2019/2020 Winter Festivals & Events In Richmond, VA
It’s cold outside, but Richmond still has plenty going on. Fill your calendar with everything from icy swims to light shows to food and drink festivals. Here’s Discover Richmond Tours’ guide to winter festivals and events in Richmond. Looking for more things to do? See our winter activities guide!
RVA Illuminates: December 6, 5:30PM
Mark your calendars for RVA Illuminates, a new take on an old tradition! Head to Kanawha Plaza on Friday Dec. 6 to kick off the holiday season as the city lights up with the first winter festival of the season! Hang out with Mayor Stoney, 8News, 103.7 Play, NO BS Brass Band, and lots of other special guests. Originally hosted by the James Center, the City of Richmond is taking over this spectacular event. The lights create quite a sight from across the river, so be sure to check out the view from Richmond’s south side this year. The Illumination is a free event and makes a great way to kick off a merry holiday season!
Dominion Energy Christmas Parade: December 7, 10AM
The 36th Annual Dominion Christmas Parade will make you think you went to Disney World, with its extensive line-up of floats and balloons. From The Science Museum to 7th Street, join more than 100,000 other spectators in kicking off the Christmas season with this spectacular showing on Broad St.
Richmond Ballet’s The Nutcracker: December 13-23
If you’ve never had the chance to watch the Richmond Ballet, taking in Tchaikovsky’s most famous work is the perfect introduction. And with around a dozen performances throughout December, you have plenty of opportunities to do so! From the dancing toys to the music that has become synonymous with Christmas, this performance is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.
Jewish Food Festival: January 19-20
Get your fill of corned beef, schwarma, knish, and more at what is possibly the tastiest winter festival in Richmond! Come get a taste of Jewish culture at Weinstein Jewish Community Center every January, when it hosts the annual Jewish Food Festival. And if you’d like to try more food than you can stomach (and trust us, you probably will), you can take it to go!
Chocoholic Cocktail Party: February 6, 6PM
Everyone loves a party with a chocolate fountain, but Chocoholic takes it to the next level with an entire event dedicated to chocolate treats! The event is a fundraiser for Richmond-based charity Family Lifeline, which gives vulnerable people of all ages resources and support at critical times of need. Get your sweet fix and support a good cause in this early-Spring (or late-Winter, depending on a certain groundhog) event!
Shiver In The River: February 29
Jumping in an ice cold body of water – on purpose? We’re guessing that some of you this think it’s a crazy idea, and some of you think it sounds awesome. If you’re among the latter, know that you’ll have two chances this winter to take an icy plunge. The first is Shiver in the River, taking place at historic Tredegar.
Virginia Wine Expo: March 3-8
With hundreds of Virginia-based wines, beers, and ciders to try, the Wine Expo might just be the best place to spend a day. This weeklong event has food-themed nights each year. Get excited for SMOKED!, where you can try more than 30 dishes of perfectly smoked artisan food representing a diversity of cuisines from around the world. And A Dinner Affair with Peter Chang, where you’ll indulge in an all-inclusive wine pairing dinner with 12 menu items Chang is creating specially for this event! Check out the 2020 festivities and bring a few bottles home with you.
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