Ultimate Holiday Guide to Events in and Around Richmond 2018



Its here! The Ultimate Holiday Guide for Events in and around Richmond this holiday season. This year’s guide is full of events for the whole family. 

Oh What Fun! Richmond Moms Blog's Ultimate Holiday Guide for Events In and Around Richmond


To make it as easy as possible for you to find exactly what you’re looking for this holiday season, we’ve organized the events by category. If we’re missing your favorite events or traditions, let us know, and we’ll add them!

From the entire team at Richmond Moms Blog, we wish your family a joyful, peaceful, and fun holiday season!

Holiday Guide Categories

Holiday lights

Event Date/Time Location
The James Center Grand Illumination Fri., November 30
5:50 – 7 pm 
James Center Plaza
1003 E Cary St
Main Street Station Illumination Party Fri., November 30
4-10 pm
Illumination at 6 pm
Main Street Station
1500 E. Main St.
Light Up the Tracks! Fri., December 1
6 – 9:30 pm
500 South Center Street
RVA Tacky Light Tour December 1 – New Years See website for locations.
Community Menorah Lighting December 13, 14, 18 & 19
5:45 pm
Weinstein JCC
Neil November Plaza
Dominion Gardenfest of Lights November 23 – January 7, 2019
5 – 10 pm each night
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Closed Dec. 24 & 25
The Illuminated Light Show & Santa’s Village November 16 – December 31
5:30 – 10 pm each night
Meadow Event Park
13191 Dawn Blvd
Holiday Glitter: Monument Avenue After Dark Wed., December 26
6 – 7:30 pm
Monument Avenue median across from 1805 Monument Avenue.

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Teas & Concerts

Event Date/Time Location
The Game’s Afoot Holmes for the Holidays  November 30- January 6th
Various Times
VA Repertory Theatre
Handel’s Messiah December 8
7:30 pm
Carpenter Theater
600 East Grace Street
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer The Musical November 23 – 25
7:00 pm
Altria Theatre
6 N Laurel Street
Chris Tomlin Christmas December 6
7 pm 
Carpenter Theater
600 East Grace Street
Music at Midday November 27 – December 27
Select Days
12:00 pm
Jefferson Hotel
Palm Court or Rotunda
Tea with Legendary Santa December 1- 23
2:00 pm
Hilton Richmond
501 East Broad Street
Glorious Christmas Nights November 29, 30    December 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Various times
West End Assembly of God
Trans-Siberian Orchestra December 19
7:30 pm
The Richmond Coliseum
Cirque Music Holiday Presents Wonderland December 11
7:30p pm
Altria Theater
6 N Laurel Street
Richmond Ballet’s The Nutcracker with the Richmond Symphony December 14 – 23
Various Times
Carpenter Theater
600 East Grace Street
Hip Hop Nutcracker December 30
7:00 pm 
Altria Theatre
6 N Laurel Street
Christmas with the Richmond Pops December 18
7:30 pm
Altria Theater
6 N Laurel Street

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Meet Santa

Check the websites for hours and prices.

Event Date/Time Location
Sensitive Santa Sensory-Friendly Visit November 29, 30 & December 1
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Advanced Registration Required
CMoR Central
Richmond Moms Blog Annual Pancakes  & Pajamas December 8
various timesAdvanced Registration Required
3601 Lauderdale Dr.                                               Richmond VA 23233
Santa Cares Sensory=Friendly Visit December 9
8:00 am – 10:00 am
Chesterfield Towne Center
Short Pump Town Center Santa Keepsake Photos Now – December 24 Short Pump Town Center: Pals Clubhouse on the Upper Level near L.L. Bean
Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland Now – December 24
Bass Pro Shops
Virginia Center Commons Santa November 27 – December 26

Breakfast with Santa
December 9
8:30 am – 9:30 am   *******

Virginia Center Commons
Children’s Museum Legendary Santa November 23 – December 24 CMoR Central
Cabela’s Santa’s Wonderland Now – December 24 Cabela’s Short Pump
Stony Point Fashion Park Santa Photos Now – December 24 Stony Point Fashion Park
Westchester Commons Visits and Photos with Santa November 16 – December 23 Westchester Commons
Santa’s North Pole Annex Train Station
317 Perimeter Dr

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Fun runs & races

Check sites for run registration deadlines.

Event Date/Time Location
Jingle Bell Run December 5
Registration: 8 am
Race: 9 am
Includes a kid run 
Mary Munford Elem.
Tacky Light Run December 8
Race: 6 pm 
Midlothian Mines Park
Run-A-Latke December 9
5K: 10:00 am
1 Miler: 9:30 am
Weinstein JCC
5403 Monument Ave
Toy Run 5K December 9
5K: 1:00 pm
Kid’s Run: 12:30 pm
Glen Allen

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RVA Christmas Parades

Event Date/Time Location
Dominion Energy Christmas Parade December 1
10 am
From the Science Museum on W. Broad Street to 7th Street
Petersburg Parade and Illumination November 29
6:30 – 8:00 pm
2223 South Crater Road to 3500 South Crater Road
Powhatan County Christmas Parade December 8
Powhatan Courthouse Village
3880 Old Buckingham Rd
Chester Christmas Parade December 9
2:00 – 5:00 pm
From the Chester YMCA and to Centre Street/Harrowgate Road
James River Parade of Lights Cancelled this year for boater safety
Libby Hill Park, Dutch Gap Boat Landing, and Henricus Historical Park.

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Richmond Christmas Nativity Scenes

Event Date/Time Location
Bethlehem Walk Interactive Outdoor Nativity November 28
6 – 9:00 pm
November 29
6 – 9:00 pm
November 30
6 – 10:00 pmDecember 1
4 – 9:00 pm
December 2
3 – 8:00 pm
Salem Baptist Church 
465 Broad Street Road
Manakin, VA 23103
(6 miles west of Short Pump)
Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Zoo December 21, 22, and 23

Three shows each evening at 7:00, 7:45, and 8:30.

Zoo gates open at 6:15 p.m. for the first show.

Richmond Zoo
8300 Beaver Bridge Rd
Moseley, VA 23120
The Living Nativity at Broadus Church December 6,7,8  &  13,14,15 5351 Pole Green Road

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Family-friendly events

Event Date/Time Location
Holiday Classics at the Byrd Theater Various movie events  Byrd Theater
Colonial Christmas at Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown December 9
 12 pm to 5 pm
Annual Court End Christmas December 9
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Valentine
Victorian Holidays at Maymont Various family-friendly events from

November 16 – January 6th

The Rink at West Broad Now  – January 27th West Broad Village
Stony Point on Ice Now  – January 16th Stony Point Fashion Park

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Coat & toy drives

Event Date/Time Location
The Central Virginia Children’s Book Bank Ongoing CMoR
Coats for Kids Collects coats through the month of November Puritan Cleaners
Toys for Tots Now – December 15 Various locations
Season of Hope – St. Joseph’s Villa Now – December 15 St. Joseph’s Villa                                                            Brook Rd – See website for drop off times

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RVA Christmas Tree Farms

Event Date/Time Location
Willey’s Chrsitmas Tree Farms November 24 – December 24 6305 Mechanicsville Turnpike                            Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Mountain Road Nursery Limited supply this year so get your trees early

See their site for hours

16829 Mountain Rd
Montpelier, Virginia
Windy Knoll Farm  Not Open this year while their trees grow  10094 Windy Knoll Dr
Mechanicsville, Virginia
Olde Church Christmas Tree Farm Closed this Holiday Season to allow trees to grow 2204 Old Church Road
Powhatan, VA 23139
Holly Berry Christmas Tree Farm December 2 & 3 only from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 3901 Fordham Rd.
 Richmond, VA 23236

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Happy Holidays from Richmond Moms Blog