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Santa's Nature Reserve 2022

12/09/2022
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

(Formerly Nature Nights Holiday Lights)

Select December nights | December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23

Time5:30-8:30pm (timed tickets)

Description: Step into Santa’s Nature Reserve in Newport News! Follow Santa’s boardwalk trail into the woods amongst the beauty and wonder of sparkling nature. Soft lights along the wooded trail lead you to StoryBook Village and a family Dinosaur Tale. Sip hot chocolate and munch a festive cookie you decorated yourself in the Reindeer Cookie Workshop. Take a family picture and share your holiday thoughts with Santa in the Goodson Living Green House. Celestial programs in the Abbitt Planetarium and shopping at the Wild Things Museum Store are additional opportunities. Start the season with a healthy dose of cheer in a beautiful natural setting that’s perfect for the whole family!

Event Tickets
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12/9 12/10 12/11
12/16 12/17 12/18
12/22 12/23

Each evening you can also purchase tickets for our holiday shows Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star and Laser Holidays. Attendance to these shows are an add-on to Santa’s Nature Reserve, and tickets to the main event are required to view these shows. Click the link below for more information about each show and the ticket purchase links.

Click here for show info and tickets

Click here for a map of the Santa's Nature Reserve Stations


Stargazing December 2022

12/10/2022
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Laser Nights

Looking for some Saturday night fun? Start with a planetarium program. Then experience a sensory extravaganza as laser shows provide music to both the eyes and ears every second Saturday of the month. The museum has an incredible laser system that splashes brilliant high-color LED laser light all across the entire surface of the dome. It’s the most amazing light show you’ve ever seen! Plus, there’s music to suit every taste. Different bands are featured every month.

Cost: Members $5, non-members $8 per show.


December 10: Stargazing Night

Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star

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Time: 6pm

Experience the journey of the Magi around you. Since 1965, the museum has journeyed in the footsteps of the Magi. Over the years, the scientific thinking has changed, archaeology has revealed new clues, and our understanding of who the Magi might actually have been has grown. The show was completely revised in 2008 to offer a truly immersive look at the journey of the Magi while examining the latest clues and seeking once more to understand the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem.

Star of Wonder tickets

Laser Holidays

Time: 7pm

A mix of classic and modern holiday hits!  PLEASE NOTE: This list represents all possible song choices.  Your laserist will choose which songs you’ll experience in your actual program.

  • Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Tchaikovsky
  • Up on the Housetop by The Jackson 5
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Burl Ives
  • Winter Wonderland by The Eurythmics
  • Deck the Halls by The Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Jingle Bell Rock by Randy Travis
  • White Christmas by Bing Crosby
  • Christmastime by The Smashing Pumpkins


  • Oiche Chiun (Silent Night) by Enya
  • The Chipmunk Song by Alvin and the The Chipmunks
  • All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth by Spike Jones and His City Slickers
  • Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano
  • Rockin Around the Christmas Tree by Ronnie Spector and Darlene Love
  • Frosty the Snowman by the Cocteau Twins
  • Carol of the Bells by David Foster
  • The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
  • All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas by James Galway

Laser Holidays tickets

Laser Rock

Time: 8:30pm

A mix of legendary giants of Rock and Roll!

Show Playlist

  • Crazy Train by Ozzsy Osbourne
  • Juke Box Hero by Foreigner
  • Ramble On by Led Zeppelin
  • Suffragette City by David Bowie
  • Long Distance Runaround by Yes


  • La Grange by ZZTop
  • From the Beginning by Emerson, Lake and Palmer
  • Tonight, Tonight, Tonight by Genesis
  • YYZ by Rush
  • Ace of Spades by Motorhead

Laser Rock tickets

Dark Side of the Moon

Time: 10pm

Recommended: ages 15 and above

From the very beginning of lasers, this album has represented the ultimate in laser show experiences. And it’s still true today. Join us for the seminal laser show experience with one of the most incredible albums of all time. Considered by many critics to be the album that brought the commercial breakthrough to Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds. Its sonic backdrops and atmospheric soundscapes combined with a unique assortment of sound effects yield an emotional resonance. When accompanied by a diverse and unusual display of laser art, the overall feel is a dramatic and haunting atmosphere.

Some of these songs contain lyrics some parents may find objectionable. Please be aware that volume levels during our Pink Floyd program will be high and the imagery can be intense.

Show Playlist

  • Speak to Me
  • Breathe
  • On the Run
  • Time
  • The Great Gig in the Sky


  • Money
  • Us and Them
  • Any Colour You Like
  • Brain Damage
  • Eclipse

Dark Side of the Moon tickets


Santa's Nature Reserve 2022

12/10/2022
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

(Formerly Nature Nights Holiday Lights)

Select December nights | December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23

Time5:30-8:30pm (timed tickets)

Description: Step into Santa’s Nature Reserve in Newport News! Follow Santa’s boardwalk trail into the woods amongst the beauty and wonder of sparkling nature. Soft lights along the wooded trail lead you to StoryBook Village and a family Dinosaur Tale. Sip hot chocolate and munch a festive cookie you decorated yourself in the Reindeer Cookie Workshop. Take a family picture and share your holiday thoughts with Santa in the Goodson Living Green House. Celestial programs in the Abbitt Planetarium and shopping at the Wild Things Museum Store are additional opportunities. Start the season with a healthy dose of cheer in a beautiful natural setting that’s perfect for the whole family!

Event Tickets
Click below to purchase

 
12/9 12/10 12/11
12/16 12/17 12/18
12/22 12/23

Each evening you can also purchase tickets for our holiday shows Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star and Laser Holidays. Attendance to these shows are an add-on to Santa’s Nature Reserve, and tickets to the main event are required to view these shows. Click the link below for more information about each show and the ticket purchase links.

Click here for show info and tickets

Click here for a map of the Santa's Nature Reserve Stations


Vaccine Clinic

12/11/2022
11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Santa's Nature Reserve 2022

12/11/2022
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

(Formerly Nature Nights Holiday Lights)

Select December nights | December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23

Time5:30-8:30pm (timed tickets)

Description: Step into Santa’s Nature Reserve in Newport News! Follow Santa’s boardwalk trail into the woods amongst the beauty and wonder of sparkling nature. Soft lights along the wooded trail lead you to StoryBook Village and a family Dinosaur Tale. Sip hot chocolate and munch a festive cookie you decorated yourself in the Reindeer Cookie Workshop. Take a family picture and share your holiday thoughts with Santa in the Goodson Living Green House. Celestial programs in the Abbitt Planetarium and shopping at the Wild Things Museum Store are additional opportunities. Start the season with a healthy dose of cheer in a beautiful natural setting that’s perfect for the whole family!

Event Tickets
Click below to purchase

 
12/9 12/10 12/11
12/16 12/17 12/18
12/22 12/23

Each evening you can also purchase tickets for our holiday shows Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star and Laser Holidays. Attendance to these shows are an add-on to Santa’s Nature Reserve, and tickets to the main event are required to view these shows. Click the link below for more information about each show and the ticket purchase links.

Click here for show info and tickets

Click here for a map of the Santa's Nature Reserve Stations


Santa's Nature Reserve 2022

12/16/2022
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

(Formerly Nature Nights Holiday Lights)

Select December nights | December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23

Time5:30-8:30pm (timed tickets)

Description: Step into Santa’s Nature Reserve in Newport News! Follow Santa’s boardwalk trail into the woods amongst the beauty and wonder of sparkling nature. Soft lights along the wooded trail lead you to StoryBook Village and a family Dinosaur Tale. Sip hot chocolate and munch a festive cookie you decorated yourself in the Reindeer Cookie Workshop. Take a family picture and share your holiday thoughts with Santa in the Goodson Living Green House. Celestial programs in the Abbitt Planetarium and shopping at the Wild Things Museum Store are additional opportunities. Start the season with a healthy dose of cheer in a beautiful natural setting that’s perfect for the whole family!

Event Tickets
Click below to purchase

 
12/9 12/10 12/11
12/16 12/17 12/18
12/22 12/23

Each evening you can also purchase tickets for our holiday shows Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star and Laser Holidays. Attendance to these shows are an add-on to Santa’s Nature Reserve, and tickets to the main event are required to view these shows. Click the link below for more information about each show and the ticket purchase links.

Click here for show info and tickets

Click here for a map of the Santa's Nature Reserve Stations


Santa's Nature Reserve 2022

12/17/2022
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

(Formerly Nature Nights Holiday Lights)

Select December nights | December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23

Time5:30-8:30pm (timed tickets)

Description: Step into Santa’s Nature Reserve in Newport News! Follow Santa’s boardwalk trail into the woods amongst the beauty and wonder of sparkling nature. Soft lights along the wooded trail lead you to StoryBook Village and a family Dinosaur Tale. Sip hot chocolate and munch a festive cookie you decorated yourself in the Reindeer Cookie Workshop. Take a family picture and share your holiday thoughts with Santa in the Goodson Living Green House. Celestial programs in the Abbitt Planetarium and shopping at the Wild Things Museum Store are additional opportunities. Start the season with a healthy dose of cheer in a beautiful natural setting that’s perfect for the whole family!

Event Tickets
Click below to purchase

 
12/9 12/10 12/11
12/16 12/17 12/18
12/22 12/23

Each evening you can also purchase tickets for our holiday shows Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star and Laser Holidays. Attendance to these shows are an add-on to Santa’s Nature Reserve, and tickets to the main event are required to view these shows. Click the link below for more information about each show and the ticket purchase links.

Click here for show info and tickets

Click here for a map of the Santa's Nature Reserve Stations


Santa's Nature Reserve 2022

12/18/2022
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

(Formerly Nature Nights Holiday Lights)

Select December nights | December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23

Time5:30-8:30pm (timed tickets)

Description: Step into Santa’s Nature Reserve in Newport News! Follow Santa’s boardwalk trail into the woods amongst the beauty and wonder of sparkling nature. Soft lights along the wooded trail lead you to StoryBook Village and a family Dinosaur Tale. Sip hot chocolate and munch a festive cookie you decorated yourself in the Reindeer Cookie Workshop. Take a family picture and share your holiday thoughts with Santa in the Goodson Living Green House. Celestial programs in the Abbitt Planetarium and shopping at the Wild Things Museum Store are additional opportunities. Start the season with a healthy dose of cheer in a beautiful natural setting that’s perfect for the whole family!

Event Tickets
Click below to purchase

 
12/9 12/10 12/11
12/16 12/17 12/18
12/22 12/23

Each evening you can also purchase tickets for our holiday shows Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star and Laser Holidays. Attendance to these shows are an add-on to Santa’s Nature Reserve, and tickets to the main event are required to view these shows. Click the link below for more information about each show and the ticket purchase links.

Click here for show info and tickets

Click here for a map of the Santa's Nature Reserve Stations


Holiday Science Shows

12/27/2022
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

This spectacular show thrills audiences as they discover the difference between magic and science. From paper that seems to disappear to balls floating in columns of air, this show will entertain and educate as kids learn about air pressure, combustion, and the chilly properties of dry ice.

This half hour presentation will take place at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm from Dec. 27 – Dec. 29 in the changing exhibit gallery located next to the main lobby. This presentation is included with daily admission or membership.


Holiday Science Shows

12/28/2022
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

This spectacular show thrills audiences as they discover the difference between magic and science. From paper that seems to disappear to balls floating in columns of air, this show will entertain and educate as kids learn about air pressure, combustion, and the chilly properties of dry ice.

This half hour presentation will take place at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm from Dec. 27 – Dec. 29 in the changing exhibit gallery located next to the main lobby. This presentation is included with daily admission or membership.


Holiday Science Shows

12/29/2022
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

This spectacular show thrills audiences as they discover the difference between magic and science. From paper that seems to disappear to balls floating in columns of air, this show will entertain and educate as kids learn about air pressure, combustion, and the chilly properties of dry ice.

This half hour presentation will take place at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm from Dec. 27 – Dec. 29 in the changing exhibit gallery located next to the main lobby. This presentation is included with daily admission or membership.


Bacchus Wine and Food Festival 2023

02/03/2023
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Bacchus, the god of Nature, Vine, and Wine invites you to the Virginia Living Museum’s 18th Annual Bacchus Wine & Food Festival – a 2018 Best of Hampton Roads event. Enjoy delicious samplings of fine wine, local Hampton Roads restaurant fare, a diverse Silent Auction, and an exciting mix of local, live music and entertainment as you mingle with friends among the beautiful museum galleries and exhibits.

More info and tickets