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Battleship Wisconsin lights up for new WinterFest event

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Posted at 4:36 AM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 07:16:58-05

NORFOLK, Va. - It's a brand-new Christmas light display...and it would even impress Clark Griswold.

WinterFest on the Wisconsin kicks off Saturday, November 21 at Nauticus museum in Downtown Norfolk. A grand illumination is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The new event takes the place of Dickens' Christmas Towne, which was canceled this year due to COVID-19.

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WinterFest on the Wisconsin sees the battleship decorated with 250,000 Christmas lights.

'WinterFest' includes 250,000 Christmas lights and a 'light trail' visitors can follow. There's also a 25-foot-tall Christmas tree with a special tree lighting ceremony each night, among other features.

According to Nauticus, Santa will also be making an appearance by boat each Saturday.

The museum tapped Chesapeake-based Blue Steel Lighting Design to design and install the massive light display.

Tickets for the event are timed on the hour and capacity is limited to keep visitors as safe as possible. The cost is $12.50 for adults and $10 for children. Nauticus members get in for $9.50 and $7, respectively.

Tickets include access to the 'light trail', tree lighting, an indoor WinterFest tour of the battleship, live entertainment and more.

Click HERE for tickets and more information about WinterFest on the Wisconsin.