2019 holiday happenings in Central Virginia

2019 holiday happenings in Central Virginia
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - 'Tis the season once again! Here’s a look at what’s happening in Central Virginia this year during the holidays:

Through Jan. 5

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens: Includes festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows. More info >


Through Jan. 6

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights: The gardens shine with more than 1 million lights with this year’s theme as “Magic in the Air.” More info >


Nov. 23-Jan. 1

Winterfest at Kings Dominion: The park shines with millions of lights, a 300-foot tree, live performances and more. Select rides will be open. More info >


Dec. 2

Jefferson Hotel Tree Lighting: The evening’s program includes a host of holiday characters and some of the region’s most talented musicians and performers. More info >


Dec. 3-9

Drifty’s Naughty or Nice List: The Naughty or Nice List is missing but Private Ivan Einstein is on the case, and Drifty the Snowman gets to help. More info on the show at Swift Creek Mill Theatre >


Dec. 3-9

Winter Exhibits and Holiday Shop at Art Works: Start the holiday season with a gallery full of holiday gifts. More info >


Dec. 4

Wreath decorating: Create a holiday wreath with Blue Bee Cider to benefit the Better Housing Coalition. More info >


Dec. 5-8

The Bizarre Bazaar: Enjoy holiday shopping with more than 475 unique vendors at the Richmond Raceway Complex. More info>


Dec. 6

Madison County’s Friday Night Christmas Lights: Enjoy a tree lighting with cookies, hot chocolate, music and a parade. More info >

Petersburg Tree Lighting: There will be entertainment, refreshments, caroling and more during the tree lighting in Old Towne Petersburg. More info >

RVA Illuminates: Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will host the event at Kanawha Plaza, 801 E. Canal Street in Richmond beginning at 5:45 p.m. More info >

Shockoe Illuminates: The City of Richmond will sparkle with a new holiday tradition at 17th Street Market beginning at 5:45 p.m. More info >


Dec. 6-8

Jazz Nativity: The annual Jazz Nativity is returning to Gayton Baptist Church with five performances. More info>


Dec. 6-23

Richmond Animal League’s Operation Silent Night: RAL is in its 9th year of this special plan to help dogs and cats find their forever homes in time for the holidays. More info >


Dec. 7

Hopewell boat parade: Boats will depart from the Jordan Point Yacht Haven at 5:30 p.m. and make their way upriver to the Hopewell City Marina, the main viewing location for the parade. More info >

Home for the Holidays Parade: Welcome in Christmas with a holiday parade in Petersburg. More info >

Tea and Tidings: Enjoy tasty treats and tea at Pamplin park while listening to period music and 19th-century etiquette. More info >

Holiday open house at James Madison’s Montpelier: Visit James Madison’s Montpelier for free. More info >

19th Annual Richmond Jingle Bell Run: The Jingle Bell Run is the Arthritis Foundation’s annual fun, festive 5K run/walk. More info >

Mistletoe Market: Enjoy a fun day of shopping at the 6th Annual Mistletoe Market Craft & Vendor Show at Pocahontas Elementary School. More info >

36th Annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade: The parade theme is “Inspiring Stories” and features local heroes, award-winning marching bands, dance troupes, giant helium balloons, floats and Santa. More info >

Celebrate the Season Indoor Craft & Shopping Bazaar: Enjoy a variety of artisan vendors (homemade and handcrafted goods), children activities, food vendors, petting zoo and much more. More info >

Centre Hill Museum Christmas Open House: Enjoy a 1905 Christmas party featuring decorations, music, entertainment and children’s activities. More info >


Dec. 8

Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination: Enjoy musical performances and a fireworks display in the historic area. More info >

Petersburg Symphony Orchestra concert “A Classic Holiday”: Join them for some Bach and Brahms, Greensleeves, Carol of the Bells, Sleigh Ride, and an audience sing-along. More info >

Light Up the Night: The city of Hopewell ushers in the holiday season with its annual Light Up the Night celebration starting at 4 p.m. More info >


Dec. 9-15

Highland for the Holidays: Enjoy the holiday season at the home of President James Monroe. More info >


Dec. 10-16

Bizarre Market: Do some holiday shopping and grab some of the sparkliest, snuggliest, most exquisitely designed and fabricated goodies Richmond has to offer. More info >


Dec. 12

Henrico Community Band Holiday Concert: Enjoy a holiday concert for everyone. More info >


Dec. 13

Candlelight Walk and Caroling 2019: Spread some holiday cheer by caroling around the city. More info >


Dec. 13-19

Richmond Ballet’s The Nutcracker: The beloved classic will be showing at the Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center. More info >


Dec. 14

James River Parade of Lights: Hear the cheers of spectators along the shoreline at sites in Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico starting at 6 p.m. More info >

Santa Paws: Take your furry friends to see Santa Paws at Short Pump Park! More info >

Christmas On MacArthur and Santa Parade: Have a day of family fun and help support Central Virginia to Toys for Tots—the U.S. Marine Corps annual toy drive. More info >

Old Towne Christmas Market: Shop local produce and arts at the Old Towne Christmas Market in Petersburg. More info >

Carmax Tacky Light Run: Step into a tacky wonderland filled with lights, elves, the big man himself and more. More info >


Dec. 17

Sensitive Santa Meet & Greet for families with Autism: Children and families living with autism will be able to see Santa and have their picture taken for free in this special environment and space. More info >


Dec. 21

Tacky Light Pit Stop: While you’re out enjoying the Tacky Light Tour, stop by to warm up, have some snacks and enjoy music and crafts at Grove Avenue Baptist Church. More info >


Dec. 21-23

Miracle of Christmas- Live at the Zoo: Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with zoo animals and set against a period-appropriate backdrop. More info >


Dec. 21

Old Towne Jingle Bell Run: Enjoy an annual run in Old Towne Petersburg. More info >

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