Christmas Means FREE and Fun Things To Do in Richmond, VA

Whether you’re looking for holiday date ideas, merry amusement among friends, or festive family entertainment, then this list of fun things to do in Richmond, VA has something for everyone’s Yuletide pleasure. And, best of all, this list of Christmassy fun things to do in Richmond, VA only includes activities and events that are FREE! Yes, you read right. All these fun things to do in Richmond, VA are FREE! So, at a time of the year when budgets are tight, often stretched to the max, here’s a way to celebrate, and savor, the majesty of the holiday season, without stressing over money.


Many of these fun things to do in Richmond, VA, I’ve attended in years past, and some will be new events for me this year. So, since I don’t have current pictures to post for this season, I’ve decided to share some photos from my Santa Claus collection. I hope you enjoy these adorable St. Nicks. And I hope Santa’s good to you this year! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and enjoy these FREE and fun things to do in Richmond, VA!

You don't have to be like Santa Claus, and parachute down from the North Pole, to access these fun things to do in Richmond, VA!

FREE, fun things to do in Richmond, VA, during the month of November:

Santa CollectionCredit: Southerngirl09

November 25, 2011 - Tacky Light Tour

Richmonders enjoy switching on their Christmas lights early in the season, and they typically burn them through the first of January, making this one of the most popular of the fun things to do in Richmond, VA. Check out the following link, for addresses and a map, as these residences are scattered throughout the city. (


November 27, 2011 - Wilton House Museum Holiday Open House

Sunday, 12:00 to 4:00 pm; 215 S. Wilton Road; 804-282-5936 (


November 28, 2011 - The Jefferson Hotel Tree Lighting Ceremony

Monday, 5:30 pm; 101 West Franklin Street; 804-649-4750



And Christmas has arrived…FREE, fun things to do in Richmond, VA, during the month of December:


December 2, 2011 - Grand Illumination

Friday, 6:00 pm; Downtown area; James Center, 901 East Cary Street


*If you still don’t feel ‘Grand Illuminated’ enough, then check out the Poe Illumination (6:00 to 9:00) at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, also in downtown.


December 3, 2011 - Dominion Christmas Parade

Saturday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Parade commences at the Science Museum, proceeding down Broad Street, to 7th Street. To get the most out of this entry, on the list of fun things to do in Richmond, VA, start embracing the Christmas spirit, and your inner child, by visiting the Parade website. (


December 3, 2011 - The Shops at Willow Lawn Holiday Festival

Saturday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm; 1601 Willow Lawn Drive; 804-230-1212



December 3, 2011 - The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia Annual Holiday Open House

Saturday, 12:00 to 4:00 pm; 5050 W. Clay Street; 804-780-9093



December 3, 2011 - The American Youth Harp Ensemble

Saturday, 7:00 pm; St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad Street; 804-648-5015



December 4, 2011 - 38th Annual Candlelight Services of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, 5:00 and 8:00 pm; Cannon Memorial Chapel, University of Richmond, 28 Westhampton Way; 804-289-8500



December 5, 2011 - Holiday Pops:  “Home for the Holidays” with the Richmond Philharmonic

Monday, 7:00 pm; The James Center Atrium, 1051 E. Cary Street, 804-344-7278



December 6, 2011 - Richmond International Raceway Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tuesday, 6:30 pm; 600 E. Laburnum Avenue, 866-455-RACE (7223)



December 10, 2011 - James River Parade of Lights

Saturday, 3:00 to 7:00 pm

There are several spots in, and around the city, to watch the boats as they sail down the James River. To select your ideal spot, as you plan your schedule of fun things to do in Richmond, VA, check out their website.



December 11, 2011 - 25th Annual Court End Christmas

Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 pm; Valentine Richmond History Center, 1015 E. Clay Street, 804-649-0711



December 11, 2011 - Yuletides at Agecroft Hall

Sunday, 12:30 to 5:00 pm; 4305 Sulgrave Road, 804-353-4241



December 14, 2011 - Virginia Governor’s Mansion Holiday Tours

Wednesday, 2:00 to 4:00 pm;

December 15, 2011

Thursday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm;

December 16 and 19, 2011 

Friday and Monday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm


December 20 and 21, 2011 - Virginia Governor’s Mansion Holiday Open House - Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


Capitol Square, 804-371-2642



In Closing


Well, I hope you have thoroughly enjoyed all the many FREE and fun things to do in Richmond, VA, during the holiday season. As you can see, from the list above, there’s truly a little bit of Christmas magic for everyone. From twinkling lights, to favorite Christmas carols, to the smell of cinnamon floating on the air – what doesn’t dazzle your senses, about these fun things to do in Richmond, VA, will leave you feeling magical.


And the venues for these fun things to do in Richmond, VA, which range from historical homes, and a hotel, to a ‘kick up your heels’ parade, will all leave you breathless, and spellbound, with the Christmas and Holiday spirit. And, of course, there are church programs, Santa Claus, and shopping – what would Christmas and the Holidays be without them!


One thing my family and I do, as our Christmas tradition, every Yuletide season, is to make a picnic party out of the Tacky Light Tour. We pack a picnic dinner, to include everyone’s favorites. And, as I suggested, above, we print out the list of addresses, to carry with us, which can easily be programmed into our car’s GPS.


Once dark is nearing, we head out, first, picking a lovely, lighted area, such as a park, in which to savor our feast. Then, once dinner is finished, we hit the road, with ample time to ‘ooh and aah’ over all the stellar Christmas lights. We always make sure to dress for the weather, as several residences offer their guests areas to walk, among their holiday displays.


If you’re still able to move after partaking in all these FREE, fun things to do in Richmond, VA, then reach into your back pocket, or purse, pull out your wallet, and check out the fun things to do in Richmond, VA, which require some dollars.


I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Good New Year! I’m off to enjoy some FREE, fun things to do in Richmond, VA.