October 28th, 2016 by RichmondBargains

Update: single-day Christmas Town tickets now available starting at $16!

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has released some information about Christmas Town 2016 discounted tickets:

For the first time ever, we are offering daily ticket prices during this holiday event, so buy early to get the best deal of the season…
Christmas Town Single-Day Tickets sold online will start as low as $16 when tickets go on sale November 1. Prices for a given day may increase as the available tickets for that day begin to sell out, up to a maximum price of $38. The earlier you buy, the greater the chance of getting the best value. Single-Day Tickets sold at the park on the day of visit are always $38.

No special “Twinkle Ticket” sales this year. There will still be some promotional discounts with partners like Dunkin’ Donuts (I can’t tell for sure if this rules out a Groupon/Living Social deal, but probably does). There were a lot of complaints about overcrowding on the Twinkle Ticket days last year, and this appears to be Busch Gardens’ attempt to manage crowding issues better through variable pricing. A Christmas Town Fun Card – allowing unlimited visits – costs $38.

busch gardens christmas town deal

You can check Christmas Town ticket prices and purchase here!.

Updated 11/1: Here’s what December pricing looks like when I checked this morning:

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November 12th, 2015 by RichmondBargains

bgw christmas town 2015 promo code
Folks have been asking about 2015 Christmas Town discounts: *Starting now* Busch Gardens Williamsburg is offering discounted Christmas Town tickets online for $14. Limited time sale. Ticket valid select dates only.

    The brightest sale of the season is approaching this Friday, Nov. 13 with our Twinkle Ticket! Get a ticket to Christmas Town for only $14. This is the ABSOLUTE best deal of the season. The ticket is valid on the following dates only: Nov. 29; Dec. 4, 6, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 24, 30, 31; and Jan. 1 and 3.

busch gardens christmas town deal
“Regular” price is $35 each; you can purchase a Fun Card for the Christmas Town season for $35. There is an option to purchase $24 single day tickets valid any day.

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December 1st, 2014 by RichmondBargains

best time to visit legendary santa at childrens museum

This is the cheapest week to get your photo taken with Legendary Santa at C-MORphoto packages are 50% off December 1-5. (Visiting Santa is free, as is the Genworth Holiday Village exhibit. Regular Children’s Museum admission applies if you choose to visit the rest of the museum)

Reminder: Bass Pro Shops offers one free photo with Santa

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November 19th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

santas wonderland bass pro shops

Through December 24, Bass Pro Shops in Hanover holds Santa’s Wonderland, with free photos with Santa, crafts, games, and activities – check Bass Pro for the full schedule!

    Free Photo with Santa – Get a FREE 4×6 studio-quality photo in-store! Also, through Nov 23, a Personalized Christmas Card Package
    ((10) 4×6 Christmas Cards and Envelopes) is on sale for only $5 (Save 75% Reg. 20.00). Limit of 3 packages per family. If the photo line gets above a 30 minute wait, you can receive a “Bass Pass”. A Bass Pass provides a designated time during the day to return to Santa’s Wonderland® for your photo with Santa.
    Bass Pro Shops
    11550 Lakeridge Pkwy
    Ashland, Virginia
    (804) 496-4700

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November 19th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

lewis ginter gardenfest of lights 2014

Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter returns on Nov. 28, 2014 and runs through Jan. 12, 2015. This year’s theme is A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden. I have a chance for you to win tickets at the bottom of this post!

A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); nightly family activities & more. The region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza!

The Grand Illumination will be Friday, November 28, with a 5:30 p.m. illumination ceremony featuring Mike Steidley, a 12-time National Champion and Professional Trials, Freeride, and Stunt Rider, as well at the GardenKeeper, Butterfly Fairy & historic characters from the Garden’s past.

Gardenfest ticket prices: $12 adults, $11 seniors (age 55+), $8 children (ages 3 – 12), Free for children under age 3
It’s $7 for Garden members and $5 for garden member children (ages 3 – 18).

– Check your Valpak this month for a coupon for $3 off on selected dates
Richmond Times Dispatch Press Pass coupon for “buy one, get one free” admission special nights only. Coupon must be presented (no photocopies). No other discounts apply, one free admission per coupon. Free ticket is of equal or lesser value. Ads will run in the weekend section Nov. 20, 27, Dec. 4 and Jan 8. Offer will be buy one ticket, get one ticket free valid Nov. 30, Dec. 7, and Jan 11 (Sundays)
– Member Nights: members can get in for free Monday, Dec. 1, Tuesday, Dec. 2, Wednesday, Dec. 3 and Monday, January 12.

Dining Specials at the cafe:

gardenfest cafe specials

Here’s your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Dominion GardenFest of Lights – just enter your name and email in the giveaway widget below (Enter your name and email first, then click on “click to enter” and enter your email again):

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(If you can’t see the widget, click the link above to the Rafflecopter site to enter.)

Giveaway ends November 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One entry per person. I only collect your email address so that I can contact the winner. One winner will be selected at random to receive four tickets to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond.

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November 19th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

walgreens photo cards

“Like” Walgreens on Facebook to get a code for 20 free 5×7 photo cards. Pick up in-store.

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November 11th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

santas wonderland

Santa’s Wonderland is back at Bass Pro Shops Ashland – get a free 4×6 photo with Santa, plus games and activities, now through Christmas (see schedule below)

Join us now through December 24 for tons of fun and Christmas magic as we offer free games, crafts, weekday giveaways and of course, pictures with Santa. Don’t forget, in order to see Santa YOU MUST get a BASS PASS from one of the elves at our Bass Pass Ticket Depot located in Santa’s Wonderland!

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December 18th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

metro richmond zoo miracle of Christmas

This is the tenth year that the Metro Richmond Zoo will be hosting free “The Miracle of Christmas” live nativity pageant:

You are invited to this live re-enactment of the Christmas story featuring animals from the zoo. The twenty minute pageant will be presented 3 times each evening. Live music before and after each pageant will be provided by local churches and performing arts groups.

December 21, 22 and 23 at 7:00 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.
December 23 only: 9:00 p.m. – en Español

Helpful Information

Dress appropriately for weather/ celebration takes place outdoors
Zoo (animal exhibits and gift shop) will be closed at 4 p.m. during pageant dates so we can present this holiday program to you.
Gates will reopen at 6:15 p.m. for the program.
Please allow plenty of time for parking.
Overflow parking is at Grange Hall Elementary school with free shuttle service to the zoo.

There will also be a canned food drive for FeedMore, and Krispy Kreme doughnuts and hot chocolate will be sold at the pageant for a small fee to benefit A.S.K. Childhood Cancer Foundation, and the Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Zoo on Facebook

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December 10th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

walmart gift card

Today only – “Green Monday” – receive a bonus $10 Walmart eGift Card when you purchase a Walmart eGift card for $100 or more:

Give a gift, get a gift! The Walmart eGift Card is the perfect gift… for them and for you! Add at least $100 onto this Walmart eGift Card and receive an additional $10 eGift Card for free.*

*Terms and Conditions: Supply is limited; offer good on December 10th, 2012, only while supplies last. Bonus eGift Card will be sent separately to qualifying purchaser’s email address within 3-5 days. Limit one bonus eGift Card per customer. Bonus eGift Card offer applies to this item only. Card amount of $100 or more must be loaded to single eGift Card to receive $10 bonus eGift Card.
eGift Cards are sent via email, usually within minutes.

The eGift Cards are valid online at or, or in-stores at Walmart or Sams Club.

Also, remember to stock up on gift cards to your favorite restaurants (and other retailers) during the holidays – many chains, and even sometimes local eateries, offer bonuses when you purchase gift cards/certificates in December. The standard bonus is $5 bonus for a $25 gift card purchase, but it varies widely (for instance, a free burrito with $30 Chipotle gift card purchase, $20 bonus gift cards to P.F. Chang’s with $100 gift card purchase, or free slice of cheesecake with $25 Cheesecake Factory gift card)

Good list of restaurant offers at!

Read the fine print on bonuses, because many have terms and short expiration dates!

Do you have any favorites?

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November 27th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

rva downtown holidays

The Grand Illumination of the James Center is this Friday, November 30, and a number of other festivities will be happening in the downtown area as well! Venture Richmond has assembled this great list of many of the free events going on:

The 28th Annual Grand Illumination of the James Center
10th and East Cary streets
Free admission
6-7 p.m.

The Grand Illumination is a family tradition created by the James Center, one of Richmond’s premier office developments. This year’s Grand Illumination events will include: Santa Claus, Snow Queen Shelly Perkins of Lite 98, Big Ray and The Kool Kats, The Greater Richmond Children’s Choir, Varina High School Marching Band, The American Youth Harp Ensemble, characters from The Nutcracker cast, the VCU Trombone Choir, singer Patsy Butler, Flutes On The Go, SPARC, the Radio Disney Road Crew, the Virginia Piedmont and Central HO Model Railroad Club and much more. Come to James Center for the most magical night of the holiday season! For more info, call (804) 344-3232. $3.00 parking is available at the parking deck on the corner of 10th & Canal Streets after 4:00 p.m.

Free RVA holiday canal boat rides
Turning Basin at 14th and Dock streets
Free for all ages
6-9 p.m.

Celebrate the season on Richmond’s historic canal by enjoying a 20-25 minute canal boat tour with historic narration on the James River and Kanawha Canal. The Varina High School Marching Band will perform on the Canal Walk at the Turning Basin at 6:50p.m. A little elf also says that Santa has been known to take a canal boat ride or two after he leads the marching band down from the James Center. Produced by Venture Richmond. For more information, call (804) 788-6466 or visit

Mercado Americas
125 S. 14th St.

Mercado Americas — the Market of the Americas — offers an amazing opportunity to savor the vibrancy and excitement of an authentic Latin American market right in the heart of the Shockoe Design District. A partnership between Latin American arts education organization Vaclaa, GrowRVA and de Guate Crafts fair trade art jewelry, Mercado Americas is more than a market, it’s an event for the whole community, where Latin American arts and culture, music and food all gather to celebrate the best of Richmond’s Hispanic community. Also aiding to make the event possible are Venture Richmond, La Difference and the Shockoe Design District.

Poe Illumination
Poe Museum, 1914 East Main Street
6-10 p.m.

The Poe Museum’s historic Enchanted Garden will come alive with thousands of lights as the Poe Museum rings in the holiday season with the free Poe Illumination. Guests will enjoy hot apple cider and traditional Christmas music while costumed interpreters show them what Christmas was like during Poe’s time. Additionally, the Poe Museum will be displaying some of the actual gifts Poe gave his friends and family in Richmond. Included in the display will be a small watercolor Poe himself might have painted and a book of children’s stories he autographed and gave to a young girl. Kids can enjoy making Victorian Christmas crafts while adults can visit our cash bar for mulled wine. For more information, call (888) 21-EAPOE or visit

Free horse and carriage rides
Rides start and end in Shockoe Slip at the fountain at 13th and East Cary streets, 6-10 p.m.

Clip-clop, clip-clop – the sound of horses’ hooves on the cobblestones and jingle bells ringing signal the holidays are here in Richmond’s historic River District. A holiday decorated 12-passenger wagon circles Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom. One round trip ride per person please. Sponsored by Venture Richmond. Call Roger at (804) 769-4010 with questions.

Main Street Station Holiday Open House and Rock Around the Clock
Main Street Station and the plaza
1500 E. Main St.
Free admission
5-9 p.m.

The City of Richmond welcomes all to a rockin’ Holiday Open House with live entertainment by Bak N Da Day! Come boogie to your favorite Motown tunes and celebrate the holiday season, along with some lemonade and cookies! Enjoy the gorgeous restored glory of Main Street Station and explore the lighted Cathedral Walk at the plaza at Main Street Station. Again this year, we’ll have an exhibit of oversized holiday greeting cards from metro Richmond area public and private schools. The event is free, parking is only $2 and will be available on the west side of the station using the Franklin Street entrance. Additional non-event parking is available within the plaza using the Main Street and Cary Street entrances. Don’t miss the holiday fun! For more information, call (804) 646-5633.

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