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Legendary Santa

Children's Museum of Richmond, Downtown 2626 W. Broad Street, Richmond

This year there will be in person and virtual opportunities.  Admission to the Children's Museum is not required to visit Legendary Santa. Tickets are for up to 6 family members and must be purchased in advance. For complete details or…

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Christmas in Early America Tours

The John Marshall House 818 East Marshall Street, Richmond

A closed-group guided tour any  to see the Great Chief Justice's 1790 Richmond house bedecked for the holidays. Make reservations in advance. Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, or during the week by appointment

$

Light Up the Tracks

Ashland 500 S. Center Street

Downtown Ashland Association transforms the trackside historic district into a vintage Christmas village. A mile-long light display and three weeks of special events. lightupthetracks.com  

Free

Illuminate Light Show

Meadow Event Park 13111 Dawn Boulevard, Doswell

Lighted displays twinkle to Christmas music throughout the drive-through park. Through December 31. 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

$

The Virginia Watercolor Society’s 41st Annual Exhibition

Virginia Museum of History and Culture 428 North Boulevard, Richmond

Features more than 80 watercolor paintings—all by members of the VWS—and includes original works on paper and in various water media from transparent watercolor, acrylic, gouache, or mixed media. Subjects range from landscapes, scenes of everyday life, and imaginary scenes…

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Alex’s 4th Annual Toy Drive

St. Mary's Hospital 5801 Bremo Rd, Richmond

Virtual Toy Drive for St. Mary’s Pediatric Floor. Even a global pandemic isn’t going to stop Alex from bringing smiles to children in the hospital during the holidays.

Free

Holiday Lights on the Riverfront

Brown's Island 7th and Tredegar Streets, Richmond

A display of decorative lights is open on Brown’s Island. Presented by Venture Richmond. Parking is available at the American Civil War Museum ($), Belle Isle parking lot, and on-street parking along 2nd and 5th Streets.

Free

Stony Point On Ice

Stony Point Fashion Park 9200 Stony Point Parkway, Richmond

Spin, glide and skate. Details online.

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Giant Insects Exhibit

Science Museum of Virginia 2500 W Broad St, Richmond

See everyday insects up close and personal. This touring exhibition features six gigantic, robotic insects ranging from 40 to 120 times larger than life size. This exhibition is sure to excite insect lovers of all ages. Open Wednesday* through Sunday,…

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Bethlehem Walk

Salem Baptist Church 465 W Broad Street Road, Manakin

Bethlehem Walk is a life sized reenactment of the city of Bethlehem at the time of the birth of Christ. Due to COVID, reservations are required this year.

Free

Cancelled – Christmas Tree Decorating Contest

Main Street Station 1500 E Main St, Richmond

Cancelled Hosted by Community First, the contest will feature 10 local nonprofits, each with their own tree displayed. Tree contest voting will occur via QR code in person as well as virtually. Each vote costs $1. There will be a…

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Holiday Tours

Berkeley Plantation 12602 Harrison Landing Road, Charles City

Tour the home and see how Christmas was celebrated in the 18th century.

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Illumination A Festival of Trees

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen

Artisan created Christmas trees deck the Center's halls as they celebrate their annual Illumination. Each tree designed with its own special theme is sure to thrill the youngest to oldest visitors. Don't forget the scavenger hunt or you'll miss out…

Free
Ongoing

Santa at Regency

Regency 1420 North Parham Road, Richmond

Visit Santa Claus at Regency this holiday season.

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Kid and Family Holiday Cookie Decorating Kits

Victoria's Kitchen 249 Stonebridge Plaza Avenue, Richmond

Start a tradition of decorating sugar cookies with family and friends. Kits include: 3 Bags of Frosting (Red, White & Green), 3 Sprinkle Packs, 12 Sugar Cookies(Regular, Vegan, and Allergy Friendly Options Available)

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Virtual Santa

Virtual

Visit with Santa from the safety of your own home. Whether you want a family photo, a virtual call, or a story read from the man himself, they have you covered.

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Tree Decorating

West Broad Village 3950 Wild Goose Lane, Glen Allen

Local non-profit organizations will partner with the shops and restaurants at West Broad Village to decorate trees at the property. Customers will be invited to vote on their favorite tree and text-in to vote. All participating non-profit organizations will receive…

Free

Homeschool Winter Culinary Classes

Victoria's Kitchen 249 Stonebridge Plaza Avenue, Richmond

Ages 5 years old to 16 years old experience the joy of learning to make: winterland doughnuts, snowman cupcakes, winter wonderland sugar cookies, stuffed chicken w/apple cider cranberry sauce, mini sweet potato pies, and more.  

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The John Marshall House Reopens

The John Marshall House 818 East Marshall Street, Richmond

Now open Friday through Sunday for tours. Touchless ticketing is available. Select a tour slot, buy your tickets ahead of time online, and arrive at the day and time of your tour. Social distancing must be maintained and masks are…

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Recurring

December Friday Evening Culinary Club

Victoria's Kitchen 249 Stonebridge Plaza Avenue, Richmond

Ages 5  to 16 will enjoy starting class at a later time, allowing a resting time after virtual learning.

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Dominion Energy 
Christmas Parade

Virtual

Watch all-new performances from your favorite entertainment groups, heart-warming stories focused on celebrating our Richmond community, "best of" clips from past parades featuring giant helium balloons and colorful floats, and even a special appearance by Legendary Santa himself on WTVR-CBS…

Free

Discovery Days: A Family Day Camp

Henricus Historical Park 251 Henricus Park Rd, Chester

Program will include a story, interactive tour of our re-created 17th century site, and a make-and-take craft. Visit online for more details on the day’s theme and registration.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required by December 2.

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Historical Holiday Tours

Magnolia Grange House Museum 10020 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield

See the traditions from the 1920s. Enjoy seasonal music and decorations, refreshments, and vendors. Children can make a Christmas craft, play games, and admire Santa from afar. Letters to Santa will be personally answered and returned.

Free

Dance4Life Charitable Ballroom Dance Marathon

Virtual

Dance along, join a big dancing party, learn a few proper ballroom dance steps along with professional dancers, learn ballroom dance trivia, watch their young champions perform. Benefits Children’s Hospital of Richmond.

$

SPARC Pop-Up Class: Grades 5 Through 8

SPARC: School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community 2106 N Hamilton St Ste A, Richmond

A morning of theatrical fun in SPARC's outdoor classroom! In this one-time class, SPARC's fantastic teaching artists will lead a socially-distant class for upper elementary and middle schoolers. If the cost of this class is a barrier for your family,…

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Sip and Shop: Holiday Vendor Market

Stony Point Fashion Park 9200 Stony Point Parkway, Richmond

Dozens of rotating artisan, craft ,and other local business vendors, along with beer, wine, and spirits will be available throughout the venue. Area restaurants will also be serving special menu items. Every day will have different vendors. All social distancing…

Free

Holiday Open House

Louisa Arts Center 212 Fredericksburg Ave, Louisa

Celebrate the holidays with the Louisa County Historical Society. Directly following the downtown parade, come to the Sargeant Museum and Heritage Farm for some family-friendly fun. Visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus after their ride in the parade. Learn how…

Free

The Joy of Illumination Annual Tree Lighting

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen

Enjoy a festive artisan tree and wreath exhibit, outdoor carolers, mini Nutcracker dance performance, visit from Santa, and more. More info at 804-261-ARTS and artsglenallen.com

Free
Recurring

Holiday Villages 2020

Virtual

A multi-cultural holiday market virtual shopping experience that is a city-wide effort to support the artisan and small business community. Shop virtually at https://www.richmondnightmarketva.com/

Free

Cancelled – Movies on Brown’s Island

Cancelled Enjoy the holiday classic, Elf, under the stars (and holiday lights). Bring your own blankets and chairs, find a socially-distanced circle on the island, and enjoy a festive night featuring a family favorite film. Vendors include Espresso-A-Go-Go and Cool…

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Holiday Car Parade

West Broad Village 3950 Wild Goose Lane, Glen Allen

Guests are invited to drive through West Broad Village and partake in a Holiday-themed car parade.

Free

Let It Snow! The Brass Edition

Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts 600 E Grace Street, Richmond

Join the Richmond Symphony for this magical annual holiday tradition the whole family will love. This year the Brass musicians polish their instruments and take center stage for a concert featuring the sounds of the season. In-person or livestream tickets…

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