Seven Suggested Itineraries for Fun Holiday Getaways

by Stephanie Kenney | Posted: Nov 23, 2016 | Updated: Nov 28, 2016

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Tacky lights, beautifully decorated historic homes, an exhilarating once a year drive on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk… Whatever gets you in the holiday spirit, you’ll find it in Virginia! Bring your family and friends to experience the enchantment of this holiday season.


Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon
Explore Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. during the most wonderful time of the year with this five-day suggested itinerary featuring a festive holiday evening at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. This colonial inspired event is one to be remembered, as it finishes with fireworks choreographed to holiday music over the Potomac River. Read more.

Special Activity: Visit Historic Christ Church where George Washington attended services.


A Colonial Virginia Christmas featuring Grand Illumination
This multi-regional itinerary takes you through the holiday splendor of Williamsburg and Historic Triangle, Newport News, Richmond and Fredericksburg. From dazzling gardens and world class theme parks decked out in millions of lights to the fireworks over Colonial Williamsburg and a tasting tour at a distillery, this itinerary has something for everyone! Read more.

Traveling with your pets? Richmond’s Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden hosts GardenFest for Fidos on Thursday, December 1, 2016 and Thursday, January, 5, 2017.


Charlottesville & Albemarle County Winter Itinerary
Charlottesville & Albemarle County are wonderful destinations to visit during the winter months! Attractions are open and accessible all through the winter season and guests can find spectacular discounts and deals at area hotels, resorts and bed & breakfasts. From historic sites, to food and drink options galore, and their eight-block historic pedestrian Downtown Mall, there is plenty to do for you and your holiday guests. Read more.

Did you know? Charlottesville’s historic pedestrian Downtown Mall just turned 40 years old in July of 2016? This eight-block pedestrian mall is also one of the longest in the United States!


Holidays: From the Capitol to the Coast, 100 Miles of Lights and Sights!
100 Miles of Lights - Virginia Beach
With this multi-regional itinerary, start your holiday adventure in Richmond and see how homes were decorated throughout the centuries – and do some shopping in Carytown too! Experience Norfolk Botanical Gardens’ “Garden of Lights” and cruise down the iconic Virginia Beach Boardwalk from the comfort of your car and enjoy the Holiday Lights at the Beach. Read more.

Special Activity: Drive down the Virginia Beach Boardwalk and enjoy Holiday Lights at the Beach.


Clarke County Family Holiday Outing
Dinosaur Land
Spend quality time with your family this holiday season with a weekend nestled in northern Shenandoah Valley finding the perfect tree at Ashcroft Tree Farm, stepping into the world of the prehistoric past at Dinosaur Land and finishing off the day with a delicious meal of BBQ, homemade soups and sandwiches at Mt. Airy Farm Market. Read more.

Did you know? Open for more than 50 years, Dinosaur Land in White Post is an iconic roadside attraction featuring over 50 dinosaurs.


Christmas from Bristol to Williamsburg – Holiday Happenings along the Blue Ridge
From the mountains to the coast, this itinerary takes you all over Virginia. Delight in the millions of glowing lights as you visit Bristol Motor Speedway. Visit Monticello and experience how Christmas was celebrated during Thomas Jefferson’s time. Do some holiday shopping at Williamsburg’s Premium Outlets and more. Read more.

Did you know? Eight U.S. Presidents were born in Virginia and most of their homes can be visited today. In the Charlottesville area alone, visitors will find and tour the homes of three.


Lights and Lyrics of the Holidays in Richmond
From festive decorations of long ago, spectacular tacky lights to the twinkle of modern lights, Richmond is the perfect place to get away for the holidays. Lewis Ginter’s GardenFest of Lights features more than a half-million holiday lights arranged in botanical themes and Maymont mansion is lavishly decorated with Victorian Christmas décor. Read more.

Did you know? Richmond was featured in Travel + Leisure’s list for The Best Christmas Lights in Every State.

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David Stanley
Try something different! Escape the common vacation routine, and consider a romantic or family adventure at Morning Song’s Farmstay Getaways. Unplug from it all and gather eggs, get acquainted with the friendliest goats ever, or coax an alpaca to accept a tasty treat. Learn cheese making or soak in your exclusive hot tub under the stars. Rates from $130 include a local wine, breakfast items, a full kitchen, fruit and salad items from our organic fields and groves. Nearby wineries, nature reserve, hiking, hot air ballooning, galleries, antiquing, golf courses and more. Both single and family unit available. See… Read more »
Nancy Bauer

In the Shenandoah Valley, be sure to stop by Bluestone Vineyard’s German Christmas Market – beautiful. And when the weather turns cool, many wineries begin to offer hot spiced mulled wine in their tasting rooms – keep an eye out for that!