10 Suggested Itineraries for Fun Holiday Getaways

by Stephanie Kenney | Posted: Nov 1, 2017

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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
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.


Mount Vernon

Holiday Tour of Virginia’s Queen City – Staunton
The holidays never felt so magical! Embark on a two-night/two-day trip to Virginia’s Queen City: Staunton. This enchanting downtown is one of America’s most celebrated Main Streets and offers a truly authentic holiday experience for groups. Shop for that perfect gift in artisans shops, enjoy Holiday Tea at the Anne Hathaway Cottage Tea Room, see a Christmas classic at American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse and more. Read more.

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.


Be Merry in Manassas and Prince William
Get into the holiday spirit in Prince William and Manassas. Visit any time during the winter season to see historic streets decked out in lights and hunt for that perfect gift at one of their wonderful boutiques. Read more.

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.

Monticello

Holidays: From the Capitol to the Coast, 100 Miles of Lights and Sights!
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.

Christmas in Abingdon
Visit Bristol Motor Speedway where the roar of the engines is replaced with the twinkling of two million lights. Enjoy shopping at Heartwood where you can find the region’s best in authentic crafts, music, & food, one of a kind jewelry, pottery, quilts and hand­crafted musical instruments, a farm to table restaurant and coffee and wine bar. Read more.

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.

BristolMS

Clarke County Family Holiday Outing
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.

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.


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In the Shenandoah Valley, be sure to stop by Bluestone Vineyard’s German Christmas Market – beautiful. http://www.bluestonevineyard.com/events.html 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!