Christmas Lights Tour by Trolley of Downtown Richmond – Dec 6, 2011

One night only! Free downtown Trolly Rides by Richmond Trolley Company

richmond trolley company open trolley 150x105 Christmas Lights Tour by Trolley of Downtown Richmond   Dec 6, 2011In conjunction with the Miller & Rhoads Charity Christmas Tree Contest, has arranged a FREE trolley tour of downtown Richmond to view the Christmas lights.  Tours 7 pm to 10:30 pm on Tuesday night, December 6th from the “Miller & Rhodes” Hilton Garden Inn parking lot in downtown Richmond, VA. The tour will include lights at the James Center, Monument Avenue, Carytown and the Christmas display windows of the historic Miller & Rhoads building.

Because there is no charge for the trolley tour itself, rides will be on a “first come, first serve” basis. Consecutive numbered tickets will be given out at the entrance of the hotel. Those tickets will determine when you ride the trolley. Call 804-545-0804 for details of the trolley tour and the Miller & Rhoads Charity Christmas Tree Contest.

Please pay particular attention to the Christmas trees that fill the windows on of the Hilton Garden Inn that was once the Miller & Rhoads department store building.  Each tree has been decorated by one of Virginia’s fine non-profit organizations to raise funds for its good works.  Remember which tree you liked the best, then please go home and vote for that tree on the Miller & Rhoads Charity Christmas Tree Contest site linked below:

Richmond Trolley Company , a Platinum Spronsor of the Miller & Rhoads Charity Christmas event, provides holiday rides all through December, but only rides on December 6th are free.

Richmond Trolley Company tours and prices other than Dec 6

Annual Grand Illumination

jeffersontree Annual Grand IlluminationOn November 29 the Jefferson Hotel will have its annual annual spectacular Grand Illumination.

Music will begin at 5:30p.m.

Followed at 6:00 p.m. by a stunning display of lights, a parade of beloved holiday characters, and complimentary refreshments in The Empire Room.

See the Jefferson Hotel Holiday Newsletter here.

Candlelight Christmas Tour of 18th century Tuckahoe Plantation

Begin your holiday celebrations with a visit to Christmas past that will warm your heart throughout the season when you take the 2010 Candlelight Tour of  Tuckahoe Plantation, December 10th, 11th and 12th 4:00 o’clock to 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $12 and are sold at the door.  Telephone:  (804) 971-8329

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Thomas Jefferson lived at Tuckahoe Plantation from 1745 to 1752.  One of his earliest memories is said to be of his father carrying him up Tuckahoe’s front steps when he was two years old.  The house which is listed as a National Historic Landmark is 277 years old and the little school house where young master Jefferson studied still stands.  During the Christmas tours, you’ll find it serving as a gift shop instead of a place of learning.  There will be fresh Holiday decorations for sale, boxwood wreaths, fresh cut greens and handmade crafts.  Warm your hands and sip on homemade Hot Cider in the Old Kitchen.

“…Inside the old house, the walnut panelling is rubbed to a  high  shine.  The heart pine floors are polished anew.  Holly wreaths have been hung.   The hand-carved  ballasters  have been trimmed with greenery and family ornaments have been carefully unpacked and decorate the cedar, cut from Tuckahoe.   A fire crackles in the hearth.  Candles are lit for the evening.  Children romp on the  great lawn in the last moments of  light before being  summoned  by the kitchen bell.  Soon guests will be arriving and anticipation builds high…. “  It is Christmas at Tuckahoe!

Tuchahoe is a working plantation with stables and dependencies still in tact. This  historic treasure has been described by historians as  “the finest existing early 18th century plantation in America.”  Visit the official Tuckahoe Plantation website for more information.

Miller and Rhoads Charity Christmas Tree Contest downtown Richmond

The “department store” windows of the historic Miller & Rhoads building are once more ablaze with the reds and greens, glitter and golds of Christmas 2011!

The new tenant of the building, the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Richmond has partnered with again this year to breath life back into this beloved, old Christmas tradition with a new Charity Christmas Tree Contest.

Fifty Christmas trees will soon fill the big, plate-glass display windows of the historic Miller & Rhoads building to bring “comfort & joy” to all who walk by them or drive past on the streets of tree shop wndw cmp Miller and Rhoads Charity Christmas Tree Contest downtown Richmonddowntown Richmond.

Each of those trees will be decorated by a specific Virginia charitable organization, then entered into a contest to see which of the 50 Christmas trees is the most glorious of all!

The winning non-profit organization will receive a $1,000 grand prize.

The winning tree will be chosen by a panel of judges and by the people of Richmond. The decision of the judges will count for only a portion of the contest’s point structure. The other part of the equation will be determined by the opinions of Virginians like you who go onto the website to vote for their favorite tree.

The trees in the windows will be unveiled at 6:30 pm, Tuesday evening, December 6, 2011

On hand for the occasion will be the Radio Disney cast who kick off their show inside the Hilton Garden Inn downtown Richmond’s lobby immediately after the unveiling ceremony on 6th Street & East Broad. Come meet the Mounted Squad of the Richmond Police and their beautiful horses. The show is free and so is the hot chocolate and cookies!

Then take a free ride on one of the Richmond Trolley Company’s new trolleys to see the lights downtown and of course, all 50 charity Christmas trees entered in the Miller & Rhoads Charity Christmas Tree Contest.

The winner of the Miller & Rhoads Charity Christmas Tree Contest will be announced on January 6, 2012 in the Ballroom of the Hilton Garden Inn downtown Richmond, Virginia.

Click here for details of the Miller and Rhoads Charity Christmas Tree Contest

Christmas at The Jefferson

Details soon

Christmas at Maymont

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Tis the season to be at Maymont!

Celebrate the holidays with Victorian holidays at Maymont; old-fashioned fun, elegant evening tours and much more through January 6.

There are many events at Maymont during the holiday season; with Mansion Holiday tours starting on November 19th, a Wreath workshop on November 30th & December 1 & 2, an Old fashioned Christmas on December 5th coupled with St. Nicks Christmas Party, and Maymont by Moonlight (December 10 & 17), with Candlelight Mansion tours (December 14th).

Lots of fun things to do!

Check out the details at Maymont by clicking here.

Tacky Christmas Lights Tour

Details soon

2010 Dominion Christmas Parade

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The Dominion Christmas parade will take place on Saturday, December 4, 2010. The parade departs from the Science Museum on West Broad Street at 10:00 a.m. and continues east all the way to Seventh Street.

The parade theme will be “Celebrating Holiday Traditions” and will feature holiday floats, marching bands, huge helium balloons and the Legendary Santa.

The Parade is broadcast LIVE on WTVR-CBS 6 the day of the parade from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and then rebroadcast on Christmas Day.

GardenFest Illumination 2010

GardenFest LewisGinter Richmond 300x205 GardenFest Illumination 2010Friday evening, November 26, 2010, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia will kick-off its annual GardenFest of Lights with a dramatic and fun-filled GardenFest Illumination. It’s a sight your family will never forget.

GardenFest of Lights runs nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. between November 26th through January 10th, 2011.  The garden will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2010. Tickets to GardenFest cost $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 children 3 through 12. Free admission for children under 3 years of age.

GardenFest is a holiday tradition! This year’s theme is “Fire & Ice” with the display featuring more than a half million lights arranged in botanical themes throughout the Garden. Visitors can also marvel at displays in the Garden’s Conservatory and decorations in the Visitors Center and the Education and Library Complex. Holiday dinners are available in the Garden Café and in the Robins Tea House (Tea House dinners require Garden admission and reservations, please call (804) 262-9887, ext. 329. Reservations will be taken starting Oct. 1, 2010. Merry Mondays on Monday evenings include storytelling for kids with the Garden Keeper and Butterfly Fairy.

Illumination Schedule

5:00 p.m. Doors open; Garden paths light by candle luminaries
5:30 p.m. Countdown to GardenFest Illumination

7 – 8 p.m. Crystal Concert in the  Education and Library Complex Auditorium
due to limited seating you will need a ticket (free with regular GardenFest admission) from the “Will Call” desk in the Visitors’ Center lobby; doors open 30 minutes before performance.

Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert is a multi-media, all-ages concert that introduces audiences to amazing glass instruments from Benjamin Franklin’s Glass Armonica in 1761 to brand new musical instruments being created for Dean by glass artists all around the world.  The Crystal Concert is an ever-changing showcase of glass music, art, history, and science.  The music ranges from Mozart and Beethoven, including seasonal favorites. Performances at the same time also on Saturday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 28.

Ginter Botanical Gardens, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA 23228  804-262-9887

James River Parade of Lights

james river parade of lights James River Parade of LightsEvery year on the second Saturday of December boaters decorate their vessels and converge on the James River for a boat parade marking the festive holiday season.  Spectators will line the shorelines at several viewing sites along the parade route, which runs from Richmond to Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield County.

James River Parade of Lights – Saturday, December 11, 2010

Call (804) 748-1567 for more information.

Bizarre Bazaar Christmas Show

bizarre bazaar christmas2010 e1283819332331 Bizarre Bazaar Christmas ShowFor the 35th year, four exhibition buildings will be filled with fabulous, unique gifts for everyone on your list!  One of a kind holiday marketplace with 500 exclusive exhibitors. More than 100 new exhibitors this year! There’s no place like The Bizarre Bazaar®

Location: Richmond Raceway Complex on a historic 315-acre site with close proximity to interstate highways and its acres and acres of convenient FREE PARKING!

General Admission: $7.00 – Children (2-12) $1.50

Thurs, Fri, Sat -  December 2 – 4   10 am to 7 pm

Sunday – December 5 10 am to 5 pm

Click here for details

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