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WinterFest Premieres Tree Forest Display Built by Local Students

Nauticus teams with Centura College, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and Tidewater Tech for new winterscape design.

Norfolk, Va. (October 25, 2023) — A forest of beautiful, snow-covered trees will enchant guests throughout the holiday season at Nauticus’ Winterfest on the Wisconsin.  The display features dozens of hand-crafted tree silhouettes built by students at Centura College Norfolk and Tidewater Tech.  The trees range in sizes with many towering overhead at nearly ten feet tall.   

“Each year, WinterFest on the Wisconsin provides a showcase for the craftsmanship and artistry of our talented students,” said Director of Outreach & Development for Centura College, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, and Tidewater Tech, Ben Clark. “Creating an artistically-designed tree forest has been our most ambitious and exciting project yet.”

WinterFest on the Wisconsin has quickly become a Hampton Roads holiday tradition and attracts guests from throughout the mid-Atlantic.  This season, the six-week light extravaganza features all new entertainment, illuminations, and experiences.  WinterFest on the Wisconsin opens on Veterans Day weekend and throughout the entire month of November, active-duty military, veteran service members, and their families receive $4 off their ticket purchase thanks to the generous support of Centura College, the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM), and Tidewater Tech 

Military Appreciation tickets must be purchased online and service members must show valid ID upon check-in. This special discount is only available while supplies last, tickets can be reserved here.  

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 offer experiential learning opportunities for students, families and visitors.

Plan Your Visit

WinterFest on the Wisconsin runs November 10 through January 1 on select nights throughout the holiday season. General admission pricing is $18.50 for adults and $14.50 for children. Nauticus members receive a discounted rate of $5 off.  Visit

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