Our annual day trip to New York City is back! Join family and friends as you depart Richmond just after midnight for a 24-hour Holiday Getaway to the Big Apple! Bring your family, friends and neighbors and your favorite pillow as you sleep aboard your comfortable motorcoach en route to the festive sights and sounds of New York City! Arrive just in time to enjoy an eye-opening breakfast (on your own) at one of the many restaurants or delicatessens. Today is free to enjoy any way your heart desires . . . shopping at Macy’s is a must, and there is plenty of time remaining to sightsee, catch a matinee show, visit One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, Union Station, Radio City, Central Park or any of the other hundreds of iconic New York City Landmarks. Let your imagination run wild as you tour New York City in all its Holiday Glory!
The American Music Jubilee’s Christmas production is a very special holiday treat that is guaranteed to get you in the “Spirit of the Holidays.” Sing along with traditional Christmas favorites like “Silver Bells,” “White Christmas,” and “Christmas in Dixie.” Laugh until you cry at the antics of the comedian. Remember the reason for the season with the spiritual tribute to Christmas. The whole family will find something special that they can relate to, laugh about and remember. Prior to the afternoon show enjoy lunch at the rustic Becky’s Log Cabin, a local favorite! Upon arrival in Selma enjoy some great Christmas shopping at DeWaynes, a one-of-a-kind gift shop and garden center all under one roof! They have a fantastic (and huge) Christmas section. You are sure to find that unique Christmas gift – or something for yourself!
Don’t miss this afternoon of great entertainment as the US Air Force Band performs their most popular annual Christmas Concert at the beautiful Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall. Known for their variety of musical styles, The Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the United States Air Force, features 23 active duty Airmen musicians, who present all your favorite Christmas tunes! Before the matinee, enjoy a buffet lunch at the Gaylord National Hotel and some free time to explore the impressive complex. This festive holiday tour sells out quickly each year, so sign up right away to avoid missing out.
The Riverside Centre for the Performing Arts does it again with a fabulous “Holiday Spectacular.” Experience the excitement, memories, and joy of Christmas as Riverside’s amazing cast of singers and dancers present the very heart and essence of the glorious holiday season. Escape the hustle and stress, and rekindle your Christmas spirit with all of your favorite holiday classics. Glittering celebrations of song and dance will, without a doubt, remind you that this truly is . . . “the most wonderful time of year!” A delicious holiday lunch is included before the matinee begins!
Travel to Mount Vernon for an evening of family-friendly fun and fireworks choreographed to holiday music. This is one of the most popular holiday events in the DC area! Take a stroll through the decorated estate while being serenaded by local choirs, visit with re-enactors from the first Virginia Regiment in winter encampment, and learn 18th century dance moves from costumed guides in the Greenhouse. Watch as colonial artisans demonstrate the process of creating chocolate. Keep toasty by warming up by a bonfire, visiting the blacksmith shop, or enjoying some hot chocolate or cider. George and Martha Washington will also be on site to greet Mount Vernon’s holiday guests. Take time to purchase last minute gifts at the Shops of Mount Vernon. This is only a 2-day event and we chose Friday over Saturday for less crowds! A delicious 3 course plated dinner is included at the Mount Vernon Inn. Dress warm!
Dickens’ Christmas Towne has become Hampton Roads’ newest holiday tradition. Between the indoor train displays, Father Christmas, magical Christmas tree forest, performance artists, parlor magicians, carolers and musicians, the 15,000-square foot village is sure to become one of your favorite holiday memories. Enjoy a holiday dinner at the 144-year old renovated church, Freemason Abbey, a delight in and of itself. The magic of Christmas continues into the evening as you take a tram ride into the beautiful Norfolk Botanical Gardens, for their Garden of Lights display. More than a million twinkling lights illuminate the night in a display voted top ten in the Nation’s . . . “Best Holiday Light Display!”
The Kennedy Center presents . . . “An American in Paris,” the new Tony Award® winning musical about an American soldier – Jerry, a mysterious French girl – Lise, and the indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of World War II. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award® winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season! Plated lunch included at Tony and Joe’s Seafood Restaurant located in Georgetown on the Potomac River.
The Kennedy Center presents . . . “On Your Feet,” the life story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan! From their humble beginnings in Cuba, learn about their journey to America and how they broke through many barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. Just when the family thought they had it all, a calamity nearly cost them everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter century, and one of the most inspiring and heart-warming stories in music history. A delicious plated lunch is included at Clyde’s of Georgetown before this remarkable performance.
Come join us for a hilarious evening of comedy with Jeanne Robertson at the Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts in Newport News. Jeanne is a professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on her own life experiences. Other speakers might be as witty as Jeanne. Some might even be as tall. (Barefooted with her hair “mashed” down, she’s 6’2″ in her size 11B stocking feet.) But nowhere will you find a speaker so adept at turning personal experiences into funny material that does more than elicit laughter. This Miss Congeniality winner in the Miss America Pageant, “Yearrrrrrrrrrrs ago,” quoting Jeanne, uses her down-home Southern drawl to leave her audiences laughing. So beat those winter blues and join SignaTours for a guaranteed laugh-filled evening! Enjoy great orchestra seats! A pork and chicken BBQ dinner is included at Smoke’s – a local favorite in Newport News.
The Riverside Centre for the Performing Arts presents . . . “Mamma Mia!” the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. You’ll hear all of ABBA’s greatest hits . . . “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me,” “The Winner Takes It All,” and more! Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding where her father will give her away. The only problem is that she does not know who he is and her mother, Donna, refuses to discuss the past. Determined to figure it out, Sophie secretly invites three possible fathers to the wedding, only to discover the truth is not so clearly discernable. It’s an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship that only gets better with age. Enjoy a mouth-watering plated lunch prior to the matinee.
Take a step back in time when you visit Highland County . . . “Virginia’s Sweet Spot.” Travel the mountain byways to Monterey, Virginia, home to the annual Highland Maple Festival. This annual event, held since 1958, draws visitors to the unspoiled, rural region of Virginia to celebrate the “opening” of the trees and to observe the process of maple syrup making. Designated a “Local Legacy” by the Library of Congress in 1999, the tasty Highland tradition is sure to be the sweetest of festivals! We’ve included lunch in Monterey, free time to visit all the art and crafts on Main Street, as well as time at the local high school for more arts and crafts and clogging entertainment. Visit the Old Country Store in McDowell, to learn about the modern technology used to tap the trees and last but not least, visit the Virginia Trout Company to see where they are raising thousands of trout (We’ll have an extra cooler on hand for those that want to bring some home!)
In a city of bronze statues and concrete monuments, the cherry blossoms triumph as an exquisite and wondrous tourist attraction. To witness this incredible explosion of pink blossoms throughout the city, a visit to Washington in the spring is well worth the visit. Enjoy a premier luncheon cruise aboard the Odyssey. Its unique design allows for travel beneath the historic bridges spanning the Potomac. Glass atrium dining rooms offer spectacular panoramic views of the nation’s greatest monuments. This fabulous cruise is by far the most memorable way to enjoy the nation’s capital and to see more cherry blossoms! A delightful menu of creative appetizers, entrees and desserts are prepared daily. Also included today is time on the Tidal Basin near the FDR Memorial for up close views of the blossoms as well as a visit to the Historic Clock Tower at the top of the Old Post Office Pavilion, present location of Trump International Hotel and home to the famed Congress Bells. Please note: This is, on average, the perfect time to see the Cherry Blossom. SignaTours “Does Not Guarantee” the Cherry trees will be in full bloom. Also, please be advised, visiting the Clock Tower is subject to crowds as there are no group reservations available.
The Riverside Centre for the Performing Arts presents . . . the “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” As the bells of Notre Dame resound through the famed cathedral in 15th century Paris, Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all. A delicious plated lunch is served prior to the matinee.
This year’s theme . . . “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty!” Imagine more than 1,000 military and civilian performers from over 10 nations sharing their unique music, dance, culture and pride. Imagine the 200-person massed bagpipes and drum performance. Imagine Honoring, Remembering and Celebrating the Medal of Honor recipients. Since coming to Virginia in 1997, this spectacular display of military precision defies the imagination and is considered to become renowned as the most patriotic of the world’s great tattoos. Referring to the Scottish military last call, when pipes and drums are used to call the troops back to the post for an evening ceremony, the Virginia International Military Tattoo is a Scottish tradition with American soul and a spectacular performance of music and might. Prior to the matinee performance, a buffet lunch is included at the famous Virginia Diner! Don’t miss what is sure to be a moving and wonderful tour.
The Riverside Centre for the Performing Arts presents . . . “Always…Patsy Cline?” This wonderful production pays tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at the age of 30 in a plane crash. It’s also a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight…” 27 total songs. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.” Enjoy lunch prior to the performance. Sally Stuthers has been confirmed to play the role of Louise!