Check out these fun winter holiday-time events in and around Richmond during December. From performances to favorite train exhibits, visits with Santa to ice skating, performances to group runs, these are a festive lineup of events that help make the season joyous and bring us together responsibly. Many events are FREE. Some events require fees and registration so check the links in advance before you head over or tune in from home. Bundle up and don’t let cold weather stop you from exploring Richmond especially the outdoor events. Keep checking back as 2021 events are announced.
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December events that occur on more than one day in 2021:
Legendary Santa at Children’s Museum of Richmond. Legendary Santa arrives. Join us as we welcome Legendary Santa to the Children’s Museum of Richmond! Legendary Santa will be at the Central location daily. Check website for details.
Illumininate Light Show at Meadow Event Park. The light show consists of hundreds of thousands of LED lights synchronized to music from your car radio, and features an 80-foot tunnel of lights, 50-foot Christmas trees, dancing snowmen, singing trees and Santas and festive decorations. After the show, visitors can spend some time in Santa’s Village, which includes fun for the whole family.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Dominion GardenFest of Lights. Everybody loves a good story. Now imagine myriad stories, plus legends and rhymes, embellished with amazing creativity through a half-million holiday lights! During this year’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. Nov. 22, 2021-Jan 9, 2022
Christmas Town at Busch Gardens. There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than a visit to Busch Gardens ® Christmas Town ™ in Williamsburg, Virginia. Featuring the biggest Christmas light display in North America with over eight million twinkling lights, two KIDsiderate ® areas and an assortment of thrill rides, festive entertainment and dining experiences, there’s so much more to do and see at Christmas Town. The event runs.
Holiday decorations at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. The hotel will be decorated for the season January 2022. Access to view the decorations this year will be limited to those guests with a reservation for an overnight stay, Lemaire, Afternoon Tea or those attending a private event.
Holidays at Colonial Williamsburg – charming decorations, engaging activities and all with an engaging, historic twist.
Winterfest at Kings Dominion – select dates, Nov. 20 – Jan. 9
RTD Tacky Light Tour -The Richmond Times Dispatch Tacky Lights page is your guide to over-the-top holiday light displays in Richmond, Virginia. The annual list is your guide to the best tacky lights in the area. Take a self-guided tour of these illuminated wonders. It’s Richmond’s favorite tradition of over-the-top holiday decorating which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car, a trolley, or a limousine. You’ll definitely want to see why Travel + Leisure says Richmond has The Best Christmas Lights in Virginia. Find a guide to the lights as well as information about tours on the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Tacky Lights page.
HOLIDAY VILLAGES 2020 PRESENTED BY THE RICHMOND NIGHT MARKET
There’s still plenty of time to knock out your holiday shopping, and the Holiday Villages event is here to make your shopping experience easy, safe, fun and festive! Shop every Saturday at six designated and activated spaces throughout Richmond featuring 8-12 vendors per location, live music, and more.
Dec. 11-23, 2021 Richmond Ballet Presents The Nutcracker at the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Nutcracker makes its triumphant return this holiday season. Accompanied by the Richmond Symphony, Clara and her adoring Nutcracker, the glittering butterfly, and dancing Russian bear will once again charm audience members of all ages. This is the final opportunity to see this version of our beloved production as updated costumes and dazzling new sets will premiere in December of 2022. Tickets start at $25. Visit etix.com or call the Richmond Ballet Box Office at 804.344.0906 x224.
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Keep checking back as events are announced.
Here’s what we’re looking forward to:
•Dec. 21 Metro Zoo of Richmond’s Miracle of Christmas, their nativity pageant, will be virtual this year
January 1, 2022
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
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