With the holidays in full swing, now is the time to really get into the spirit! There’s no better way to do that than with these holiday festivities around Midlothian. From tacky light tours to holiday markets, grab your friends and family and hit the town for some holiday activities!
Head to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens until January 9th for the GardenFest of Lights! They’re open nightly from 4 to 10 pm and are only closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas. The beautiful gardens will be decorated with millions of sparkling lights that guests can explore. This year’s theme is “Naturally Connected,” which shows that we are all connected to both each other and nature. Explore the maze of lights in the shape of a spider web, look at the model trains, and drink hot cocoa. Be sure to get your tickets online ahead of time!
From December 13th to the 23rd, see the Richmond Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Dominion Energy Center! A beautifully performed classic, follow along as Clara goes on an incredible journey with The Nutcracker. Additionally, guests can buy tickets to Clara’s Tea Party for select performances. Guests can meet different characters from the show and enjoy tea and sweet treats. Keep in mind, tickets are sold separately for these events.
Tacky Light Tour
All over town, you will find houses with beautiful and fun light displays. From homes in the West End and Glen Allen to residences in the city and throughout Chesterfield, there is plenty to choose from. Some homes even have their lights coordinated to music! Whether you rent a bus with friends or plan out your own tacky tour, you’ll want to hit some of these popular spots in the area. Check out the Richmond Times Dispatch’s list of addresses to plan your route!
If you still haven’t finished your holiday shopping, stop by one of the Richmond Night Markets! Shopping at the market will not only allow you to find unique, local gifts, but it will also make shopping more fun. On December 18th and 19th, head to the 17th Street Market for shopping from 1 pm to 6 pm! You’ll find a gathering of small businesses offering unique gifts. Not to mention, there will be DJs and live music there to make the shopping experience even more exciting!
Visit Maymont Park to tour the beautifully decorated mansion of James and Sallie May Dooley! Not only is the home beautiful on the outside, but the inside is also decked out for Christmas. They offer a self-guided audio tour so you can learn more about the Dooley family and their beautiful, historic mansion. After your tour, explore the grounds of Maymont Park if the weather is nice! This expansive park offers gorgeous views, a variety of gardens, and animal exhibits like bears, foxes, and more. Keep in mind, you must buy tickets ahead of time for the tour HERE.
From tacky light tours to local holiday markets, there are plenty of holiday festivities around Midlothian! So grab your friends and family members and plan something fun to get into the holiday spirit.
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