2017 Holiday Events Guide for Richmond

Holiday Events GuideThis is such a magical time of year for families in the Richmond area.  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 holiday events in the area, as well as a few that, maybe, you’ve never heard of until now.

If there are any special holiday events that we’ve left off the list, let us know by emailing us at cs@richmondmom.com.

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November 6 – 12
November 13 – 19
November 20 – 26
November 27 – December 3
December 4 – 10
December 11 – 17
December 18 – 24
December 25 – 31

 

November 10, 2017

Annual Tree Lighting at Chesterfield Towne Center

Chesterfield Towne Center

Join Chesterfield Towne Center in the food court to kick off the holiday season with their annual tree lighting.  Get caught up in the spirit with the music of the Glennroy Bailey Trio.  Kat Simons will emcee the evening of festive celebration and Santa will make an appearance to help light the tree with the magic of the season.

Cost: FREE

Time: Friday, November 10, 2017 at 6pm

Contact/Venue:
Chesterfield Towne Center
11500 Midlothian Turnpike
Chesterfield, VA 23235
(804) 794-4660

 

Holly Jolly Christmas on Lakeside Avenue

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Bring your family and take free trolley rides, meet Santa, shop for vintage treasures and browse the Farmer’s Market during a Holly Jolly Christmas on Lakeside Avenue. Stores along Lakeside will be offering extended hours.  Find home decor, clothing, antiques and vintage treasures, toys, gourmet food and beverages and much more!

Cost:
Adults $13, Seniors $11, Children 3-12 $8, Children under 3 are free.  Free for members.

Time: Friday, November 10, 2017 at 5pm – 9pm

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

 

November 10 – November 11, 2017

The Vintage Home Market

Richmond Raceway Complex

The Vintage Home Market is an amazing gathering of some of the finest and unique vintage, shabby, rustic, coastal, French Country, industrial and Farmhouse chic dealers and artisans in the central eastern region. We have carefully handpicked only the best for you! All of these amazing artisans will be showcasing their talents and selling their incredible treasured finds and creations during this special 2-day market! This is like nothing this area has ever experienced!

Cost: VIP Tickets $10, Saturday tickets at door $5, Kids 12 & under are FREE

Time:
Friday, November 10, 2017, 6pm – 9pm
Saturday, November 11, 2017, 9am – 5pm

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

 

November 11, 2017

Annual Tree Lighting at West Broad Village

West Broad Village

Gather your family and experience the magic of Santa lighting the West Broad Village tree. Enjoy the evening as Santa’s helpers treat your family to holiday performance and bask in the ambiance of holiday music, family fun and much more!

Cost: FREE

Time: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 6pm

Contact/Venue:
West Broad Village
3950 Wild Goose Lane
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 887-2988
westbroadvillage@shopcore.com

 

Grace Church Annual Holiday Bazaar

Grace Episcopal Church

Two floors full of Local Talent! Art, jewelry, crafts, baked goods, ornaments, wreaths, stained glass, hand-turned wood pens and gifts, beauty items, self-defense accessories, handmade stationery, and much more! Enter a raffle for a $250 gift certificate to the Short Pump Town Center! Breakfast and Lunch available, plus free coffee for everyone!

Cost: FREE

Time: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 8am – 2pm

Contact/Venue:
Grace Episcopal Church
2955 River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063
(804) 556-3051

 

November 17, 2017

Trim the Tree Ornament Class

All Fired Up

On Friday, November 17th, from 6-8 pm, kids ages 6-14 can spend the evening with us as we get into the holiday spirit by creating a wet clay, fused glass, AND ceramic ornament in one night. Reservations are required.

Cost: $30 per child

Time: Friday, November 17, 2017, 6pm – 8pm

Contact / Venue:
All Fired Up Short Pump
4668 Commonwealth Centre Pkwy
Midlothian, VA 23112
(804) 744-5506

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

 

Westchester Commons Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

Westchester Commons

“Christmas-time’s a comin’” and we kick off the Holiday Season with our Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, November 17th from 7pm-9pm on Main Street at Westchester Commons!  With live seasonal music, Holiday Treats and warm beverages, and lots of fun for the entire family! And who knows? Will we have “snow” this year?  One thing is for sure…Santa will make his first appearance at Westchester Commons by helping to light the tree!  Plus, the first 250 children (12 & under) will receive a free gift, just for attending!  Don’t miss this official kickoff of the Holidays at Westchester Commons!

Cost: FREE

Time: Friday, November 17, 2017, 7pm – 9pm

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

 

November 17 – November 18, 2017

Holly Spree on Stuart Avenue

Saint Gertrude High School

Over forty local vendors will be selling items including clothing, jewelry, Christmas items, pet items, pocketbooks, glassware, pottery, flavored extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars, jams, desserts, frozen casseroles and much more. Tickets for SpreeView Friday night are $20 in advance and $25 at the door with gourmet appetizers, beer and wine served. Admission on Saturday is FREE: a visit from Santa with photos and Sally Bell boxed lunches for sale.  For more information and reservations for Friday night, please visit our website www.saintgertrude.org/hollyspree.

Cost:
Friday: PreSpree
$20 advance order
$25 at the door

Saturday: Holly Spree
FREE admission for shopping

Time:
Friday, November 17, 2017, 6:00pm – 9pm
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 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 17 – 19, 2017

53rd Annual Craft and Design Show

Main Street Station

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: $55
Weekend Pass: $80

Members
General Admission: FREE
Rise and Shine Breakfast: $25
Patrons’ Preview Party: $50
Weekend Pass: $75

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

Time:
Friday, November 17, 2017
Patrons’ Preview Party 6pm – 9pm

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Rise + Shine Breakfast 9:30am – 11am
General Admission Shopping 11am – 5pm

Sunday, November 19, 2017
General Admission Shopping 11am – 5pm

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

Venue:
Main Street Station
1500 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

 

November 17 – December 31, 2017

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Maymont

Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley’s spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life and is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Beautiful trimmings on the 12-foot Christmas tree, the opulent dining room set for a feast, evergreen decorations and lavish gifts welcome the season in grand Victorian style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are 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. Tour capacities are limited.

Cost: $5 suggested donation

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

(Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day)

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

 

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, 2017

36th 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 18, 2017, 9am – 3pm

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

 

Northside Artists’ Holiday Artwalk

Ginter Place

The Northside Artists’ Open Studio is an annual pre-holiday art walk and sale hosted within seven private Sherwood Park and Laburnum Park homes as well as the commons area of Ginter Place. All locations are within a three block walk of one another in a beautiful, historic section of Richmond’s Northside. Established in 1991, we are a group of primarily Northside Richmond artists, artisans, and hand-crafters dedicated to creating unique and quality items perfect for gift giving and home adornment. Please join us for this year’s art walk ~ we’re certain you will find that perfect something! Visit their Facebook page to see example of artwork and wares.

Cost: Free

Time: Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9am – 5pm

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

 

Santa’s Arrival and Parade

Regency Square Mall

Get ready for the holidays with Regency Square’s first annual parade, starting at 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 18, 2017
Parade starts at 9am

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

 

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 18, 2017, 10am – 5pm

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

 

Tussing Tinsel Town Bazaar

Tussing Elementary School

Join Tussing Elementary School in Colonial Heights for their 5th Annual Tussing Tinsel Town Bazaar featuring over 80 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 person
Pictures with Santa: $2 each

Time: Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9am – 2pm

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

 

November 18, 2017 – November 19, 2017

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 18 and Sunday, November 19, 2017
10am – 5pm

Contact:
Colonial Williamsburg Employee Arts and Crafts Show

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

 

November 18 – December 31, 2017

Dickens’ Christmas Towne

Decker Half Moone Cruise Center

Dickens’ Christmas Towne returns this holiday season with a bigger, brighter, and bolder line-up of activities and entertainment. Our newest experience, the “London Docks” features a 120-foot-long waterfront maze! Enjoy a new interactive space showcasing a larger-than-life talking book and bookworm, sponsored by TowneBank. Count down to Christmas with a giant advent calendar, and enjoy all new free activities, games, and crafts. We’re also bringing back the very best of seasons’ past, including Father Christmas, an elaborate indoor train display, Geoffrey “the talking Christmas Tree,” the Pickwick Puppet Theater, amazing jugglers, magicians, and performers.  After Christmas, you won’t want to miss an all-new, action-packed week. Come dressed for the occasion on princess & pirate day, celebrate the season during our arctic blast festival, and ring in the New Year at our family-friendly, afternoon New Year’s Eve ballon drop.

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

Time:
Saturday, November 18 – Sunday, December 31, 2017
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

 

November 19, 2017

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 19, 2017
Parade begins at 2:30 pm

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 12:15 pm 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 19, 2017, 12:15pm – 2:00 pm

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

 

November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Make memories that your family can hold onto forever this holiday season. Experience Christmas in Williamsburg with holiday light displays beyond comparison at Busch Gardens Christmas Town ™. Offering kid-friendly attractions and shows, delicious treats, thrilling rides, roller coasters, and all of your favorite Christmas characters, there is nowhere else quite like it except the North Pole itself. You may even find Santa in his Workshop, preparing for his Christmas Eve journey.

Cost: Click here for more info

Time: November 24 – January 1, 2018, 2 pm – 10 pm every day

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

 

November 24, 2017 – January 8, 2018

Dominion Energy 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 24 until January 8, 2018. During this year’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights, Naturally Ever After presents Stories in Lights: from fairy tales and folklore to time-treasured classics. Indoor and outdoor displays, family activities and holiday events spotlight tales that span cultures and time … explore natural phenomena … teach life lessons … celebrate the seasons … and ultimately, connect people through plants.

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, 2017)

SPECIAL EVENTS during GardenFest:
Grand Illumination
4pm – 10pm, November 24, 2017
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, November 30, 2017
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Dogs can enjoy the holiday lights at GardenFest for Fidos! Leashed pets are allowed on these special nights. Regular hours and admission apply.

Merry Mondays (Mondays during GardenFest through December 18)
6pm – 8pm
Aesop’s Fables storytime fireside with the Garden Keeper at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Library Reading Room. “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 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, 2017

Union Bank & Trust LolliPops 2: The Snowman

Carpenter Theatre

Continue this holiday tradition with the Richmond Symphony! This charming animated film tells the story of a young boy’s magical friendship with a snowman. Enjoy other holiday favorites during this program as well.  Arrive early and join us for a free pre-concert festival, featuring our instrument petting zoo and enjoy interactive activities for the whole family that will enhance your concert experience. Pre-concert festivities begin at 10am in Rhythm Hall. LolliPops concerts are ideal for children ages 5 and up, but music lovers of all ages are welcome.

Cost:
$20 / Adult
$10 / Child
$10 / 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 25, 2017, 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

 

November 27, 2017

Holiday Festival of Music

Holiday Festival of Music is a beloved tradition which marks the beginning of the holiday season for those in and around Richmond. This lovely concert features the music of the Richmond Symphony, accompanied by area choirs, and is performed at the beautiful Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. This year’s concert will feature the women’s choirs of Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Deep Run High School, St. Gertrude High School, and VCU. Soloists will include soprano, Sara Kate Walston and baritone, Chase Peak.

Cost: General admission $40, Priority seating $60

Time: Monday, November 27, 2017, 7pm – 9pm

Contact/Venue:
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
800 South Cathedral Place
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 359-5651

 

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 31st 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 27, 2017 until January 7, 2018. Don’t miss this dazzling display!

Cost: Free

Time: Monday, November 27, 2017, 5pm

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

 

November 28, 2017 – November 30, 2017

Wreath Workshops

Have you ever strolled through Maymont around the holidays and envied the beautiful greenery decorating the estate? Sign up for one of these popular workshops and learn from the experts how to create spectacular evergreen wreaths. Create one special wreath to take home and use your new talent to help make another wreath to decorate Maymont. Greens, forms, wire, and instruction are supplied; bring your own clippers and gloves.

Cost:
$30 / person
$25 / members
Register online by November 27

Time:
Tuesday, November 28, 6-9pm
Wednesday, November 29 and Thursday, November 30, 9am-12pm
9am – 12pm and 6pm – 9pm

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

 

November 29, 2017 – December 10, 2017

Glorious Christmas Nights

West End Assembly of God

This year, Glorious Christmas Nights will bring you a spectacular holiday musical called “FANtastic Christmas!” It’s a thrilling “show within a show” set in the Richmond Fan District in 1967. Former Radio City Rockette, Roxie Monroe, will bring a diverse and conflicted neighborhood together for a Broadway Style Review to help save the iconic, but deteriorating, Tantilla Gardens. Willy, the Fan mailman, will guide you through this rollicking “60’s” musical revival that will deliver great joy for the entire family. You will rock n roll from Meadow Park, down to Tiny Town Bowling Alley, upstairs to Tantilla Gardens and not stop until reaching the bright star of Bethlehem. Don’t miss this Glorious Christmas Nights production of FANtastic Christmas!… A “lights out” musical guaranteed to “Light Up The Night!”

Cost:
Tickets range from $18-$30
Call (804) 754-0738; order online here; or visit the West End Assembly of God box office (401 N. Parham Road).

Time:
Wednesday, November 29 – Sunday, December 10, 2017
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

 

November 30, 2017 – December 3, 2017

The Bizarre Bazaar

Richmond Raceway Complex

The Bizarre Bazaar® has been a Virginia tradition for over 42 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, November 30 – Saturday, December 2, 2017
10am – 7pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017
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

 

December 1, 2017

Behold the Lamb of God

Altria Theater

Since 2000, Andrew Peterson and his friends have performed Behold the Lamb around the country, telling again and again this true myth, as C.S. Lewis called it, this tale that’s bigger than life, but is -astonishingly-true. The tour has become a yearly tradition not just for Andrew and the other artists on the tour, but for families and churches who attend the concert each season.

Cost: $20

Time: Friday December 1, 2017, 7pm

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

 

Capital Tree Lighting

Virginia’s Executive Mansion

Between 5:30pm – 6pm, Governor McAuliffe and his family partake in the official tree lighting on the South Portico of the State Capitol.  Between 6pm – 8:30pm, there will be an open house at the Executive Mansion, and a receiving line with the Governor and First Lady. Choral music will be performed by Waynesboro High School. Cookies and hot cider served.

Cost: Free

Time: Thursday, December 1, 2017, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Contact/Venue:
Virginia’s Executive Mansion
Capitol Square
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 371-2642

 

Deck the Halls Workshop

Maymont

Whether for an American estate, your house or apartment, creating your own holiday decorations can be fun and easy! 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 29

Time:
Friday, December 1, 6pm – 8pm

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

 

Handel’s Messiah

Carpenter Theatre

Don’t miss the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus performing Handel’s masterwork, a holiday classic that has delighted Richmonders for generations.

Cost:
For pricing, please visit Etix.

Time:
Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:30pm

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

 

Harp! The Herald Angels Play!

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

On Friday, December 1, 2017, the American Youth Harp Ensemble will present, “Harp! The Herald Angels Play!” at 7:00 pm at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Join the American Youth Harp Ensemble, the nation’s premiere harp ensemble, for a scintillating display of virtuosity showcasing the harp’s incredible versatility. Performing beloved holiday and classical favorites, you will be enthralled by these world-class performers who have been called “a national cultural treasure” by the U.S. Department of State’s Cultural Arts Director. The Virginia-based Ensemble has delighted audiences most recently in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and the White House and is thrilled to return to the Cultural Arts Center! Plus, enjoy dinner and drinks (mixed drinks/soft drinks/beverages) available for sale at the show from Apple Spice Junction!

Cost:
Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 for reserved seating, or $21 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets.

Time:
Friday, December 1, 2017, 7pm – 9pm

Contact/Venue:
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
2880 Mountain Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 261-2787

 

 

December 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017

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: $23 for adults and $12 for ages 6-12.
Jamestown Settlement Only: $17 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6-12
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Only: $12 for adults and $7 for ages 6-12.
**Children under 6 are free at both locations.

Time:
Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 31, 2017
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

 

Miracle on South Division Street

Virginia Repertory Theatre

The Nowaks of Buffalo, New York, have always known they are special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! Since then, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks’ 20-foot commemorative shrine as a beacon of hope and faith amidst the urban rubble.  When a deathbed confession reveals a secret, the family legend comes into question. This heartfelt and hilarious play will have the whole family laughing through the holidays.

Cost:
Single tickets start at $42
*Ticket prices subject to change
Click here for discounted ticket options

Time: December 1, 2017 – December 31, 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

 

December 2, 2017

34th Annual Dominion Energy 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!  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 2, 2017, 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

 

Annual Tree Lighting at Walkerton Tavern

Walkerton Tavern

Celebrate the annual tree lighting event at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. We welcome the community to this very special holiday event featuring holiday music and a toasty bonfire, hot chocolate, and cookies. Old St. Nick makes his spectacular arrival just in time for the countdown to light a 60-foot cedar tree. Walkerton Tavern will be open for historic tours from 2-6 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Time:
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Tavern tours: 2pm – 6pm
Tree Lighting and festivities: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Contact: For more information, email gru16@henrico.us.

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

 

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 2, 2017, 10am – 2pm

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

 

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.  (Due to safety concerns, there will be NO Grand Illumination “Countdown” for Light Up the Tracks this year.)

Cost: Free

Time: Saturday, December 2, 2017, 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

 

Richmond 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 2, 2017, 9am (registration at 8am)

Contact:
Christian O’Hara at cohara@arthritis.org or call 804-665-9953

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

 

December 2, 2017 – December 3, 2017

Let it Snow!

Carpenter Theatre

Celebrate the holidays with a concert featuring the sounds of the season! Join the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus for this magical holiday tradition the whole family will love.

Cost:
For pricing, please visit Etix.

Time:
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 8:00pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 3:00 pm

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

 

December 3, 2017

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 to the estate and invite you to visit the Dooleys’ Gilded Age mansion. Marvel at the grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms, see the gifts and games of 1893 and stop by the Below stairs area, where holiday preparations are underway. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with St. Nick and Maymont’s Christmas Fairy, good food and drink, festive music, a roaring fire to cheer you and special activities that are sure to fill everyone with a merry holiday spirit.

Cost:
Free admission; fees for 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 3, 2017, 12pm – 4:30pm

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 and animal friends, games, crafts and special treats!

Cost:
$12 per child
$8 adults and children 12 and older
(Add a tour of the spectacularly decorated Maymont Mansion, dressed in holiday finery, for $4 per person.)
Advanced registration required.
Register online or call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.

Time: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 1pm & 2:30pm

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

 

December 3 and December 5, 2017

Holiday Classics Concert  

Ginter Park Presbyterian

Join Ginter Park Presbyterian Church as they present a 2017 Holiday Concert featuring the Richmond Men’s Chorus, the Richmond Women’s Chorus, and the Noteables.

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

Time:
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 4pm
Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 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

 

December 3, 2017 – December 16, 2017

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:
$28 per family for non-members
$22 per family for Virginia Historical Society members
Reservations are required.
Please call (804) 353-4251 or email Kathryn Lewis to reserve your spot.

Time:
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 2pm – 4pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 2pm – 4pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10am – noon
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 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

 

December 8, 2017

Blessing of the Animals

Fountain Bookstore

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. 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).  Fountain Bookstore will be donating 5% of their sales.

Cost: Free

Time: Friday, December 8, 2017, 10am – 6pm

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

Venue:
Fountain Bookstore
1312 E Cary St
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

December 8 and December 10, 2017

Church Hill Holiday Festival

Church Hill Neighborhood

Friday, December 8: 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

Time:
Friday, December 8, 2017
Jefferson Park: 7:15pm

Contact:
The Church Hill Association of Virginia

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

Sunday, December 10: 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
$30 per person day of tour and at “Will Call” at the Parish Hall of St. John’s Church

Time: Sunday, December 10, 2017, Noon – 5pm

Contact:
The Church Hill Association of Virginia

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

 

December 8 and 15, 2017

Maymont by Moonlight

Enjoy an enchanting holiday evening at Maymont. 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 – the first Christmas in their new home. A horse-drawn carriage ride under the stars, seasonal refreshments and joyful carol-singing by the bonfire make this an evening to remember!

Cost:
$29 / person
$24 / members
Reservations required.

Time: Fridays, December 8 & 15, 2017, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

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

 

December 9, 2017

CarMax Tacky Light Run

Mid-Lothian Mines Park

Join in on one of the season’s most festive holiday 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 9, 2017
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

Venue:
Mid-Lothian Mines Park
13301 N. Woolridge Rd
Midlothian, VA 23114

 

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 9, 2017, 4pm – 8pm

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

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

 

Tea and Tidings

Pamplin Historical Park

Celebrate the holidays at this annual Christmas event. Ladies and gentlemen in period dress will teach 19th century etiquette while serving gourmet holiday tea and tasty treats. Attendees will also learn history and holiday customs during the Civil War era, including traditional Christmas carols and stories.

Cost:
$20 / members
$24 / non-members
Reservations are required.
Call (804) 861-2408 or toll free at 1 (877) PAMPLIN (726-7546); or email generalmailbox@pamplinpark.org

Time: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2pm – 3:30pm

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

 

Three Centuries of Virginia Christmas

Henricus Historical Park

Henricus interpreters will be demonstrating the changing traditions of English Christmas during the reigns of King James I (1621), King George III (1776) and Queen Victoria (1864).

Cost: FREE

Time: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 12pm – 5pm

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

 

December 9, 2017 and December 10, 2017

Colonial Christmas

Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown

Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown is decorated for the holidays courtesy of the Ashland Garden Club. Join us for festive tours, colonial dancing and delicious treats, including Martha Washington’s cake, gingerbread cookies and hot cider.

Cost:
Preservation Virginia Members – FREE
General admission – $10
AAA, Military, and Seniors – $9
Students – $7
Children under 6 are free

Time:
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10am – 9:30pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 12pm – 5pm

Contact/Venue:
Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown
16120 Chiswell Lane
Beaverdam, VA 23015
scotchtown@preservationvirginia.org
(804) 227-3500

 

December 9, 2017 – December 23, 2017

Richmond Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Carpenter Theatre

The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever with redesigned costumes, heavenly new scenery, and brand new characters— including an elegant Swan Sleigh—all added to the 2015 production of the Richmond Ballet holiday classic. The wonder and magic of the season are set to come alive once again with sugarplums, chocolates, marzipan, coffee and tea, a dancing bear, life-like dolls, and sparkling flowers. From a battle beneath the branches of a mystical Christmas tree, to a winter white forest, and then off to a far-off kingdom of delectable sweets, The Nutcracker has become a favorite tradition for Richmond audiences, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is sure to bring joy to everyone’s December.

Cost:
For pricing, please visit Etix.

Time:
For the full schedule, please click here.

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

 

December 10, 2017

31st Annual Court End Christmas

The Valentine / Downtown Richmond

Make Court End Christmas part of your annual holiday tradition. Every year, 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 admission

Time: Sunday, December 10, 2017, Noon – 5pm

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

 

44th Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols

Cannon Memorial Chapel

Join the singers of Schola Cantorum and Women’s Chorale for a joyous Christmas celebration through a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in the tradition of King’s College, Cambridge.

Cost: FREE

Time:
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 5pm – 7pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 8pm – 10pm

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

Venue:
Cannon Memorial Chapel
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23226
(804) 289-8500

 

December 15, 2017

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. Dine to the sounds of period musicians, with wassailing a-plenty, and many a toast to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I. Begin your holidays with one of the oldest English Christmas traditions in one of the oldest English settlements in North America: Henricus! The event sold out last year, so be sure to reserve your spot today at www.henricus.org!

Cost: $65/ person

Time: Friday, December 15, 2017, 7pm – 9pm

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

 

Tuckahoe Plantation Christmas Open House

Tuckahoe Plantation

Embrace the holiday season with family and friends at Tuckahoe Plantation’s Christmas Open House! Come by on Friday December 15th from 4 – 6:30pm. Guests can wander the rooms, decorated in the 18th-century style, and learn about the plantation’s rich history. Treats and cider (prepared over an open fire) will be available in the Old Kitchen, and various vendors will have Christmas gifts for sale.

Cost: $10 per adult and $5 per child (ages 5-12 years)

Time: Friday, December 15, 2017, 4pm – 6:30pm

Contact/Venue:
Tuckahoe Plantation
12601 River Road
Richmond, VA 23238
(804) 774-1614

 

December 15, 2017 and December 17, 2017

Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale Winter Concert: Messiah

Richmond and Ashland

Join the Masterworks Christmas Chorale for their 2017 Christmas concert, “Messiah”.  Filled with themes of hope, joy, peace, and merriment, the show features acappella pieces; the Chorale is also excited to perform Song of the Universal for the first time, which will provide a wonderful complement to Messiah. 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 (800) 838-3006.

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

Time:
Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 3pm

Venue:
For December 15th,
Grace Baptist Church
4200 Dover Rd
Richmond, VA 23221
(804) 353-0134

For December 17th,
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church
201 Henry Street
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 798-7224

 

December 16, 2017

Holiday Lantern Tours

Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park

The air is alive with voices of the past as you stroll through the years of Sheppard family Christmases at Meadow Farm. Vignettes include conversations and activities from each of the seven generations– from William Sheppard in 1713 to General Sheppard Crump in 1960.  No registration is necessary. This is a first-come, first-served program. Check in starts at 4 pm.

Cost: FREE

Time: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 4:30pm – 8pm

Contact:
Henrico Recreation and Parks
(804) 501-7275
henrec@henrico.us

Venue:
Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park
3400 Mountain Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 652-1455

 

December 17, 2017

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

The Tin Pan

The Tin Pan presents “A Crooner’s Christmas” featuring vocalist Brett Cahoon. 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:
$20 advance purchase online
$25 at the door

Time:
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Door open at 5pm
Show at 7pm

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

 

December 19, 2017

Christmas with the Richmond Pops

Altria Theater

Join Richmond Pops for their annual Christmas Celebration featuring the Richmond Choral Society and special guests from the United States Armed Forces.  This is a holiday tradition you don’t want to miss!

Cost: FREE

Time: Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 7:30pm

Contact:
Richmond Pops Band
3811 Cottrell Road
Richmond, VA 23234
Phone 804-275-5253

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

 

December 26, 2017 – December 27, 2017

Holiday Glitter Walking Tour

Robert E Lee Memorial

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:
Tuesday, December 26 and Wednesday, December 27, 2017
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.

 

December 31, 2017

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 2018 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: Sunday, December 31, 2017, 2pm – 5pm

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