Coastal VA Home for the Holidays

Coastal VA Home for the Holidays

There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Coastal Virginia has so much to offer during the most wonderful time of the year. Read on for a variety of attractions and events that brighten our region and light up the season. But first, cookies…

Shannon’s Holiday Cookies

  • ½ cup of Crisco
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) margarine, softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a large bowl beat the Crisco, margarine and 2 cups of sugar until blended. Beat in one egg at a time.
In a measuring cup mix 1 cup of buttermilk and baking soda and lightly stir.

In another bowl mix the flour and baking powder. Alternate several times (4-5 times) the buttermilk mixture and flour mixture into the sugar/Crisco/margarine bowl and beat until combined. Once all mixtures are combined, add vanilla extract.

Spoon out tablespoon-sized mixture on an ungreased cookie sheet and sprinkle with red or green sprinkles. Bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 4-5 minutes.

Note: You can also frost the baked cookies, once cooled, with your favorite frosting.  If you choose to frost the cookies sprinkle them with white sugar before baking in the oven.

100 Miles of Lights

Light shows and festive events brighten the holidays from Richmond, Williamsburg, Newport News and Hampton to Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. You’ll be dazzled for over 100 miles by the sparkle and shine from Thanksgiving Day through New Years Day.

Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination & Historic Home Tour

Step back in time for a Revolutionary festival of fireworks, military salutes, holiday decorations and musical performances. From the iconic Governor’s Place and the Capitol Building to the wreath-adorned homes and shops to the candle-lit taverns along Duke of Gloucester Street, this traditional Colonial Christmas celebration is a highlight of the region.

Boardwalk Beach Lights


Enjoy a nautical holiday drive along the spectacular Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Festive fish, musical crabs, and sprite elves are joined by Santa and a 40-foot sparkling Christmas tree, all along the Atlantic coast.

Dickens Christmas Towne at Nauticus

“Happy Christmas!” is the cheerful greeting you’ll hear from period actors as you stroll through Victorian London Towne. Musical entertainment, street performers, an extensive model train exhibit and charming shops and eateries bring the joy of the season to life–Dickens style!

More Fun, Festive Events & Attractions Around Our Region…

Holidivas : A Holiday Cabaret at the American Dream Theater | Virginia Living Museum’s Star of Wonder | Portsmouth Winter Wonderland |Christmas at Endview Plantation | Christmas Town Busch Gardens | CBN’s Christmas Village | Hampton Holly Days Boat Parade | A Christmas Carol at VSC | Holidays on the Halfshell

Tis the Season for Giving! Here’s what’s on our list…

  1. Tidewater on the Halfshell cookbook by our Junior League
  2. Paint-it-yourself mermaid or dolphin from The Mermaid Factory
  3. A keepsake oyster ornament from local retailer A. Dodson’s
  4. A sweet confection from local chocolatier Royal Chocolate
  5. Membership to the Williamsburg Winery wine club

Happy Holidays & Best Wishes for a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year!