Weekend Event Picks: Dominion Christmas Parade, Grand Illumination, Light Up The Tracks, and more

Weekend Event Picks: Dominion Christmas Parade, Grand Illumination, Light Up The Tracks, and more

This weekend, the Richmond area gets fully into the holiday spirit with two grand illuminations, a parade, an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas, and more. Plan your weekend here!

Photo: Dominion Christmas Parade

Richmond Grand Illumination Downtown – This Friday downtown Richmond will get considerably brighter Friday night. Festivities start at 5:50 PM at the James Center and lead up to to the flipping of the switch that turns on the lights on the James Center, surrounding buildings, the massive Christmas tree, and a herd of lovely deer. Get there early to get a spot. Get the scoop here.

35th Annual Dominion Christmas Parade – The 35th annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 AM. The parade will depart from the Science Museum on W. Broad Street and continue east to 7th Street. This beloved Richmond tradition attracts more than 100,000 spectators each year from everywhere in Virginia, with thousands more enjoying the live television broadcast. Free to watch, of course! More here.

Light Up The Tracks in Downtown Ashland – Join the Town of Ashland for a lighting ceremony to kick off the month’s Christmas festivities on Saturday evening. Enjoy a concert by the Community Chorus, then watch as the Plaza is transformed into a vintage holiday spectacle fit for a postcard. Free to attend; after party at The Dept $5. More info here.

Old-Fashioned Christmas at Maymont – Celebrate a charming, old-fashioned Christmas and experience a tradition enjoyed by generations of families at Maymont this Sunday. Victorian ladies and gentlemen graciously welcome you to the estate and invite you to visit the Dooleys’ Gilded Age mansion. Marvel at the grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms, see the gifts and games of 1893 and stop by the Belowstairs area where holiday preparations are underway. Free admission; fees for activities. Find out more here.

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