The 33rd Annual Grand Illumination Parade

The Grand Illumination

To our
Tide Light Rail
Holiday Express sponsors,
thank you!

Downtown Norfolk
Bob-FM
Hall
Pariser Dermatology Specialists
Virginia Clinical Research, Inc.
Nauticus
TRAFFIX
Virginia Stage Company

Enjoy the parade

Avoid traffic and parking hassles. Go with Hampton Roads Transit!

The Tide Light RailThe Tide Light Rail

The Tide will run every 15 minutes until 5:00 p.m. As crowds get larger, HRT will put more trains into service through most of the evening. Expect trains to arrive every 5-6 minutes at the stations.

HRT “Tide Guides” will be on hand at the major Light Rail stations, including Norfolk Park & Ride lots. Tide Guides can assist you with Ticket Vending Machines at the following stations:

Tide Guides will be assisting on the platforms to make sure all passengers are boarding safely. For details, see “How to Ride The Tide“.

Besides the Ticket Vending Machines, which accept debit and credit cards, you may purchase tickets from HRT Customer Service at tent areas near the Newtown Road and Military Highway stations. These tickets will be CASH SALES ONLY.

Shuttle buses will be located at Newtown Road and Ballentine/Broad Creek Station to help with the overflow of passengers.

THERE WILL BE NO SERVICE AT THE HARBOR PARK STATION FROM 5:00 – 9:00 P.M.

Elizabeth River FerryElizabeth River Ferry

The Elizabeth River ferry will run every 30 minutes until 5:00 p.m. Additional ferries will be added around 3:00 p.m., departing from both Portsmouth docks at High Street and at North Landing, and dropping off passengers at Waterside. After 3:00 p.m. the ferry service will run as follows:

  • From the High Street dock to Waterside
  • From the North Landing dock to Waterside

THERE WILL BE NO FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN THE HIGH STREET AND NORTH LANDING DOCKS DURING HIGH TRAFFIC TIME.

HRT Customer Service staff will sell CASH ONLY tickets at the High Street and North Landing docks.

HRT WILL HAVE ENHANCED FERRY SERVICE WHEN THE PARADE IS OVER, BUT PLEASE ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO RETURN TO YOUR DOCK.

Bus ServiceBus Service

There are several routes that come from all cities to the Downtown Norfolk Transit Center. Please check the Routes page for more information.

• MAX Route 961 – this route comes from the Newport News Transit Center, stops at the Hampton Transit Center and ends at the Downtown Norfolk Transit Center.

• MAX Route 960 – this route comes from 19th and Baltic at the Oceanfront, stops at the Newtown Road Station and ends at the Downtown Norfolk Transit Center.



HRT is getting ready for the Grand Illumination!