Events at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center


The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center events and activities include First Weekend activities. First Friday and Saturday Activities are Free and open to the public from March to October.

First Saturday activities typically feature guest artists and live craft demonstrations.

For more events and activities happening in Portsmouth, please visit

Visits with Santa

November 24 -
December 24


FRIDAYS: November 24, 3:00-8:00 p.m., December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
SATURDAYS: November 25, and December 2, 9, 16, 23, 3:00-8:00 p.m.
SUNDAYS: November 26, 1:00-5:00 p.m., December 3, 10, 17, 24, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give your life its highest beauty and joy . . ." A Very Virginia Christmas by Wilford Kale, 1987. Families may visit Santa during the Winter Wonderland exhibit at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center.

Coleman Collection

November 24 -
December 31


Opening Weekend
November 24 – November 27
Friday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

November 24 – December 31, 2017 (Closed Mondays and Christmas Day)
Tuesdays-Thursdays 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Fridays-Saturdays 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Sundays 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Create new holiday memories as we celebrate the Opening Weekend of Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection. For those who are not familiar with the Coleman Collection, the origins of these displays date to more than 50 years ago when the Coleman Garden Nursery was operated by Junie and Millie Lancaster. This was their holiday collection that started in 1964 when the couple visited the New York World’s Fair. They saw it’s a Small World, the animated Walt Disney display, and the collection began. The first figure which went on display in the garden nursery window that year was Sleeping Santa. With each season, the collection grew.

New Year’s Eve Bash:

Countdown to Noon

Sunday, December 31st Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

There is no better place to bring in the New Year than at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center’s Countdown to Noon, with a glittery ball drop and toast to the New Year and a toast to the New Year. Face-painting, magic and balloon-making will take place prior to the countdown along with a photo-booth and other activities. After the "Noon Year" has arrived, kids can create their own fireworks by walking on the "carpet of bubbles" that pops underfoot. Families will enjoy all of these New Year’s festivities, along with wagon rides, before bedtime.

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Mailing Address: 521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.