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RVA Parenting: Top 5 family 'must dos' before Christmas

Jefferson Hotel Christmas tree lighting ceremony (Source: NBC12) Jefferson Hotel Christmas tree lighting ceremony (Source: NBC12)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

With just a little more than two weeks until Christmas, you may find your family trying to pack in all the fun activities around town.

We turned to one of our expert mom bloggers for a top 5 list.

  1. Christina Tinker with Richmond Moms Blog says to go to Lewis Ginter.
    "Just going into the botanical gardens," said Tinker. "It is beautiful enough on its own. But, when it is fully illuminated, you know, all the lights are sparkling. That’s definitely one that we want to make sure we go and see this year."
  2. Gingerbread tea at the Virginia House, where you can even build a gingerbread house as a family.
    "Very often, there is a special visitor that comes by," said Tinker. "And I’ll let you in on a little secret. It is actually like Wassel. So, the kids like it and enjoy it. But that’s one pretty much all ages can enjoy it and especially going up into the older ages as well- you get to make a gingerbread house as a family as well."
  3. See the Christmas tree at the Jefferson, and take some family pictures while you're at it! 
    "Just going by the Jefferson for a visit and seeing the beautiful gingerbread house creation and that gorgeous big tree and that’s something again I think is pretty magical for kids of all ages," said Tinker.
  4. The tacky light tour!
    "Some of us with younger kids can't probably pull off the full tour, but (go to) the Phifer Christmas House," said Tinker. “If you can make that a stand-alone event. That is a wonderful stop on this tour and they normally have an 'I Spy' scavenger hunt as well as a hot chocolate stand. And they really are welcoming and looking forward to families coming by and seeing them."
  5. Go see Santa. 
    "The Santa visit is, of course, one that no matter how old your kids are, you want to make sure you get that picture," said Tinker. "We’re big fans of the Santas at the Short Pump Town Center. So, that is something that I would put on the stop. And then you can just stroll around and look at all the beautiful sights that there are to see there. Maybe take a little train ride as well."

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