6 Spectacular Santa Sightings in COVA

Ho ho ho! Santa Claus has been spotted in Coastal Virginia and we’re sharing the most spectacular spots to visit with him. From an ice palace to a 5k and even a Santa that sings, you are sure to enjoy your time with ol’ Saint Nick. And remember, he knows when you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!

Here are 6 spots for a spectacular Santa sighting in COVA:


Visitors are transported to a winter wonderland at MacArthur Center when they step inside the spectacular holiday Ice Palace, featuring a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show and interactive fun for all ages. Visitors can also marvel at the larger-than-life snow globes, leave an icy hand print and sit on the chilly Ice Throne. The adventure culminates with a visit to Santa and a special gift. Santa will be at MacArthur Center through December 24! LEARN MORE


Now that December has arrived, Santa is very busy, but he still finds time to greet visitors to the Christmas Store in downtown Smithfield. He enjoys the relaxed atmosphere where there’s rarely lines and he can spend a bit more time with each child. And of course, nothing would put you in the holiday mood more than immersing yourself in the festive feast for the senses at the Christmas Store! LEARN MORE

Virginia Beach

Offering encounters of some of the most in-shape Santa’s imaginable, J&A Racing’s Surf-n-Santa 5-miler, returns to the Virginia Beach boardwalk on December 17! Participants are encouraged to have fun, be creative and often times, even dress the part. The event is held at twilight along the boardwalk so runners can enjoy the “McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach” display, named by USA Today as one of the top ten best holiday light displays in the country! LEARN MORE


December 10, let the joy of the holiday season take over at the Hampton Holly Days Parade: Operation North Pole. Brand new this year is the addition of “North Pole” in Carousel Park, taking place December 8-10. “North Pole” will feature free carousel rides, a giant snow globe for photos, an interactive elves workshop with make and take crafts, live entertainment, food vendors and, of course, photos with Santa. LEARN MORE

Franklin Southampton

Looking for a fun and exciting way to take the kiddos to see Santa this year? Check out the Singing Santa who will be at the Cypress Cove Country Club in Southampton County on Saturday, December 3. The Singing Santa Claus is a one-of-a-kind entertainer who is also an accomplished Baritone. Come meet and greet Santa and enjoy the sounds of the holiday season! LEARN MORE

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than a visit to Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™. A visit to Christmas Town is not complete without a trip to Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole, where children can sit on Santa’s lap and pose for a classic Christmas photo that will forever capture the moment’s joy and wonder. Joining Christmas Town this year is the lovable Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™. Guests can relive the classic television special and have their pictures taken with the iconic reindeer and friends Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Bumble at Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland in Holiday Hills™. For the first time, Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ is all decked out for the holidays and open during Christmas Town. Young fans can meet their favorite Sesame Street characters, including Abby Cadabby, Elmo and Cookie Monster, and capture a special holiday photo. Christmas Town will be open on select days through Monday, January 2, 2017. LEARN MORE

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