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Posted on: November 22, 2022


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Seasonal events take place throughout entire city

NlightN logoEveryone is invited to visit Newport News this holiday season as we light up the city! Beginning Thanksgiving Day and extending through New Year’s Day, the Ferguson NlightN Holiday Event Series brings the sights and sounds of the season throughout all of Newport News. Pronounced “enlighten,” this series, sponsored againg this year by Ferguson, includes three main events – the classic Celebration in Lights at Newport News Park, the magical Lights at the Fountain at City Center, and the art and technology focused ARTech Lights at Brooks Crossing – along with additional events, to bring the spirit of the holidays to every neighborhood.

“We are excited that Ferguson is the presenting sponsor of NlightN again this year,” said City Manager Cindy Rohlf. “Together with our wonderful new sponsors – City Center at Oyster Point and Dominion Energy – we will be spreading holiday cheer throughout Newport News. The 2022 NlightN Holiday Event Series with new décor, lights, and music along with an interactive art exhibit at City Center promises to be the best one yet! I can’t wait to try out the seesaws at City Center, and I invite residents and visitors alike to come enjoy all of the lively and entertaining events taking place from one end of the city to the other.”

The Ferguson NlightN Holiday Event Series includes the following three main special events as well as additional activities and engagements:

NlightN Celebration in Lights logoNov 24 – Jan 1, 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. nightly Newport News Park

$12 per car Mon – Thu, $15 per car Fri - Sun, $75 per bus (every day)

$10 in advance (per car) available at the Newport News Visitor Center


Celebration in Lights is two miles of dazzling holiday light displays set amongst the beautiful woods and waterways at Newport News Park. Now in its 30th season, the event has grown each year and has over one million lights creating holiday and fanciful scenes. New this year are the holiday tubing bear, holiday cascade (an overhead light display), a variety of candy-themed display pieces, deer displays and 3D trees. Open nightly, 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day.


NlightN Lights at the Fountain logoNightly light show, Dec 3 – Jan 1, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Holiday Tree Lighting & Festivities Dec 3, 5 pm – 8 pm

City Center at Oyster Point; free admission, free parking

 Sponsored by City Center at Oyster Point, Lights at the Fountain sets the scene for the perfect holiday stroll around City Center’s five-acre fountain plaza. Delighting all ages is a 16-minute synchronized light show playing every half hour from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly. The immersive light show experience synchronizes a 42′ animated performance holiday tree, 55 perimeter trees circling the fountain, 16 snow machines with a festive soundtrack.  New this year is WAVE-FIELD, an interactive art exhibit comprised of eight, motion-activated LED musical seesaws that generate light and sound when triggered by riders. Free and open to the public during posted operating hours.  On Saturday, Dec 3, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. the holiday tree lighting ceremony and event festivities will fill City Center with live stage entertainment, seasonal gift vendors, an ice sculpting exhibition, face painters, food vendors, carnival games, children’s crafts and strolling entertainers.

NlightN Lights at the ARTech logoNightly light show, Dec 3 – Jan 1, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Special Event Festivities Dec 10, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Skating Rink, Dec 9 – Dec 11, hours vary

Brooks Crossing; free admission, free parking

Brooks Crossing comes to life with ARTech Lights, sponsored by Dominion Energy, including seasonal décor and an animated light and sound show that plays every half hour on the holiday tree from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Dec 10, enjoy special hands-on "techtivities" from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a variety of STEM-related activities provided by the Innovation Lab and Newport News Shipbuilding MX trailer, along with a live DJ, strolling performers, games and prizes, food and beverage vendors, face painters, a “silent disco,” free hot chocolate and giveaways (while supplies last), and a synthetic ice skating rink on site for the weekend.  Santa will visit with an opportunity to have your picture taken from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Other currently scheduled activities in the Ferguson NlightN Holiday Event Series include:

Santa’s Toy Shop, Denbigh Community Center, Dec 3 – Dec 30, Free admission and activities.

This year, Santa’s helpers have transformed Denbigh Community Center into Santa’s Workshop with festive holiday décor, painted windows, colorful lights and a sleigh. Free activities for the public include: toy and ornament workshops, children’s gift wrapping stations, a hot chocolate bar, holiday movies and more. It’s a great location for family photos and selfies, too. Several indoor special events take place throughout the month. Look to the website for details. 

Holiday Frost “Cribs Edition”, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, Dec 9, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Free admission and activities; online registration requested

Come and explore the fun, quirky, and sweet “crib” of the king of Christmas, Santa Claus.  Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center offers three floors of activities and fun during this dashing event, including 360 degree photos with Santa, Games, Karaoke, Candy giveaways, Cookies with Mrs. Claus, Make & take crafts, Face Painting and costumed characters.   

Holiday Home Lights Tour, a self-guided, city-wide tour of homes decorated for the holidays.  

Again this year, we are inviting Newport News homeowners, businesses, and places of worship to join us in lighting up the city by signing up to be a stop on our citywide Holiday Home Lights Tour. Participants can pick up a sign announcing they are part of the NlightN Holiday Tour and they will be included on an online tour map (more details coming soon).   

For more information on the Ferguson NlightN Holiday Event Series, visit or call 757-926-1400. 

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