Holiday house tours, James River Parade of Lights, Court End Christmas, Jerry Seinfeld and Tacky Light Run...all this weekend. Happy holidays, Richmond!

Holiday House Tours: The Fan & Church Hill

Oh, we love our houses in Richmond. Our beautiful, beautiful late 19th century, early 20th century houses. From the Fan to Church Hill, you can check out many of these gems all decked out for the holidays on holiday house tours. Fan Holiday House Tour on Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m., $25 in advance, $30 day of tour. Church Hill Holiday House tour on Sunday, $20 in advance, $25 day of tour, noon to 5 p.m.

Jerry Seinfeld


Jerry! Jerry Seinfeld brings his stand-up set to the newly revamped Altria Theater. Start your holidays right. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $49.

CarMax Tacky Light Run


The Tacky Light Run is back for its second year of a 6K run around one of Richmond’s best neighborhoods for Tacky Lights. Deck yourself out in your tackiest sweater, string yourself with lights and get ready for selfie stations throughout the route. Last year’s run sold out at 5,000.  Hosted by Sports Backers. $45 to $50. Begins at 6 p.m.

James River Parade of Lights

Check out the brightly decorated boats as they motor down the river for the James River Parade of Lights. The parade begins in Richmond, just below the fall line, and the boats cruise through Henrico and Chesterfield counties to the Varina-Enon Bridge. We suggest nabbing a window-table at The Boathouse or Conch Republic for optimal viewing. Or grab dinner at a Church Hill hotspot like The Roosevelt and then walk over to Libbie Hill Park to watch the boats. Holidays = done. Viewing spots include Libby Hill Park, corner of 28th and East Franklin streets, entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m., parade viewing at 6 p.m. Intermediate Terminal Dock, Dock and Water streets, parade viewing at 6 p.m. Osborne Park and Boat Landing, 9530 Osborne Turnpike, entertainment begins at 4 p.m., parade viewing 7-7:30 p.m. Dutch Gap Boat Landing, 441 Coxendale Road, parade viewing 7:30-7:45 p.m. Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, entertainment begins at 6 p.m., parade viewing 7:45-8 p.m.

Court End Christmas


Ten historic sites in downtown Richmond, offer free admission and holiday festivities all day long. I’ve taken my kids before and they loved it. And I love anything free. Carriage rides, carolers, living history, live music, children's crafts, gift shops and more. A complimentary shuttle will circulate among all sites throughout the event. Stop by The Valentine, The Museum and White House of the Confederacy, The Egyptian Building, the State Capitol, the Executive Mansion and many more sites throughout the day. Noon to 5 p.m. Free.

Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment, especially festivals and events for She writes the weekly Top Five Weekend Events column.

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