Christmas in Richmond is a special time, from the extravagantly illuminated homes on the Tacky Light Tour to the Christmas Parade, GardenFest at Lewis Ginter, and ice skating rinks around town. Here are our top picks for fun things to see and do around town this holiday season.
Tacky Light Tour
Richmond is home to some of the most highly illuminated homes in the entire country! Many say the phenomenon of adding hundreds of thousands of lights even began here. Either way, there’s so many awesome houses to see, whether you drive around and look at them yourself or go with one of the local transportation services, it’s a great time. Here’s a great list of houses to check out from the RTD.
Dominion GardenFest of Lights
This year’s Lewis Ginter’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights is entitled “Living Color.” More than a half a million lights will decorate an already beautiful botanical garden. Holiday decorations bring a special magic to for those walking around. This magic, combined with traditional model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase), and regular family activities, make it a must-do holiday event. It all starts Friday evening.
Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village
Illuminate Light Show is a unique, six-week celebration of Christmas lights and music. Guests tune their car radio to enjoy over a mile of dancing, sparkling choreographed lights, complete with dazzling tunnels and laughing Santas. After the light show, you can visit Santa’s Village for children’s activities, shopping and holiday entertainment. The lights shine brightly for guests nightly including holidays, and are enjoyed from the cozy comfort of a vehicle.
The Rink at West Broad Village
A new ice rink has opened for the holidays, located in Short Pump at West Broad Village. Now in its second season, The Rink at West Broad Village is open nightly throughout the winter. No skates? No problem. The venue has you covered with hundreds of rental pairs. A little unsteady on your feet? Lessons are available, too!