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!
NEW ENCHANTING EXPERIENCES
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!
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!
Elf Door Discovery
Click to discover
This seasonal scavenger hunt will take you on a magic journey to unlock the mystery of Santa's elves! Adventure comes knocking all around Mistletoe Marina, where you'll discover 15 tiny entrances decked out for the holidays. 15 cheeky elves with waterfront views- will you find them all?
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.
SANTA EXPERIENCE ADD-ON
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.
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.
NOV. 9-13: MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND
Active-duty military, veteran service members, and their families are invited to join us for $5 off admission.
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.
Wed-Thurs: 4:30 - 9 PM
Fri-Sat: 4:30 - 10 PM
Sun: 4:30 - 9 PM
Special Hours: 5 - 7:30 PM
Mistletoe Marina and Wonder Hall
Enjoy holiday bites and brews at our new cafe and bar! Cozy up by the fire in Mistletoe Marina or inside the WonderHall!
Open Daily - Stop by & Shop
The best shopping experience in Hampton Roads. Ornaments, toys, holiday dé cor, local crafts and much more!
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.
MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND SPONSOR
MISTLETOE MARINA SPONSOR
OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNERS