Two family events, the Holly
Days Open House at the Hampton History Museum and “Selfies with Santa”
at the historic Hampton Carousel offer a day of family fun in Downtown Hampton
leading up to the Hampton Holly Days Parade on Saturday, December 8.
The Hampton History
Museum’s Holly Days Open House presents live classic
Christmas music and popular holiday songs by several groups, heirloom holiday
ornament making, face painting, train displays, retro toys, indoor and outdoor
games, gallery tours, and much more on Saturday, December 8, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. Admission to the Hampton History Museum is free all day, 10:00
a.m.-5:00 p.m. Snap free “Selfies with Santa” at the Hampton
Carousel 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Hampton Holly
Days Parade steps off at 7:00 p.m. on Settlers Landing Road.
Days Open House
a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
and open to the public
Entertainment will be
featured throughout the day: uplifting holiday songs from New Sound Alliance
from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; timeless Christmas music from Libertylive.church
from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 pm, and acoustic arrangements of seasonal favorites by Louis
Vangieri - LCV PROJECT, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Live Music Schedule
10:30 a.m. -11:30
a.m. New Sound Alliance
12:00 p.m. -1:00
1:00 p.m. -2:30
p.m. Libertylive.church Brass
& Libertylive.church Woodwinds
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Louis Vangieri - LCV
Heirloom Ornament Making
Visitors can make new
memories creating different types of heirloom ornaments that family and friends
will cherish for years to come, such as cloth angels, God’s Eye Ornaments and
Tin-Punch Plate Ornaments.
A train display created
by the Peninsula Model Railroad Club will dominate the museum’s Great
Hall. This nostalgic display features several N-scale trains running
simultaneously through city, farm, countryside and other interesting scenes. In
addition, railroad enthusiast Dave Shuster is bringing a large layout of
the Polar Express, complete with Santa’s Village, along with an O-gauge scenic
display, and toy wooden trains to play with.
Artists from Smile My Party will
offer free face painting courtesy of the Hampton History Museum from 11:30 a.m.
- 2:30 p.m., and at the Hampton Carousel from 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. during
“Selfies with Santa” taking place from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Children can try their
hand at games, and play with reproductions of vintage toys that would have been
familiar to parents and grandparents, including Rock’em Sock’em Robots,
Twister, Spirograph, “Pop-o-Matic” Trouble, Bozo the Clown 3-D Bob Bag, along
with the ever-popular LEGOs.
Cookies and Hot Chocolate
Free cookies and hot
chocolate will be offered by Libertylive.church while supplies last.
Selfies with Santa at the Hampton Carousel
602 Settlers Landing Road
Saturday, December 8, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 pm
decorated for the season, the historic Hampton Carousel welcomes youngsters of
all ages to share their holiday wishes and snap “Selfies with Santa.” A second
face painting station will be set up at the carousel (1-4 pm). Admission to the
carousel, “Selfies with Santa” and face painting are free. Tickets to ride the
carousel are $1. The Hampton Holly Days Parade steps off at 7:00 p.m. on
Settlers Landing Road.
Free Museum Admission
Visitors can tour over
400 years of the city’s past, from Native American habitation to the 20th
Century in the Hampton History Galleries, explore artifacts of early
settlement, learn the city’s role in the American Revolution, War of 1812 and
Civil War, and view displays such as “1619: Arrival of the First Africans” commemorating
the 1619 arrival of the first Africans in English North America nearly 400
years ago, “When the Computer Wore a Skirt: NASA’s Human
Computers” that tells the story behind the hit film and best-selling book Hidden
Figures, along with “NASA: Hampton Takes Flight” which chronicles a
century of contributions to aeronautics and space exploration made at the NASA
Langley Research Center and its integral role in the Hampton community.
Also on display on the
museum’s second floor is “Civil War Journey: The Maps and Sketches of
Private Robert Sneden,” a touring exhibition organized by the Virginia
Museum of History & Culture. Eyewitness accounts and images from the Civil
War memoir of Union soldier, cartographer, and Confederate prisoner of war
Robert Knox Sneden are showcased in an exhibition of 45 watercolor maps and
drawings with views of battles, battlefields and military life that provide a
unique and mesmerizing perspective on the Civil War.
The Hampton History
Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is
plenty of free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For
more information call 757/727-1102.
Tis the season for
one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted gifts, cruising aboard the Miss Hampton with St.
Nick, making special heirloom ornaments, snapping a selfie with Santa, and
enjoying the Peninsula’s largest illuminated parade.
Attic Arts & Crafts Show, Friday, December 7,
10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., City Hall lobby, 22 Lincoln St; Lighted Boat Parade,
Friday, December 7, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Downtown Hampton Waterfront, 710
Settlers Landing Road; Holly Days Open House, Saturday, December 8,
10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane; Selfies
with Santa, Saturday, Dec. 8, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Hampton Carousel, 602
Settlers Landing Rd; Holly Days Illuminated Parade, Theme: Hampton’s
Treasures, Saturday, December 8, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Settlers Landing Road,
Downton Hampton. For more information about Hampton Holly Days, call
757/727-8311 or visit hampton.gov/holydays.