The most wonderful time of the year is here! The holiday season is a magical time in the Richmond Region as neighborhoods and storefronts light up with dazzling displays and holiday festivities abound. If you’re looking for holiday cheer, you’ve come to the right place! Check out these festive RVA events, hotel deals and holiday markets to get you in the spiritthis season.
Events & Attractions
Holiday Happenings at Maymont
November 18, 2022- January 2023 | (Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year's Day)
Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in classic Victorian holiday splendor! Tour through the Maymont estate's historic mansion and marvel at the 12-foot Christmas tree, the opulent holiday decorations, and lavish giftsof 1893. Plus, save the date for holiday wreath making workshops beginning November 29,and this year's new Merry Market artisan festival on December 2 and 3! Visit the Maymont website for more details.
(Photo credit:Michael Simon Photography)
Light Up the Tracks Celebration
November 19, 2022- January 1, 2023 | (Select Dates & Times)
Stroll the mile-long holiday light displayin the downtown historic district and see the iconicrailroad tracks adorned with twinkling white lights!Stop in the local shops in this vintage Christmas villagefor holiday specials, and enjoy dinner at one of the charming local restaurants. Plus, don't miss scheduled events including a gingerbread scavenger hunt, live musical performancesand more. For more details, click here.
Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
November 21, 2022- January 8, 2023 | Open Nightly 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24& 25)
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden hosts the ultimate holiday extravaganza during theDominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. This annual holiday tradition features one million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains and more. See illuminated figures throughout like unicorns, butterflies and their famouspeacock, plus a live 20-foot Christmas tree inside their Conservatory. Click here for more information..
(Photo credit: Sarah Hauser)
Kings Dominion's WinterFest
November 25, 2022- January 1, 2023 | (Select Nights)
See the Kings Dominion park magically transform into a winter wonderland during the ultimate holiday celebration!Kings Dominion'sWinterFestis packed with all the sights, sounds, food, and experiences of the holiday season. The park shines bright with over twomillion shimmering lights, a 300-foot tree and lavish displays while live shows and strolling performers delight guests throughout the park. Plus, a selection of your favorite rides will be open to complete your night of memory making!
45thAnnual Model Railroad Show
Science Museum of Virginia
November 25- November 27, 2022 | (Select Times)
Featuring all the bells and whistles, guests will enjoy unique and traditional model train displays from across the state.Learn how trains work, conduct experiments, check out special demonstrations and enjoy a holiday weekend filled with fun for the whole family.The Model Railroad Show is included with Museum admission. Click here to learn more.
Let It Snow! Richmond Symphony Concert
Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center
November 26 & 27, 2022 | 8:00 pm
Celebrate the holidays with a concert featuring the sounds of the season, now happening on Thanksgiving weekend! Join the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus for this magical holiday tradition the whole family will love. Hear arrangements of famous carols, classics, and sparkling holiday favorites!! Click here for ticket information.
New Kent County Grand Illumination
Historic New Kent County Courthouse
November 27, 2022 | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bask in the joy of the holidays at New Kent County's Grand Illumination event! Bring your friends and family and enjoy caroling and live entertainment,hot beverages and holiday snacks, and a local holiday vendor market. Children can visit with Santa and have their picture taken and enjoy a variety of fun activities. All of this culminates in the illumination of the Historic New Kent County Courthouse. Learn more.
December 1- 30, 2022 | (Select Dates)
The festive fun continues throughout Richmond when the region adorns itself with tacky lights for all to see!This tradition of over-the-top holiday decorating can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car, a shuttle, or an open-air TukTuk. Plus, admire the vibrant displays while runningthrough Chesterfield County's Walton Park neighborhoodduring this year'sCarMax Tacky Light 6k Runon December 10! This is one holiday tradition that oooohers and aaaahers of all ages won't want to miss!Don't just take our word for it, Travel + Leisure says Richmond has The Best Christmas Lights in Virginia. To see a full guide ofRichmond's tacky light display locations this year, click here.
(Photo Credit:Michael Simon Photography)
17th Street Market
December 2, 2022 | 5:00- 7:00pm
Join WWBT NBC12 anchors and live entertainersat 17th Street Market as they kick off the holiday season in Shockoe Bottom! Happenings include the countdown and lighting of the 17th Street Market tree, performances and food trucks around the market. Free admission. Click here to learn more.
Movies On Brown's Island: Elf
Brown's Island,501 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219
December 2, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 9:00pm
Pack a chair or blanket, find your perfect spot at Kanawha Plaza, and enjoy an evening featuring the movie "Elf",while taking in the stunning views of Downtown’s holiday skyline. Seating is first come, first served. Bringing blankets and/or chairs for comfort is recommended.This is a free admission eventsponsored by Venture Richmond. Find more information, here.
Dominion Energy Christmas Parade
West Broad Street (Between the Science Museum & 7th Street)
December 3, 2022 | 10:00 am
Theannual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade returns to West Broad Street on December 3to commence the holiday season!Thisbeloved Richmond tradition attractsspectators from near and far each year.Click here for more information about this year's Christmas celebration.
22NDANNUAL TREE LIGHTING
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
December 3, 2022 | 4:30 pm
Mark your calendars for this beloved holiday event featuring magical holiday music performances, a toasty bonfire, and of course, a special visit from Santa to light the iconic cedar Christmas tree atThe Cultural Art Center’sentrance!Click here for additional event details.
Holiday Cheer at Scotchtown
Patrick Henry's Scotchtown, Hanover County, VA
December 3,2022 |10:00 am -4:00 pm
Time to get into the holiday spirit at Scotchtown! This family-friendly event will feature holiday-themed crafts, tours and much more! Stick around for story time at the top of every hour withcostumed interpreters, thenwarm up with a cup of hot apple cider. This event will be held outdoors, so warm clothes are encouraged! For tickets and additional event details, click here.
Santa Cares: Sensory Friendly Holiday Event
December 4, 2022 | (Select Times)
Chesterfield Towne Center
Experience the magic of the holidays during this Sensory Friendly Santa Experience. Meet with Santa in a sensory friendlyenvironment while supportingAutism Speaks with any photo experience purchase. For more details, click here.
Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center
December 9- December 23, 2022 | (Select Dates & Times)
Get ready for The Nutcracker's triumphant return this holiday season! Don't miss this iconic holiday performance and enjoy beautiful classical music arrangements by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the Richmond Symphony. Tickets start at $25. For more details on upcoming show dates and times, click here.
The FANDistrict Association Holiday House Tour
December10 &11, 2022|12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tour some of the most exciting homes in the Fan Neighborhood during the Fan District Association’s Annual Holiday House Tour! This year is the 60th Diamonds Jubilee and the tour reflects the great diversity and stylish character of the Fan Area Historic District.
Christmas Through The Centuries
Henricus Historical Park
December 10, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Head to Henricus to experience Virginia Christmas from the 17th century through the 19th century. See how Dutch ideas influenced English holiday traditions andcelebrate with carols and hot cider while decorating a Victorian Christmas tree by the fireside!Your festive journey through time will end with a visit from Father Christmas – where you can share your Yuletide wishes! Learn more, here.
December 11, 2022 | 12:00 pm-4:00 pm
Join The Valentine for some winter cheer on thepicturesque block of EastClay Street! Bring your family and enjoy hot beverages, crafts,gamesand live music. You can also take a self-guided tour of the historic Court End neighborhood andvisit nearby cultural sites for open houses and other activities. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
Holiday Getaway Package
The Jefferson Hotel
Marvel in the beautifully decorated Jefferson Hoteland experiencethe joy of the holidays during your 5-star stay. Book a luxurious holiday stay at thisprized hotel in the heart of downtown Richmond and take advantage of their holiday package featuring a Grand Premier room and complimentary self-parking.For more details on Jefferson Hotel holiday offers, click here.
(Offer valid Sunday through Thursday evenings November 14, 2022 through January 5, 2023, excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
VMFA Stay Packages
Linden Row Inn
Treat yourself this holiday season with a stay at the historic and charming Linden Row Inn. Experience the traditional splendor of the holiday season while staying in luxury and style. Take advantage of Linden Row's new winter packages which featurecomplimentary tickets to acclaimed VMFA exhibit,"Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art". Book your upcoming holiday getaway and receivea special Linden Row keepsake. It's the gift that keeps on giving! For more information on special offers and exclusion details, visit the Linden Row Inn website.
Stony Point Sip & Shop
Stony Point Fashion Mall
November 25 Through December18, 2022 |(Select Dates )
Shop local this holiday season at the Stony Point Fashion Park Sip & Shop market! Browse local crafts and goods from unique RVA vendors and find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Plus, enjoy sips from local wineries, distilleries and breweries on site! For more details, click here.
Richmond Raceway Complex
December 1 - 4, 2022 | (Select Time)
A Richmondtradition for 47years, The Bizarre Bazaar features hundreds of vendors offeringuniqueseasonal gifts. Find decorative accessories for the home and garden, gourmet cookbooks, fine linens, designer clothing, toys, artwork, furniture and more.Click here to see this year's shopping time slots and to purchase your tickets.
Holiday Villages 2022: The Richmond Night Market
December 8, 10, &11, 2022| (Select Times)
17th Street Market & The Valentine Museum
The Richmond Night Market returns this holiday season to bring us Holiday Villages- a weekend long outdoor market featuring the best in local and handmade artisans and businesses! Fiind the perfect gift while supporting talented RVA creators during this fun, family-friendly shopping experience. Visit the Richmond Night Market website for more details on this year's market locations and times.
Carytown Holiday Artisan Market
December 10& 11, 2022 | 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
Check out over 100 local vendors showcasing theirunique, handcrafted goods during the Carytown Holiday Artisan Market. Plus, enjoy live music and food trucks while you shop local. For more details on this year's two-day shopping event, click here.
There are so many wonderful ways to celebrate the holiday season in RVA! We hope you willcome visit and experience them for yourself. Click below to begin planning your next trip to the Richmond Region!
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- Fredericksburg Christmas Parade. ...
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- Manassas Christmas Parade. ...
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- Candlelight Tours at Stratford Hall. ...
- Richmond Makers Market. ...
- Mount Vernon by Candlelight.
The city is in the Piedmont region of Virginia, at the James River's highest navigable point. The Piedmont region is characterized by relatively low, rolling hills, and lies between the low, flat Tidewater region and the Blue Ridge Mountains.What can couples do on Christmas Day? ›
- Visit a Christmas market.
- Go to a Christmas tree farm.
- Drive around town looking at the decorations.
- Get hot chocolate together – try all the different Christmas flavours.
- Go Christmas present shopping together. ...
- Go to an ice bar.
- Visit a garden centre.
- Visit a winter wonderland.
- Take a Holiday Card Photo. ...
- Visit A Christmas Tree Farm. ...
- Decorate a Gingerbread House. ...
- Bake Unique Christmas Cookies. ...
- Plan a Family Photoshoot. ...
- Host A Holiday Game Night.
Santa Claus, Indiana
Billed as "America's Christmas Hometown," Santa Claus, Indiana, is a real place that just happens to live and breathe Christmas every day of the year.
Rovaniemi - Lapland, Finland
Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland, may be the best place on earth to celebrate Christmas. Located just north of the Arctic Circle, Finns argue that it makes a much likelier home for Santa than even the North Pole.
1. Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. In the center of Virginia, Shenandoah National Park protects portions of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which range in height between 2,000 and 4,000 feet.Is Richmond a posh area? ›
The Royal Borough of Richmond upon Thames is one of London's most expensive areas, with house prices sitting significantly above the London average. The Royal Borough of Richmond upon Thames is one of London's most expensive areas, with house prices sitting significantly above the London average.What is a livable salary in Richmond VA? ›
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- 02 of 08. Oysters. Denise Panyik-Dale / Getty Images. ...
- 03 of 08. Beer. ...
- 04 of 08. Crab. ...
- 05 of 08. Pizza. ...
- 06 of 08. Wine. ...
- 07 of 08. Northern Neck Ginger Ale. ...
- 08 of 08. Apples.
The 5 largest ethnic groups in Richmond, VA are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (47.5%), White (Non-Hispanic) (40.4%), White (Hispanic) (4.99%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.92%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.13%).Why are Richmond called the spiders? ›
It is most likely the team took the nickname from the Cleveland Spiders who, at the time, were highly successful. To this day, Richmond is the only university in the United States with the spider as its official nickname.What should you not do on Christmas Day? ›
- DO NOT turn on any non-Christmas music. ...
- DO NOT fight with the family. ...
- DO NOT fill up on appetizers or desserts before the actual Christmas meal. ...
- DO NOT forget to bring comfortable clothes. ...
- DO NOT forget to take pictures. ...
- DO NOT forget your gifts.
- Watch your favorite Christmas movie(s). Choose your family favorite, or check this list for something you haven't seen.
- Give yourself an at-home facial. ...
- Go walking in a winter wonderland. ...
- Drive around to look at Christmas decorations. ...
- Light a fire. ...
- Take a hot bath. ...
- Give yourself a festive manicure.
Decorate the tree
Whether you get a real tree or a fake one, creating a perfect tree is a classic Christmas activity. Complete with lights, tinsel, baubles and ornaments, Christmas trees are one of the most traditional symbols of the holiday season.
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- A Cobweb Christmas | Ukraine. ...
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- Pickle in the Tree | Germany. ...
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- Festive Sauna | Finland. ...
- Shoes by the Fire | The Netherlands. ...
- Belfana the Witch | Italy.
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- Build a snowman. vgajic. ...
- Cross-stitch some Christmas merriment. Brian Woodcock. ...
- Try a non-tree tree. Brian Woodcock. ...
- Go on a winter scavenger hunt. ...
- Add cheer to your front door. ...
- Decorate a tabletop tree.
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- Woodstock, Vermont.
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Calling itself the Best Christmas Town in America, Colonial Williamsburg particularly shines at Christmastime. Traditions abound, such as caroling by torchlight, a gun-salute display, and every home in the historic area lighting a candle in their windows—dating back to the days of the Founding Fathers.
If you ever wanted to step through the screen and wander into those magical small towns you see in the Hallmark holiday movies, then this place has to be on your bucket list. Christmas Town USA, also known as McAdenville, NC is a real-life storybook-come-true place three hours from Raleigh.What is the prettiest beach in Virginia? ›
- Virginia Beach.
- Westmoreland State Park.
- Colonial Beach.
- Cape Charles.
- Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve.
- Hampton, VA.
- Lake Anna State Park.
2: Colonial Williamsburg
A unique and exciting living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia is a place where the whole family can enjoy a combination of education, excitement, adventure and fun.
Chesterfield County has the highest income of all the counties as well as City of Richmond. Within the City, the wealthy neighborhoods are mostly concentrated in what is known as “the Near West End”, Windsor Farms, Rothesay Circle, The Fan, Monument Avenue, River Road corridor, South of Cary St etc.What is the safest neighborhood in Richmond VA? ›
The safest neighborhoods in Richmond are Bellevue, The Museum District, The Fan, Westover Hills, Byrd Park, and Three Chopt.What are the safest areas in Richmond? ›
- Byrd Park.
- Museum District.
- Three Chopt.
- Westover Hills.
Richmond is truly brimming with fun and is a vibrant, creative city. It's also home to several universities like Virginia Commonwealth University and The University of Richmond.Is Richmond a hipster? ›
Richmond Is a Hipster's Paradise
One of the most hipster-friendly cities in America! Richmond's free-thinking, nonconformist nature is most prominently displayed in Carytown, a nine-block collection of quirky local shops and restaurants.
The local authority with the highest male healthy life expectancy at birth is Rutland (71.5 years), followed by Richmond upon Thames (71.4 years) and Wokingham (70.1 years). Generally, the areas with the highest life expectancy at birth tend to be in London, the South of England and mid-Wales.What is considered wealthy in Virginia? ›
In Virginia, you'll need to earn $584,000 or more to be considered 'rich'. Technically, Washington, D.C., which isn't a state, has the highest AGI to be considered one of the highest earners at $918,000. Don't land among the top 1% of earners in your state? You may still be considered 'rich' in your community.
|Income & Poverty|
|Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020||$76,398|
|Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020||$41,255|
|Persons in poverty, percent|| 10.2%|
If you make $100,000 a year living in the region of Virginia, USA, you will be taxed $27,652. That means that your net pay will be $72,348 per year, or $6,029 per month. Your average tax rate is 27.7% and your marginal tax rate is 37.0%.What is Virginia signature food? ›
When it comes to Virginia cuisine, our food is as intertwined with history as it is taste. Virginia is known for its southern-style fare including oysters, peanuts, BBQ, country ham, blue crabs, trout, apples, and Brunswick stew.Is Richmond VA a foodie town? ›
Because in recent years, Richmond has been thriving as a culinary destination – thanks to a cool crop of locally-based chefs, sommeliers, and restaurateurs, all of whom are elevating the local dining scene to buzzy new heights.What percentage of Richmond is Chinese? ›
Richmond boasts a great diversity of backgrounds: over 180 different ethnic or cultural origins with at least 25 residents were reported. The most commonly reported ethnic origin in Richmond is Chinese, with 99,870 people or 48 percent of the City's population having this background.Has Richmond Va ever had a white Christmas? ›
Weather records have been kept in Richmond for well over a century and there have only been a handful of times when we have had a white Christmas. In fact, our chance of having a white Christmas is 7%.What percent of Richmond is black? ›
|Black or African American alone, percent(a)|| 45.2%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)|| 0.2%|
|Asian alone, percent(a)|| 2.1%|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)|| 0.0%|
Black or African American: 46.11% White: 45.20% Two or more races: 4.14%Are there black widows in Richmond? ›
The Richmond Black Widows are a women's American football team playing out of Richmond, Virginia.Why do people love Richmond? ›
EXPLORE VIRGINIA'S CAPITAL CITY
Richmond is more than a city – it's a way of life. RVA is packed full of culture, American heritage, and more! A Part Of History – Many historical sites, monuments, and events started here. Iconic Scenery – Home to breathtaking views and amazing places.
Richmond is a city of culture, nature, food, and more! There are infinite things to do in RVA, from dining at James Beard-nominated restaurants to white water rafting down the mighty James River, from visiting world-class museums to attending incredible ethnic festivals. So how do you decide what to do?What is there to do in Richmond for a day? ›
- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 3,114. Art Museums. ...
- Maymont. 2,064. Points of Interest & Landmarks • Farms. ...
- Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. 1,611. Gardens. ...
- Hollywood Cemetery. 1,424. Cemeteries. ...
- Virginia Capitol Building. 1,077. ...
- Carytown. 1,164. ...
- White House of the Confederacy. 1,261. ...
- Virginia Holocaust Museum. 415.
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The aim of the Richmond Town Christmas Market is to bring the community together at Christmas.
Hang the lights, trim the tree, invite friends over for a glass of eggnog and turn on Q99 THE Christmas Music Station!What time is Christmas parade Richmond VA? ›
The parade will begin at around 10:15 a.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia and continue east on Broad Street toward 7th Street. Copyright 2022 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved.What food is Richmond famous for? ›
Oysters. Virginians take their oysters pretty seriously. The state has even been called the oyster capital of the East Coast.What salary do you need to live in Richmond VA? ›
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|Required annual income after taxes||$31,622||$70,459|
|Required annual income before taxes||$39,380||$87,744|
Christmas Town: Virginia's Largest Christmas Celebration. Busch Gardens Williamsburg.How much is entry fee for Richmond Night Market? ›
Admission in 2022 costs $6 for people ages 7 to 59, which for what you get is quite reasonable. Children under age 7 and adults ages 60+ get in for free. There is also the Express Pass (formerly known as the Zoom Pass).How expensive is Richmond Night Market? ›
Most things are served in small quantity for around $6-8 so you can try multiple things. Some are more generous and cost up to $10. And there are a few things that are cheaper even.
- Navidad: Latin holiday music.
- Rockin' Xmas: Rockin' Xmas channel.
- Acoustic Christmas: 24/7 acoustic holiday tunes.
- Holiday Chill-Out: Downtempo holiday chill music.
- 70s/80s Holidays: Holiday hits of the 70s & 80s.
- Kids Christmas: Kid-friendly holiday songs.
- Noël Incontournable: Francophone holiday music.
Listen To Heart Xmas on DAB+What station is Christmas magic? ›
Listen to Magic Radio Breakfast with Ronan Keating and Harriet Scott for all the news on the Magic of Christmas on Smart Speaker, App, Digital Radio across the UK and in London on 105.4FM.What time is the Grand Illumination in Richmond VA? ›
The event that lights up most of the downtown skyline begins at 4pm at Kanawha Plaza. Richmond chief administrative officer Lincoln Saunders will flip the switch at 6pm, and the city will begin a new tradition at 7:15pm: a free plaza screening of the film "Elf."What time is Richmond parade? ›
HOW TO WATCH! The Dominion Energy Christmas Parade takes place on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 10 a.m. This beloved Richmond tradition attracts more than 100,000 spectators, starting at the Science Museum of Virginia and traveling 2.2 miles east on Broad Street to the Richmond Coliseum.