There are so many wonderful holiday festivals happening this season! We’ve compiled a list in case you want to check them out.
• December 4-7—The Bizarre Bazaar
Open 10am-7pm Thursday through Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday, the Bizarre Bazaar is a holiday marketplace with over 500 exhibitors and fabulous, unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. General admission is $7 and children 2-12 get in for $1.50.
• December 5—Grand Illumination
This free downtown tradition kicks off the holidays with the lighting of millions of lights along the city skyline, followed by a festival featuring Santa and the Snow Queen.
• December 12—Church Hill Holiday Candlelight Walk
This 50th Anniversary Holiday Festival at Church Hill starts at 7:15pm in Jefferson Park and concludes at historic Libby Hill at 7:45pm. The event features holiday caroling and a visit from Santa Claus, and is free and open to all!
• December 13—James River Parade of Lights
In the 22nd Annual Parade of Lights, boats decorated with thousands of lights will cruise roughly a dozen miles down the James River from the fall line in Richmond to the Varina-Enon Bridge. You can register to decorate your boat and participate, or simply watch the festive vessels from several official viewing locations.
• December 14—Easter Henrico Holiday Extravaganza
The holiday celebrations at The Armour House and Dabbs House, include decorations, refreshments, craft activities, holiday songs by local chorus groups, Santa, and even a step back in time at the Dabbs House Museum.
• December 7—Hopewell Tree Lighting, Parade & Concert
Just a skip away from Petersburg, Hopewell has their annual tree lighting at the Ashford Civic Plaza. From 4-8pm, visitors can also enjoy a parade, free concert, horse & carriage rides, carnival rides, raffles, and refreshments. There will also be a visit from Santa!
What fun festivals are part of your holiday traditions?