You could bury your nose in a classic holiday tale by Charles Dickens, or you could see the author's world come to life with a visit to Dickens' Christmas Towne at Nauticus. Celebrating its inaugural season, this holiday event near Willoughby has transformed the downtown Norfolk waterfront into Victorian London, complete with holiday street scenes that bustle with townspeople in period garb.
The event marks a collaboration between Nauticus and the Virginia Stage Company, so you can expect a realistic depiction of Victorian London; however, Dickens' Christmas Towne isn't just for show. The event promises hot cocoa and hot cider, live musical performances, strolling carolers, seasonal gift shopping, and, for the kids, crafts and scavenger hunts. Cap off your travel through time by getting your photo taken with Father Christmas, and be sure not to miss the awe-inspiring model train!
Taking place now at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center's lower level, Dickens' Christmas Towne at Nauticus costs $5 for adult admission and $4 for kids 4-12. Little ones 3 and under are admitted free, and complimentary metered street parking is being offered at select times in downtown Norfolk.
Dickens' Christmas Towne at Nauticus
Today through Dec. 28
1 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510