FORT LEE, Va. (Dec. 3, 2015) -- The local community offers a wide range of holiday activities – from extravagant outdoor light shows to walking tours and, of course, visits with Santa Claus. The following listing is a small sample of the activities that will get individuals and families into the holiday spirit.
Tacky Lights Tour | Ongoing
Visit www.richmond.com/holiday/tacky-lights to plan a tour of the most over-the-top displays in the local area. Many local transportation companies also offer special tours for a fee.
Illuminate Light Show and Santa’s Village | Ongoing
A dazzling 1.5-mile drive-through synchronized light show awaits guests at this Meadow Event Park display in Doswell. It runs nightly 5:30-10 p.m. through Jan. 2. At the conclusion of the drive, guests can visit Santa’s Village, which includes opportunities for photos with Santa, children’s activities and holiday treats for purchase. Visit www.illuminatelightshow.com for price and more details.
Dominion GardenFest of Lights | Ongoing
“H2Whoa!” is the theme of this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. More than a half-million lights, botanical decorations and trains await visitors 5-10 p.m. through Jan. 11, except for Dec. 24-25 and during extreme inclement weather. Cost varies by age and membership. For details, call (804) 262-9887.
Christmas Town | Ongoing
Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town is available on select days through Dec. 31. The theme park is at 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg. For more information, such as ticket prices and the park schedule, visit http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg/christmastown/.
Legendary Santa | Ongoing
The Children’s Museum of Richmond Central branch is offering a Legendary Santa experience through Dec. 24. This free program includes a visit with Santa Claus and a special holiday exhibit; but admission will be required for other areas of the museum. There also are special sessions available for a fee. For details and hours available, visit www.c-mor.org/legendary-santa.
Victorian Holidays at Maymont | Ongoing
Maymont will celebrate the holiday season with several weeks of events through Jan. 3. Holiday tours will be held Tuesdays-Sundays through Jan. 3, noon - 5 p.m. Maymont also will host an Old-Fashioned Christmas event Dec. 6, noon - 5 p.m. For more details, including cost, visit https://maymont.org/experiences/annual-events/victorian-holidays.
Sir Thomas Dale’s Colonial Christmas | Dec. 12
This free event will demonstrate a first-person character interpretation of the etiquette, norms, customs and laws regarding Christmas in Elizabethan-Jacobean households in the early 17th century. The event runs 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Henricus Historical Park.
James River Parade of Lights | Dec. 12
This free event offers holiday music, a bonfire and other activities to celebrate the season while watching a parade of decorated boats sail by. The event runs 4-8 p.m. at the Osborne Park and Boat Landing.