Holiday Lights Self-Guided Tour

Hampton Roads has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to holiday light displays. We have drive-thru displays that span the area from the Oceanfront lights in Virginia Beach to Norfolk Botanical Gardens and Newport News Park. While those displays are magnificent, Hatchett Design Remodel is particularly fond of homeowners who transform their front yards into magical wonderlands for children of all ages. Here are a few of our favorites.

Christmas Vacation Display in Virginia Beach
Home Holiday Light Display Christmas Vacation Virginia Beach

489 London Bridge Road, Virginia Beach. Photo Credit As You Wish Vacations LLC – Chris Dunbar

Fans of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation are flocking to this home for family photos and selfies with the Griswolds. This homeowner is an antique car collector, and he has gone to great lengths to recreate scenes from this iconic holiday film. When you visit 489 London Bridge Road in Virginia Beach, please be sure to bring a non-perishable food donation (for humans or pets).

Vintage Christmas Collection in Hampton
Home Holiday Light Display Hampton

131 Deep Run Road, Hampton.

In Hampton, at 131 Deep Run Road, this home’s front yard is filled with an eclectic collection of Christmas decorations. This display includes lights, vintage blow molds, antique department store window displays, a toy train, and of course a few inflatables. Barbie fans are in for a treat at this house as well.
Walk-Thru Winter Wonderland in Chesapeake
Home Holiday Light Display Chesapeake

4028 Woodland Drive, Chesapeake.

Every year, the Williford family puts on an impressive display of holiday cheer at their home located at 4028 Woodland Drive in Chesapeake. This year’s display is toned-down a bit for crowd control, but it’s still quite spectacular. About half of their two acre lot is covered in lights, inflatable lawn decorations, and vintage department store displays. You will enter at the walkway leading to their home, and you will exit down their driveway. The Woodland Christmas Wonderland is lit up nightly, and they are collecting donations for the Portsmouth Humane Society again this year.
Local Map of Hampton Roads Home Holiday Light Displays
These and dozens of other displays can be found on this very handy map. Sam Sansalone, a local Christmas light aficionado, spent 100 driving hours mapping out the best light displays in Hampton Roads. With the help of his fellow fans, Sam has created a color coded map to help you find the best displays in your neighborhood. Green pins are must-sees. Blues are very impressive. Reds are unconfirmed for this year. Purples are taking this year off. Can you really blame them? These displays are a lot of work! Click the pins for descriptions of each display.
However you celebrate the holidays, we hope it’s full of light and joy. Merry Christmas from all of us at Hatchett Design Remodel!

Hatchett’s 2020 Chili Cook-Off

Hatchett Design Remodel hosted our 9th Annual Chili Cook-Off today to kick-off Super Bowl weekend!  Staff, family and clients gathered in our Newport News showroom as our chili contenders competed crockpot to crockpot!
The competition heated up this year as our chili masters vied for Hatchett’s coveted Chili Cook-Off trophy.
Our esteemed panel of taste testers mingled while they enjoyed a sample of each batch before casting their ballots.  Of all the champion chilis, there was one clear winner.
The Winner
Congratulations, Tommy for earning your place in Hatchett Design Remodel history as the 2020 Chili Cook-Off Winner. He couldn’t have done it without the winning recipe, which came from one of our clients.  Half that trophy is yours, Rusty Adams!
If you’re looking for a really good chili recipe for this Sunday’s game, here’s Tommy’s (and Mr. Adams’) winning recipe.
1-1/2″lbs stew meat
2 cans 10oz RoTel diced tomatoes & green chilies
1 can 15oz Bush’s seasoned black beans
1 can 15oz sweet corn
1 can 13oz mushrooms
1 can 15oz pitted black olives
1 pouch 1.25oz McCormick chili season
1 tbsp liquid smoke
Cut stew meat into smaller pieces and brown in a skillet.
Drain water from corn, mushrooms and black olives.
Chop mushrooms and olives.
Add entire cans of RoTel and seasoned black beans into crock pot.
Add corn, mushrooms, olives, chili seasoning liquid smoke and browned stew meat into crock pot.
Let simmer.
For those who like something sweet to go with your savory, another client, Mrs. Gamache, offered up her recipe for Chocochip Gooey Treats. Delish!
Thank you to all who participated and trained for this year’s event. Congratulations to Tommy for proving yet again that our skills in the kitchen extend beyond just design and construction. Happy Super Bowl Sunday from all of us at Hatchett Design Remodel!

Final Week of Toys for Tots

We are in our final week of Hatchett Design Remodel’s Toys for Tots campaign! Our collection of toys for local girls and boys is growing daily thanks to the generosity of our clients and our staff. The toys will be gifted to local children of all ages including infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, grade-schoolers, tweens and teens.

Toys for Tots Donations Hatchett Design Remodel Newport News Showroom

Gift Ideas for Teens & Tweens

Any gift you give will be greatly appreciated, but we know it can be challenging to shop for children you don’t know.  It’s especially hard to shop for teens and tweens, and that is why they are often overlooked.

Gift Ideas for Tweens and Teens Electronics

Tweens aren’t quite yet teenagers, yet they want to be teenagers! The age range of a tween is between 8 and 12. While adults see them as the kids they are, this group of children are developing a sense of independence and individuality. As they mature, so does their taste in “toys”.

Toys for Tots Gifts Under $25

We’ve turned to Brostick before for their help with teen/tween shopping, and we recommend checking out their Top 58 Gifts list again this year.

Gift Ideas Under $25

Shopping for this age group can be challenging due to the price tags as well. These more mature children tend to want more expensive toys, but there are several budget-friendly gifts that will bring a smile to any teen or tween on Christmas morning.  Grown & Flown has compiled a go-to list of gifts under $25.

Gift Ideas for Tweens and Teens Gift Cards

Gift cards to online shops, local stores, and eateries are always a hit with independent teens and tweens who prefer to do their own shopping.

Toys for Tots Collection Hatchett Design Remodel Virginia Beach Showroom
Collections End This Friday

We’re accepting toys and monetary donations now through this Friday, December 13th, at both our Newport News and Virginia Beach showrooms. Please drop off your unwrapped toy anytime during our business hours Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. Online donations can be made to our local chapter of Toys for Tots by clicking the link on our homepage.

Thanks in advance for helping Hatchett Design Remodel spread hope this holiday season.  It’s not just a toy – it’s a gift of joy!

Shop for Tots

As you gather with friends and family to give thanks for all your blessings, we ask that you do what you can to help those less fortunate. Join Hatchett Design Remodel is collecting Toys for Tots this Thanksgiving weekend. It’s traditionally the best weekend to shop, so you can save while you give!

The big stores, like Walmart, will be featuring special Black Friday deals on toys.  Kohl’s, for example, has up to 50-60% off their Black Friday deals, including classic wooden toys by Melissa & Doug.

Donate Board Games When Shop for Hatchett's Toys for Tots

Boutiques and Mom & Pop shops all over Hampton Roads will be offering special deals throughout their stores, toys included. Shop on this day and support two great causes – Buy Local and Toys for Tots. Check out local toy stores like POP Kids Store in downtown Norfolk or Matt & Juliette in Williamsburg. Boutiques such as Le Marche and A. Dodson’s in Ghent aren’t specifically “toy stores”, but they have a great selection of unique gifts for kids of all ages – and you’ll probably find a little something for yourself in there as well!

If all that tryptophan leaves you too tired to get off the couch to tackle sales on Friday or Saturday, then Cyber Monday is for you! Pretty much any store with a website will be featuring special savings on Monday. Amazon’s Best Sellers list is a great way to find out what’s popular with the kids this year.

Shop for Truck Toys for Hatchett's Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots provides gifts to children of all ages, but tweens and teens tend to be overlooked. Please keep these kids in mind while you shop. Electronics, classic board games, craft kits, and sports equipment are all good ideas for these taller tots.
Shop for Teens Sports Equipment Toys for Tots
We’re accepting toys and monetary donations now through December 13th at both our Newport News and Virginia Beach showrooms. Please drop off your unwrapped toy anytime during our business hours, Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm. Thanks in advance for helping us spread hope this holiday season.  It’s not just a toy – it’s a gift of joy!
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