Stars & Stripes Explosion: Independence Day

If you’re by the Oceanfront and looking for something to do for Independence Day, you can’t do much better than the Stars & Stripes Explosion. Located right on Beach Street USA, or the beach on 24th street, the event boasts special performances, deals on food and drink, and plenty of fun for the whole family.

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Sailing With Santa at the Virginia Aquarium

How often is it that you get to go on a cruise with Santa himself? With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to get aboard and take the kids for a 45-minute Sailing with Santa cruise with the jolly red guy before the opportunity’s gone (until next year, anyway). Even with Christmas coming up on him fast, Santa needs a break from all the hustle and bustle of the North Pole. What better way than with an educational trip on Owls Creek?

Holiday Parade at the Beach: Celebrate!

The holiday season has officially started! And there’s no better way to celebrate the special occasion than with a parade. On the 3rd of December, the annual Holiday Parade at the Beach will take over the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, bringing with it floats, balloons, and plenty of merry-making. It might not be as big as the Macy’s Day Parade, but that doesn’t mean it’s not charming in its own right. Besides, the most important guest, the jolly fat man himself, is still in attendance!

Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum

If aviation history is something that you’re interested in, the Military Aviation Museum at Virginia Beach is the best of the best. Currently they have one of the largest private collections of World War I and World War II aircrafts in the world. Considering their mission statement is all about restoring and showing off the wonders of flight in the past to the next generation, they’re doing a good job of it. The collection ranges from pieces from the early 1910s to the 1950s, with a fairly equal number spread out between both of the world wars. Nearly all of these are on full display at the museum’s private grass airfield.

35th Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market

With Christmas comes Christmas shopping, and there’s no better place to get some of that done than at a market. After all, what’s better than having everything in one place? The annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market, coming up on its 35th year on November 25th-27th, is one of the best opportunities in the area to get some gifts together. With plenty of unique items to pick up, test out, and sift through, there’s bound to be something for everyone, even if you don’t end up buying anything. It’s probably the only time all year you’ll see it in one place.

McDonald’s Holiday Lights at Virginia Beach

It just doesn’t feel like it’s time for Christmas until you can see some lights. But who wants to be the one to put them out in their own backyard? McDonald’s has that covered in Virginia Beach so you don’t have to. They’re the sponsor of the Holiday Lights, after all, a budding Virginia Beach tradition that draws over 30,000 families each year. Starting on November 20th, the entire Oceanfront becomes a winter wonderland to rival the North Pole.

The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium

Need a little adventure to spice up the calm autumn days? The Adventure Park might be just the place to do that. An aerial, forest obstacle course that features climbing and zip lining, there may be no better way to see the changing leaves and colors of fall than this.

January 22, 2017, 3:08 am

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