Christmas in Richmond

Amazing what goodies you can find when you Google that particular phrase! I don’t care where I’m at – every town knows how to “do” Christmas up right, and Richmond is no exception! Here are a few upcoming events for you fellow Richmonders to enjoy with loved ones.

Event: Chapel Guild Christmas House Tour
Date: Thursday – December 13, 2012
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center
Price: $30.00 – call (804) 289-8500 for more information
Description: tour of five homes to benefit University of Richmond’s Office of the Chaplaincy. Ticket includes lunch at Jepson Alumni Center and tour of all five homes


Event: Weinstein JCC 9th Annual Holiday Gift & Craft Boutique
Date: Monday – December 17, 2012 and Tuesday – December 18, 2012
Time: Monday 8:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: 5403 Monument Avenue, Richmond VA 23226
Telephone: (804) 285-6500
Price: Free to the Public
Description: Purchase those holiday gifts for family and friends and help benefit the Weinstein JCC Early Childhood Department. Over 35 local vendors such as Andrew Clough Woodworking, Kimora’s Beads, Discovery Toys, Bath Fitters, Aunte Em’s Special Touch and more!


Event: Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party
Date: Thursday – December 13, 2012
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Library of Virginia – 800 East Broad Street – Richmond VA 23219
Price: $35.00 for Members / $45.00 for Non-Members if registered by 12/12
$40.00 for Members / $50.00 for Non-Members at the door
Description: Join us for the 2012 Chamber Holiday Party! Members and non-members alike are invited to celebrate the season, catch up with acquaintances and make new ones. Admission includes hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. Cash Bar. There will also be several fun activities including a photo booth and a special guest appearance by a Holiday Elf.


Event: Victorian Christmas Traditions
Date: Friday – December 7, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Richmond Museum of the Confederacy – 1201 East Clay Street
Tel: (855) 649-1861 or email Cathy Wright at
Price: Free for Members / $5.00 for Non-Members
Description: Come find out how people celebrated Christmas during the Victorian Era, which included the years of the Civil War. First, a Powerpoint presentation will cover Christmas traditions of the time. Then take a guided tour of the White House of the Confederacy, specially decorated for the Holidays.


Event: Gingerbread Workshop
Date: Saturday – December 8, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Virginia Center for Architecture – 2501 Monument Avenue
Call (804) 644-3041 or Register Online
Price: Event Fee is $5.00 – Gingerbread House Kit $20.00 each
Description: Join Chef Tammy Brawley, owner of The Green Kitchen, for an exploration of holiday gingerbread. Indulge in things sweet and gingery and discover tips for using ginger in your holiday concoctions. Nibble on some holiday snacks while you design your own gingerbread house to take home. Each participant gets their own sweet surprise to help decorate for the holidays! Space is limited and registration is required. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.


Event: Capitol Tree Lighting
Date: Friday – December 7, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Where: Virginia State Capitol – 1000 Bank Street, Richmond VA 23219
Tel: (804) 698-1788
Price: Free to the Public
Description: The annual lighting of the Capitol Tree and a Tribute to Our Military, followed by an open house at the Governor’s Mansion.


Event: 26th Annual Court End Christmas
Date: Sunday – December 9, 2012
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Valentine Richmond History Center – 1015 East Clay Street
Tel: (804) 649-0711 x301 or Email
Price: Free to the Public
Description: An annual holiday tradition, nine historic sites in downtown Richmond open their doors for a day of free admission and holiday festivities. Carriage rides, carolers, living history, live music, children’s crafts, gift shops and more! A complimentary shuttle will circulate among all sites throughout the event. This year’s participating sites are:

For more information on parking services click here.


Event: 29th Annual Dominion Christmas Parade
Date: Saturday – December 1, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Parade departs from the Science Museum on West Broad Street and continues east to 7th Street
Price: Free to the Public
Description: For many Richmonders, the parade kicks off the official Christmas season. The parade features a very special Grand Marshal, holiday floats, marching bands, huge helium balloons, and, of course, Santa himself! If you cannot experience the parade in person, you can watch it LIVE on WTVR-CBS6 on the day of the parade or see it again on Christmas Day.


Event: The Fan District Association 50th Annual Holiday House Tour
Date: Saturday – December 8, 2012 and Sunday – December 9, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Begin your tour at 1621 Hanover Avenue
Price: $25.00 Will Call tickets available through Eventbrite. Tickets held for pick up at Retreat Hospital (2621 Grove Avenue). Will Call ticket orders end at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7th. Tickets also available for purchase at retail ticket locations listed here.
Description: Click here to download your 2012 Guide Book.


Event: Blow Your Own Ornament Saturdays
Date: December 1, 2012 thru December 15, 2012 (Saturdays only)
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Glass Spot – 2306 North Lombardy St. Suite A
Tel: (804) 228-8868 or Email
Price: $25.00 per person
Description: Create a keepsake hand-blown ornament with the help of an experienced glassblower for the holidays


Event: Tad DuPriest Foundation’s 3rd Annual Holiday Movie Event
Date: Saturday – December 15, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Where: Byrd Theatre – 2908 West Cary Street, Richmond VA 23221
Tel: (804) 353-9911
Price: Free to the Public (donations accepted)
Description: Complimentary holiday movie presentation, donations gladly accepted and will go to ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making life better for children with cancer in Central Virginia. From the moment of diagnosis through treatment and beyond, ASK is there to provide financial, spiritual, social and emotional support for children with cancer and their families.


Event: Mechanicsville Christmas Parade
Date: Sunday – December 2, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Begins at Hanover Green Drive and ends at Elm Drive
Parade route download available HERE
Price: Free to the Public
Description: Santa’s arrival in the Mechanicsville parade kicks of his annual Santa Run as well with the help of local fire departments. For a listing of the scheduled Santa Run for your area click HERE.

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