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100 Miles of Lights in the Richmond Region

Lights and Lyrics of the Holidays

100 Miles of Lights features holiday events and activities in the Richmond, VA Region, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. Visit us and light up your holiday season. From festive decorations of long ago, to the twinkle of modern lights, Richmond is the perfect place to get away for the holidays. Below are suggested itineraries your groups are sure to love!

Day One

Agecroft Hall

Visit this Tudor home built in Lancashire, England in the late 15th century. Set amid gardens, this country manor house is lovingly decorated for the holiday season and contains an extensive assortment of Tudor and early Stuart art and furniture pieces.

Virginia House

Here you get to make a gingerbread house with an afternoon tea service and house tour to follow.


Known for its variety of one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques and food stores, Carytown is the perfect place to find that gift you've been looking for.

Virginia State Capitol

Designed by Thomas Jefferson, stop by and see how the Commonwealth shows off its Capitol during the holidays.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

On display from late November to early January, GardenFest of Lights features more than a half-million holiday lights arranged in botanical themes.

Optional Activity

Before the return to your hotel, enjoy a drive through downtown Richmond neighborhoods and take in all the ornate decorations. Stop for a stroll through the James Center with its thousands of white lights and hundreds of lighted reindeer.

Day Two


Enjoy dazzling tours of the Maymont mansion, lavishly decorated with Victorian Christmas décor, and experience old-fashioned Christmas festivities.

Jefferson Hotel

The Jefferson's beautiful decorations, giant gingerbread house and magnificent tree will put anybody in a holiday spirit.

Richmond Region Tacky Light Tours

For your evening entertainment, take the beloved Richmond Tacky Lights Tour. Mapped routes are available each year that feature the most outlandishly decorated houses in the Region. This is one ride that won't soon be forgotten!

Special Events

Check for dates of annual holiday events.

Court End Christmas - The Valentine Richmond History Center, Museum & White House of the Confederacy, John Marshall House & Gardens and St. John's Church host musical performances, carriage rides and more.

Bizarre Bazarr's Christmas Collection - Richmond's largest gift show features gourmet foods, crafts and much more.

Capital City Kwanzaa Festival - The festival features performances, children's activities and an African market.

The Nutcracker Ballet - The Richmond Ballet invites families to join Clara on her journey through a holiday dream at The Carpenter Center at Richmond CenterStage.

Swift Creek Mill Theatre offers dinner and theatre in a restored 1630s gristmill, believed to be the oldest gristmill in the nation.

James River Parade of Lights - Decorated boats parade the waterway on the James River every year.

"Closer Than Ever" at Hanover Tavern - An intimate musical about love, friendship, security, and happiness and holding on to those essentials in a world that seems to spin faster every day. In 1989, the New York Times described it as "one of the half-dozen finest American theater scores of the last decade." 

Many churches also offer major productions during the holiday seasons as well. Please call Janie Lawson at 804.783.7409 for current information.

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