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Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 200 N Boulevard, Richmond

See treasures recovered from two powerful ancient Egyptian cities that sank into the Mediterranean more than a thousand years ago. Destroyed by natural catastrophes in the 8th century AD, Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus were once mighty centers of trade, where Egyptian…

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Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 200 N Boulevard, Richmond

Behold the drama and splendor of the American landscape as seen through the lens of photographer Ansel Adams. More than 70 photographs spanning over five decades present the breathtaking vistas, beguiling details, and inimitable style that define this most beloved…

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Ain’t Misbehavin’: 1920s Richmond

The Valentine 1015 East Clay Street, Richmond

An exhibition of costume, textiles, art and artifacts in the Nathalie L. Klaus and Reynolds Family Galleries. The 1920s are remembered in America as a decade that “roared” with change, including urban expansion, equal suffrage, social integration, jazz music, fast…

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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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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

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Edith Shelton’s Richmond

The Valentine 1015 East Clay Street, Richmond

For decades, Edith Keesee Shelton (1899-1989) took numerous photographs documenting Richmond. She focused primarily on the downtown districts of Carver and Jackson Ward in the 1950s. Now using captivating images from Shelton to examine mid-20th century Richmond neighborhoods.

Free

Stony Point On Ice

Stony Point Fashion Park 9200 Stony Point Parkway, Richmond

Spin, glide and skate. Details online.

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Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond

A holiday tradition featuring lights, decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, hot chocolate, and more. The region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza. Prepurchased tickets with 30-minute arrival window required for all visitors (No walk-ups). Masks Required. 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM CLOSED Thanksgiving,…

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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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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

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

Artisan created Christmas trees deck the Center's halls as they celebrate theri 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

Swift Creek Mill Theatre Digital Plays for Students and Families

Swift Creek Mill Theatre 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway, Colonial Heights

Young People's Playhouse: Professionally-filmed plays for educators, children, and families which follow Virginia Standards of Learning. Bonus features, craft activities are included.

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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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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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Santa at Regency

Regency 1420 North Parham Road, Richmond

Visit Santa Claus at Regency this holiday season.

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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

South of the James Farmers Market

Bryan Park 4308 Hermitage Road, Richmond

Masks are required,and eating and drinking will not be allowed walking through the Market on the roadway. There is plenty of open grass area across from vendors where you can enjoy all your Market goodness. They have eliminated their drive…

Free

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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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.

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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

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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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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