Weekend Event Picks: Grand Illumination, Dominion Christmas Parade, RVA Krampusnacht walk, and more

Weekend Event Picks: Grand Illumination, Dominion Christmas Parade, RVA Krampusnacht walk, and more

The holidays are officially in full swing this weekend! The Grand Illumination will light up Downtown Richmond, the Christmas Parade takes over Broad Street, there’s fun and shopping to be had and done at Main Street Station, and something terrifying is taking over Carytown.

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Grand Illumination at the James Center downtown – Richmond is about to get lit. For the 33rd consecutive year, Richmond’s skyscrapers have been outlned in lights. 1037 Play’s Melissa Chase, serving as the Snow Queen, and Jack Lauterback, this year’s Jack Frost, will host the countdown to the illumination at 6:00 PM on Friday, December 1st. The entire skyline will be lit up, along with a giant Christmas tree, deer, and more at the James Center. Several bands, members of the Nutcracker cast, and of course Santa will be there, too. Get down there early to grab a spot! More details here.

Shop the Shed and Main Street Station Grand Illumination – Not all the holiday action is happening up at the James Center. Main Street Station’s Train Shed will be getting its own set of lights and opening its doors for a bit of holiday shopping. The station will host a grand opening of The Gallery at Main Street Station, hosted by Crossroads Art Center, and the kick off of the Winter Market, hosted by Southern Grade. The fun kicks off on Friday, December 1st at 4:00 PM and continues throughout the weekend. See the full lineup here.

Dominion Energy Christmas Parade in The Fan – The 34th annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 2nd at 10:00 AM. Despite construction from the GRTC Pulse bus rapid transit project, the show will go on! The parade will depart from the Science Museum of Virginia on W. Broad Street and continue east to 7th Street and will feature local marching bands, inflatables, and a bevy of floats. This beloved Richmond tradition attracts more than 100,000 spectators each year from all across the area. Learn more here.

Fifth annual RVA Krampusnacht walk in Carytown – In a festive season chock-full of lighthearted characters like Santa, Frosty, and gingerbread men, one of the last things that comes to mind is a horned, devil-like creature as a symbol of the holidays. Enter Krampus–and a walk in Carytown this weekend dedicated to the mythical beast–RVA Krampusnacht. There are a bunch of other events taking place this weekend outside of the walk itself, which kicks off at 6:00 on Saturday, December 2nd outside Citizen Burger Bar. More here.

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