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! Create new traditions and unforgettable memories when you spend the holidays in the Richmond Region.
Events & Attractions
Light Up the Tracks Celebration
November 6th, 2021 - January 1st, 2022
Stroll the mile-long holiday light display in the downtown historic district and see the iconic railroad tracks adorned with twinkling white lights! Stop in the local shops in this vintage Christmas village for 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 performances and more. For more details, click here.
Kings Dominion's WinterFest
November 20th, 2021 - January 9th, 2021 (Select Nights)
Holiday traditions come to life at Kings Dominion's WinterFest. Friends and families are treated to an ultimate holiday celebration as the park is magically transformed into a winter wonderland - full of enchantment, cheer and classic family fun. WinterFest is packed with all the sights, sounds, food, and experiences of the holiday season. The park shines bright with over two million shimmering lights, a 300-foot tree and lavish displays. Live shows and strolling performers delight guests and festive, holiday activities are located throughout the park. Plus, a selection of your favorite rides will be open to complete your night of memory making!
Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
November 22nd, 2021 - January 9th, 2022 (Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24th & 25th) Open Nightly 4:00-10:00 pm
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden hosts the ultimate holiday extravaganza during the Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. This annual holiday tradition features one million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains and more. This year’s theme, 'Naturally Connected', highlights how we are all connected to nature and to each other. See illuminated figures throughout like unicorns, butterflies and their famous peacock. This year's event features new additions including a live Christmas tree inside their conservatory and new 'Poems of Positivity' light installations. There's something beautiful to see at every turn! Click the link above for more information and to secure your tickets.
(Photo credit: Sarah Hauser)
Holiday Merriment at Maymont
November 30th, 2021 - January 2022 (Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year's Day)
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. Tour through the historic estate and marvel at the 12-foot Christmas tree, the opulent dining room set for a feast, evergreen decorations, and lavish gifts and games of 1893. Plus, experience a new self-guided audio tour through the mansion which narrates the story of the mansion to you as an invited guest. Visit the Maymont website for more details and to schedule your personal audio tour.
(Photo credit: Michael Simon Photography)
46th Annual Model Railroad Show
Science Museum of Virginia
November 26th - November 28th, 2021
Featuring all the bells and whistles, guests will enjoy unique and traditional model train displays from across the state. Meet Clydesdale horses, watch a blacksmith in action and take a ride on the Teddy Bear Express! 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.
Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center
November 27th, 2021, 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 holiday favorites and even witness an appearance from Santa himself! Click here for ticket information.
New Kent County Grand Illumination
Historic New Kent County Courthouse
November 28th, 2021, 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. For more details on this free holiday event, click here.
Kanawha Plaza (8th & Canal Street)
December 3rd, 2021, 5:45 pm
Bring your family and friends to Kanawha Plaza to celebrate the holiday season at RVA Illuminates! This beautiful (and free!) tradition kicks off at 5:45 p.m. at Kanawha Plaza, where you can expect a dazzling downtown lighting ceremony to kick off the holiday season!
West Broad Street (Between the Science Museum & 7th Street)
December 4th, 2021, 10:00 am
The annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade returns to West Broad Street on December 4th to commence the holiday season! This beloved Richmond tradition attracts spectators from near and far each year. This year's parade will feature a very special Grand Marshal, holiday floats, marching bands, huge helium balloons, and, of course, Santa himself! Click here for more information about this year's Christmas celebration.
Sensory Friendly Holiday Event
December 5th & December 12th, 2021 (Select Times)
Chesterfield Towne Center
Experience the magic of the holidays during this Sensory Friendly Santa Experience. Meet with Santa in a sensory friendly environment while supporting Autism Speaks with any photo experience purchase. For more details, click here.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
December 7th, 2021, 4:30 pm
In partnership with Henrico County Recreation & Parks, The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen welcomes you to this beloved holiday event! Enjoy magical holiday music performances, hot chocolate and cookies, and of course, a special visit from Santa to light the 60-foot cedar Christmas tree at The Center’s entrance! There will also be a seasonal gift shop, holiday crafts for the kids, new art exhibits to view, and more! Admission and parking are free. Click here for additional event details.
Holiday Cheer at Scotchtown
Patrick Henry's Scotchtown, Hanover County, VA
December 4th, 2021, 6:00 pm - 9:00 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 with costumed interpreters, then warm 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.
December 1st - 30th, 2021 (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 a limousine. Plus, admire the vibrant displays while running through illuminated neighborhoods during this year's CarMax Tacky Light 6k Run on December 11th! 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 of Richmond's tacky light display locations this year, click here.
(Photo credit: Michael Simon Photography)
The FAN District Association Holiday Garden Tour
December 10th - December 11th, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Take in the dazzling holiday decorations in the Meadow Park neighborhood during this year's FAN District Association home tour! This two-night walking tour will feature music, food, drinks and holiday fun for the whole family. During this year's modified outdoor tour, get an exclusive look at the most festive outdoor gardens in RVA, nestled in the Meadow Park neighborhood! Click here to learn more and get your tour tickets today!
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”: LIVE
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
December 10th at 7:00 pm, December 11th at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm, December 12th at 3:00 pm
See this classic, animated TV special come to life in this live stage adaptation by Henrico Theatre Company! Bring your family and witness Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. Don't miss this special stage performance that's sure to be holiday fun for the whole family! Tickets are $15; click here for details.
Movies On Brown's Island: Elf
Brown's Island, 501 Tredegar St, Richmond, VA 23219
December 11th, 2021, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Grab your blankets and cozy up to a classic holiday movie playing at Brown's Island! Bring your family and friends and catch the popular holiday film, 'Elf', on an outdoor big screen. Grab a snack from local food vendors on-site including Strawberry Street Events, Westray Ice-Cream and Ryan’s Kettle Corn. Find your perfect spot on Brown’s Island and enjoy an evening featuring a family-favorite film while taking in the stunning views of the James River and the downtown skyline. Tickets start at just $5; click here for more details.
Henricus Historical Park
December 11th, 2021, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Head to Henricus to experience three centuries of Virginia Christmas- from the 17th century through the 19th century. Begin in 1611 at Henricus Fort and see how Dutch ideas influenced English holiday traditions. Move on to 1778, when the Revolution called for simpler ways to mark the season. Then, arrive in 1860 and celebrate 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! Make your holidays historical this year at Henricus!
Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center
December 11th - December 23rd, 2021 (Select Date & 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.
December 12th, 2021, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join The Valentine for some winter cheer on the picturesque block of East Clay Street! Bring your family and enjoy hot beverages, crafts, games and live music. You can also take a self-guided tour of the historic Court End neighborhood and visit nearby cultural sites for open houses and other activities. This event is free and open to the public.
Holiday Getaway Package
Book a luxurious holiday stay at the prized Jefferson Hotel in the heart of downtown Richmond. Take advantage of their holiday package featuring a Grand Premier room and complimentary self-parking. Hundreds of poinsettias, yards of garland and ribbon, thousands of twinkling lights and dozens of toy soldiers will adorn the public spaces. Marvel in the beautifully decorated hotel with stunning features at every turn and experience the joy of the holidays during your 5-star stay. For more details on Jefferson Hotel holiday offers, click here.
(Offer valid Sunday through Thursday evenings January 2nd through March 17th, 2022, excluding February 13th and 14th)
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 feature two complimentary tickets to acclaimed VMFA exhibits. Book your upcoming holiday getaway and receive tickets to 'Man Ray: The Paris Years' or 'Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature', plus, get a 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
Now Through December 19th, 2021, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm (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.
Holiday Villages 2021: The Richmond Night Market
December 4th, December 11th, December 18th & December 19th (Select Times)
17th Street Market, Brookland Park Boulevard & Forest Hill Park
The Richmond Night Market returns this holiday season to bring us Holiday Villages- four local holiday shopping experiences! Check out RVA makers, artisans and small businesses during each shopping event and find the perfect gift while supporting talented RVA creators. Visit the Richmond Night Market website for more details on this year's market locations and times.
Richmond Raceway Complex
December 2nd - 5th, 2021 (Select Time)
A Richmond tradition for 46 years, The Bizarre Bazaar features hundreds of vendors offering unique seasonal gifts. Find decorative accessories for the home and garden, gourmet cookbooks, fine linens, designer clothing, toys, artwork, furniture and more. Sunshine Artist 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 while you knock out your Christmas shopping! Click here to see this year's shopping time slots and to purchase your tickets.
Carytown Holiday Artisan Market
December 11th & 12th, 11:00 am- 5:00 pm
Check out over 100 local vendors showcasing their unique, 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 will come visit and experience them for yourself.
Be sure to share the holiday moments you capture with us on social media! Tag us in your festive RVA photos using #MyRVAMoment!