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New Holiday Marina Experience Highlights WinterFest on the Wisconsin

Tickets on sale NOW for the area’s largest waterfront light show!

Norfolk, Va. (Oct. 5, 2022) — More than 1 million lights and the all-new Mistletoe Marina will usher in the holiday season as Nauticus presents its annual WinterFest on the WisconsinThe region’s newest holiday celebration welcomed more than 65,000 guests in 2021, and Nauticus anticipates record attendance again this year. Tickets are on sale now

This season, guests will experience even more magic in the all-new Mistletoe Marina. This ultimate holiday destination is an immersive waterfront journey featuring thousands of lights, beautifully decorated boats, live entertainment, and interactive fun. Nestled between Nauticus and the Half Moone Cruise Center, Mistletoe Marina is a true waterfront wonderland. 

“This is an ambitious new project that nearly doubles the size of WinterFest,” said Nauticus’ executive director, Stephen E. Kirkland. “It has all the charm of a New England seaport right here on the Elizabeth River.” 

Aboard the Battleship Wisconsin this season, visitors will explore nine dazzling light trails and all-new interior spaces will be opened below deck. Also new this season, the battleship’s historic wardroom has been transformed into a magical Santa experience. Guests can purchase an additional ticket to enjoy cookies and hot chocolate with Santa as a talking book and bookworm celebrate the 400th anniversary of the classic poem, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

WinterFest on the Wisconsin kicks off in time to celebrate Veterans Day weekend on Wednesday, November 9 at 7 p.m. Active-duty service members, veterans, and their families receive $5 off general admission tickets through Sunday, November 13 while supplies last. Military Appreciation tickets must be purchased online, and service members must provide valid ID upon check-in. 

WinterFest general admission and member tickets are now on sale. Proceeds from WinterFest on the Wisconsin directly provide support to the Battleship Wisconsin through the Nauticus Foundation. Learn more at

Plan Your Visit

WinterFest on the Wisconsin runs November 9, 2022, to January 1, 2023, and is open each Wednesday – Sunday, in addition to select Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the holiday season. General admission pricing is $18.50 for adults and $16.50 for children. Nauticus members receive a discounted rate. 

WinterFest on the Wisconsin is generously sponsored by TowneBankCentura CollegeTidewater TechAviation Institute of Maintenance and Media Sponsor WVEC 13News Now.

About Nauticus

Support for WinterFest on the Wisconsin directly benefits the Nauticus Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Funding provides interpretation and restoration of the Battleship Wisconsin and allows Nauticus to open new onboard spaces and experiential learning opportunities for students, families and visitors.

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