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The Ultimate Holiday Guide For Events In & Around Richmond

Oh What Fun! Richmond Moms Blog's Ultimate Holiday Guide for Events In and Around Richmond

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the River City! The holiday season brings so much fun and joy for the entire family, and we’ve packed it all into The Ultimate Holiday Guide for Events In & Around Richmond!

To make it as easy as possible for you to find exactly what you’re looking for this holiday season, we’ve organized the events by category. If we’re missing your favorite events or traditions, let us know, and we’ll add them!

From the entire team at Richmond Moms Blog, we wish your family a joyful, peaceful, and fun holiday season!

Holiday Guide Categories

Holiday lights

Event Date/Time Location
The James Center Grand Illumination Fri., December 1
5:50 – 7 pm 
James Center Plaza
1003 E Cary St
Main Street Station Illumination Party Fri., December 1
4-10 pm
Illumination at 6 pm
Main Street Station
1500 E. Main St.
Light Up the Center! Fri., December 1
6 – 7:30 pm
500 South Center Street
*No Grand Illumination Countdown this year due to safety concerns.
RVA Tacky Light Tour December 1 – New Years See website for locations.
Community Menorah Lighting December 13, 14, 18 & 19
5:45 pm
Weinstein JCC
Neil November Plaza
5403 Monument Ave
Dominion Gardenfest of Lights Now – January 8, 2018
5 – 10 pm each night
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Closed Dec. 24 & 25
The Illuminated Light Show & Santa’s Village Now – December 31
5:30 – 10 pm each night
Meadow Event Park
13191 Dawn Blvd
Holiday Glitter: Monument Avenue After Dark Wed., December 27
6 – 7:30 pm
Robert E. Lee Memorial at Allen and Monument avenues.

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Teas & Concerts

Event Date/Time Location
Mary Poppins Now – December 31
Various Times
VA Repertory Theatre
Handel’s Messiah Fri., December 1
7:30 pm
Carpenter Theater
600 East Grace St
Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God Fri., December 1
7:00 pm
Altria Theater
6 N Laurel Street
Let it Snow! December 2 – 3
8 pm & 3 pm
Carpenter Theater
600 East Grace St
Music at Midday December 4 – 23
Select Days
12:00 pm
Jefferson Hotel
Palm Court or Rotunda
Tea with Legendary Santa December 2 – 23
2:00 pm
Hilton Richmond
501 East Broad Street
Glorious Christmas Nights December 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Various times
West End Assembly of God
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Wed., December 6
7:30 pm
The Richmond Coliseum
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music December 8 – 10
Various Times
Altria Theater
6 N Laurel Street
Richmond Ballet’s The Nutcracker with the Richmond Symphony December 9 – 23
Various Times
Carpenter Theater
600 East Grace St
Gingerbread Tea at Virginia House December 16
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Virginia House
501 East Broad Street
Christmas with the Richmond Pops December 19
7:30 pm
Altria Theater
6 N Laurel Street

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Meet Santa

Check the websites for hours and prices.

Event Date/Time Location
Sensitive Santa Sensory-Friendly Visit December 1
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Advanced Registration Required
CMoR Central
Santa Cares Sensory-Friendly Visit December 3
8:00 am – 10:00 am
Chesterfield Towne Center
Sensory-Friendly Santa December 10
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Regency Square Mall
(804) 740-1518
Short Pump Town Center Santa Keepsake Photos Now – December 24 Short Pump Town Center: Pals Clubhouse on the Upper Level near L.L. Bean
Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland Now – December 24
Bass Pro Shops
Virginia Center Commons Santa Now – December 26

Breakfast with Santa
December 9
8:30 am – 9:30 am

Virginia Center Commons
Children’s Museum Legendary Santa Now – December 24 CMoR Central
Cabela’s Photos, Breakfast, and Spaghetti Dinner with Santa Photos: Saturdays through December 23

Santa’s Spaghetti Dinner: December 21 at 6 pm

Breakfast with Santa: December 23 at 8:30 am

Cabela’s Short Pump
Stony Point Fashion Park Santa Photos Now – December 24 Stony Point Fashion Park
Westchester Commons Visits and Photos with Santa Now – December 23 Westchester Commons
Santa’s North Pole Annex Train Station
317 Perimeter Dr

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Fun runs & races

Check sites for run registration deadlines.

Event Date/Time Location
Jingle Bell Run December 2
Registration: 8 am
Race: 9 am
Includes a kid run.
Mary Munford Elem.
Tacky Light Run December 9
Race: 6 pm 
Midlothian Mines Park
Run-A-Latke December 10
5K: 10:00 am
1 Miler: 9:30 am
Weinstein JCC
5403 Monument Ave
Toy Run 5K December 10
5K: 1:00 pm
Kid’s Run: 12:30 pm
Glen Allen

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RVA Christmas Parades

Event Date/Time Location
Dominion Energy Christmas Parade December 2
10 a.m.
From the Science Museum on W. Broad Street to 7th Street
Petersburg Parade and Illumination December 2
3:00 pm
2223 South Crater Road to 3500 South Crater Road
Powhatan County Christmas Parade December 9
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Powhatan Courthouse Village
3880 Old Buckingham Rd
Chester Christmas Parade December 10
2:00 – 5:00 pm
From the Chester YMCA and to Centre Street/Harrowgate Road
James River Parade of Lights December 9
4:00 – 8:00 pm
Libby Hill Park, Dutch Gap Boat Landing, and Henricus Historical Park.

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Richmond Christmas Nativity Scenes

Event Date/Time Location
Bethlehem Walk Interactive Outdoor Nativity December 1
6 – 10:00 pm
December 2
4 – 9:00 pm
December 3
3 – 8:00 pm
Salem Baptist Church 
465 Broad Street Road
Manakin, VA 23103
(6 miles west of Short Pump)
Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Zoo December 21, 22, and 23

Three shows each evening at 7:00, 7:45, and 8:30.

Zoo gates open at 6:15 p.m. for the first show.

Richmond Zoo
8300 Beaver Bridge Rd
Moseley, VA 23120
The Living Nativity at Broadus Church December 1, 2, 3 & 8, 9, 10 5351 Pole Green Road

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Family-friendly events

Event Date/Time Location
Holiday Classics at the Byrd Theater Various movie events Byrd Theater
Colonial Christmas at Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown December 9
10:00 am to 9:30 pm
Annual Court End Christmas December 10
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Valentine
Victorian Holidays at Maymont Various family-friendly events from now until December 31st Maymont
The Rink at West Broad Open now through all winter West Broad Village
Stony Point on Ice December 5th – January 16th Stony Point Fashion Park

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Coat & toy drives

Event Date/Time Location
The Central Virginia Children’s Book Bank Ongoing CMoR
Coats for Kids Collects coats through the month of November Puritan Cleaners
Toys for Tots Now – December 15 Various locations
Radio One Toy Drive Presented by The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities December 5-7 Drop off a new toy at Walmart, Sheila Lane, off of Forest Hill

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RVA Christmas Tree Farms

Event Date/Time Location
Lloyd Family Farms  n/a No Christmas trees this year due to supplier issues
Mountain Road Nursery  See their site for hours 16829 Mountain Rd
Montpelier, Virginia
Windy Knoll Farm  See their site for hours 10094 Windy Knoll Dr
Mechanicsville, Virginia
Olde Church Christmas Tree Farm Now through 4:30 pm, Sunday, December 17th

Saturday and Sunday ONLY: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

2204 Old Church Road
Powhatan, VA 23139
LaRon Christmas Tree Farm December 2 & 3 only from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 3310 Pleasants Rd.
Powhatan, VA 23139

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Happy Holidays from Richmond Moms Blog

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