Church Hill Vespers and Candlelight Walk (free) – Holiday carols start at St. John’s Church and then a candlelight walk through the streets of historic Church Hill follows the traditional vespers service. Participants are given candles to carry and are lead by bagpipers through the neighborhood to Libby Hill Park. For more information call (804) 814-1066.
*7 pm, St. John’s Church (25th and E. Broad Streets)
Holiday Song and Dance Movie Nights ($1) – Enjoy live holiday entertainment followed by one of Hollywood’s most beloved holiday movies! Dancers will dazzle you with Rockette-like tapping and high-kicking! Some of Henrico Theatre Company’s favorite vocalists will also serenade you with the season’s best-loved songs. Following the performances, you can enjoy It’s a Wonderful Life. Information: 501-5138 or 328-4491.
*7 pm, Henrico Theatre. Tickets purchased at the door.
Repeats Sat Dec 13 at 2 & 7 pm
James River Parade of Lights (free) – This year’s parade features festively decorated boats with the theme “Saluting our Military on the Historic James,” chosen to honor the many men and women serving our country. The boats cruise the parade course from Richmond to Chesterfield and Henrico counties with spectators from throughout the region that gather at several official viewing locations
*Libby Hill Park, corner of 28th and E. Franklin Streets, live entertainment at 4:30 p.m., parade viewing at 6 p.m.
*Intermediate Terminal Dock, at Dock and Water Streets, parade viewing at 6 p.m.
Henrico Viewing Celebration (free) – Join us around the bonfire as we enjoy holiday music and activities to celebrate the magic of the season. Beginning at 3 p.m., a toy parade sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans will precede the Parade of Lights. Entertainment and concessions will begin at 5 p.m. following the toy parade. For more information on the Toy Parade, please call 795-7978. For information on the viewing celebration at Osborne, call 501-5121.
*3 pm, Osborne Park on 9680 Osborne Park
Parade of Lights at Henricus Park (free) – Start your holiday season with festivities at Henricus Historical Park. Watch as brightly “decked” boats pass by the bluff of Henricus, the terminus point for the James River Parade of Lights. Tour the 1611 Citie of Henricus and talk with the settlers about their lives and holidays in the 17th century
*5:30 pm, Henricus Park, 251 Henricus Park Road Chester, VA 23836
Clarke-Palmore House Museum Holiday Open House (free) – On your way to the Parade of Lights or an afternoon outing, please come by Clarke-Palmore House Museum for an open house. Enjoy hot cider and sweet treats. See the house adorned with holiday decorations and listen to holiday tunes, all from the 1930s. Information: 501-5125.
*2-6 pm, Clarke-Palmore House Museum, 904 McCoul St., Henrico
22nd Annual Court End Christmas (free) – A Richmond tradition celebrates the season in 19th century style with reenactments, children’s activities, refreshments, carriage rides, music, special guest appearances, and free admission and tours of nine historic downtown sites. This year, the event welcomes Klezm’Or’Ami’m, klezmer musicians from Congregation Or Ami, who will play live at the Valentine Richmond History Center at 1 p.m. Free shuttle service provided from 12:30-4:45 p.m. with stops at each site every 15-20 minutes.
Valentine Richmond History Center, John Marshall House, the Virginia State Capitol, the Museum and White House of the Confederacy, Monumental Church, the Egyptian Building, the Beers House, Hunton Student Center, and St. John’s Church
Yuletides at Agecroft Hall (free) – Experience the Christmas season at Agecroft Hall from three different eras: England in 1640, London in 1850, and Richmond in 1946. This year’s open house will feature characters and entertainment from different time periods in Agecroft’s past. A special guest will be at Agecroft Hall this year: Father Christmas! He’ll be ready to hear your Christmas wishes. He’ll also be there to pose for pictures, so bring your camera! You’ll meet people from England during the time of Dickens, and be able to help them put up decorations and join them for period parlor game. Inside the house, you’ll be introduced to the family and servants that lived at Agecroft during Elizabethan England as they prepare the house for a holiday feast. In the 1940’s Williams Library, you’ll be able to see a Christmas cocktail party like one that would have been held in Virginia to celebrate the end of World War II. The lively entertainment will include Signora Bella performing her daring acrobatics, the More or Less Morris dancers performing their thrilling dance numbers, and choral performances by the Sabot at Stony Point Shakespeare Singers and the Godwin High School Madrigals. For a hands on experience, there will be craft activities so you can make and take a little piece of Agecroft home. We’ll have holiday refreshments will be available for you from the special Christmas Sweet Shop to enjoy as you stroll the grounds.
*12:30-5 pm, Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Road, 23221
Holiday Big Band Concert Featuring Bill Zickafoose and the Continentals (free) – Enjoy the best of the big band sound along with your holiday favorites as the Division presents its annual holiday concert, featuring Bill Zickafoose and the Continentals. Great music and fun for the entire family! Information: 501-5115.
*7-9 pm, Hermitage High School
Fort Lee’s Grand Illumination (free) – There will be free refreshments, the Candy Cane Express, an ice fishing pond, Santa’s workshop and photos with Santa. For more info call 765-3076 or go to leemwr.com.
*4:30 pm, Lee Club Lawn, Fort Lee
Visual Arts Center Free for All (free) – Explore your creative spirit with fun & free things to do in every studio for kids & adults. Come join us and create copper pendants, origami, glass kaleidoscopes, sewing, fiber crafts, printmaking, cartooning & more. Also refreshments and live music by Happy Lucky Combo.
*1-4pm, Visual Arts Center, 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220