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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Lights Up this Weekend

Starting this Friday the Dominion Energy Gardenfest of Lights and its one million lights will fill Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with magic.

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Normally you have to wait until after Turkey Day to enjoy the annual Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden but not this year.

There are 300 lighted forms like Mr. Bear you can see to the left.

With Thanksgiving falling so late this year the folks at Lewis Ginter made the decision to push the opening ahead of Thanksgiving thus allowing the Richmond area 43-44 nights to enjoy the show. The opening is this Friday, November 22nd and will run through January 6th.  The lights will dim for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day to allow for employees to squeeze in a little family time. Inclement weather such as ice or snow will also cause the closure of the gardens.

There are 10,000 lights on Mr. Peacock.

This year’s theme is “Magic in the Air” and inspired by things that fly. A variety of things that take to the air will be represented from the butterfly to the astronauts of the Apollo mission. There will also be more than a few mythical beasts roaming about as well. During my preview I was shocked by a dragon, found a unicorn, witnessed a pegasus and watched pigs fly.

300 volunteers helped make Gardenfest of Lights happen and donate 7,677 hours.

In addition to just enjoying the lights, there will be regular activities to entertain.

  • Merry Mondays – Storytime in the Library and Santa sightings in the Conservatory (through Dec. 23rd)
  • Caroling Tuesdays – Barbershop Quartets strolling the grounds
  • Crafty Wednesdays – Build your whirligig with corks
  • Musical Thursdays – Acoustic music int he Library
  • Nightly – Kelleher Warming Fire in the Children’s Garden with hot drinks and treats for sale

You might want to pencil in these dates for special events.

GrandFest Illumination Weekend – November 22-23rd. 

Friday, November 22nd

  • 4 p.m.  Doors open
  • 5:30 p.m. We flip the switch on a million lights in the Rose Garden!
  • 5:30 – 10 p.m. Stroll the Garden enjoying the first glimpse of this year’s Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights!
  • 6-8 p.m.  Gypsy Roots Jazz – Lora Robins Library
  • 6-8 p.m. Henrico Pops Chorus Carolers – Strolling throughout the Garden
  • 6-8 p.m. Lantern making craft –  (in front of the Conservatory or  in the Robins Library, weather dependent)
  • 7-9 p.m. Host of Sparrows Aerial Dance and Circus Arts  Living Ornaments in Flight – Kelly Education Center Auditorium

Saturday, November 23rd

GardenFest for Fidos December 5th and January 2nd

  • The only day you can bring your leashed dogs in to enjoy the lights

New Year’s Eve Family Frolic – December 31st

Admission to Lewis Garden is $13 adults, $11 seniors (age 55+), $8 children (ages 3 – 12) and free for children under 3. The Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is free for Garden Members in November and January! If you want to learn more about Garden membership, it will get you in free and set you up for a year’s worth of other great activities.

There are 20,000+ child-proof outlet protectors used at the end of strands to keep moisture out.


There are 674,800 LED’s and this doesn’t include light forms.


There are 13,496 strands in inventory and that doesn’t include light forms.

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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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