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WinterFest on the Wisconsin returning to Norfolk in November

This year's WinterFest will have over 650,000 lights, an expanded schedule and additional experiences for visitors.

NORFOLK, Va. — Author's note: The video above is on file from November 2020.

After a large turnout last year, WinterFest on the Wisconsin is returning to Norfolk starting in November. This year it will feature 300,000 additional lights.

Nauticus launched the event during the pandemic in 2020. People with the event said each night was sold out  for the inaugural run, and 31,000 people attended.

The additional lights this year will bring the total number to more than 650,000. WinterFest also will have an expanded schedule and additional experiences for visitors. There will be a new 32-foot-tall Christmas tree with special lighting at the battleship's fantail.

WinterFest opens on Nov. 11 with a Veterans Day celebration saluting the military. Tickets will be free for all active duty service members and veterans that evening.

It will run through Jan. 2, 2022, and be open Wednesday to Sunday throughout the holiday season. The pricing to get in will vary:

  • Wednesday and Thursday: $12.50 adult, $10 child general admission
  • Friday to Sunday: $14.50 adult, $12 child general admission

You can find more information about WinterFest on its website.

Author's note: The video above is on file from November 2020.