Our Family-Friendly, Fun-Filled Holiday Event Guide

Good Morning Ladies,

Holiday prep is definitely in full swing! Personally, I'm unsure that everything on my to do list will get done in time. While you're planning and decorating and wrapping and cooking, don't forget to take a break to spend some quality time with your family. Whether you've lived in Richmond all your life or you just moved in, our small city has something fun for everyone this month. Check out our holiday happenings list below for family friendly fun in Richmond and the surrounding areas.

Ongoing Events:

The Rink at West Broad Village-Prices are $10 for adults and $8 for children under 10, skate rentals are $5. You can skate throughout the winter. Check the website for more info on hours and special event days.

Stony Point on Ice- Prices are $7 to skate and $7 for skate rental. Visit the link for hours and more info.

Westhampton RVA Trolley Rides & Santa Breakfast every Saturday until Christmas, 8:30 am- 3 pm, Shops at 5807, 5807 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA. Check out their Facebook page for more info.

Holiday Movies at Movieland at Boulevard Square- It’s a Wonderful Life December 16th & 17th and A Christmas Story December 23rd & 24th Showtimes begin at 11 am, 1301 North Boulevard at West Leigh St., Richmond, VA 23230, Just off I-95, Exit 78, Tickets are $5.50.

Mary Poppins at the Virginia Rep. Theater- Performing at the November Theatre, 114 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220. Both evening and afternoon showtimes available, check website for times. Show run time: 2 hour and 40 minutes. Available tickets start at $36.

A Christmas Carol 12/15-12/20, 2 pm and 7 pm showtimes available. $15/adults and $10/child, Tomahawk Creek Middle School Theater: 1600 Learning Loop

Midlothian, VA 23114

The Nutcracker-Multiple Locations

Remaining showtimes:

Dec 15, 2017 7:00 pm

Dec 16, 2017 2:00 pm

Dec 16, 2017 7:00 pm

Dec 17, 2017 1:00 pm

Dec 17, 2017 4:30 pm

Dec 20, 2017 7:00 pm

Dec 21, 2017 2:00 pm

Dec 22, 2017 2:00 pm

Dec 22, 2017 7:00 pm

Dec 23, 2017 2:00 pm

Iluminate Light Show and Christmas Village- Dancing lights on winter nights will continue to fascinate this holiday season at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village, Central Virginia’s largest drive-through light show, opened Nov. 17 and will run through December 31, 2017. The event is open nightly—including holidays—from 5:30 to 10 p.m. 13191 Dawn Blvd Doswell, VA 23047. Price is $25/car for up to 9 people. You can also receive $5 off when you donate 5 cans of food M-W until 12/20.

Lewis Ginter Garden Fest of Lights-Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Henrico, VA 23228. Special events include Merry Mondays with Santa, Caroling Tuesdays, Crafty Wednesdays and Musical Thursdays, event runs now until 1/8 from 5-10 pm. Not open on 12/24 or 12/25. Tickets for non-members are $13/adult and $8/children 3 and up and for members $7/adult and $5/child. Check the website for more info on special events.

Richmond Tacky Lights Tour- Check out the website for more info and tour routes. Most houses turn on their lights by 6 pm.

Carriage Rides at Stony Point- 5:30-7:30 pm Enjoy complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the center this holiday season. Carriage rides begin at the Saks Fifth Avenue & Brooks Brothers entrance. Horse-Drawn Carriage rides take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from November 25-December 23 and Sunday December 24, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Busch Gardens Christmas Town- Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens ® Christmas Town ™ in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the spirit of Christmas come alive. Runs from now until 1/1, 2 pm-10 pm. Tickets start at $25 for adults and children 3 and up or you can purchase a pass for the season for $49.

Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop- now through 12/24 Mon-Sat. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. See details below or visit the website.


1. Visit the Bass Pass Ticket Depot in Stores!

2. Get a Bass Pass!

A Bass Pass is required and provides a time slot to see Santa, allowing you to explore Santa's Wonderland or shop the store while waiting in a virtual line.

3. See Santa! FREE 4x6 photo in-store!

12/27-1/1- 4th Annual RVA ​Winter Puppetfest. ​Ty-Rone & Friends by Ty-Rone Travis (10:30am and 1pm) AND Tales of Beatrix Potter – a Pajama Party Show! by Applause Unlimited (7pm). Performances are held at Richmond Triangle Players, 1300 Altamont Avenue (just a few blocks from the Science Museum). All tickets are just $10 each with no extra ticketing fees

Scheduled Events 12/13 - 1/1

12/15- Holiday Music at Twin Hickory Library- 10:30-11:00 am- Children ages 3-5 will learn literacy skills through holiday music! Adult helper required. Free. 5001 Twin Hickory Rd. Glen Allen, VA 23059

12/15 Science After Dark-Holiday theme- 5-8 pm, Admission to Science After Dark is $10, which includes Museum exhibits and one Dome Feature (either a Cosmic Expedition or “A Christmas Story”). Additional Dome features are $5. Museum members enjoy free exhibit admission and a free Cosmic Expedition. Members can add the feature film to their visit for $5 or can use a Dome pass. Tickets must be purchased at the door.

12/16- Little Red and the Gingerbread Man. 10:30-11:15am. Midlothian Library. Join Little Red as she pursues a mischievous Gingerbread cookie through the woods of Grandma’s house in this fairy tale puppet show. For ages 2-8. Free.

12/16- River Rose and the Magical Christmas Storytime at all local Barnes and Noble locations at 11:00 am. It's Christmas Eve and River Rose wants to stay up all night to hand-deliver a note to Santa, but she and her dog fall asleep only to find they've been swept off on another magical adventure. Activities to follow. Free.

12/16- Autism Society Central VA at The Byrd Theatre presents a sensory-friendly screening of the wonderful holiday movie, POLAR EXPRESS. The lights will be up and the sound will be turned down. Box office opens at 1:30 pm and the movie begins at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $3. 2908 West Cary S. Richmond, VA, 23221

12/16- Gingerbread Decorating Event at Stony Point- Create holiday memories by decorating a gingerbread house or doghouse from 11:00 am -1:00 pm in Santa's Bake Shop located near Dillard's. Free event. Please call Concierge Services at (804) 267- 2745 to register for either the gingerbread house or doghouse. Limited one per child. Ages 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by adult. While supplies last.

12/16 and 12/17- Wegman's Gift From a Kid's Kitchen- 11-12 pm-Hands-on Parent & Child, 1 hr., $10 with Shoppers Club. Homemade gifts are the best and we’ll be making 2 fun ones you can give to your family and friends this holiday! Busy chefs get thirsty, so we’ll be serving hot cocoa to keep you going as you make these fun gifts. Wegman's Midlothian, 12501 Stone Village Way, Midlothian, VA 23113

12/16- Twas' the Night Before Christmas- Presented by VA Rep on Tour and performing at the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen on the Sara Belle November Stage, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA. Two showings at 11-12 pm and 1-2 pm. Tickets are $12

12/19- Busy Hands at Twin Hickory Library, 3:30-4:30 pm, Join them for a story, some creative learning and fun as you make Marshmallow Polar Bear Paintings. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for ages 3-5 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. 5001 Twin Hickory Rd. Glen Allen, VA 23059. Free.

12/21- Gingerbread House Workshop at Glen Allen Library 6-9 pm, Create a magical gingerbread house in this drop in program for children. Cook books and library materials related to the theme will be on display and available for check out. Space is limited due to room capacity. Free. 10501 Staples Mill Rd. Glen Allen , VA 23060

12/21-12/23- Miracle of Christmas Live at the Metro Richmond Zoo- You are invited to the 15th anniversary of Miracle of Christmas, a live nativity pageant at the Metro Richmond Zoo. Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, through a live re-enactment of the Christmas story featuring animals from the zoo. The twenty-minute pageant will be presented 3 times each evening. Live musical performances before and after each pageant will be provided by local churches and performing arts groups.There are three shows each evening at 7:00, 7:45, and 8:30. The Zoo gates open at 6:15 p.m. for the first show. Admission and parking are FREE. 8300 Beaver Bridge Rd. Moseley , VA 23120

12/22- Polar Express Movie Viewing at Henrico Theatre- Enjoy The Polar Express on the big screen at Henrico Theatre- 10 am, 2 pm and 7 pm showings. Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door. Refreshments available for $1 per item. Information: 652-1460. 305 E Nine Mile Rd Highland Springs, VA 23075

12/23- Elf viewing at Sandston Branch Library, Join us as we watch Elf on our big screen, and enjoy some treats from Buddy’s favorite four food groups. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit! (2003, PG, 97 min.). Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 10:30-12:30 pm. Free. 23 E Williamsburg Rd. Richmond , VA 23150

12/23- Santa's Magic Key Storytime at all local Barnes and Noble locations 11:00 am. In this unforgettable holiday story, a boy realizes on Christmas Eve that his new house does not have a chimney. With the post office closed and Santa coming by the end of the night, he has no way of telling Santa. But when the boy finds a mysterious key, he'll soon discover just how this key will solve his problem. Activities to follow. Free.

12/24- Christmas Eve in Richmond at Hill City Church. They’ll have 3 services on Sunday December 24th at 9:30AM, 11:00AM, and 7:00PM. Things to expect: hot chocolate, your favorite Christmas music, and an experience the whole family will enjoy! Visit our Christmas Eve website to let us know which service you & your family plan to attend. We’ve set up a ticket system so that you can reserve tickets for any service using the “Register” button on the website. 2101 Maywill St. Richmond, VA 23226. Free.

12/24 and 12/25- It's a Wonderful Life at the Byrd Theater with Might Wurlitzer and Holiday Sing a Long, Showtimes on 12/24 at 7:15 pm and on 12/25 at 7:15 and 9:45 pm. Tickets are $5. 2908 West Cary S. Richmond, VA, 23221

12/31- Noon Year’s Eve. 10am-1pm. Science Museum of Virginia. Count down to noon to see a dramatic and quirky version of the traditional ball drop! Watch 2,018 bouncy balls, paper streamers and confetti bring our Rotunda to life for a special ball drop and apple juice toast to celebrate the New Year. Note: the Museum will open at 9:30 am for this exciting event! Noon Year’s Eve is included with Museum admission.

12/31-NYE Family Frolic at Lewis Ginter, 2-5 pm, 1800 Lakeside Avenue | Richmond, Virginia 23228 | 804.262.9887

Enjoy fun family activities all afternoon with the New Year’s Eve Family Frolic. Live music, a parade and more.

Activities include:

  • Photo opportunities with the Garden Keeper — bring your cameras!
  • Make your own New Year’s party hat
  • Write your wish for 2018 and add it to our “wishing chain”
  • Be a part of the annual Garden tradition: “Rolling in the New Year” by rolling down the hill to the Cochrane Rose Garden.

Those who attend the New Year’s Eve Family Frolic and who are already in the Garden can stay to attend Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights (5 -10 p.m.) Tickets are the same price as regular Garden admission and can be found here.

Happy Holidays, Ladies! When you're feeling overwhelmed by your fifty item to-do lists and strung out from all the forced family togetherness, and believe me you will have those moments, remember these wise words:



♥ Erin

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