Day One: Norfolk's historic houses are decorated for the holidays. The Hunter House Victorian Museum, rich in architectural detail, displays the Hunter family's collection of furnishings and decorative pieces done up for a Victorian Christmas. The Moses Myers House, an elegant federal period home dating back to 1792, was built by one of Norfolk's first Jewish residents and is decorated for Hanukkah. End the night with a holiday performance at the Wells Theatre presented by the Virginia Stage Company. Located in downtown Norfolk's Theatre District, Wells Theatre was built by Jake Wells in 1901.
Day Two: Stroll through 5,000 years of art history at the Chrysler Museum of Art, home to Walter Chrysler Jr.'s world-class collection of more than 30,000 pieces of art. The museum features a world-renowned Tiffany-glass collection. Experience the art of glass with a glass blowing demonstration in their new studio! Holiday shopping and lunch is a must at MacArthur Center with more than 70 new-to-the-market retailers. Enjoy lunch at Macarthur's 600-seat food court or at one of its numerous sit-down restaurants. Explore the d'Art Center, a visual arts center featuring over 20 professional artists who, in open studios, create, display and sell an exciting mix of original art. Art classes for groups are available to make holiday ornaments or let your imagination run wild for wonderful stocking stuffers. Cruise aboard the Spirit of Norfolk from 3:30pm to 6pm. Start off your festivities with great food, great view from the water and great entertainment. Return to port and enjoy front row seats in "Street Seats" and watch floats, bands, balloons and dance teams light up Norfolk skyline at Norfolk's Grand Illumination parade. OPTION: experience Norfolk's "Garden of Lights" either by foot or car through the magic of the gardens 2.5 mile twinkling light display from the comfort of your tram. Norfolk's spectacular Garden of Lights display features a whimsical flower theme with wisteria arbor arches, animated humming birds, a windmill, scarecrow, leaping frogs, butterflies, mushrooms and a waterfall.
Day Three: Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then spend the remainder of the morning doing some holiday shopping at MacArthur Mall. Lunch on your own. Spend the afternoon strolling through Ghent to find that perfect gift in their antique market and specialty shops. Do not forget to take home some wine for a gift or holiday party from the Mermaid Winery, Virginia's First Urban Winery. The winery focuses on producing small lots of well-balanced wines using Virginia grapes. The winemaking process can be viewed from the tasting bar where you can enjoy their creations.