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Lewis Ginter Transformed with the Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

One million twinkling lights, handcrafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); nightly family activities & more.

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The Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights opened at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens on November 23rd and will be lighting up the grounds until January 7th. Over a million lights enhance the beautiful gardens and the theme, “Bringing Art to Light” features everything from van Gogh and Monet to Bob Ross, Totoro and Pikachu.

The GardenFest of Lights also features, handcrafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); nightly family activities & more. 

Pikachu at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights by Tom Hennessy

This year, famous works of art will come alive during Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights. The exhibition will reinterpret well-known works of art in a spectrum of sparkling color, inviting guests to discover how sculpture, dance, music and paintings are informed by the natural world. Visitors will wander through a festive landscape alight in glimmering radiance and delight in handcrafted botanical decorations, all designed to illuminate nature and her power to inspire.

Conservatory at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Image by Trevor Wrayton

The lights are a such a hit that they’re in the running to be named one of the BEST BOTANICAL GARDEN HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOWS in the US. This is decided by your online votes (hit that previous link) and there are only 5 days left to vote — it only takes a second. You can vote once per day, per device. You could help Lewis Ginter officially claim what we know in our hearts, that they’re one of the BEST.

This Thursday is a special night for GardenFest of Lights as they open their doors for your canine companions at GardenFest for Fidos. Your pup is welcome if he/she is leashed and can handle the stress of crowds, lights and other pups. A $2 donation to the Richmond SPCA is recommended as the fee for your fluffy friend.

Tickets Members:

  • $7: Garden members
  • $5: Child on Garden Membership (ages 3 – 17)
  • Free for children under age 3

Tickets Non-members:

  • $13 adults
  • $11 seniors (age 55+)
  • $8 children (ages 3 – 12)
  • Free for children under age 3

GardenFest is a “rain or shine” event; only closed for extreme weather and on December 24th & 25th.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Join RAL for their Luminary Ceremony Wednesday

At the end of Operation Silent Night, and once every pet is in a home for the holidays, we will light up the night and experience the beautiful silence of an empty shelter during our Annual Luminary Ceremony.

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From the RAL Facebook Event Page

At the end of Operation Silent Night, and once every pet is in a home for the holidays, we will light up the night and experience the beautiful silence of an empty shelter during our Annual Luminary Ceremony. Let’s celebrate the animals who have found a new loving home just in time for the holidays, while remembering the pets and people who are held near and dear to our hearts.

The 2021 Luminary Ceremony will be held the evening of December 22nd. This event is free and open to the public. Beginning at 5:30pm, we invite guests to start gathering outside RAL’s Adoption Center for cookies and hot cocoa. The ceremony will begin at 6pm and will feature Elizabeth Felicetti from St. David’s Episcopal Church as she leads the Blessing of the Animals.

After the ceremony, we will walk through the empty shelter filled with luminaries honoring loved ones for a spectacular glowing tribute.

*Please note, masks will be required for this event*

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Road Closures for the Christmas Parade

Abbreviated version avoid Broad Street and it’s side streets between the Science Museum and the Coliseum on Saturday.

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Santa is coming to town! Come out and enjoy the Dominion Energy Christmas Parade this Saturday with Chief Gerald M. Smith! We want everyone to have a great time and to be safe. Plan ahead and be aware of the street closures to avoid getting towed and traffic delays.
The following roads will be closed at 5 a.m.
• 900 Block of Terminal Place /Entire Block (Both Sides)
• W. Broad Street (East & Westbound Sides) between Terminal Pl. & N. Allen Ave
• N. Allen Avenue (Northbound Side) between Monument Ave & W. Broad St.
• Broad Street (Westbound Side Only) between N. Allen Ave. & N. 8th Street
• DMV Drive between W. Broad and Leigh Street
• W. Leigh Street between Hermitage Road and the Boulevard
• W. Grace Street between Strawberry and N. Davis Street
• Davis Street (Southbound Side Only) between W. Broad and Monument Avenue
• N. Harrison Street between W. Broad and W. Marshall Street
• N. Allison Street (Northbound Side) between W. Broad & Grace Street
• Lodge Street between Broad and Marshall Street
• N. 6th Street between E. Broad and Marshall Street
• N. 7th Street between E. Broad and Jackson Street
• E. Marshall Street between N. 3rd and N. 7th Street
• E. Clay Street between N. 7th & 8th Street
• E. Leigh Street between N. 4th and N. 9th Street

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Flying Squirrels Season Tickets Available Now

We’re barely into December but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about spring and baseball.

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Full-season and partial-season ticket plans for the 2022 Richmond Flying Squirrels season are now available, the team announced on Thursday. A limited number of 2022 Holiday Packages are also on sale now.

Season ticket plans are available now online at SquirrelsBaseball.com, by phone at 804-359-3866 or in person at the Flying Squirrels ticket office.

“This time last year we had no schedule, no real indication what our season in 2021, if we had one, would look like,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “Now, for our staff to be diligently preparing for our 69-home-game schedule at The Diamond is a huge win. We could not be more excited about the plans we have to make the 2022 campaign, one for the memory-making record books.”

Season ticket membership plans begin at $700 per year and include tickets to all 69 Flying Squirrels home games as well as additional benefits. Full-season ticket members receive access to discounted parking passes, a 20-percent discount at the Squirrels Nest Team Store presented by Retro Brand, a refillable mug with discounted drinks at Flying Squirrels concession stands, invitations to exclusive season ticket member events and much more.

More information about Flying Squirrels full-season ticket memberships is available here.

Also available now are Flying Squirrels 2022 Flex Plans with undated ticket vouchers for home games in the 2022 season. Great 8 memberships, which include eight undated ticket vouchers, start at $70. Gold Books, which include 40 undated, field-level ticket vouchers and 10 parking passes are available for $500 per book.

2022 Great 8 plans and Gold Books are available here.

A limited number of 2022 Holiday Packages are also on sale now. Holiday Packages include a 2022 Great 8 book with eight undated, flexible tickets plus an exclusive, limited edition Nutzy Nutcracker T-shirt. Holiday Packages are available here.

The Flying Squirrels open the 2022 season on Friday, April 8 at Bowie. Opening night at The Diamond will be Tuesday, April 12 as the Flying Squirrels host the Altoona Curve. The full 2022 schedule is available here. For more information, visit SquirrelsBaseball.com.

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