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Dec 05

Historical Newport News in December

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 8:20 AM by Communications Department

This December, a few of the historical museums around Newport News are remembering our Nation’s past as well as recreating what the holidays were like in earlier years. If you’re a history buff or are just looking for some interesting activities this month, here are some points of interest.
On December 7 visit the Virginia War Museum for its annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony and wreath laying to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The ceremony begins at 4:00 PM and is timed to coincide with the ending of the attack. The free event will have guest speaker Rear Admiral Moon of the United State Navy (Retired), a color guard provided by Tabb High School Navy JROTC, and ceremonial piper Christopher Pearcy. Prior to the ceremony, Pearl Harbor artifacts from the Museum collection will be on display in the museum. This is the only Pearl Harbor Ceremony open to the general public in the Hampton Roads area. The ceremony runs approximately 45 minutes. For information contact Chris Garcia at 757-247-8523 or

Children can experience the magic of an 1861 Christmas through a visit with St. Nick at Endview Plantation on December 8 and 9. Make and take crafts are a part of the visit before taking photos in a historic setting with St. Nick. Parents should bring a wrapped present for their child and a non-perishable food item to donate to a local food bank.  There is a $5.00 admission and advance reservations must be made by calling 757-887-1862. More details can be found at

Step back in time to enjoy the elegance of a mid-nineteenth century Christmas December 8 –December 31 at Lee Hall Mansion with Antebellum Holidays. Period decorations enhance the historic interiors illustrating how Richard Lee and his family celebrated the holidays in the years before the Civil War. Guided tours are offered and the gift shop is the perfect place for finding gifts from Children’s educational activity books to dish towels in assorted prints and handmade soap from Freckled Farm Soap Company. Lee Hall is operating on its regular hours and the regular museum admission rates apply. For information visit