Holiday Happenings in Richmond










The holidays are just around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time to get out and enjoy all the exciting events and activities in Richmond. We’ve made a list, checked it twice and now we are giving you the best things to do this holiday season that are sure to make you and the entire family merry and bright as you head into the New Year.

Holidays in Carytown
This weekend, bring a new or gently used book to benefit the Children’s Home Society and get a free picture taken with Santa at Hirsch Oriental Rugs. While you’re there, enjoy jazz-style holiday favorites from Carol Covell. There will also be free carriage rides running throughout Carytown from Bill’s Cleaners & Wells Fargo.
Where: Carytown
When: Saturday, Dec. 19 from noon until 3 p.m.
Cost: Free

3rd Annual RVA Crafty Lights Tour and Concert
Blue Sky Fund has teamed up with New Belgium and Sweet Water breweries to take you on a magical tour through some of RVA’s tackiest lights while you drink craft beers from your favorite local bars along the way. Tickets include a boxed dinner from Savory Grain, bus transportation, goodies from the breweries, a concert at The Camel and a donation to Blue Sky Fund for youth development programs.
Where: The Camel at 1621 West Broad
When:  Saturday, Dec. 19. Check-in at 5 p.m. and after-party at 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $40

The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker returns to the Carpenter Theatre to ring in the holiday season. The New York Times claims this production is “perfect,” and you’ll agree. This is the last weekend to see the beloved ballet, so don’t wait to get your tickets and experience the enchantment of Clara and her magical Nutcracker toy. For tickets and show times, click here.
Where: The Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage
When: Through Dec. 23, times vary.
Cost: $20 – $125

Holiday Glitter: Monument Avenue After Dark Walking Tour
The grand homes on Richmond’s most famous street are all lit up in their holiday best and ready for you to be amazed. This is The Valentine’s most popular walking tour, so be sure to make reservations for this three-night event.
Where: Robert E. Lee Monument
When:  Wednesday, Dec. 23; Saturday, Dec. 26; and Sunday, Dec. 27 from 6 until 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person, $5 for Valentine Members
Know before you go: Reservations can be made and tickets purchased by calling 804-649-0711 ext. 301. Dress comfortably and bring a flashlight. Parking is available on-street.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: H2Whoa!
The beauty of the botanical gardens endures through the winter months at this holiday tradition that features more than a half million twinkling lights, decorations, model trains and more. In addition, there are holiday dinners and a fire pit with s’mores and hot chocolate. This year’s theme is H2Whoa!, which promises tons of water-themed fun. Click here for more details.
Where: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
When: Nightly through Jan. 11, 2016 from 5 until 10 p.m. Closed Dec. 24 and 25.
Cost: $5 – $12. Group rates are also available.
Know before you go: This is a rain or shine event.

Richmond Tacky Lights
Check out the tackiest light displays in Richmond and you’ll have entertainment all season long. Be sure to read about each home on the list before you hit the road for details and stories behind these fantastical decorations, from honoring loved ones to continuing decade’s long traditions. Areas included in the list are Henrico, Glen Allen and Lakeside, Chesterfield, Richmond and Mechanicsville/Highland Springs.
Where: Various Locations. Click here for list.
When: Through the holidays
Cost: Free. Donations to keep the traditions going are encouraged at some homes.

If you want to live close to these and other exciting events year round in Richmond, we currently have two move-in ready homes in the community of Tarrington on the James and maintenance-free coach homes in Kinloch that are ready for immediate move in. For more information on how you can be in a new Richmond home just in time for the holidays, visit