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2018 RVA downtown holiday events

RVA Downtown Holiday Events 2018

Friday, November 30

Grand Illumination of James Center

10th & E. Cary Streets
5:50 - 7:00 p.m.
Free admission

At 5:50pm Snow Queen, Santa and Friends welcome everyone to count down the seconds to turn on the downtown office buildings’ lights and James Center’s Great Tree & Reindeer! Experience the magic of the holidays with two blocks of family entertainment. For more information, visit http://thejamescenter.com/grand-illumination/.


17th Street Market Grand Opening Event

17th Street Farmers Market, 100 N. 17th St.
4:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Free admission

Join the Enrichmond Foundation for a holiday-themed Grand Opening weekend, in conjunction with Main Street Station’s Illumination and Winter Market. 17th Street Market’s Grand Opening will feature ice skating, hot chocolate, live music, and twenty-two oak trees illuminating at 6pm. Enjoy drinks and dinner at a local restaurant along 17th and 18th Streets. After 17th Street Market’s opening, head up to Main Street Station to see Santa, a Tuba Ensemble, and aerialist performances. On Saturday, Shockoe Bottom’s holiday weekend continues with a Winter Market at Main Street Station and Christmas trees for sale from TreeLab at 17th Street Market. Ice skating will continue through the afternoon. Come down to Shockoe Bottom to experience the new Market space and holiday festivities all weekend! For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/338035520337205/.


Poe's Holiday Illumination

1914-16 E. Main St.
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Free admission

The historic Enchanted Garden comes alive with thousands of lights as the Museum rings in the holiday season with the Poe Illumination. Guests enjoy hot apple cider and traditional Christmas music while costumed interpreters show them what Christmas was like during Poe’s time. Enjoy making Victorian Christmas crafts while enjoying hot coffee, cocoa, or mulled wine. For more information, visit: www.poemuseum.org.


Friday - Saturday, November 30 to December 1

FREE Horse and Carriage Rides

Rides start and end in Shockoe Slip at the fountain at 13th and E. Cary Sts.
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Free admission

Clip-Clop Clip-Clop – the sound of horses’ hooves on the cobblestones and jingle bells ringing signal the holidays are here in downtown RVA. Carriages circle Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom. One round trip ride per person please. FREE rides are sponsored by Venture Richmond. For more information, call 804-350-7752.


Friday - Sunday, November 30 to December 2

The Shed at Main Street Station, Winter Marketplace by Northern Grade Richmond

Main Street Station, 1500 E. Main St.
Friday - 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., Saturday - 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sunday - 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free admission

Combined with local cuisine, coffee, music, beer and wine, this year’s edition of Northern Grade Richmond will feature shopping a diverse mixture of artists, designers, makers and established brands. For more information, visit: https://www.northerngrade.com/pages/richmond-virginia-market-dec-1-to-3rd.


Saturday, December 1

35th Annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade

Starts at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rain or shine event
Free admission

The parade will depart from the Science Museum on W. Broad Street and continue east to 7th Street downtown. This beloved Richmond tradition attracts more than 100,000 spectators each year from everywhere in Virginia, with thousands more enjoying the live TV broadcast. The parade will feature a very special Grand Marshal, holiday floats, marching bands, huge helium balloons, and, of course, Santa himself! This year’s parade will continue the grand celebration of fun and excitement for all! For more information, visit www.richmondparade.org.


Saturday - Sunday, December 1 -2

Richmond Symphony Pops 2 Presents: Let It Snow!

Carpenter Theatre Dominion Arts Center, 600 E Grace St.
Saturday - 8:00 - 10:00 p.m., Sunday - 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Ticketed event

Celebrate the holidays with a concert featuring the sounds of the season! Join the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus for this magical holiday tradition the whole family will love. For more information, visit https://www.richmondsymphony.com/event/let-it-snow-5/2018-12-01/.


Thursday, December 6

Holiday Farm & Craft Market

17th Street Farmers Market, 100 N. 17th St.
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Free admission

Head to 17th Street in Shockoe Bottom for a seasonal farmers market featuring local farmers, seasonal products, specialty vendors, artisans, music, and more!


Friday - Sunday, December 7 - 9

Horse & Carriage Rides

Pick up area at 10th and E. Cary Sts. (James Center)
Friday - 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., Saturday - 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., Sunday - 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
$10 a person (children 4 and under sitting in your lap are free)

Clip-Clop Clip-Clop – the sound of horses’ hooves on the cobblestones and jingle bells ringing signal the holidays are here in downtown RVA. Carriages circle Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom. We hope you and your family will join James River Carriages for this traditional holiday treat. Each ride is scheduled on the half-hour and is approximately 20 minutes long. You must reserve your seat by calling 804-350-7752.


Saturday, December 8

Richmond Symphony Presents: Handel’s Messiah!

Carpenter Theatre Dominion Arts Center, 600 E Grace St.
7:30 p.m.
Ticketed event

Don’t miss the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus performing Handel’s masterwork, a holiday classic that has delighted Richmonders for generations. For more information, visit https://www.richmondsymphony.com/event/handels-messiah-4/2018-12-08/.


Sunday, December 9

32nd Annual Court End Christmas

The Valentine, 1015 E Clay St.
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Rain or shine event
Free admission

A Richmond tradition celebrates the season in 19th Century style. This holiday open house features carriage rides, carolers, living history, live music, children's crafts, gift shops and more. A complimentary shuttle will circulate among all sites throughout the day. For more information, visit https://thevalentine.org/event/32nd-annual-court-end-christmas/.


Church Hill Holiday Historic House Tours

Church Hill Neighborhood
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Advance tickets $25, day of tour $30

Church Hill is the oldest community in historic Richmond with homes built as far back as the 1700s. Designed by Major William Mayo in 1737, today the neighborhood is an elegant mix of Federal, Greek revival and Victorian homes, historic structures and a growing number of restaurants and businesses. Neighbors will open their homes for you during the annual Holiday House Tours to experience the sights, smells and sounds of holidays past. For information and tickets: http://www.churchhill.org/church-hill-holiday-house-tour-tickets/.


Thursday, December 13

Holiday Farm & Craft Market

17th Street Farmers Market, 100 N. 17th St.
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Free admission

Head to 17th Street in Shockoe Bottom for a seasonal farmers market featuring local farmers, seasonal products, specialty vendors, artisans, music, and more!


Friday - Sunday, December 14 - 16

Horse & Carriage Rides

Pick up at 10th and E. Cary Sts. (James Center)
Friday - 7:00 - 10:00 p.m., Saturday - 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., Sunday - 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
$10 a person (children 4 and under sitting in your lap are free)

Clip-Clop Clip-Clop – the sound of horses’ hooves on the cobblestones and jingle bells ringing signal the holidays are here in downtown RVA. Carriages circle Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom. We hope you and your family will join James River Carriages for this traditional holiday treat. Each ride is scheduled on the half-hour and is approximately 20 minutes long. You must reserve your seat by calling 804-350-7752.


The Richmond Ballet with the Richmond Symphony Presents: The Nutcracker!

Carpenter Theatre Dominion Arts Center, 600 E Grace St.
Friday at 7:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Ticketed event

This timeless family classic returns to enchant audiences with all of its splendor and beauty. Join Clara as she revels in the joy of Christmas Eve, bravely witnesses a battle beneath the branches of a mystical Christmas tree, and journeys through a winter white forest to the delectable Kingdom of Sweets. As the beloved characters of this dazzling production come to life to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, children and adults alike will be swept away by the magic of the holidays. For more information, visit https://www.richmondsymphony.com/event/the-nutcracker-20/.


Friday, December 21

Horse & Carriage Rides

Pick up area at 10th and E. Cary Sts. (James Center)
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
$10 a person (children 4 and under sitting in your lap are free)

Clip-Clop Clip-Clop – the sound of horses’ hooves on the cobblestones and jingle bells ringing signal the holidays are here in downtown RVA. Carriages circle Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom. We hope you and your family will join James River Carriages for this traditional holiday treat. Each ride is scheduled on the half-hour and is approximately 20 minutes long. You must reserve your seat by calling 804-350-7752.