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~Visitors Who Book Overnight Stay at Participating Norfolk Hotels Receive 50 Percent Off Citywide Holiday Events and Activities~


NORFOLK, VA.  December 4, 2008 – Ushering in another joyous winter season, the Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCVB) has expanded its current Half Off Norfolk promotion, which offers guests who book overnight stays at participating hotels with 50 percent off area attractions, to also include discounted entry to citywide holiday events and activities.  From discounted admission to the Virginia Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker to holiday dinner cruises aboard The Spirit of Norfolk for only $28 (regular admission $56), visitors can enjoy all the holiday fun Norfolk has to offer for only half the price.  The Half Off Norfolk promotion is valid for stays through January 31, 2008.

 “Due to the current economy, families this year may feel as though their favorite holiday activities should be scaled back or skipped altogether,” said Donna Allen, vice president of marketing and sales for the NCVB. “Through our Half Off Norfolk promotion, visitors can still enjoy their beloved holiday traditions without having to stretch their budget.  With citywide savings that includes our downtown maritime museum, theatres, harbor cruises and sporting events – and now paired with additional holiday discounts – many may actually find that they have a little room left over for some holiday shopping.”

Already dressed for the season with more than 80,000 white lights that magically illuminate its downtown skyline, Norfolk is an easy drive and less than a tank of gas from multiple East Coast destinations, such as Washington, DC.  Hundreds of nonstop flights are also available daily from New York City, Newark, Atlanta, Charlotte and Washington DC.  The seaport city’s holiday season is brimming with special performances, holiday harbor cruises, ice-skating, shopping and dining, many of which are eligible for the 50 percent off deal, including:  


·         The MacArthur Center on Ice

Through January 19, 2009

Who needs Rockefeller Center, when the MacArthur Center in downtown Norfolk comes complete with open skating, figure skating exhibitions, lessons, skating with the Norfolk Admirals and live musical performances.  Admission is $5 per person including skate rental.   This year, romance is heating up the rink, with specially crafted packages starting at just $50, complete with private rink time, a personalized song, champagne and dessert.  For more information, visit


·         Virginia Ballet Theatre Presents “The Nutcracker”

Dec. 5-7, 2008

The Virginia Ballet Theatre is set to entertain patrons this holiday season as they take them on an age-old journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to battle the Rat King, visit with the Snow Queen in the Land of Snow and continue on into the Lane of Sweets where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy. Tickets are $20-60 for adults, $12-60 for children (12 and under) and $15-60 for students.


Be sure to arrive early for Sugar Plum Tea Time!

Join the characters from The Nutcracker for an enchanting afternoon full of sugar and spice.  Children can meet their favorite Nutcracker characters while enjoying a light lunch, holiday music, activities and more. For more information, visit:


·         Virginia Symphony Orchestra Holiday Classics

Dec. 18, 2008 at 8 p.m.

Celebrate the merriment of the season with the Virginia Symphony and Todd Rosenlieb Dance as JoAnn Falletta leads the orchestra in a program of magical holiday music. From Baroque to the passionate Romantics, these melodies will fill your heart and lift your holiday spirits.  For more information call (757) 892-6366. 


·         Spirit of Norfolk Holiday Cruises

Throughout December

Throughout the month of December, guests can celebrate on the water this year with a spirited, totally entertaining holiday experience.  For a unique alternative to land-based celebrations,
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