There are over fifty events around Richmond with a holiday flare whether traditions old and new. Many events offer the spirit of giving through charities and non-profits. Highlighted the best that uniquely define Richmond to list all requires a website.
The 17th Farmer’s Market (est. 1737 one of America’s oldest public markets.)
100 N. 17th street
Free parking at 18th street & Grace street lots
Sunday Vintage and Growers Market ‘” (Nov 14 ‘” Dec 5, 9am ‘” 4pm)
This outdoors market features local produce, plants, homemade goods, baked goods, crafts, antiques, cultural items, and specialty vendors. A collage everything regional not found in malls everywhere.
-Grand Illumination (Dec 3, 4pm ‘” 9pm) shopping hours highlights with “The 26th Annual Grand Illumination at the James Center”.
The 35th Annual Bizarre Bazaar “Christmas Collection”
The Richmond Raceway Complex
600 E Laburnum Avenue
Dec 2 ‘” Dec 4 (10am ‘” 7pm) and Dec 5 (10am-5pm)
Four buildings become a holiday marketplace nearly 500 best crafts and gifts exhibitors attract over 25,000 around the region. Some exhibitors exclusive this event only ideal for a gift found nowhere else. Tickets at door $7.00, free parking and handicapped accessible. A preview night charity party is featured offering early shopping and two ticket price options benefiting the fight for cancer.
-8th Annual VCU Massey Cancer Center Shopping Spree, Dec 1
The opening night preview party advance tickets priced as follows:
“The Merry Massey Shopping Event” $100 5pm- 9:30pm a champagne reception and hors devours, and holiday tote.
“The Happy Holiday Shoppers” $40 6:30pm ‘” 9:30pm offers a wine and cheese reception. Preview party tickets only contact (804) 828-0883
The 26th Annual Grand Illumination at the James Center
Friday, Dec 3 (6pm ‘” 9pm) admission free
Santa and local radio station Lite 98 countdown lighting the downtown office buildings and the James Center Tree! The entertainment stretches from 10th and E. Cary Streets to 17th Street Farmer’s Market including: live music to the performing arts. Bring the entire family to this outdoor event that is handicapped accessible. Enjoy horse carriage rides or a canal boat rides. Visit Main Street Train Station or Edgar Allen Poe Museum’s garden illumination.
The 27th Annual Richmond Christmas Parade (2010 Dominion Christmas Parade)
Saturday, Dec 4th (10am- close)
2500 W. Broad Street ‘” Broad & 7th Street
Free, street parking & handicapped accessible
The parade attracts 100,000 spectators with floats, marching bands, and balloons. Changing names over the years from Jaycees, Ukrops and new sponsor Dominion Virginia Power. The tradition remains the same enjoyed and braved rain or shine. Street venders purvey the route with sweet and salty snacks.
The 69th Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Tuesday, Dec 7th (12pm ‘” 1pm)
Virginia War Memorial
621 S. Belvidere Street
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 ‘” a date that will live in infamy-” Franklin D. Roosevelt.
These words are poignant during the holiday honoring valor of wars past and present. Free, children welcomed and ample parking. War memorials are inescapable in Richmond as a military commitment was forged on Virginia’s soil with our nation’s birth.
Holiday Places of Interest:
The Maymont Foundation (est. 1893)
1700 Hampton Street
(Maymont.org or 804-358-7166 ext 310)
The park open 1925 is the best Gilded Victorian age time capsule. Family-friendly, free parking and limited handicapped access due to historic nature. Various holiday events start November 18 ‘” January 6 includes: The 3rd annual Deck the Halls Auction, Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours, The Wreath Workshop, Old Fashion Christmas At Maymont, St. Nicks Christmas Party and Maymont by Moonlight Tour. Most events require registration and fees to enjoy participation into the recreation of full gala Victorian era Christmas. The visit adds nostalgic life to Charles Dickens’ ‘˜A Christmas Carol’.
Science Museum Of Virginia (est. 1917 as Train Station)
2500 W. Broad Street
The Science Museum of Virginia opened 1977 offers a place to pique young minds and starting point of Dominion Christmas Parade with other holiday events:
-The Polar Express (IMAX) Nov 26 – Jan 7 tickets $8.50 for show times available online at smv.org.
-The 22nd Annual Christmas Party to Benefit Greater Richmond SCAN Friday, Dec 3 8pm ‘” midnight tickets are $75.00 includes admission to event, open bar and heavy hors devours. Event tickets are available online @ grscan.com or (804) 257-7226.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
1800 Lakeside Avenue
The gardens have two dinning facilities, garden shop, family-friendly, handicapped accessible and admission fees vary. “The Garden Fest of Lights” features 700,00 lights illuminate the gardens for the holiday season with special events from Nov 26 ‘” Jan 10.
-Crystal Concert (Nov 26, 27 &28) 7pm ‘” 8pm classical music performed on crystal instruments.
-Merry Mondays (Nov 29 ‘” Jan 10) 5:30pm- 7:30pm stories for kids with free smores
-Musical Thursdays (Dec 2 ‘” Jan 6) acoustical music performed in evenings.
-GardenFest for Fidos (Dec 2 &Jan 6) additional $2.00 for leashed pets supports the SPCA.
Holiday Food Festival & Holiday Spirits:
The Virginia Farm Bureau “The 2nd Annual Save Our Food Festival”
Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA
December 11, 10am-5pm (804) 994-2887
The food extravaganza of Virginia produced foods and beverages the largest holiday food event. Admission is $10.00, children are welcomed, handicapped accessible. Great opportunity as you sample an array of the best local foods.
James River Cellars Winery
“Holiday Open House”
11008 Washington Hwy
December 18 (10a-6pm) & December 19 (11am-5pm)
No fees just enjoy the taste of award winning wines a great opportunity to shop form local vineyards a perfect season gift.
Sources listed from previous experience as volunteer, spectator or active contributing event participant. Quote: Infamy speech, December 8, 1941 by Franklin D. Roosevelt