WinterFest Returns!

Pure Holiday Magic!

Wednesday, Nov. 9 - Sunday, Jan. 1

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LIGHT UP YOUR HOLIDAY!

This holiday season, Nauticus' WinterFest on the Wisconsin returns better and brighter to the downtown Norfolk waterfront. Explore all-new interior spaces aboard the Battleship Wisconsin, enjoy two new shows nightly by everyone's favorite green grump, come aboard a polar train journey, and enjoy sweets and treats surrounded by over one million lights! Even shop for last-minute gifts!

 
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NEW ENCHANTING EXPERIENCES
 
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Over  One  Million Lights

Your favorite themed light zones are back and better than ever, now with over one million dazzling lights! Discover your holiday spirit as you explore the historic Battleship Wisconsin! 

Mistletoe Marina

Presented by: The Perry Family Foundation

Surrounded by thousands of dazzling lights and beautifully decorated boats, indulge in beverages and bites fireside as you enjoy nightly shows by a grump who's cuddly as a cactus!

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Holiday Hoobie-Whatty Show

The Whoville circus has come to town! It's the tiniest little big top you've ever seen. Show runs nightly at 6 and 8 PM in the Mistletoe Marina.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Gather on the fantail of the battleship for a tree lighting ceremony hosted by a grouchy green grump and his dog, Max. Enjoy nightly Wednesday - Thursday and Sunday at 7:30 and 8:30 PM; Friday and Saturday at 7:30, 8:30 & 9:30 PM.

Lighted Sailboat Parade

December 3 and 10 ONLY | 6 - 6:30 PM

Join us on December 3 and 10 from 6 - 6:30PM for a lighted sailboat parade. Hosted by Sail Nauticus, the parade will take place along the Elizabeth River adjacent to the Battleship offering a fun holiday light experience. Free and open to the public along the boardwalk.

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Admission: $10 Per Person

New this season, The Santa Experience takes you inside the Battleship Wisconsin's historic Wardroom for a reserved meet-and-greet with Captain Claus himself. Selfies are encouraged! 2022 marked the 400th anniversary of the classic poem, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas,' and you'll have front row seats as a talking book and bookworm (yes- you read that correctly!) recount this wonderful tale. Your entire family will love the delicious hot chocolate and cookies; children of all ages can write a letter to Santa and even post in the Battleship Wisconsin's original mailbox!

The Santa Experience Is available during select times on Friday - Sunday starting Nov. 11 and will open Wednesday - Sunday on Dec. 14-24.

Please note: General admission tickets must be purchased in addition to the Santa Experience. Please select "add on" in your cart before purchasing.

TICKET DETAILS
 

General Admission: $18.50 adult, $14.50 child

Members: $16.50 adult, $12.50 child

Timed tickets are required. No ticket refunds or reschedules.

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

COMMUNITY NIGHTS

NOV. 9-13: MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND

Active-duty military, veteran service members, and their families are invited to join us for $5 off admission.

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NOV. 16-17: HERO NIGHTS

First responders (law enforcement officers, firefighter, paramedic/EMT), medical (MD, NP, RN, LPN, etc.) teachers + support staff and their families are invited to join us for $5 off admission.

NOV. 30-DEC. 1: CITY OF NORFOLK EMPLOYEE NIGHTS

City of Norfolk employees and their families are invited to join us for $5 off admission.

Discounted tickets for community nights are only available online, while supplies last. Tickets will not be available for walk-up purchases. 

 
EVENT SCHEDULE

Wed-Thurs: 4:30 - 9 PM

Fri-Sat: 4:30 - 10 PM

Sun: 4:30 - 9 PM

Special Hours: 5 - 7:30 PM

Promo Nights

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GRISWOLD'S CAFE

Mistletoe Marina and Wonder Hall 

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Enjoy holiday bites and brews at our new cafe and bar! Cozy up by the fire in Mistletoe Marina or inside the WonderHall!

 
GIFT SHOP

Open Daily - Stop by & Shop

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

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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.

ILLUMINATION SPONSOR

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MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND SPONSOR

MISTLETOE MARINA SPONSOR

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OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNERS

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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SPECIAL THANKS

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