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
It’s the 84th Season of the Portsmouth Community Concerts. Tickets are $25 each. Concerts are held inside the beautifully restored auditorium at Churchland High School.
Formed in the fall of 1996, the Virginia Handbell Consort became the first community handbell ensemble in the Hampton Roads area. Their auditioned musicians perform on handbells, hand chimes, and a variety of other percussion instruments. Under the direction of Al Reese, the Virginia Handbell Consort displays a stunning demonstration in the art of English handbell ringing, an art that is beautiful to hear as well as fascinating to watch. Their concert repertoire is a mix of sacred, classic, contemporary, show tunes, and big band swing
designed to showcase their unique instrument. Part of their mission is to demonstrate to audiences that while handbells are a part of the holiday season’s traditions, they are not limited to holiday performances. They are a year-round source of entertainment. Some notable performances include Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Handbell Musicians of America’s 50th Anniversary Showcase Concert, Ferguson Center’s Home for the Holidays, Fort Monroe Holiday Concert with the U.S. Army TRADOC (Training and Doctrine Command), Williamsburg’s First Night, and with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra
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.
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 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.
Enjoy a hometown holiday tree lighting complete with decorations, music, a Sugar Plum fairy, Father Christmas, and even a little snow. Olde Towne’s shops will be open late with an additional 30 crafters & authors selling their wares. Also, catch 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!
Visit the Olde Towne Antique & Flea Market on the first Saturday of each month, rain or shine, and enjoy the eclectic collection of unique and antique wares. With more than 70 vendors, you will discover a great selection of antique and flea market items of all types – priced to sell! Shop for estate furniture, architectural salvage, china, silverware, art, sports gear, musical instruments, books and ephemera, hand-made crafts and toys, as well as decorative accessories and one-of-a-kind items. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, it is a treasure hunter’s dream come true!
Always Free Admission & Free Parking!
Located inside of 441 Middle St Parking Garage.
A Post Such As Portsmouth is a 2-day re-enactment designed to entertain and educate the public of the occupation of Portsmouth by the British forces in 1781. It is open and free to everyone; and it features a variety of civilian and military impressions, as well as members of the Royal Navy. The event takes place March 26-27, 2022 at the corner of High and Court Streets (the old courthouse) in Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia. The event is 9-4 on Saturday and 10:30 – 3 on Sunday.
Click the link and read all about it in the article entited A Post Such As Portsmouth.