Events & News


Newport News Veterans Day Ceremony

  • Huntington Park in front of the Virginia War Museum; 9285 Warwick Boulevard
  • Saturday, November 11, 11am
  • Free

Honor our veterans at this annual ceremony hosted by American Legion Braxton-Perkins Post 25.

Please note, in honor of the Virginia War Museum’s 100th anniversary, the Veterans Day ceremony will be held in front of the Museum this year instead of at the Victory Arch. 

The ceremony is held outdoors under a tent, so please dress for the weather.

The Virginia War Museum 100th Anniversary Celebration

  • Virginia War Museum
  • Saturday, November 11, 1 to 4pm
  • Free

Celebrate the centennial of the Virginia War Museum at this free, family-friendly event! Enjoy living history demonstrations, games, face-painting, 100th anniversary cake, and ten-minute tours from staff and friends of the museum. Join us at 11am for the Veterans Day ceremony in front of the Museum and stay for the afternoon! All are welcome.

The Virginia War Museum at 100

  • 1884 Warwick Courthouse
  • Wednesday, November 15 at noon
  • Free

2023 marks the centennial of one of America’s premier military history museums – located right here in Newport News. Founded in 1923 by Braxton-Perkins Post 25 as the American Legion Memorial Museum, it documents our nation’s conflicts from 1775 to the present. Join with Educator Chris Garcia for an insider’s perspective as he highlights significant episodes and artifacts from its collection.

Lunch is at 11:30am. Guests are welcome to bring their own or preorder one from Dino’s Pizza for $15 by calling Mary K at 757-525-7372. Choice of sub or salad box with chips, brownie, and beverage.


Holiday Wreath Workshops

  • Historic Endview
  • Saturday, December 2, 10AM-12PM or 1PM-3PM
  • $15 per person; please preregister

Adorn a grapevine wreath with historically appropriate natural materials and learn about 18th- and 19th-century holiday traditions. The $15 fee includes all supplies as well as a holiday-themed tour of Historic Endview. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Co-sponsored by the Virginia Master Naturalists, Peninsula Chapter.

St. Nick at Historic Endview

  • Historic Endview
  • Thursday, December 7, and Friday, December 8, 5-7:30PM
  • $5 per child; please call 757-887-1862 to reserve your family’s time

Experience the magic of Christmas with an old-fashioned visit with Santa in an historic setting. Please bring a wrapped present for your child and canned goods for a local food bank.

The Santa Train

  • Lee Hall Depot
  • Sunday, December 10, 2:30PM 

This rail heritage presentation examines the legendary train that since World War II has distributed toys to children along 110 miles of the Clinchfield Railroad in Appalachia.

Admission is free; however, attendees are requested to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a Toys for Tots drive.  Light refreshments.  Sponsored by Newport News Historic Services and the Lee Hall Train Station Foundation.  

For more information, contact (757) 525-7372.


Ho Ho Ho! at the Depot

  • Lee Hall Depot
  • Saturday, December 16, 1:00 -4:00 PM 

Visit Santa in the caboose and enjoy refreshments amidst railroad themed holiday decorations. A model train display and craft activities will be offered every Saturday in December. Regular admission rates apply. $5.00 per child to visit Santa on the 16th.