If you live in an apartment in Glen Allen, VA then there are some holiday events that take place in Richmond that you simply must do. In fact, there’s almost too much to do in Richmond this time of year.
Here are just a few holiday events around town:
Tacky Lights House Tour
This one is at No. 1 simply because it’s that much of a Richmond holiday bedrock. It should get old, but it doesn’t. It’s the perfect Richmond mix of tradition and quirk, straightforwardness and a sly wink toward camp. Go with friends in a booze-fueled trolley, go on a date followed by a cozy dinner, or simply go with family in the backseat of your parents’ car. No matter how you go, that first blinding tacky house will instantly fill you with feelings of Christmas and home.
Fan and Church Hill Holiday House Tours
Fan House Tour, Dec. 13-14, 1-6 p.m. Church Hill House Tour, Dec. 14, noon-4 p.m.
Your cat destroyed your tree, your kids smashed your nativity set, and all you’ve put up outside is one half-hearted strand of lights. The magic of the Fan and Church Hill holiday house tours is you can put all of that aside for an afternoon and bask in the glow of other people’s perfect holiday décor.
Richmond Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”
Dec. 19-28, Carpenter Theatre. Watching Richmond Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is like putting on a favorite Christmas song. You may know every note and verse by heart, but the familiarity still gives you warm holiday fuzzies year after year.
CarMax Tacky Light Run
Dec. 13. If you’re not a hardcore runner, have no fear. This 6k course through a tacky light-filled Midlothian neighborhood is for runners and walkers alike. And if even a 6k seems daunting, be heartened by the knowledge that there is a cookie stop to energize you to the finish.
“We Three Liza’s” at Richmond Triangle Players
Through Dec. 13, Richmond Triangle Players. Have you ever watched “A Christmas Carol” and thought how much better it would be if the trio of past, present, and future ghosts were replaced by Liza Minnelli? Then this irreverent holiday musical is right for you. It’s the fabulous antidote for the season’s overload of standard Christmas fare.
Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Nov. 28-Jan. 12. If you’re having trouble getting in the holiday spirit, a stroll through the twinkly wonderland of Lewis Ginter will likely do the trick. A Richmond tradition for 30 years, this is the fastest way to get merry.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Byrd Theatre
Dec. 24-25. George Bailey and the Byrd Theatre have a lot in common. Both are getting on in age, a little passed by, but absolute pillars in their communities. It makes perfect sense for the two to pair together each Christmas. Go with the ones you love and cry a little at the end of the movie. Take a lesson from George and leave the theater with gratitude renewed for Richmond as a hometown, even in all of its unexciting, unglamorous ways.
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