WinterFest

More lights. More nights.

is back

Thursday, Nov 11 - Sunday, Jan 2

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THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

Nauticus’ WinterFest on the Wisconsin returns to the Downtown Norfolk waterfront this holiday season with new, uniquely themed light zones, below deck tours, live music & entertainment, a never-before-seen Santa Experience, and a new restaurant inside the Battleship Wisconsin’s historic wardroom.

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Save your date, tickets now on sale!

 
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Over 650,000 Lights

Discover your holiday spirit exploring this dazzling, waterfront light festival.

Below Deck Adventure

New this season - the world's ONLY talking gingerbread man will join Santa's elves and our famous talking Christmas Tree!

Santa Experience

This year we'll transport you to the North Pole for an all-new magical experience. Selfies with Santa encouraged! Fridays - Sundays; separate price applies.

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Live Entertainment

Enjoy live music each Friday and Saturday night on the ship's historic fantail.

Holiday Beverages & Bites

Join us inside the battleship at Griswold's Café - all new this season!

Lighted Boat Parade

Join us and Santa Saturday nights at 6pm (weather permitting), for our lighted sailboat parade along the downtown waterfront. Santa sails away December 18 with our fleet, so don't miss the fun!

Book Your Experience

Thursday, Nov 11 - Sunday, Jan 2

HERO NIGHTS

Dec. 8 & 15 – Community Hero Celebration 

We salute you; first responders, nurses, teachers, and their families visit for $9.50! 

 

ONLINE TICKET DETAILS:

Wed-Thurs - $12.50 adult, $10 child

Members - $9.50 adult, $7 child

Fri-Sun - $14.50 adult, $12 child

Members - $12.50 adult, $10 child

*Prices above are for online tickets only. Walk-up tickets incur an additional $5 fee per ticket, all nights

Timed tickets are required. No ticket refunds or reschedules.

Strollers are not permitted aboard the battleship. Please review our FAQs for additional safety details.

 
EVENT SCHEDULE

Wed-Thurs: 5-9PM

Fri-Sat: 5-10PM

Sun: 5-9PM

Special Hours: 5-7:30PM

THE SANTA EXPERIENCE
 
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Admission: $5 Per Person

Your family will be enchanted by this immersive never-before-seen Santa Experience. Santa will individually greet guests and you'll have a chance to tell him your wish for Christmas! Selfies and photos are ENCOURAGED!

Friday-Sunday, times vary. No online reservations. The Santa Experience ends Dec. 19 as Santa has some important business to handle starting Dec. 24!

All proceeds directly support the restoration and interpretation efforts aboard the Battleship Wisconsin.

HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET
 

Griswold's Café Menu

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Open Daily - Stop by & Enjoy

The best shopping experience in Hampton Roads. Ornaments, toys, holiday d é cor, local crafts and much more!

BOOK A HOLIDAY EVENT
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Now Accepting Private & Corporate Holiday Events!

Celebrate with a waterfront event to remember! Book your holiday celebration in the Wisconsin Vista or on the historic Battleship Wisconsin, both views shining bright with over 650,000-holiday lights!

Book a consultation today and be sure to ask us about discounted group tickets.

 

WINTERFEST PROCEEDS

Support for WinterFest on the Wisconsin directly benefits the Nauticus Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Funding provides interpretation and restoration of the Battleship Wisconsin, and allows Nauticus to open new onboard spaces and experiential learning opportunities for students, families and visitors.

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ILLUMINATION SPONSOR

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Mrs. Bess Decker & Family

MEDIA PARTNERS

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DIGITAL PARTNER

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BELOW DECK ADVENTURE SPONSOR

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Contact our Development Team for more information.

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