Locations – Areas along High Street

Snow Wonders

Snow will fall from the sky, music will fill the air, and we hope that it brings nostalgic memories of the past. Enjoy this magical holiday experience!
Join us on the Middle Street Mall outside the Children’s Museum of Virginia for this free seasonal event.

Coleman Collection Nativity Scene

Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection is a popular holiday tradition in Portsmouth. However, a centerpiece of the collection resides just around the corner at Monumental Methodist Church.
The Nativity Scene, because of it’s religious significance, was best housed outside a public building and separate from the rest of the collection. However, it remains a very important part of Winter Wonderland and visitors enjoy viewing it year after year.
Come visit Monumental United Methodist Church and witness this amazing Nativity Scene for yourself!
The Nativity Scene is free to view and will be open on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and on Sundays from 12:30 – 5 p.m. until December 18th.

Winter Wonderland (The Coleman Nursery Collection)

Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Nursery Collection offers a nostalgic, holiday-themed visual treat for young and old alike. Come visit the animated scenes of Christmas trees and lights, ice skaters, children sledding, little people, children from around the world, a Victorian chalet, caroling villagers and more.
The display opens on Friday, November 25th, in conjunction with our Snow Wonders celebration, a weekend filled with Olde Towne Santa, festive music, holiday crafts and fun-filled activities.
Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Nursery Collection continues through December 31. The schedule for those five weeks is: Thursdays through Saturdays, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Christmas eve & New Years Eve, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Come share the wonder of the holidays with your family with a visit to Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Nursery Collection.
Admission is $3 per person.
We’re excited to have a great lineup of holiday programming at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center during the exhibit:
Visits with Santa:
Nov 25-26 | 3-8pm
Fridays, Dec 2-23 | 5-8pm
Saturdays, Dec 3-17 | 3-8pm
Sundays, Nov 27-Dec 18 | 1-5pm
Art Programs:
Origami Ornaments
Nov 26 & Dec 3 | 3:30-7:30pm
Painted Glass Ornaments
Dec 10 | 3:30-7:30pm
Fluid Art Cards
Dec 17 | 3:30pm-7:30pm
Music Programs:
The Doorway Singers
Nov 26 | 12:30-2:30pm
Holiday Sing Along
Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 10, Dec 17 | 5-7pm
Swing Time Jazz Band
Dec 3 | 12:30-3:30pm
Celtic Fiddle Music
Dec 10 | 12:30-3:30pm
Brass Quintet
Dec 17 | 12:30-2:30pm

Olde Towne Holiday Market & Tree Lighting

Enjoy a hometown holiday tree lighting complete with decorations, music, the Snow Queen, Father Christmas, and even a little snow! Additionally, the Olde Towne shops will be open late and 20 crafters & authors will be selling their wares. There will also be a free Tidewater Winds Quartet concert, strolling colonial carolers, hot cider, prize drawings, and shuttle rides. You can be sure to get in the holiday spirit right here in Olde Towne!

High Street Corridor 4 – 8 pm
Olde Towne Merchants’ Holiday Open House

Monumental United Methodist Church 4 – 7 pm
Coleman Collection Nativity Scene and hot apple cider

Anderson-Wright Rooms & Gardens 5 – 8 pm
Tango Music & Dancers Hot Apple Cider and Ginger Snaps

Oxford Square Washington & High Street 6:15 – 7:30 pm
Holiday Quintet

Trinity Episcopal Church 7:30 pm
Tidewater Winds Woodwind Quartet Free Concert

Middle Street Mall 4 – 7 pm
Crafters Market with 20 crafters and local authors

Children’s Museum Holiday Member Night 5 – 7 pm
Museum Exhibits available. Enjoy a special holiday-themed Make It, Take It art activity, and a showing of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Reserve your tickets! Members should reserve tickets under Portsmouth Museum Member. You can reserve up to the maximum tickets allowed for your membership level.

Southside Community Band 5 – 5:45 pm
Please bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots

Holiday Tree Lighting Program 6:30 – 7 pm
The Snow Queen, Father Christmas, the Grinch, the Colonial Carolers, and even a little snow!

Strolling Entertainment 4 – 8 pm
Father Christmas, Rabbi Atschul, and Babu will be sharing songs and stories of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. The Snow Queen and Snow Sprite will delight children with tales of the South Pole and their encounter with the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Colonial Carolers and the Colonial Kids will fill the business district with songs of the season and holiday cheer!
A strolling violin player will share holiday favorites.
Free rides on the Olde Towne Shuttle so you don’t miss any of the fun!

These Olde Towne shops are open late and decked out for the holidays:

  • Scoops!
  • Olde Towne Arts & Music
  • That Art Store
  • MM Rockin
  • Children’s Museum Gift Shop
  • Portsmouth Welcome Center
  • The Coffee Shoppe
  • Little Shoppes on High
  • Market Street & General Store
  • Sole Right Men’s Fine Footwear
  • Village Thrift
  • Blahzay Boutique
  • Bier Garden Gift Shop
  • Way Back Yonder Antiques
  • Studio CK Salon
  • The Book Club
  • Anderson-Wright Rooms & Gardens
  • Love More
  • Kitchen Koop

Make sure to get a free raffle ticket from each location to be entered in a drawing for one of our great prizes!