The F.R.E.E. List RVA Christmas Events

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F.R.E.E. = Frugal Richmond Events for Everyone! All events have free admission unless noted.

A few happenings now through Christmas: Miracle of Christmas at Metro Richmond Zoo, It’s A Wonderful Life at Byrd Theatre ($2), Richmond Community Nativity Pageant, Christmas with the Rinards and KOS Band at Henrico Theatre ($5 each event), and Three Lakes Nature Center Open House. Ongoing events include Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops and Animated Light Shows at the Stony Point Fashion Park tree.

If you can’t view the calendar, try visiting the actual post here or the dedicated calendar page. Click on the title to expand the details about each event.

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Half-Price Children’s Museum Passes

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Richmond For Less has a deal for a family 4-pack of tickets to the Chilidren’s Museum of Richmond for $16 ($32 value)

The catch: passes must be picked up in person at 3245 Basie Rd I Richmond, VA I 23228 between Monday – Friday 8:30 Am – 5:00 PM (this is Clear Channel’s office in the West End)

This offer excludes special programming and events. Limit one per customer and not to be combined with any other offer.

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Short Pump Goodwill

Braved the pre-Christmas Short Pump traffic to check out the newest RVA Goodwill this week

First, where is the Short Pump Goodwill located? At 4200 Tom Leonard Drive, right behind… Tom Leonard’s Farmers Market. (It really doesn’t require much traffic braving to reach because you just turn right at the first traffic light after the ramp from I-64.)

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short pump goodwill location

Drive to the back of the parking lot to reach the drive-through donation center. (The parking lot sidewalk doesn’t connect all the way to the drive through, so it might be best to drive through for your donations, if you have them, before parking to shop)

There are two big rooms, the “Home Store” to the right when you enter, with housewares, books, furniture, and electronics:

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And the main clothes, shoes, and accessory space:

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goodwill entrance

It’s very spacious, lots of room around the aisles. Pricing is consistent with other area Goodwills ($4.99 for a women’s long-sleeve shirt), and items are sorted by category then color. In the connecting hallway at the back I spotted four dressing rooms, which seems like low capacity for a store this size.

Half-price “color or the week” sales will begin January 18-

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    Short Pump Goodwill hours:
    Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 a.m.
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The F.R.E.E. List December 12-14

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F.R.E.E. = Frugal Richmond Events for Everyone! All events have free admission unless noted.

Of note this weekend: Court End Christmas at various historic sites downtown like The Valentine and White House and Museum of the Confederacy, James River Parade of Lights (multiple viewing locations), Eastern Henrico Holiday Extravaganza, Yuletides at Agecroft Hall, Chester Christmas Parade, The Polar Express ($1) at Henrico Theatre, and Richmond Boys Choir concert at Richmond Library.

If you can’t view the calendar, try visiting the actual post here or the dedicated calendar page. Click on the title to expand the details about each event.

Posted in Free & Cheap Events

Colonial Williamsburg and Williamsburg Winery Groupons

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Try code SNOW20 to save an extra 20% off any “local” Groupon deal. Expires today 12/9.

Colonial Williamsburg – $11 for One Single-day Colonial Williamsburg Youth Ticket (aged 6-12) (a $22 value) or $22 for One Single-day Colonial Williamsburg Adult Ticket (a $43.95 value) (Expires Dec 31, 2014)

Williamsburg Winery – $10 for a winery tour for two ($20 value) or $19 for a winery tour for four ($40 value) (Expires Mar 31, 2015)

Other current Local groupons include American Apparel, Kangaroo Jac’s, Balkan Restaurant, and Benny’s BBQ.

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Free Ice Skating Admission to RVA on Ice

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Skate rental ($5) is not included.

RVA on Ice regular admission cost is $5. The entrance to RVA On Ice, skate rental desk and the ticket box office are located near the entrance to Richmond CenterStage located at 600 East Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219. All children MUST BE accompanied by an adult. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. Call 804-592-3400 for more information.

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Short Pump Goodwill opens Thursday

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The second-hand options in the Far West End are expanding:

At 9 a.m. this Thursday 12/11, Goodwill of Central Virginia will open its new Short Pump store next to Tom Leonard’s.

Here are some photos of the new store

(4200 Tom Leonard Drive)

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No-Cost Adoptions at Richmond SPCA

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Through December 19 at the Richmond SPCA:


    The Richmond SPCA has set an important lifesaving goal this holiday season – to unite more than 500 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens with loving new families during the month of December…

    Priority Adoption Special

    Our friends at Priority Automotive and its associated Richmond-area dealerships are generously paying (for the fourth year in a row!) the adoption fee for every dog, cat, puppy or kitten adopted from the Richmond SPCA December 4, 2014 through 19, 2014. That’s right – you provide a precious homeless animal with a lifetime of love, and Priority will cover the adoption fee. Who says there is no Santa?

    Adopters must be 18 years or older to adopt a pet from the Richmond SPCA and should bring photo identification that shows current address (a recent utility bill is acceptable if address on ID is not current). The Richmond SPCA reserves the right to deny an adoption. Please note that all puppies and adult dogs adopted from the Richmond SPCA must leave our care with an acceptable leash and collar, and every kitten and adult cat must leave our care in a safe and secure cat carrier. If these items are not with you at the time of the adoption, you will be required to purchase them in our Lora Robins Gift Shop, which has a fabulous selection of merchandise that is affordably priced with all proceeds benefitting our homeless animals.

    For more information about our holiday adoption special, please call 804-521-1307 or email Happy Holidays!

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1/2 Price Science Museum of Virginia Memberships

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Know a Science Museum member? Science Museum of Virginia members can purchase half-price memberships for friends and family through December 10, online, in-person or over the phone:

    Holiday Special for Members
    50% off Gift Memberships

    Give the gift of membership to your friends and family and save 50% off Star, Pulsar, Supernova and Galaxy levels. Purchase your gift memberships online below, stop by the guest services desk, or call Sarah Mersereau at 804.864.1449. Sale ends December 10 at 5:00 pm.

    This offer is only valid on gift memberships purchased by current, active members.

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Weekend Deals – Domino’s, Jumpology, The Nutcracker

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Domino’s – Save 50% off online pizza orders at menu price with coupon code 9413. Valid through 12/7.

Jumpology – $15 for $30 pass at Jumpology trampoline park. (3245 Basie Rd)
Also certificates for Zorba’s Greek & Italian, and American Tap Room

Richmond Ballet’s The Nutcracker – $17.50 (50% off) for tickets on December 26-28. Seats are located in the Second Dress Circle of the Balcony.

Era Vintage – Holiday Open Warehouse on Saturday 12/6. Era Vintage, Sharp Man, & The Odd Couple Shop will be offering 15% off everything. (AND 15% off all in-store purchases!) (202 N. 21st Street Church Hill)

ROC Thrift Store – Clothes are 50% off on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month (3 locations)

Reminder: Baby Jogger Warehouse Sale

Reminder: Chicken Sandwich for Chick-fil-A float photo

Reminder: Once Upon a Child Clearance Sale

Reminder: Final day for 1/2 price Legendary Santa photos

Reminder: Free & cheap weekend events

Heads up: Krispy Kreme donuts “buy a dozen, get a dozen free” on December 12 with coupon

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