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Tacky & Tinsel: Your RVA Holiday Event Guide



Welcome to the Ultimate Richmond, VA Holiday Event Guide for 2023! Get ready to make unforgettable memories and experience the best that Richmond has to offer during the holiday season. From tacky parades and light displays to charming markets and live performances, this guide has everything you need to plan your perfect holiday in Richmond.


DOMINION ENERGY GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

November 20, 2023 - January 7, 2024 | (Closed Dec. 24 & 25)

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden hosts the ultimate holiday extravaganza during the Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. Marvel at over one million twinkling lights as you walk through themed gardens and enjoy live music and holiday activities for the whole family. Click here for more information.


MAYMONT MERRY MARKET AND OTHER HAPPENINGS

Maymont

Market: December 1,2, 8, 9, 2023 | Happenings: Thru January 2024 (Closed Dec. 25)

Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in classic Victorian holiday splendor! Save the date for their annual Merry Market artisan festival on December 1, 2, 8 and 9 and holiday wreath making workshops beginning November 28. Visit the Maymont website for more details.


TACKY LIGHT TOUR & RUN

Richmond Area

December 1 - 31, 2023

Hop on a guided tour or create your own route to view the famous tacky light displays that Richmond is known for. Explore neighborhoods adorned with over-the-top decorations and enjoy the holiday cheer. Check out the vibrant decorations while running through Chesterfield County's Walton Park neighborhood during the year's CarMax Tacky Light Run on December 9! To see a full guide of Richmond's tacky light display locations this year, click here


THE NUTCRACKER BALLET

Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center

December 8 - 24, 2023

Experience the enchanting performances of the Richmond Ballet's rendition of "The Nutcracker." Watch the classic holiday tale come to life on stage and be mesmerized by the talented dancers. For more details on upcoming show dates and times, click here


CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE CENTURIES

Henricus Historical Park

December 19, 2023 | 12:00 - 7:00pm

Head to Henricus to experience Virginia Christmas from the 17th century through the 19th century. See how Dutch ideas influenced English holiday traditions and celebrate with carols and hot cider while decorating a Victorian Christmas tree by the fireside! Your festive journey through time will end with a visit from Father Christmas – where you can share your Yuletide wishes! Learn more, here.


KINGS DOMINION'S WINTERFEST

Kings Dominion

November 17, 2023 - December 31, 2023

Kings Dominion's amusement park magically transforms into a winter wonderland during the ultimate holiday celebration! Packed with all the sights, sounds, food, and experiences of the holiday season. The park shines bright with over two million shimmering lights, a 300-foot tree and lavish displays while live shows and strolling performers delight guests throughout the park. Plus, a selection of your favorite rides will be open to complete your night of memory making! 


CARYTOWN ARTISAN MARKET

Carytown

December 16, 2023: 10am - 4pm. | December 17, 2023: 10am - 5pm

Shop local this holiday season with unique arts and crafts from over 160 artisans! Enjoy a craft beverage and a meal while listening to Flat Branch americana and bluegrass music on Saturday or join the bluegrass jam on Sunday! 


Celebrate the holidays in style by experiencing the best that Richmond has to offer. We hope this guide helps you create cherished memories during the 2023 holiday season in Richmond, VA.

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