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West Broad Village’s ice rink opens for the winter season this Friday in Short Pump

Lace up your skates–this fun family holiday traditions kicks off again for the season November 10th!

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If you’re looking for some good, old-fashioned family fun over the holidays, there’s plenty to be had at West Broad Village. The shopping center in Short Pump is opening its ice rink, The Rink at West Broad Village, for the season this Friday evening.

The facility will offer public skating every day throughout the winter as well as rental skate for those who don’t have their own pair.

This year, the rink is also offering ice skating lessons for kids and adults alike for $20 apiece; $150 for eight. You can sign up and pre-pay online.

Skating will be offered November 10th through January 28th of 2018. Learn more and see the full season’s schedule right here.

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Arts & Entertainment

Catch the Holiday Spirit at Maymont with Christmas tours, wreath workshops and a Merry Market

Check out the historic mansion decked out for the holidays, get your shopping done, and enjoy a merry good time at Maymont this holiday season.

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There’s no place like Maymont for the holidays, and something for everyone at the estate this time of year. First, starting November 18 through January 1, 2023, a special Christmas-themed audio tour will be offered at Maymont Mansion, which will be decorated for the season in Victorian style. The self-guided tour provides insights into the high pomp — and hard work — of holiday entertaining during the Gilded Age.

Second, the public is invited to create their own fresh evergreen wreaths in one of seven hands-on Wreath Workshops, Tuesday, November 29 – Saturday, December 3, under the expert guidance of Maymont staff. And a new event, Merry Market, Friday, December 2 & Saturday, December 3, celebrates winter with a two-day, pop-up holiday market of 50 local artisans, plus cozy fire pits, a festive holiday bar, live music, crafts for kids and a chance to take a selfie with Saint Nicholas.

The highlight of Merry Market is shopping for locally crafted, and imported handmade gifts in an outdoor marketplace surrounded by historic buildings draped in fresh evergreen garlands and twinkling lights on the Carriage House Lawn. Shoppers can stay fueled up with something tasty from the festive holiday bar and food vendors, and warm up around fire pits and outdoor heaters, while an a cappella vocal group and a jazz combo set the mood. Kids can make their own handmade gifts and decorations and snap a photo with Saint Nicholas.

Artisans will be selling a variety of hand-crafted accessories, décor, and housewares that make thoughtful gifts for the holidays. Among the offerings are stained glass artworks by KiYay Studios, pottery by Tana Makes, art prints by Laura Marr/FlourishRVA, fair-trade décor and accessories selected and imported by one little world, handmade jewelry by Bee is for Bead, gifts for nature lovers by Rabbit & Wren, handmade fabric products from India imported by Asha project, art by Abuelita’s, custom polymer jewelry by SassyHappy, woodworking by Southside Sawdust, plus, hand embroidery, candles, soaps, knitwear, pet treats and accessories, and much more!

“Merry Market is a chance for the community to celebrate the season with friends and neighbors in the unique historic setting at Maymont,” said Parke Richeson, Executive Director. “With live music, holiday lights, cozy fire pits, and crafts for kids, everyone will enjoy relaxing on the Carriage House Lawn along with a little holiday shopping with local small businesses and craftspeople.”

Saint Nicholas will be available for photos with the family, and children can also make their own gifts and holiday decorations at the crafts tent. A selection of food, desserts, hot coffee, cocoa, and other beverages will be available for separate purchase from food vendors, including Goatocado, The Cocky Rooster, Monique’s Crepes, Timber Pizza, and Pops Kettle Corn. The festive holiday bar will serve red wine and holiday craft beers to guests ages 21 and over.

Merry Market tickets may be purchased in advance or at the gate for $10 per person; $5 for children ages 3 – 12; and free for children ages 2 and under. Maymont members enjoy free admission. Guests who present an EBT card receive discounted tickets for $3 (on-site only) through the Museums for All program. All proceeds benefit Maymont.

Please note: Maymont will close at 4 pm on Friday, December 2, and 1 pm on Saturday, December 3, to prepare for Merry Market. Guests will enter Merry Market through the Historic Estate entrance at 1700 Hampton Street. Event parking is available at the Historic Estate parking lot and The Robins Nature Center, in addition to street parking. The Maymont Farm entrance is closed for the event. Merry Market takes place entirely outdoors, rain or shine, except in the case of severe weather. Guests are advised to wear weather-appropriate clothing and footwear suited for an outdoor lawn.

The Wreath Workshops tend to fill up in advance and include wreath supplies and refreshments, but guests are advised to bring their own snippers and gardening gloves. On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, Wreath Workshop admission ($55 per person, $41 for members) includes admission to Merry Market. Times vary; visit the events calendar for details.

Holiday Audio Tours are $8 per person, $6 for children ages 3 – 12, and free for Maymont Members and Museums for All participants.

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Kings Dominion to celebrate the season at WinterFest beginning November 25th

Beginning November 25 and open most evenings through January 1, 2023, WinterFest will transform the park into a winter wonderland adorned with millions of holiday lights, nearly 1,000 Christmas trees, and festive décor displayed throughout the park.

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The popular WinterFest event at Kings Dominion has become one of the area’s most popular, immersive holiday celebrations. Beginning November 25 and open most evenings through January 1, 2023, WinterFest will transform the park into a winter wonderland adorned with millions of holiday lights, nearly 1,000 Christmas trees, and festive décor displayed throughout the park. Plus, the iconic Eiffel Tower will be transformed into a 300-foot-tall Christmas tree, and the well-known International Street fountains will become a large, ice-skating plaza known as Snowflake Lake.

Each night of the event, the WinterFest Wonderland Parade will provide a larger-than-life experience brimming with dazzling displays, exciting performances, and extravagantly decorated holiday floats with classic themes such as gingerbread houses, beautifully wrapped gift boxes, and toy trains. More than 100 singers and dancers will join the merry procession to perform on the parade route, and the Big Guy himself – Santa Claus – might just join in the magical Christmas festivities.

A sampling of the festivities:

  • Festive activities for the entire family: Children can have their pictures taken with Santa at St. Nick’s Pics or decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus*. Guests can also ice skate on the park’s transformed International Street Fountain*, as well as reserve horse-drawn carriage rides* throughout the park. In addition, more than 20 rides will be open with something for everyone. Learn more.
  • Enchanting live entertainment: Lively holiday-themed shows will delight guests throughout the park. These include Four Drummers Drumming, Jingle Jazz, Cool Yule Christmas, The Mistletones, The Kris Kringles, Tinker’s Toy Factory, and A PEANUTS Guide to Christmas.
  • Delicious holiday fare and unique gifts: Festive flavors abound at WinterFest, including gingerbread and peppermint funnel cake, cranberry orange turkey legs, stuffed cupcakes, and pumpkin pie. Shoppers can hunt for the perfect gift crafted by local artists at Artisan Alley and browse for unique finds at the North Pole Mercantile, PEANUTS™ Holiday Gifts, Sugar Plum Sweets, and more.
  • Family Fun New Year’s Eve Event: This family-friendly celebration on December 31 will feature live entertainment, fireworks at midnight, and more. New Year’s Eve is included with WinterFest admission or with a 2022 or 2023 Gold Season Pass.

For the most up-to-date hours of operation, please visit kingsdominion.com. Guests get unlimited visits to WinterFest in 2022 and 2023 with the purchase of a 2023 Gold Season Pass or with the free Kings Dominion Pre-K Pass, which grants complimentary admission to kids ages 3-5.

A complete listing of WinterFest shows, attractions, dining, and advance-purchase tickets is available at kingsdominion.com.

Activities marked with an asterisk (*) are not included with park admission and are available for an additional charge.

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Ride your bike with the family in support of the Forward Foundation October 1st at Final Gravity Brewing Co.

Forward Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to assisting working, single parents and their children in the Greater Richmond area who are in the midst of a financial crisis.

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Join the Forward Foundation for a fun, family-friendly bike ride on Saturday, October 1st supporting their local programs and services. Forward Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to assisting working, single parents and their children in the Greater Richmond area who are in the midst of a financial crisis.

There will be a 50-mile ride as well as a mile and a half kids’ ride – something for everyone. The start/finish line for both rides will be located at Final Gravity Brewing Co. located at  6118 Lakeside Avenue.

Adult registration is $65, and kids are $25.

Palani Drive will be providing wrap lunches for the first 100 adult registrations. You may also opt out of lunch and have a 100% of your registration fee go towards the foundation.

You can check out maps of the routes below.

Learn more and sign up online here.

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