The Grand Illumination of James Center

Welcome the Holiday Season at James Center! Bring your family to James Center for a beautiful (free) family tradition.

At 5:59 p.m. Santa and Lite 98 will count down the seconds to turn on the downtown office buildings AND James Center's Great Tree & Reindeer!

From 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. experience the magic of the holidays with two blocks of family entertainment. James Center is very excited to present Big Ray and the Kool Kats as our featured performance at 6:30 p.m. With performances from Bellagio Las Vegas to The Kennedy Center, Big Ray and the Kool Kats will bring their unique brand of holiday musical festivity to the 2012 Grand Illumination.

This year, James Center is bringing awareness to Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now). SCAN will be at Grand Illumination collecting toys for 170 Richmond area children. During the holiday season, these children will be coming to James Center so their parents or guardians can "shop" for gifts. From Grand Illumination night until December 11, please bring unwrapped gifts for children ages 0-17 to the collection sleigh located in the Three James Center Lobby.

Shelly Perkins of Lite 98 is returning as Snow Queen! Our entertainment includes: The Greater Richmond Children's Choir, Varina High School Marching Band, The American Youth Harp Ensemble, Characters from the Nutcracker Cast, the VCU Trombone Choir, Singer Patsy Butler, Flutes on the Go, the Virginia Piedmont & Central HO Model Railroad Club and much more. Join the Radio Disney Road Crew for holiday fun including sing-a-longs, games, & prize giveaways!

Street Closing: On Friday, November 30, 2012: 10th Street will be closed from 10 am - 10 pm from the Parking Deck to Cary Street. The Parking Garage will remain accessible from Canal Street onto 10th Street. The parking lane on Cary Street will close at 9 am and will remain closed until 12 am.

Cary Street, from just past the 9th Street intersection to just before the 12th Street intersection may close from 6 pm - 8 pm, if needed, to accommodate the crowd.

$3.00 parking is available at the parking deck on the corner of 10th & Canal Streets after 4:00 p.m.