Richmond,VAis full of history, heritage and tradition. If you are lucky enough to live in a new home inRichmond, you’ll experience rich, cultural events all year long. This time of year is no exception. Take a look at these family-friendly events to help celebrate the season.
Nothing helps you get in the holiday spirit like the sounds and music surrounding this time of year. Don’t miss these local concerts throughout the month of December.
Holiday Concert with CVMC – Prophets, Dreams & Dancing: Festive Music for Choir and Brass. From the opening flourishes of John Rutter’s Gloria to the intimate Welsh Lullaby, Suo-Gan, the lively motives of Gardner’s Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Mack Wilberg’s festive setting of Awake, Arise and Hail the Morn…this is a program of glorious music with choral masterworks large and small. Performances on December 4th, 9th, and 11th. Follow the link for details and tickets.
Holiday Concert with MCM – Harps of Gold: Music of the Season The Richmond Men’s Chorus and The Richmond Women’s Chorus will present joint concerts celebrating the holidays entitled “HARPS OF GOLD“(*Check-should this be all bold, ital or what?). Directed by Artistic Director, Timothy Gillham, “Harps of Gold” will be performed Saturday December 10 at 8:00pm and Sunday December 11 at 3:00pm. Follow the link for details and tickets.
If you’ve just moved into a new home in Richmond, it’s a must to join the Central Virginia tradition of cruising the streets to find the most festively decorated homes (and boats) in the area. Here are a couple of specific places you can go to enjoy the magical light displays.
19th Annual James River Parade of Lights – Saturday, December 10, 2011, 4:30 – 8:30pm. Each year, boaters decorate their vessels and converge on theJames River for a boat parade marking the festive holiday season. Spectators line up along the shore at several viewing sites along the parade route, which runs from Richmond to Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield County.
Dominion GardenFest of Lights 2011 – Nightly 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM through January 9th 2012, closed December 24th & 25th. Imagine what a half-million holiday lights does to magically transform the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden into a winter wonderland of fantasy, festivity and family fun. Beyond the half million lights, Lewis Ginter boasts phenomenal botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. Enjoy the returning favorites and many new features this year with special events throughout December. Visit their website to learn more. (should we list the website?)
For the children living in your new home in Richmond, these events will brighten spirits for the whole family.
25th Annual Court End Christmas Sunday, December 11, 2011, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Nine historic downtown sites host a free holiday open house, featuring tours, living history and reenactments, gift shops, children’s activities, refreshments, carriage rides, music, and special guest appearances.
Legendary Santa will come down the chimney daily at the Children’s Museum of Richmond Central Location until Christmas Eve. He will be accompanied by his lovely Snow Queen and helpful elf! A visit with Legendary Santa is free to the public. Or choose from special ticketed programs. Opportunities include Sunrise with Santa, Tea with Santa, Sunset with Santa, photos and more!
Polar Express in the IMAX®DOME at Science Museum of Virginia – Now through Saturday, December 31st. Based on the Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book of the same name, by Chris Van Allsburg. Relive this timeless story of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole.