Start the season with these festive Richmond events

In a city that knows how to celebrate, there's a lot to do during this most festive seasons. Get a head start on the holiday fun at these Richmond events.

Friendship, Trade, and Feast at Henricus

Experience the harvest smells, sounds, and frolic of the 17th century past at this immersive event celebrating autumn harvest feasts and fun common to all people in 17th-century Virginia.  Cooking, games and songs help further interpret the history of the first “Thanksgiving” in English America – the one which happened in 1619 in Virginia!

Friendship, Trade, and Feast at Henricus
Friday, November 25, 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Henricus Historical Park
251 Henricus Park Road
Chester, VA 23836
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Adults: $8
Children (ages 3-12): $6
Military: $1 off
Children Under 2: Free
Henricus Members: Free

DominionEnergy Garden Fest of Lights

An event so popular they made a busy-season guide, this annual holiday tradition is simply not to be missed. This year, the garden uses more than 500,000 lights to spotlight tales that span cultures and time with Naturally Ever After, Stories in Lights. Enjoy these illuminated fairy tales, folklore, and time-treasured classics at indoor and outdoor displays, family activities and holiday events that explore natural phenomena, teach life lessons, celebrate the seasons, and ultimately, connect people through plants.

DominionEnergy Garden Fest of Lights
Nov. 24, 2017 – Jan. 8, 2018  (Closed Dec. 24 & 25)
Nightly 5 – 10 p.m.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23228
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$13 adults
$11 seniors (age 55+)
$8 children (ages 3 – 12)
Free for children under age 3
$7: Garden members
$5: Child on Garden Membership (ages 3 – 17)
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Victorian Holidays at the Maymont

Help the Dooley's prepare for their very first holiday season in their new home. Guided tours this weekend bring the wonders and festivities of the Victorian holidays to life with a 12-foot Christmas tree, an opulent dining room set for a feast, evergreen decorations and lavish gifts.

Victorian Holidays at the Maymont
Tuesdays-Sundays, November 17-December 31
Maymont Mansion
1700 Hampton Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
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$5 donation