Coliseum Central’s Whimsical Winter Wonderland presented by Sentara kicked off the holiday season at the Hampton Coliseum on November 18. More than 5,000 attended this family-friendly event, which featured activities inside and outside the Hampton Coliseum. During the event $143 and four boxes of food were collected for the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.

We would like to extend a very special thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers, and attendees who helped make Coliseum Central’s Whimsical Winter Wonderland presented by Sentara a success!

Events & Entertainment

Holiday Wonder Walk

The Water Walk Trail will be illuminated for the holidays as the Holiday Wonder Walk returns December 16-25, from 5-8PM nightly. The trail behind the Hampton Coliseum (1000 Coliseum Drive) will be decorated with a variety of animated displays, large-scale scenic props, video enhancements, and lighted bridges and path. There will also be kid’s activities, food, strolling entertainment, and other surprises along the way.

Admission and activities are free. Free parking is available at the Hampton Coliseum. Click here for more information.

Greenberg’s Great Train Show

The largest and longest-running train and toy show in the northeast is coming to the Hampton Roads Convention Center (1610 Coliseum Drive) December 9-10. Greenberg’s Great Train Show features thousands of trains and collectible toys for sale, hundreds of merchandising tables, huge operating model train displays, free workshops and seminars, kid’s activities and more.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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Bowman’s Soul N The Wall CommUNITY Support

Bowman’s Soul N The Wall Restaurant (1899 N. Armistead Ave.) is collecting new or gently used coats and socks for those in need during their CommUNITY Winter Drive, through December 20.

In addition, the restaurant will be serving free holiday meals on Christmas Day, December 25, from 11AM-1PM. Click here for more information.

Bryant & Stratton College Winter Registration

Winter 2024 Registration is underway at Bryant & Stratton College (5030 Kilgore Ave.) Rapid Registration Days Kickoff takes place Saturday, December 9th from 10AM-1PM. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the campus, learn about financial aid opportunities, and speak with representatives about degree programs that are offered.

To RSVP for Rapid Registration, call 757-896-6001. For more information about Bryant & Stratton College Hampton Campus, click here.

Hampton Virgina Aquaplex

The Hampton Virginia Aquaplex was honored recently with two awards for its design. The facility, which opened late last year, was recognized by the Design-Build Institute of America with the National Award of Merit in the Civic/Assembly category. Also, Engineering News-Record magazine recognized the Aquaplex with an Award of Merit in the Sports/Entertainment category for the Mid-Atlantic region.

Holiday Shopping & Dining

The holiday season is here and Coliseum Central is your one stop for all your holiday needs. With fourteen shopping centers and hundreds of stores you’ll find something for everyone on your list. And find the perfect place for a holiday get-together at one of our 70+ dining options.

Click here for more information.

Upcoming Blood Drives

December 26
Bass Pro Shops
1972 Power Plant Pkwy.

January 7
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
2150 Cunningham Drive

Development Updates

Help the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank (2401 Aluminum Ave. ) needs your help to fill their shelves so they can continue to provide healthy meals to those in need this holiday season. Get others involved by including a food drive event at holiday parties or family get-togethers. Non-perishable donations can be taken to the Foodbank or one of the many local drop-off locations.

To learn more about how you can help or to find a list of drop-off locations, click here.

Qdoba Ribbon Cutting

Qdoba Mexican Eats held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their newest location at 1123 W. Mercury Blvd. on November 30. Dignitaries on-hand included Vice Mayor Jimmy Gray and Council Members Chris Bowman and Hope Harper. Qdoba’s mission is to make the world a more flavorful place. They use quality ingredients in their freshly-made, Mexican-inspired food to bring out the most delicious flavors. For more information, click here.

Annual Meeting Awards

  • Best Car Dealership
  • Best Customer Service
  • Best Entertainment Experience
  • Best Financial Institution
  • Best Hotel
  • Best Medical Practice/Facility
  • Best New Business
  • Best Retailer
  • Best Restaurant
  • Best Shopping Center
  • Best SWaM Business
  • Most Kid-Friendly Business/Attraction

Submit your nominations here. Nominations will close on December 31, 2023. Stay tuned! Voting information will be included in the January newsletter. Winners will be announced at the Coliseum Central Annual Meeting.