Holiday Events Resource Guide for Richmond

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If you’ve been to the store lately – any store – then you know that Christmas is just around the corner. And with holiday lights and decorations starting to appear before we’ve even made it to Thanksgiving Dinner, now is the time to start planning your schedule with holiday events.

From shopping events that feature local artisans to ongoing holiday festivals, Richmond offers countless ways to get in the holiday spirit. Whatever your interests, we encourage you to get out there and experience all that the Richmond area has to offer this holiday season – and beyond!

With that in mind, we’ve put together an extensive list of some of the top events in the area, as well as a few that, maybe, you’ve never heard of until now.

If there are any special events that we’ve left off the list, let us know in the comments below so that we can check them out for ourselves. In the meantime, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and an even better New Year!

 

November 4 – December 24, 2016

Adventures to Santa – A DreamWorks DreamPlace

Chesterfield Towne Center

Meet Santa like never before at this magical winter wonderland. Join Po (Kung Fu Panda) and friends for an interactive and immersive cinematic experience as you stroll through the DreamWorks house on your way the North Pole to see Santa. Enjoy games, crafts and activities for the whole family.

Cost:
Photo packages range from $35 – $68.
Advance purchase will reserve your family’s booking.
Reservation are encouraged. Book online here.

Time:
November 4 – December 24, 2016
Chesterfield Towne Center Hours:
Monday-Saturday from 10am – 9pm and Sunday from noon – 6pm

Contact / Venue:
Chesterfield Towne Center
11500 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235

 

 

November 10, 2016 – January 7, 2017

A Tuna Christmas

Swift Creek Mill Theatre

In this hilarious sequel to the stage hit, Greater Tuna, it’s Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas, and the colorful denizens of Tuna are preparing for the holidays. This isn’t your typical warm and fuzzy Christmas special – it’s even a bit racy at times – but these 22 characters from teeny, tiny Tuna will bring glad tidings and great joy to your holiday season. Purchase tickets online here or call the box office at (804) 748-5203.

Cost:
Theatre Only: $38.00 (plus service charge)
Buffet & Theatre: $55.00 (plus service charge & meal tax)
Senior, Military & Student Rates Available
RUSH Tickets: $20 tickets at the door, any performance with available seats.
**Reservations Recommended.

Time:
November 10, 2016 – January 7, 2017
Thursday through Saturday: 8:00 pm
Matinees on Select Dates: 2:30 pm

Contact/Venue:
Swift Creek Mill Theatre
17401 Jefferson Davis Highway
South Chesterfield, VA 23834
(804) 748-5203

 

 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Trim the Tree Ornament Class

All Fired Up Short Pump

Bring the kids to All Fired Up in Glen Allen for a special holiday ornament-making class. They will learn to make one-of-a-kind ornaments from clay, glass and ceramic just in time to decorate the tree this holiday season. Classes are open for kids ages 6 to 14. Reserve your spot today by calling (804) 360-3111.

Cost: Call for costs

Time: Friday, November 18, 2016, 6pm – 8pm

Contact / Venue:
All Fired Up
West Broad Village
2232 Old Brick Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 360-3111

 

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” Holiday Tree Lighting

Westchester Commons

Start the Christmas season in style at Westchester Commons. As the tree is lit on Westchester Commons’ Main Street, the talented kids from School of Rock will ring in the season with their own special twist on holiday classics; The House of Prayer will host their famous hot chocolate bar and a s’more bar; The Ski Center will provide s’mores and face painting; and, of course, Santa will make an appearance. The first 250 kids in attendance will receive a free light-up snowflake – and you never know, you might just see some “magical” snow yourself! Be sure to join in for this fun, free holiday event!

Cost: FREE

Time: Friday, November 18, 2016, 7pm – 9pm

Contact/Venue:
Westchester Commons
15786 WC Main Street
Midlothian, VA 23113
(804)379-9292

 

 

Friday, November 18 – Saturday, November 19, 2016

Holly Spree on Stuart Avenue

Saint Gertrude High School

Join the Saint Gertrude Alumnae Association Board for their “Holly Spree on Stuart Avenue,” a special two-day event that will feature over 40 local vendors selling seasonal items like wreaths, soaps, Christmas items, accessories, personalized items, and much more. Register online for Friday night’s “PreSpree,” which includes a chance for early shopping, appetizers and adult beverages, as well as a chance to win special raffle prizes. Must be 21. On Saturday, enjoy a full day of shopping; visit Santa and his magical Santa Land from 10am -1pm (pictures $10 each), as well as more games, prizes and fun.

Cost:
Friday: PreSpree
$15 advance order
$20 at the door

Saturday: Holly Spree
FREE admission for shopping
$10 pictures with Santa

Time:
Friday, November 18, 2016, 6:30pm – 9pm
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9am – 2pm

Contact:
Margie Shibley (804) 822-3950
mshibley@saintgertrude.org

Venue:
Saint Gertrude’s High School
Sr. Charlotte Lange Gym
3215 Stuart Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221
(804) 358-9114

 

 

November 18-December 31, 2016

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

See the Dooley Mansion decked out for a true Victorian Holiday with beautiful trimmings on the 12-foot Christmas tree, the opulent dining room set for a feast, evergreen decorations and lavish gifts. In the Belowstairs area, preparations will be underway to make the Dooleys’ first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends. Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm.

Cost: $5 suggested admission.

Time:
Tuesday –Sunday
12pm – 5pm (last tour begins at 4:30pm)

(Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)

** Special Monday Opening
Monday, December 26
12pm – 5pm

Contact/Venue:
Maymont Mansion
1700 Hampton Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 358-7166, ext. 329

 

 

November 18-January 1, 2016

Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village

Illuminate Light Show is a unique, six-week celebration of Christmas lights and music. Guests tune their car radio to enjoy over a mile of dancing, sparkling choreographed lights, complete with dazzling tunnels and laughing Santas. After the light show, guests may visit Santa’s Village for children’s activities, shopping and holiday entertainment. The lights shine brightly for guests nightly from 5:30 p.m until 10:00 p.m., including holidays, and are enjoyed from the cozy comfort of a vehicle.

Cost: $25 per car at the gate

Time: Open nightly, 5:30pm – 10pm

Contact/Venue:
Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village
Meadow Event Park
13191 Dawn Blvd
Doswell, VA 23047
(804)994-2800

 

 

November 18-20, 2016

52nd Annual Craft and Design Show

Science Museum of Virginia

Hosted by the Visual Arts Center of Richmond along with local sponsors, this annual event provides a breathtaking display of contemporary crafts in a intimate, museum-quality setting. The show has earned national accolades for its quality of work and sees thousands of visitors each year. See more than 60 vendors vie for awards in ceramics, precious metals, glass, wood and recycled materials, contemporary design, innovative use of traditional craft materials and fiber. Visit the Visual Arts Center of Richmond for a list of vendors, the weekend schedule and ticket information.

Cost:
**All events are included with a Weekend Pass
General Public
General Admission: $10
Rise and Shine Breakfast: $30
Patrons’ Preview Party: $100
Weekend Pass: $125

Members
General Admission: FREE
Rise and Shine Breakfast: $25
Patrons’ Preview Party: $80
Weekend Pass: $100

Patrons
General Admission: FREE
Rise and Shine Breakfast: FREE
Patrons’ Preview Party: FREE
Weekend Pass: FREE

Time:
Friday, November 18, 2016
Patrons’ Preview Party 6pm – 9pm

Saturday, November 19, 2016
Rise + Shine Breakfast 9:30am – 11am
General Admission Shopping 11am – 5pm

Sunday, November 20, 2016
General Admission Shopping 11am – 5pm

Contact:
Visual Arts Center of Richmond
1812 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 353-0094

Venue:
Science Museum of Virginia
2500 W Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 864-1400

 

 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tussing Tinsel Town Bazaar

Tussing Elementary School

Join Tussing Elementary School in Colonial Heights for their 4th Annual Tussing Tinsel Town Bazaar featuring over 70 confirmed vendors, crafts, pictures with Santa, door prizes, a silent auction and more! The event is sponsored by and benefits the Tussing Elementary PTO.

Cost:
General Admission: Free
Craft Area for kids to make gifts: $5 per child
Pictures with Santa: $2 each

Time:
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9am – 2pm

Contact / Venue:
Tussing Elementary School
5501 Conduit Road
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
tinseltownbazaar@gmail.com

 

35th Annual Craft Bazaar

Church of the Redeemer

This exciting annual event features more than 110 vendors selling unique holiday gifts, décor and more. Join friends and family at the Church of the Redeemer for breakfast, lunch, a bake sale, door prizes, a raffle, pictures with Santa and much more!

Cost:
$1 donation at the door earns 1 door prize ticket
Donate a non-perishable food item for an additional ticket
Raffle tickets: 3/$5

Time:
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9am – 3pm

Contact / Venue:
Church of the Redeemer
8275 Meadowbridge Rd
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
(804) 746-4911

 

ShopFest at the Garden Shop

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

ShopFest Saturday is a chance to get an early start on holiday shopping — special discounts for Members only. With 20 percent off all purchases for members, this is your biggest discount of the year!

Cost: Free

Time: Saturday, November 19, 2016, 10am – 5pm

Contact / Venue:
The Garden Shop at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23228
(804) 262-9887

 

Making Ornaments for the Ashland Town Tree

Ashland Branch Library

Bring the whole family to the Ashland Branch Library for this special ornament making event. Make festive ornaments to hang on the Ashland Town Tree and enjoy holiday treats provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library.

Cost: FREE

Time: Saturday, November 19, 2016, 10:30am – 12:30 pm

Contact/Venue:
Richard S. Gillis, Jr. / Ashland Branch Library
201 S. Railroad Avenue
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 798-4072

 

Northside Artists’ Holiday Artwalk

Ginter Place

The Northside Artists’ Open Studio is an annual pre-holiday art walk and sale hosted within four private Sherwood Park homes as well as the commons area of Ginter Place. The show began in 1991 with four Northside Richmond artists and hand-crafters decided to bring their unique, quality items to the public – just in time for holiday gift-giving. Visit their Facebook page to see example of artwork and wares.

Cost: Free

Time: Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9am – 5pm

Contact/Venue:
Ginter Place
3323 Gloucester Rd
Richmond, VA 23227
(804) 257-7254

 

Pop Up Shop Holiday Market

Shady Grove United Methodist Church

Join your family and friends at Shady Grove Holiday Market for this special one-time holiday market. Find unique gifts from more than 25 vendors, featuring handcrafted items, as well as many other one-of-a-kind gifts. The event benefits the Caring Clothes Closet, a free clothing ministry that helps at risk youth, single moms and the homeless.

Cost: FREE

Time: Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9am – 2pm

Contact/Venue:
Shady Grove United Methodist Church – Short Pump
4825 Pouncey Tract Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23059
(804) 360-2600

 

Santa’s Arrival and Parade

Regency Square Mall

Get ready for the holidays with Regency Square’s first annual parade, starting on the corner of Starling Drive and Holly Hill Road and making its way to the shopping center for a special edition of Car & Coffee- Richmond. Enjoy all the flair and flash of a proper Christmas parade, followed by the entrance of everyone’s favorite holiday character – Santa, of course!

Cost: Free

Time:
November 19, 2016
Parade starts at 9am

Contact / Venue:
Regency Square
1420 N. Parham Road
Richmond, VA  23229
(804) 740-7467

 

 

Saturday, November 19 – Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Vintage Home Market

Richmond Raceway Complex

The Vintage Home Market is a family-owned business that offers two annual show in the spring and fall. Featuring a wide array of all things vintage, beautiful, functional, and unique, The Vintage Home Market offers a one-stop shop for creative, eclectic and truly unique holiday shopping and home decorating. Find one-of-a–kind artistic treasures from artists specializing in handpainted items, woodwork, vintage, textiles and more.

Cost: Free

Time:
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9am – 6pm
Sunday, November 20, 2016, 10am – 4pm

Contact:
The Vintage Home Market
Heidi & Jason McNamara
Gracie’s Cottage LLC
(804) 564-6717

Venue:
Richmond Raceway Complex
600 E Laburnum Ave.
Richmond, VA 23222
(804) 228-7500

 

Colonial Williamsburg Employee Arts and Crafts Show

Colonial Williamsburg

This special holiday event showcases the incredible talents of employees at Colonial Williamsburg. For this annual event, Colonial Williamsburg employees, volunteers and retirees combine to present and sell handmade gifts. Fabulous jams and handmade jewelry are only a portion of the wonderful items available for personal enjoyment or as a special gift for that certain someone.

Cost: Free

Time:
Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, 2016
10am – 5pm

Contact:
Colonial Williamsburg Employee Arts and Crafts Show
twoluvbugs@hotmail.com

Venue:
Historic Triangle Community Services Building
312 Waller Mill Rd.
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
(757) 945-1548

 

 

Saturday, November 19 – Saturday, December 24, 2016

Visit with Santa

Regency Square Mall

Head over to Regency Square to show your Christmas list to the man himself from now until Christmas Eve! Santa will be available daily for visits and photos, but be sure to call ahead or check online for hours and break times.

Contact / Venue:
Regency Square
1420 N. Parham Road
Richmond, VA  23229
(804) 740-7467

 

 

Saturday, November 19 – Saturday, December 31, 2016

Dickens’ Christmas Towne

Norfolk

This incredible Christmas village is like nothing you’ve ever seen – making it easy to see why Dickens’ Christmas Towne has become Hampton Roads’ newest holiday tradition. A magical Christmas tree forest will come to life as you enter the 15,000-square-foot village, and an elaborate, animated puppet show will delight your entire family. Performance artists, parlor magicians, incredible jugglers, actors, carolers and musicians will take center stage. Each Saturday morning, join the fun at the petting zoo. You’ll also have a chance to experience the first SNOW of the season every day in our town square! Free activities and crafts are always featured with even more games, family activities and fun – all free with admission.

Cost:
$5/ person
Kids 2 and under are FREE

Time:
Saturday, November 19 – Saturday, December 31, 2016
Hours vary. See a complete list of daily schedules, events and activities here.

Contact:
Dickens’ Christmas Towne

Venue:
The Decker Half Moon Center (next to Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin)
1 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 664-1000

 

 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Olde Time Holiday Parade

Ashland

Hosted by the Ashland Kiwanis, the Olde Time Holiday Parade will start the holiday season off right as it marches its way through the streets of Ashland. Join them for a festive morning of celebration starting at Snead and Thompson Streets. The parade will make its way all the way to Archie Canon Drive. Don’t miss the fun!

Cost: FREE

Time: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Parade begins at 2pm

Contact: For more information, visit the Kiwanis event page and click on the Contact Us button.

Venue: The streets of downtown Ashland, beginning at Snead and Thompson.

 

 

Advent Celebration

Reveille United Methodist Church

Everyone is welcome to join Reveille United Methodist Church for a special holiday fellowship meal at 12:15pm where you and your family can learn more about the season of Advent. After lunch, make your own Advent wreath to take home! The event is open to the public and free – lunch and wreath supplies will be provided.

Cost: FREE

Time: Sunday, November 20, 2016, 12:15pm – 1:30 pm

Contact/ Venue:
Reveille United Methodist Church
4200 Cary Street Road
Richmond, VA 23221
(804) 359-6041

 

 

Friday, November 25, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Virginia.  The theme park is aglow with over eight million Christmas lights, making it the largest light display in North America. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the spirit of the season come alive. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate as world-champion figure skater Elvis Stojko brings the magic of Christmas to life on ice in ‘Twas that Night.  Visit Santa at his North Pole workshop and capture an unforgettable memory. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family.

Cost: Click here for more info

Time: November 25 – January 2, 2017, 2 pm – 10 pm every day

Contact/Venue:
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
1 Busch Gardens Boulevard
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(800) 343-7946

 

 

Friday, November 25, 2016 – Monday, January 9, 2017

Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The annual GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a holiday tradition for many in the area, but it’s also a beautiful winter event, regardless of how you celebrate the holidays. Featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase), GardenFest offers ongoing nightly family activities from November 25 until January 9, 2017. This year’s theme, “Living Color,” explores how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture.

Cost:
$13 adults
$11 seniors (age 55+)
$8 children (ages 3 – 12)
Free for children under age 3
$7 for garden members
$5 for children on Garden Membership (ages 3 – 18)

Time: 5pm – 10pm nightly (closed December 24 and 25, 2016)

SPECIAL EVENTS during GardenFest:
Grand Illumination
November 25, 2016
4pm – 10pm

Kick off the GardenFest holiday tradition with a countdown to flipping the switch on more than half-a-million twinkling lights. After the illumination, stroll through the Gardens, watch LED hula hoop demonstrations, enjoy hand-crafted botanical decorations, see model trains, enjoy family activities, and much more.

 

GardenFest for Fidos
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Dogs can enjoy the holiday lights at GardenFest for Fidos! Leashed pets are allowed on these special nights. Regular hours and admission apply.

 

M&T Bank Lights Up for Reading Night
Monday, December 5, 2016
5pm – 7pm

Join the GardenKeeper, Nutzy & host of holiday character-friends for a special story time. Stories will be read every half-hour and children can participate in a craft to make a literacy-themed holiday garland.  Bring a new or like-new book to donate to CMor’s RVA Book Buggy, which  provides books and helps expand reading programs for children in need in Central Virginia. Sponsors include M&T Bank, Children’s Museum of Richmond and Flying Squirrels’ Go Nuts for Reading Program.

 

Merry Mondays (Mondays during GardenFest through December 19)
6pm – 8pm

Enjoy fireside story time with the Garden Keeper in the Library Reading Room. But, be prepared for “Santa Sightings” in the Conservatory!

 

Caroling Tuesdays (Tuesdays during GardenFest)
6:30pm – 8pm

Join other carolers for holiday songs throughout the garden. Meeting places will be set at various garden locations.

 

Crafty Wednesdays (Wednesdays during GardenFest)
5pm – 8pm

Families can make a Living Color themed craft with staff and volunteers from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Kelly Education Center, Classroom 1 (across from the train room).  Join CVWMA and Keep Henrico Beautiful  on select nights (Dec. 7, 14, 21) during Crafty Wednesdays. Keep Henrico Beautiful will have do-it-yourself recycling crafts ideas for kids!

 

Musical Thursdays (Thursdays during GardenFest)

Enjoy acoustic musical performances in the Lora M. Robins Library every Thursday evening during the Dominion GardenFest of Lights. Visit the website to see updated performance schedules.


Contact / Venue:
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23228
(804) 262-9887
contactus@lewisginter.org

 

 

November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017

A Christmas Story: The Broadway Classic

The Virginia Repertory Theatre

Follow the antics of Ralphie and his family as he sets out on his quest for the perfect Christmas gift – and tries not to shoot his eye out in the process. Featuring a talented cast, award-winning tunes and lively dance numbers, this Tony-nominated musical will delight audiences young and old.

Cost:
Subscribers:
Adult Subscriber – Premium $45 Standard $36
Child 12 and under Subscriber – Premium $37 Standard $28
Single Tickets:
Adult – Premium $60 Standard $48
Child 12 and under – Premium $50 Standard $38
*Ticket prices subject to change

Click here for discounted ticket options

Time: November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Click here to see a complete listing of show times or to order tickets.

Contact:
Virginia Repertory Theatre
114 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 282-2620
contact@virginiarep.org

Venue:
The November Theatre
(At the Virginia Rep Center)
114 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Box Office: (804) 282-2620
Administrative Office: (804) 783-1688

 

 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Union Bank & Trust Lollipops: The Snowman

Carpenter Theatre

Join the the Dominion Arts Center and the Richmond Symphony as they present the academy award winning movie, “The Snowman,” accompanied by the symphony itself. This animated holiday film is a perfect family event. Be sure to get there early for a free, pre-show festival, including the Richmond Symphony’s “Instrument Petting Zoo” and interactive activities for the whole family.

Cost:
$17 / Adult
$12 / Child
$12 / College Student (with ID)
Tickets are available at Dominion Arts Center and Altria Theater box offices, online at etix.com and Charge-By-Phone at 800-514-ETIX (3849).

Time:
Saturday, November 26, 2016, 11am
(Pre-show festival starts at 10am)

Contact:
Richmond Symphony
612 East Grace Street, Suite 401
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 788-4717

Patron Services: (804) 788-1212
patronservices@richmondsymphony.com

Venue:
Carpenter Theatre
600 E Grace St #400
Richmond, VA 23219

 

 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Tree Lighting at the Jefferson Hotel

The Jefferson Hotel is beautiful any time of the year – but the holidays highlight the elegance of this historic hotel in a special way. Join family and friends at The Jefferson just after Thanksgiving for the 30th annual lighting of the Christmas tree. The event will begin with holiday musical performances at 5pm, followed by the tree lighting at 5:45pm, which includes a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. After the event, you are invited to the Empire Ballroom for complimentary refreshments and a first look at the annual Gingerbread Display. Holiday decorations at the Jefferson will be on display from November 28, 2016 until January 1, 2017. Don’t miss this dazzling display!

Cost: Free

Time: Monday, November 28, 2016, 5pm

Contact/Venue:
The Jefferson Hotel
101 W. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 649-4750

 

 

Wednesday, November 30 – Sunday, December 11, 2016

Glorious Christmas Nights

West End Assembly of God

For more than 30 years, hundreds of performers come together to bring you this fun, family event. Glorious Christmas Nights is a hilarious, heartwarming story that takes place in downtown Richmond on Christmas Eve in 1962. Featuring hurried shoppers, a grumpy elf, Gabe the Nightwatchman, shepherds, sheep and a young boy named Cody, Glorious Christmas Nights is a must-see for viewers of any age.

Cost:
Tickets range from $18-$25
Call (804) 754-0738; order online here; or visit the West End Assembly of God box office (401 N. Parham Road).

Time:
Wednesday, November 30 – Sunday, December 11, 2016
Click here for a complete list of show times.

Contact/Venue:
West End Assembly of God
401 N. Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23229
(804) 740-7042

 

 

Wednesday, November 30 and Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wreath Workshops

Sign up for a workshop to learn from the experts how to create the spectacular wreaths used at Maymont. Greens, forms, wire and instruction are supplied; bring your own clippers and gloves. Create one special wreath to take home and help make another for Maymont.

Cost:
$30 / person
$25 / members
Register online by November 28

Time:
Wednesday, November 30 and Thursday, December 1, 2016
9am – 12pm and 6pm – 9pm

Contact/Venue
The Stone Barn at Maymont
1700 Hampton Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Call 804-358-7166, ext. 310

 

 

Wednesdays, November 30, December 7 and December 14, 2016

Choral Vespers for Advent

Trinity Lutheran Church

Choral Vespers for Advents are traditional candlelight choral services that celebrate advent in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day. A reception will follow the first concert, held November 30, 2016.

Cost: Free

Time:
November 30, December 7 and December 14, 2016
Concerts are held on Wednesday evenings at 7pm

Contact/Venue:
Trinity Lutheran Church
2315 N. Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23229
(804) 270-4626

 

 

Thursday, December 1 – Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Colonial Christmas

Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

“A Colonial Christmas” at Jamestown Settlement and American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offers a glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions with special tours and interpretive programs.

The Jamestowne Settlement will feature a daily orientation tours of the museum’s outdoor living-history where visitors will learn about Jamestown colony’s early years as well as the English colonists’ Christmas at sea in December 1606 and the Powhatan Indian hospitality shown to Captain John Smith’s trading party in 1608 during a winter storm.

On December 23-31, visitors can experience riddles and revelry by the Lord of Misrule, “grand captain of all mischief.”  Throughout the month, historical interpreters will discuss the English colonists’ Christmas at sea aboard the re-created ship Susan Constant and, in the re-created Powhatan Indian village, present demonstrations on typical winter activities, including food preservation and hunting tools and techniques.

At the American Revolution Museum in Yorktown, you will hear accounts of Christmas and winter in military encampments during the American Revolution and glimpse holiday preparations on a Revolution-period farm.

Cost:
Combo ticket to both museums: $21.25 for adults and $10.75 for ages 6-12.
Jamestown Settlement Only: $17 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6-12
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Only: $9.75 for adults and $5.50 for ages 6-12.
**Children under 6 are free at both locations.

Time:
Thursday, December 1 – Saturday, December 31, 2016
9am – 5pm daily

Contact /Venue:
Jamestown Settlement
2110 Jamestown Road
Route 31 S.
Williamsburg, VA 23185

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
200 Water Street
Route 1020
Yorktown, VA 23690

 

 

Thursday, December 1 – Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Bizarre Bazaar

Richmond Raceway Complex

The Bizarre Bazaar® has been a Virginia tradition for over 40 years, offering a vast array of unique seasonal gifts and decorative accessories for the home and garden, gourmet food and cookbooks, fine linens, designer women’s and children’s clothing, toys, fine crafts and artwork, furniture and jewelry. Sunshine Artists Magazine rated the Bizarre Bazaar® as the number 3 show in the country in its list of Top 200 Shows. Come see what all of the excitement is about!

Cost:
$9 / Adults
$1.50 / Children (2-12)
Purchase tickets online here.

Time:
Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2, 2016
8am – 7pm
Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, 2016
10am – 5pm

Contact:
The Bizarre Bazaar
Call (804) 673-7015 or email here.

Venue:
Richmond Raceway Complex
600 E Laburnum Ave.
Richmond, VA 23222
(804) 228-7500

 

Elf The Musical, JR.

School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC)

Elf The Musical JR. is a must-see holiday musical! Based on the cherished hit movie, Elf JR. features lovable songs and a great script to be enjoyed by the entire family. SPARC’s production of this fun and playful holiday favorite is director by Taylor Bernard and features a cast of 32 talented students from the Richmond community.

Cost: $14
Order tickets here.

Time:
Thursday, December 1, 2016
7:30pm – 9pm
Friday, December 2, 2016
7:30pm – 9pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016
2pm – 3:30pm
7:30pm – 9pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016
2pm – 3:30pm
7:30pm – 9pm

Contact:
SPARC
2106-A North Hamilton St.
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 353-3393

Venue:
Sara Belle November Educational Theater
2106 North Hamilton Street
Richmond, VA 23230

 

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mannheimer Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

The Altria Theater

The Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been a favorite holiday tradition for more than 30 years. Join the Altria Theater on December 1 as they present this incredible show featuring Christmas music, dazzling multimedia effects and award-winning performances.

Cost:
Tickets range between $38 – $68
Purchase tickets or learn more here.
Group ticket sales must be ordered by November 17, 2016. Call (804) 592-3401 for pricing.

Time: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:30pm

Contact /Venue:
Altria Theater
6 N. Laurel St.
Richmond, VA 23220

Info Line: (804) 592-3368
Tickets: (800) 514-ETIX (3849)
info@smgrichmond.com

 

 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Deck the Halls Workshop

Learn from Maymont’s experts the special techniques needed to make and take home a holiday evergreen topiary and window swag. Greens, forms, wire and instruction are supplied; bring your own clippers and gloves.

Cost:
$45 / person
$37 / members
Register online by November 30

Time: Friday, December 2, 6pm – 8pm

Contact/Venue
The Stone Barn at Maymont
1700 Hampton Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Call 804-358-7166, ext. 310

 

 

December 2, 2016 – January 1, 2017

The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular: A Mystery Play

The Virginia Repertory Theatre

The wacky ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again in this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, brings back four of the original cast members as the ladies of the sisterhood put their good intentions – and crazy ideas – into a Christmas Spectacular.

Cost:
Subscribers – $28
Non-subscribers – $38

Time: December 2, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Click here to see a complete listing of show times or to order tickets.

Contact:
Virginia Repertory Theatre
114 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 282-2620
contact@virginiarep.org

Venue:
Hanover Tavern
13181 Hanover Courthouse Road
Hanover, Virginia 23069
Box Office: (804) 282-2620
Administrative Office: (804) 783-1688

 

 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cultural Arts Center Tree Lighting

Walkerton Tavern

Join the Cultural Arts Center for their annual Christmas Tree Lighting with a special holiday event featuring music, a bonfire, hot chocolate and cookies. Jolly Old St. Nick will make a special appearance just in time for the countdown to light the center’s stunning 60-foot Cedar tree. Plus, the beautiful, historic Walkerton Tavern will be open for tours from 3pm-6pm.

Cost: FREE

Time:
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Tavern tours: 3pm – 6pm
Tree Lighting and festivities: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Contact: For more information, email mur12@henrico.us or call (804) 261-2787.

Venue:
Walkerton Tavern
2892 Mountain Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 652-1485

 

RIC Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis

Mary Munford Elementary School

The Arthritis Foundation’s annual Jingle Bell Run is a festive race that helps champion arthritis research and brings people from all walks of life together to say “Yes” to furthering a great cause. Put on your reindeer antlers and running shoes – and bring your friends and family to a fun-filled day of holiday cheer. If you’d rather just walk, no problem! A dog costume contest will be sponsored by Holiday Barn Pet Resorts. Strollers are welcome.

Cost: Click here for registration and fundraising information

Time: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9am

Contact:
Jingle Bell Run – Richmond

Venue:
Mary Munford Elementary School
211 Westmoreland St
Richmond, VA 23226

 

33rd Annual Dominion Christmas Parade

Science Museum of Virginia (parade starting point)

The favorite holiday tradition brings in more than 100,000 spectators every year from all over Virginia. The parade will start at the Science Museum of Virginia and make its way through the city with festive floats, marching bands, giant helium balloons, and, of course, Santa! This year’s theme is “Christmas Movies.” If you can’t be there in person, be sure to watch the festivities live on WTVR-CBS6 from 10am to noon.

Cost: Free

Time: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10am – noon

Contact:
Richmond Parade Inc.
5306 Caledonia Road
Richmond, VA 23225
(804) 788-6479

Venue:
Science Museum of Virginia
2500 W Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 864-1400

 

Light Up The Tracks

Hanover Arts and Activities Center

Help to turn Ashland into a winter wonderland at their annual grand illumination event, Light Up The Tracks. A Grand Illumination ceremony will be followed by a choral recital at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center. Then, from December 3rd through New Year’s Day, trackside homes, businesses and Randolph-Macon College will be strung with twinkling white lights from one end of town to the other. At the center of town, where Rt. 54 crosses the tracks, a 20′ community tree will be adorned with colored lights and decorations.

Cost: Free

Time: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:30pm

Contact:
Mainstreet Ashland
210 South Railroad Avenue, Suite 6
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 301-6913

Venue:
Hanover Arts & Activities Center
500 South Center Street
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 798-2728

 

Tea and Tidings

Pamplin Historical Park

Ladies and gentlemen in period dress will teach guests 19th-century etiquette while they enjoy gourmet holiday tea and tasty treats. Attendees will also learn about the history and customs of the season during the Civil War era, including traditional Christmas carols and stories.

Cost:
$20 / members
$22 / non-members
Reservations are required. Please RSVP by November 29, 2016.
Call (804) 861-2408 or toll free at 1 (877) PAMPLIN (726-7546); or email generalmailbox@pamplinpark.org

Time: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2pm

Contact / Venue:
Pamplin Historical Park
6125 Boydton Plank Road
Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 861-2408 or toll free 1 (877) PAMPLIN (726-7546)

 

Gingerbread Tea and Tour

The Virginia House

Sponsored by the Virginia Historical Society, the Gingerbread Tea and Tour promises to become one of your favorite holiday traditions. Design and build your own gingerbread houses and enjoy cider and cookies as Virginia House staff talk about holiday traditions in this beautiful, historic Tudor home.

Cost:
$26 per family for non-members
$20 per family for Virginia Historical Society members
Reservations are required.
Please call (804) 353-4251 or email Kathryn Lewis to reserve your spot.

Time: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10am – noon

Contact:
Virginia Historical Society
428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 358-4901

Venue:
The Virginia House
4301 Sulgrave Rd.
Richmond, VA 23221
(804) 353-4251

 

Golden Village Christmas

Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern

Come celebrate a special Christmas at the last surviving 1700s structures in Virginia’s Northern Neck. This celebration of Christmastide for the whole family features a gift shop selling locally-made artisan wares; local foods and vegetables; the “Ye Ol’ Bake Shop”; and vendors selling unique artisan gift ideas. While adults do their shopping, children have a special shopping area where they are assisted in picking out gifts for family members and have them gift-wrapped. The cost is just $1 a gift. There will also be photos with Santa, live music and plenty of food for sale!

Cost: Free

Time: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10am – 2pm

Contact/Venue:
Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern
73 Monument Place
Heathsville, VA 22473
(804) 580-3377

 

Family Fun Day – Winter Holiday Traditions

Henricus Historical Park

Enjoy a family event showcasing winter holiday traditions of the 17th Century. The afternoon will be filled with historical activities, arts, crafts and fun. Activies include Lord of Misrule Fun, dancing, cider making, music, winter cooking with Virginia Indians and the chance to make Ppomanders, herbal sachets and greens wreaths to take home. Registration required by November 30 by calling (804) 318-8797.

Cost:
$10 / Child
$15 / Adult

Henricus Patrons:
$6 / Child
$10 / Adult

Time: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1pm – 4pm

Contact/Venue:
Henricus Historical Park
251 Henricus Park Rd.
Chester, VA 23836
(804) 318-8797

 

 

Sunday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Classics Concert  

Ginter Park Presbyterian

Join Ginter Park Presbyterian Church as they present a 2016 Holiday Concert featuring the Richmond Men’s Chorus and the Richmond Women’s Chorus in “Home for the Holidays.”

Cost:
$15 – advanced purchase
$20 – at the door
Student/ Senior (55+):
$10 – advanced purchase
$25 – at the door

Time: Sunday, December 4, 2016, 4pm
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7pm

Contact:
Monument City Music
PO Box 14523
Richmond, VA 23221
(804) 537-0094

Venue:
Ginter Park Presbyterian Church
3601 Seminary Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227
(804) 359-5049

 

 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Old-Fashioned Christmas

Celebrate a charming, old-fashioned Christmas and experience a tradition enjoyed by generations of families. Victorian ladies and gentlemen graciously welcome you into the Dooleys’ home to marvel at the grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms, to see the gifts and games of 1893 and to stop by the Belowstairs, where holiday preparations abound. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with St. Nick and Maymont’s Christmas Fairy, good food and drink, festive music, a roaring bonfire and special activities that are sure to fill everyone with a merry holiday spirit.

Cost:
Free Activities
$5 guided mansion tours ($4 / members and children 12 and under)
$5 carriage rides ($4 / members and children 12 and under)

Time: Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12pm – 5pm

Contact/Venue:
Maymont Mansion and Carriage House Lawn
1700 Hampton Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 358-7166, ext. 310

 

St. Nick’s Christmas Party

The entire family is sure to enjoy an afternoon of merriment and surprises as St. Nick joins Maymont’s Christmas Fairy to host a party filled with magical wishes, games and crafts, special treats, animal friends and a visit to the enchanting home of Major and Mrs. Dooley.

Cost:
$15 / person
$10 / members and children 12 and older.
Advanced registration required.
Register online or call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.

Time: Sunday, December 4, 2016, 2:30pm – 4pm

Contact/Venue:
Garden Hall
1700 Hampton Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 358-7166, ext. 310

 

 

Monday, December 5 and Thursday, December 29, 2016

Music of the Season with Thomas Jefferson and James Madion

Colonial Williamsburg

Join Thomas Jefferson and James Madison as they share some of their favorite musical selections and recount happy tales of their long friendship. In this special holiday program for the entire family, John Turner (violin), Lee Welch (guitar), Sarah Glosson (cello), and Tom Marshall (harpsichord) perform music that these gentlemen collected, played, and enjoyed.

Cost: $13
Purchase tickets here.

Time:
Monday, December 5, 2016
2:15pm – 3:15pm
4:15pm – 5:15pm

Thursday, December 29, 2016
2:15pm – 3:15pm
4:15pm – 5:15pm

Contact:
Colonial Williamsburg
101 Visitor Center Dr.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(888) 965-7354

Venue:
DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
Hennage Auditorium
326 West Francis Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(888) 965-7254

 

 

Friday, December 9 – Sunday, December 11, 2016

ELF The Musical

Altria Theater

ELF The Musical brings the hilarious screen antics of Buddy, the mistaken elf, to the stage in a show that the New York Times calls “splashy, peppy, sugar-sprinkled holiday entertainment.” Based on the Hollywood hit, Elf, the show features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and chad Begueline with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. As part of the “Broadway in Richmond” 2016-17 season, ELF The Musical is family fun at its finest – just in time for the holidays.

Cost:
Tickets range between $43 – $83
Order tickets online here.

Time:
Friday, December 9, 8pm
Saturday, December 10, 2pm and 8pm
Sunday, December 11, 1pm and 6:30pm

Contact/Venue:
Altria Theater
6 N. Laurel St.
Richmond, VA 23220
Info Line: (804) 592-3368

 

Church Hill Holiday Festival

Church Hill Neighborhood

Friday, December 9: Candlelight Walk

Meet bagpipers and carolers at Jefferson Park (Union Hill) at 7:15pm. Stroll towards historic St. Johns Church to join with the Vespers. Grab a candle, and continue down gaslit sidewalks as neighborhood parties spill into the streets and proceed together to historic Libby Hill Park. Meet Santa and enjoy the spectacular city skyline.

Cost: FREE
(Donations accepted: CHA Holiday Donation, P.O. Box Richmond, VA 23223)

Time:
Friday, December 9, 2016
Jefferson Park: 7:15pm
St. John’s Church: 7:35pm

Contact:
The Church Hill Association of Virginia

Venue:
Jefferson Park (7:15pm departure)
N 21st St & Marshall St
Richmond, VA 23223

St. John’s Church (7:35pm departure)
2401 E Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23223

Saturday, December 10, 2016: Holiday Ball

Don your holiday finest and join friends and family as you celebrate the season at the beautiful and historic ChildSavers building, enjoying the overlook of Richmond’s downtown. Bring friends and make new ones, while enjoying great food from local restaurants, live music and holiday cheer. Ticket price includes one drink, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Cash bar throughout the evening. Limited to 200 tickets! Proceeds support charitable causes that improve the quality of life in the Greater Church Hill neighborhood.

Cost:
$45/ person in advance online. Tickets will be available at “Will Call” at the door on the evening of the party.

Time: Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7pm-11pm

Contact:
The Church Hill Association of Virginia

Venue:
ChildSavers
200 N 22nd Street
Richmond, VA 23223
(804) 644-9590

Sunday, December 11: Church Hill Holiday House Tours

With homes dating back as far as the 18th century, Church Hill is the oldest intact community in Richmond. Featuring an eclectic mix of Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian Homes, as well as renovated school houses, bakeries and churches, the Holiday Homes Tour offers docented tours through many beautiful spaces elegantly decorated for the holidays. Shuttle service is offered between each home beginning at St. John’s Church.

Cost:
$25 per person in advance online and at select local businesses.
$30 per person day of tour and at “Will Call” at the Parish Hall of St. John’s Church (2401 E Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23223).

Time: Sunday, December 11, 2016, Noon – 5pm

Contact:
The Church Hill Association of Virginia

Venue:
Church Hill
25th St and Broad St
Richmond, VA 23223

 

 

Fridays, December 9 and 16, 2016

Maymont by Moonlight

Enjoy an enchanting holiday evening at Maymont…by moonlight! Elegantly costumed Victorian ladies and gentlemen welcome you to the home of Major and Mrs. James H. Dooley to witness the excitement of Christmas 1893. The Dooleys’ gracious family, guests and domestic staff bring to life the busy preparations for a special celebration. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride under the stars, enjoy seasonal refreshments and sing joyful carols by the bonfire.

Cost:
$28 / person
$22 / members
Reservations required.
Register online or call 804-358-7166, ext. 329

Time: Fridays, December 9 & 16, 2016, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Contact/Venue:
Maymont’s Historic Estate Entrance
1700 Hampton Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 358-7166, ext. 329

 

 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Blessing of the Animals

Morgan Fountain in Shockoe Slip

The Friends of the Richmond Mounted Squad invite you to join the Officers of the Richmond Police Mounted Unit, Richmond K9’s, working horses and dogs, pets, and fellow animal lovers at the annual seasonal “Blessing of the Animals.” The event provides an opportunity to celebrate animals, meet the officers and horses for the Richmond Mounted Police Unit and enjoy special music by Susan Greenbaum. Pets and their owners are encouraged to dress in their holiday best and bring pet food donations for the Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation (AARF).

Cost: Free

Time: Friday, December 9, 2016, 12pm

Contact:
Friends of the Richmond Mounted Squad
Sue Mullins: (804) 543-9088
slgmramsey@gmail.com

Venue:
Shockoe Slip / Morgan Fountain (in front of the Martin Agency)
1 Shockoe Slip
Richmond, VA 23219

 

A Crooner’s Christmas with The Big Shot Judy Little Big Band

The Tin Pan

The Tin Pan presents “A Crooner’s Christmas” featuring vocalist Brett Cahoon and special guests Jocelyn Oldham, Ashley Wenner and Christina Marshburn. Good Shot Judy pays tribute to old-fashioned crooners like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, Michael Buble, Louis Armstrong and many more in this feel-good holiday show.

Cost:
$15 advance purchase online
$18 at the door

Time:
Friday, December 9, 2016
Door open at 6pm
Show at 8pm

Contact/Venue:
The Tin Pan
8982 Quioccasin Road
Richmond, VA 23229
(804) 447-8189

Wolf Fang and Friends

Firehouse Theatre

Don’t miss this fantastic non-traditional holiday show featuring Wolf Fang, a performer from Chester, Virginia. His music is a mix of pop, hip-hop and rap that is sure to delight any audience. His Christmas show offers holiday music and dance that is fun for the whole family.

Cost:
$10 / person
Purchase tickets here.

Time: Friday, December 9, 2016, 7pm

Contact/Venue:
Firehouse Theatre
1609 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 355-2001
info@firehousetheatre.org

 

 

December 10 – 23, 2016

The Nutcracker with the Richmond Symphony

Carpenter Theatre
The Nutcracker has been a favorite holiday tradition for Richmond audiences for years and in 2016, The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever with redesigned costumes, heavenly new scenery, and brand new characters. The wonder and magic of the season are set to come alive once again with sugar plums, chocolates, marzipan, coffee and tea, a dancing bear, life-like dolls and sparkling flowers.

Clara’s Tea Party:
Join Clara and her friends for a special occasion after select matinee performances of The Nutcracker! Set in CenterStage’s festive Rhythm Hall, guests will enjoy meeting their favorite characters from the Kingdom of Sweets along with an elegant seated tea and tasty sweets accompanied by live piano. Don’t miss this intimate family event. *Please note that Clara’s Tea Party is a separate ticketed event. You can purchase tickets for the tea parties here.

Cost:
Tickets range between $20- $125
Clara’s Tea Party: $25
Buy tickets by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849; online at ETIX; or in person at the Richmond Ballet Box Office (407 East Canal Street) Monday through Friday from 11am to 6pm.

Time:
December 10 – 23, 2016
Click here to see a complete list of show times.

Contact:
The Richmond Ballet
407 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 344-0906

Venue:
Carpenter Theatre
600 E Grace St #400
Richmond, VA 23219

 

 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Castle Christmas

Bacon’s Castle

Celebrate the holidays with old-fashioned flair at this 17th century English Christmas. Featuring period traditions and decorations, Castle Christmas offers warm seasonal beverage, special guests and a visit from Santa! The event is sponsored by Preservation Virginia whose efforts keep Bacon’s Castle, and many other historic treasures in Virginia, open and available to the public.

Cost: Donation suggested to help support ongoing preservation efforts at Bacon’s Castle.

Time: Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10am – 5pm

Contact/Venue:
Bacon’s Castle
465 Bacon’s Castle Trail
Surry, VA 23883
(757) 357-5976
baconscastle@preservationvirginia.org

 

Sir Thomas Dale’s Colonial Christmas

Henricus Historical Park

Join Sir Thomas Dale for Christmas in the Citie of Henricus, the second oldest permanent settlement in the New World. The event features historical reenactments of the etiquette, norms, customs, and laws that would have been defined Christmas in Elizabethan-Jacobean English households in the early 17th-century.  Experience holiday traditions in the different homes throughout the living history museum and enjoy period dance and song in the hospital.

Cost: Free

Time: Saturday, December 10, 2016, 12pm – 5pm

Contact/Venue:
Henricus Historical Park
251 Henricus Park Rd
Chester, VA 23836
(804) 748-1611

 

CarMax Tacky Light Run

Midlothian

Join in on one of the season’s most festive events – the Tacky Light Run, sponsored by CarMax of Midlothian. The 6k course shows off Midlothian’s best display of tacky lights on a course that takes you past dozens of homes with over-the-top tacky lights in the Walton Park neighborhood, including the famous Dawnridge Ct. Dig up your tackiest holiday gear, load up with anything that lights or glows and get ready do your best to match the scenery in this fun-filled event that is sure to become one of your favorite holiday traditions.

Cost: Between $10 – $45

Time:
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Run begins at 6pm
See a full schedule here.

Contact:
Sports Backers
100 Avenue of Champions
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 285-9495
info@sportsbackers.org

 

Winter Artisans’ Bazaar

LaPrade Library

Take care of your last-minute holiday shopping at this special holiday bazaar. Find one-of-a-kind handmade gift from local authors and artisans who will be selling their works, including hand-felted scarves, woodcarvings, upcycled jewelry, handcrafted soaps, fine art and Christmas ornaments. The event will be held at the LaPrade Library in North Chesterfield – hope to see you there!

Cost: FREE

Time: Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10am – 3pm

Contact/ Venue:
LaPrade Library
9000 Hull Street Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23236
(804) 318- 8988

 

James River Parade of Lights

Osborne Park and Boat Landing

Experience the holidays like never before with the James River Parade of Lights. Watch as boats fully decked out in holiday lights take to the water while you enjoy holiday music and activities around a bonfire. A special Toy Parade, hosted by the Battlefield Ruritans, will kick off the event, followed by entertainment and concessions, and last, but not least, the boat parade itself.

Cost: FREE

Time:
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Toy Parade: 3pm
Parade of Lights Activities: 4pm – 8pm

Contact: For more information, email mur12@henrico.us.

Venue:
Osborne Park and Boat Landing
9530 Osborne Turnpike
Henrico, VA 23223

 

 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

30th Annual Court End Christmas

The Valentine / Downtown Richmond

Make Court End Christmas part of your annual holiday tradition. Every year, ten historic sites in downtown Richmond open their doors for a day of free admission and holiday festivities. You’ll enjoy carriage rides, carolers, living history, live music, children’s crafts, gift shops and more. A complimentary shuttle will circulate among all sites throughout the event. Event is rain or shine.

Participating sites include:

Cost: Free

Time: Sunday, December 11, 2016, Noon – 5pm

Contact/Venue:
The Valentine Museum
1015 East Clay St
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 649-0711 ext. 301

 

 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

John Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey + the Swing 7 Holiday Concert

The Modlin Center for the Arts

World-renowned jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli returns to the Modlin Center with his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey, and the incomparable Swing 7 in a special holiday performance. Called “madly creative” by the Los Angeles Times and “the genial genius of the guitar” by The Toronto Star, John Pizzarelli is one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook. Join the Modlin Center for an post-show holiday reception in the Booth Lobby.

Cost:
$45 / Adult
$40 / Senior (62+)
$22 / Child (0-12)
$10 / University of Richmond Student
$38 / Univeristy of Richmond Employee
$40 / Group (20+)

Time: Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:30pm

Contact:
The Modlin Center for the Arts
University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
(804) 289-8980

Venue:
Alice Jepson Theatre
(at the Modlin Center)
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
(804) 289-8980

 

 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God

Altria Theater

Witness the “True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ,” presented by the Northstar Community. Since 2000, Andrew Peterson and friends have been entertaining audiences around the nation with the astonishing story that C.S. Lewis called a “true myth.” This beautifully crafted show has become a holiday tradition, not just for the members and cast, but for the families and churches who attend each year. The concert features live performances by Nashville folk-duo, Jenny & Tyler, as well as breathtaking performances by many other performers.

Cost: $20  Purchase tickets

Time: Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7pm

Contact/ Venue:
Altria Theater
6 N. Laurel Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 592-3378

 

 

Friday, December 16 and Sunday, December 18, 2016

Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale Winter Concert: Sing We Joyous Altogether

Richmond and Ashland

Join the Masterworks Christmas Chorale for their 2016 Christmas concert, “Sing We Joyous All Together.” Filled with themes of hope, joy, peace, and merriment, the show features a cappella pieces; Lithuanian composer Kristina Vasiliauskaite’s Magnificat; My Dancing Day by John Gardner; The Shepherds Sing by Bob Chilcott; and Wassail Song by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Plan to attend for great seasonal music and fun for the entire family!

Cost:
$10 advance online
$15 at the door
$5 for students
To purchase tickets by phone, call (804) 798-8311.

Tickets are also available at:
Cross Bros Grocery
107-109 S Railroad Ave
Ashland, Virginia

Friday, December 16, 2016
7:30pm
Church of the Holy Comforter
819 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 355-3251

Sunday, December 18, 2016
3pm
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church
201 Henry Street
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 798-7224

 

 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Boar’s Head Feast at Henricus

Henricus Historical Park

Step back in time with the merry Lord of Misrule and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a 1590’s English holiday feast. This multi-course dinner will include roasted meats, pies, ale, cider and more served at Henricus’ beautiful, candle-lit Guest House, complete with a blazing Yule Log fire. The event sold out last year, so be sure to reserve your spot today at www.henricus.org!

Cost: $65/ person

Time: Saturday, December 17, 2016, 6pm – 8:30pm

Contact/Venue:
Henricus Historical Park
251 Henricus Park Road
Chester, VA 23836
(804) 748-1611

 

Sensory-Friendly Screening: The Polar Express

The Byrd Theatre

This special screening The Polar Express provides an opportunity for those with sensory sensitivities to enjoy a holiday classic in a safe, comfortable environment. To accommodate sensory needs, the lights will be up and the sound turned down.

Cost: $1.99/ticket

Time:
Saturday, December 17, 2016
2pm (Box office opens at 1:30pm)

Contact/Venue:
Byrd Theatre
2908 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA, 23221
manager@byrdtheatre.com
Showtimes: (804) 353-9911
Office: (804) 358-3056 (Please leave a message)

 

 

Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25, 2016

“It’s Not Really Christmas…”: Special Holiday Screening of It’s A Wonderful Life

The Byrd Theatre

It’s not really Christmas….until you’ve watched It’s a Wonderful Life with your friends at the Byrd Theatre! Special screenings of this timeless holiday classic will be offered on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, complete with a holiday sing-a-long featuring Bob Gulledge on the legendary Mighty Wurlitzer organ.

Cost: $5/ticket

Time:
December 24 at 7:15pm
December 25 at 7:15pm and 9:45pm
**Tickets will go on sale 30 minutes before show times

Contact/Venue:
Byrd Theatre
2908 West Cary Street
Richmond, VA, 23221
manager@byrdtheatre.com
Showtimes: (804) 353-9911
Office: (804) 358-3056 (Please leave a message)

 

 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Holiday Glitter: Monument Avenue After Dark Walking Tour

The Valentine

Experience the lights and post-Christmas Day glitter of Monument Avenue while learning about the history of the homes, residents, and holiday traditions in one of the most popular walking tours that the city offers. This tour is presented as part of the Richmond History Tours program, a service of the Valentine.  Reservations required.

Cost:
$15 per person.
$5 for Valentine Members.
Reservations are required. Please call (804) 649-0711 ext. 301 to purchase tickets.

Time:
Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27, 2016
6pm – 7:30 pm

Contact:
The Valentine Museum
1015 East Clay St
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 649-0711 ext. 301

Venue:
Tour begins at the Robert E. Lee Memorial
Corner of N. Allen and Monument Avenues
Richmond, VA 23220
**Parking is available on-street.

 

 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year’s Eve Family Frolic

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Ring in the New Year at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens! Enjoy fun family activities all afternoon, including live music, a parade, photo ops, crafts, a “wishing chain” for 2017 and much more. Be sure to stick around after the “frolic” is over to catch the Dominion GardenFest of Lights from 5pm-10pm.

Cost: (Tickets are good for NYE Family Frolic and GardenFest of Lights.)
$13 Adult
$11 Senior (55+)
$8 Child (3-12)
$7 Adult Member
$5 Child Member (3-18)

Time: Saturday, December 31, 2016, 2pm – 5pm

Contact/Venue:
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Henrico, VA 23228