Holiday Happenings from Boomer Magazine

November 17th, 2022

Festive fun in Richmond, Virginia


Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden GardenFest of Lights. Celebrate the season with holidays happenings 2022 in Richmond, Virginia: sacred music, jolly Santa, sparkling lights, heartwarming plays. Image

Celebrate the spirit of the season with holidays happenings 2022 in Richmond, Virginia, from sacred music to jolly Santa, sparkling lights to heartwarming plays.


“Christmas on the Rocks.” The hilarious holiday show returns to Richmond. The play brings together seven twisted holiday tales, featuring grown-up versions of favorite kids from Christmas specials. Through Dec. 18 at Richmond Triangle Players, Richmond.

Winter Market: Island of Misfit Toys. Shop arts, gifts, and handmade treasures from scores of local artists. Through Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at Studio Two Three, Richmond.

“Miracle on South Division Street.” You know those family legends that turn out to not exactly what everyone thought? The Nowak family does, with resulting heartbreak and hilarity. Through Dec. 31 at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, Chesterfield.

Light Up the Tracks in Downtown Ashland. The historic small town in the Center of the Universe transforms into a vintage Christmas village, with light displays and special events, along with ongoing shopping, dining, and entertainment, Through Jan 1, 2023. The holiday weeks include special events: Ashland Christmas Market on Dec. 4, Jolly Jaunt Bar Crawl on Dec. 10, and Light the Way on Dec. 31. In downtown Ashland.

Victorian Christmas at the Maymont Mansion. Decked out for the season, the Dooley mansion offers self-guided Christmas-themed audio tours, through Jan. 1, 2023. And mark your calendar for other holiday happenings, including wreath workshops (Nov. 29 through Dec. 3) and the Merry Market (Dec. 2 and 3). All at Maymont, Richmond.

GardenFest of Lights. The magical display of colorful lights and figures appeals to visitors of all ages. More than a million individual lights join other beautiful displays. Special nights include GardenFest for Fidos Nights, live music, and Santa brunch and dinner. The Garden’s restaurant, store, Jingle Bar & Grill, and hot drinks and s’mores kits will be available, too. Through Jan. 8, 2023, at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond.

Veritas Illuminated. Stroll through enchanting woods and vineyards twinkling with lights, from the forest floor to the tops of trees. Then relax in the warmth of the winery tasting room. Through Jan. 8, 2023 at Veritas Winery, Afton.

Model Railroad Show tickets on sale. Experience the 45th annual showing of eight intricate model train club displays, including HO, O, N-scale, and LEGO. The event include the Teddy Bear Express and a blacksmith forging custom metal pieces onsite. Nov. 25 to 27 at the Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.

“Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.” In the charming sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” the Bennet sisters celebrate the holidays at the Darcy estate. Nov. 25 to Jan. 1, 2023, at Virginia Rep’s November Theatre, Richmond.

Made in RVA Holiday Shop at Art Works. Richmond holiday shopping made easy with handmade local gifts, from ceramics, jewelry, candles and soaps to paintings and photography of Richmond’s historical landmarks, the river, and unforgettable city scenes. Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Mondays, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, at Art Works.

Shop Small Saturday. Support local shops and small businesses. Nov. 26, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., throughout downtown Richmond.

Richmond Symphony Presents: “Let It Snow!” A Richmond holiday music tradition with carols, classics and sparkling holiday favorites–even a visit from Santa. Conducted by Chia-Hsuan. Fee for tickets. Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. at Dominion Energy Center.

Maymont Wreath Workshops. Learn to create a beautiful evergreen wreath in a festive and fun workshop complete with wreath forms and freshly cut evergreens, plus refreshments. Bring your own clippers and gloves and take home a lovely seasonal decoration. Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 at Maymont’s Garden Hall, Richmond.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, will celebrate over 35 years of his annual Christmas concert tour, making it the longest running concert tour in the entertainment industry. The show includes dazzling multimedia effects. Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Altria Theater, Richmond.

Legendary Santa with sensitive days. Take the little ones to see the “real” Santa Claus and the Snow Queen, just like the Miller & Rhoads experience that began in 1936. Advance reservations required. Visit in person or virtually. A Sensitive Legendary Santa event is scheduled for Nov. 30, Dec. 2, and Dec. 8. At Children’s Museum of Richmond, Richmond.

Christmas with C.S. Lewis. Join the thought-provoking Christian writer (or a facsimile thereof) at his Oxford home for Yuletide recollections. Dec. 1 to 4 at the Gottwald Playhouse at Dominion Energy Center, Richmond.

Christmas in Southwest Virginia. A toy bag full of events celebrating the holidays at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace, Abingdon:

  • Dec. 1: The Crooked Road Christmas Jam. Kicking off the season with live music and dinner.
  • Dec. 1 to 31: Celebration of Lights
  • Dec. 1 to 23: Letters to Santa
  • Dec. 3: Family Breakfast with Santa
  • Dec. 9: Happy Christmas Tour with Becky Buller and Nu-Blu, award-winning Appalachian bands.
  • Dec. 13: Children and Pet Photos with Santa

RVA Illuminates at Kanawha Plaza. The City of Richmond’s annual tree lighting and downtown skyline light up at 5:59 p.m. Broadcasters, live performances, food trucks, and fun. Dec. 2, 5 to 7 p.m. at Kanawha Plaza, Richmond.

RVA First Friday. Wander through galleries, shops, restaurants, nonprofits, and more. Dec. 2, 5 to 11 p.m. in the Downtown Arts District along Broad Street, Richmond.

Elf at Kanawha Plaza. Pack a chair or blanket for viewing the movie Elf under the lights of downtown Richmond’s holiday skyline. Food vendors on site. Dec. 2, 7 to 9 p.m. at Kanawha Plaza, Richmond.

Christmas Under the Clocktower. Local nonprofits decorate Christmas trees, which will be unveiled on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. View them and vote for your favorite. Dec. 2 through Jan. 1 at Main Street Station, Richmond.

Handel’s “Messiah.” The Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus present the annual inspirational performance of the seasonal classic. Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. at River Road Church in Richmond.

“A Broadway Christmas.” Musical theatre performers celebrate timeless Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa songs from Broadway, Hollywood, and Virginia Rep musicals. Dec. 2 to Jan. 1 at Hanover Tavern, Hanover.

Lights at the Lake. The beauty of colorful lights illuminating the darkness is enhanced by the natural setting of the forest. Plus make-your-own ornament station, s’mores, and more. Dec. 2 to 4 and 9 to 11, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Bear Creek Lake State Park, Cumberland.

Dominion Energy Christmas Parade. The 39th annual parade of colorful floats, giant helium balloons, high school and college marching bands, princesses, superheroes, and returning favorites Dec. 3, starting at 10 a.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, traveling eastbound down Broad Street to 7th and Marshall streets, Richmond.

Soul Santa. The man in the red suit shows children that the spirit of giving knows no racial boundaries. Registration required. Noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 17 at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, Richmond.

Santa’s Candy Cane Calamity. Drifty returns in this production of Young People’s Playhouse for young revelers and their guests. Dec. 3, 10, and 17 at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, Chesterfield.

24th Annual Tree Lighting and Illumination. Magical holiday music performances, a toasty bonfire, holiday gift shop, artisan tree and wreath exhibits, and a visit from Santa to light the iconic cedar Christmas tree. Dec. 3 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

Holiday Brass. Holiday hits performed with the passion of brass instrumentation. Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Louis F. Ryan Recital Hall, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond.

Legends on Grace: Making Merry with Grey Garrett. Kick off the season with the Richmond musical theatre star with favorite holiday songs. Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. at Dominion Energy Center, Richmond.

Quirk Holiday Market. Holiday market plus talent, music, and creative libations. Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Quirk Hotel, Richmond.

Holiday Brass. Holiday hits performed with the passion of brass instrumentation. Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. Blackwell Auditorium at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Holiday songs – and maybe even some dancing – precedes a showing of the classic Whoville holiday movie. Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, Highland Springs.

Bike the Holiday Lights Tours. Holiday biking tour of downtown and holiday lights followed by wine, beer, tea, or coffee at Urban Farmhouse. Dec. 5 through Jan. 8, 2023, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Basket and Bike, Richmond.

“Frosty: A Musical Adventure.” The traveling Barter Players present a live performance of the friendly snowman. Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Ashland Theatre, Ashland.

Hip Hop Nutcracker. The holiday mash-up blends innovative digital graffiti and visuals to transform the landscape from traditional 19th-century Germany to the vibrant sights and sounds of contemporary New York City. Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at Altria Theater, Richmond.

Richmond Night Market Holiday Villages. Live music serenades shoppers at this outdoor market of local and handmade artisans and businesses. Dec. 8, from 2 to 7 p.m., at The Valentine Museum, and Dec. 10 and 11, from noon to 5 p.m. both days, at the 17th Street Market, Richmond.

The Christmas Carol Experience. Brian Clowdus Experiences puts guests into the story, participating in Jacob Marley’s funeral and following Ebenezer Scrooge on his quest. Dec. 8 to 30 at Lovingston Winery, Lovingston.

Vespers and Candlelight Walk. A half-hour vespers service at Historic St. John’s Church is followed by a candlelight parade of participants, led by the Richmond Pipes and Drum Corps. Dec. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Church, Richmond.

“Home Alone.” Can we ever tire of seeing 8-year-old Kevin McCallister making absolute fools of the bungling burglars? I think not, ya filthy animal. Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, Highland Springs.

Keeping Christmas: 200 Years of Virginia Traditions. Take a candlelit tour through the festively decorated historic house and learn about holiday traditions, including on early Virginia plantations, by plantation owners and enslaved and freed people of color. Dec. 9 and 10, 6 to 8 p.m. both days, at Wilton House Museum, Richmond.

Richmond Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” New scenery and choreography and refreshed costumes, using the storybook vision from Stoner Winslett’s production Dec. 9 to 23 at Dominion Energy Center, Richmond.

Richmond Boat Parade of Lights. Owners decorate their boats and parade down the James River. Dec. 10 at 4:45, beginning at Rocketts Landing, Richmond.

CarMax Tacky Light Run: “10 Years of Tacky.” Registration is open for the colorful nighttime 6k walk-jog-run event. Dec. 10, 6 p.m., beginning at Mid-lothian Mines Park, Chesterfield.

Fan District Association’s Diamond Jubilee Holiday House Tour. Tour 11 beautifully decorated homes in a variety of architectural styles throughout the historic neighborhood in this 60th annual event. Tuk-tuks vehicles will be available. Proceeds go toward Fan District Association enhancement projects. Dec. 10 and 11, noon to 5 p.m. both days. Ticket pick-up at 2008 Strawberry St., Richmond

Richmond Makers Market: Holiday Cheers. New makers monthly ranging from candlemakers and crafters to confections and works of clay at a dog-friendly brewery. Dec. 10 and 11, noon to 6 p.m. at Basic City Beer Co., Richmond.

Winter Wander: Celebrate Court End. Hot beverages, family crafts and games, live music, and a self-guided tour of the historic Court End neighborhood, plus a shuttle to nearby cultural sites for open houses and other activities. Dec. 11, noon to 4 p.m. at The Valentine, Richmond.

Church Hill Holiday House Tour. Enjoy one of Richmond’s oldest neighborhoods on the 56th annual holiday house tour, showcasing 11 decorated historic homes, St. John’s Church Parrish House, the city’s oldest fire station and its collection of antique equipment, Chimborazo Round House, costumed carolers, trolleys, antique Ford cars, and more. Proceeds benefit neighborhood parks, schools and art initiatives. Dec. 11, noon to 5 p.m., in the Church Hill neighborhood, Richmond.

Vienna Boys Choir. Soak in the sweet holiday sounds of the renowned choir. Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Richmond’s First Baptist Church, Richmond; Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. at Harrison Opera House, Norfolk; and Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. at Saint Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg.

A Magical Cirque Christmas. World-acclaimed performers and cirque artists take audiences back in time, immersing them in the spirit of the season and performing Christmas classics through the decades. Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Altria Theater, Richmond.

“The Polar Express.” Embrace the wonder of life in the classic holiday book come to the grandeur of the screen. Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. at Henrico Theatre, Highland Springs.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Get your inner Grinch fix with the classic Whoville holiday movie. Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, Highland Springs.

“’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” A jolly Santa, reindeer on the roof, moonlight on the snow, Ma and Pa in their caps, and sugarplums dancing in the dreams of hopeful children. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Dec. 17 to Jan. 1, 2023, at the new Virginia Rep Center for Arts and Education, 4204 Hermitage Rd., Richmond.

“Home Alone.” Can we ever tire of seeing 8-year-old Kevin McCallister making absolute fools of the bungling burglars? I think not, ya filthy animal. Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, Highland Springs.

Holiday Concert. Celebrate with favorite holiday songs performed by Henrico Concert Band. Dec. 19, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, Henrico.

“The Polar Express.” Embrace the wonder of life in the classic holiday book come to the grandeur of the screen. Dec. 22 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, Highland Springs.

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