Santa isn't the only one making a list and checking it twice! Everyone has their own holiday traditions that make the season a little brighter, from hanging the stockings to baking holiday cookies with the kids. We have compiled our favorite seasonal Virginia traditions into a simple checklist that will make this year's Yuletide one you won't soon forget.

1. Enjoy a Breakfast with Santa in Virginia with the whole family.

2. Visit one of the decorated Loveworks around Virginia and snap a picture for your holiday cards.

Pictured: Hampton Roads LOVEwork decorated for the holidays

3. Attend a Grand Illumination or parade in Virginia’s favorite Christmas towns.

Pictured: Middleburg Christmas Parade - photo credit: Fred deSousa

4. Pick up the traditional tree at a local Christmas tree farm.

Claybrooke Farm
Pictured: Christmas trees at Claybrooke Farm - photo credit: Christopher Hunter Photography

5. Get your holiday shopping done in one of Virginia’s many amazing shopping districts.

Pictured: Shopping in Old Town Alexandria - Photo credit: Kristian Summerer

6. Learn about Virginia's rich history during the holidays when you attend a seasonal celebration at one of Virginia’s historic destinations.

Pictured: Holidays at Shirley Plantation

7. Take the kids to Christmas Town at Busch Gardens or WinterFest at Kings Dominion.

Pictured: Winterfest at Kings Dominion

8. Experience Virginia’s holiday flavors at a local restaurant.

9. See a seasonal play or show at a nearby theater.


10. Plan a romantic getaway at a decked-out hotel or resort.

Pictured: Holiday decor at Hotel Roanoke - photo credit: Shannon terry

11. Break out your favorite over-the-top holiday sweater for a tacky lights tour.

Pictured: Decorated home on the Richmond Tacky Lights Tour

12. Warm up with a steaming cup of hot cocoa in the Commonwealth.

13. Hear Virginia choirs and musical groups perform your favorite Christmas Carols.

14. Head west to a Virginia mountain resort for some snowy family fun.

Pictured: Massanutten Resort - Photo Credit: Sam Dean, IG account: @sdeanphotos

15. Pick up some sweet seasonal treats and goodies from a delicious Virginia bakery.

Red Truck Bakery
Pictured: Red Truck Bakery

16. Lace up and hit an ice skating rink with friends or family.

Pictured: Ice skating at Colonial Williamsburg

17. Visit a decorated Virginia winery for some extra holiday cheer.

Pictured: Pippin Hill Winery holiday decor - photo credit: Eric Kelley

18. Order oysters, seasonal craft beers, and wines to add classic Virginia touches to your holiday meal.

Pictured: Wharf Hill Brewing Co. - photo credit: Thomas Owen

 Share your favorite Virginia holiday traditions in the comment section below.