Where to see Holiday Lights in Richmond, VA
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Where to see Holiday Lights in Richmond, VA

Each Holiday season, Richmond transforms into a wonderland of lights and festivities. From pop-up bars and igloo dining to family-friendly light displays, there is something for everyone. Check out the list of the best places to see Richmond VA Holiday lights!

The Jefferson Hotel

Experience the holiday spirit at the iconic Jefferson Hotel, adorned with hundreds of poinsettias, wreaths, and twinkling lights, including a thirty-foot tree in the rotunda. Don't miss the highlight – the half-ton Jefferson gingerbread house. Crafted with 550 pounds of gingerbread, 350 pounds of royal icing, and 100 pounds of marshmallow by a dedicated team of 10 over 800 hours, it's also adorned with 100 pounds of candy, including nerd rope, gumballs, and cinnamon drops. A festive showcase of creativity and craftsmanship, the Holiday tradition of unveling the current year's gingerbread theme is one of Richmond's favorites. Learn more about the Jefferson Hotel during the holidays here!

Kanawha Plaza

Stroll through the holiday season as you make your way to Kanawha Plaza, where the city's tree stands against the backdrop of Richmond's illuminated skyline. Get into the holiday groove surrounded by twinkling lights from the many trees, wreaths and bows around the plaza. The whole city turns into a light show, with every building throwing its party of colors against the night sky.

Brown’s Island / The T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Pedestrian Bridge

Take a leisurely stroll across the James River on the T. Potterfield Bridge, linking Manchester to Brown's Island, and treat yourself to a mesmerizing view of the illuminated Richmond skyline. It's expansive views provides a unique vantage point to experience the city after dark. As you make your way across, be sure to look up for the stunning skyline that comes alive with a kaleidoscope of lights reflecting on the James.

The James Center

Step into the holiday wonderland at one of Downtown Richmond's bustling office complexes, where the entire space transforms into a dazzling spectacle of festive lights. From the towering trees to the twinkling stars and whimsical reindeer, the intricate display brings a touch of magic to the heart of the city.

Holiday Pop-ups

  • Birdie’s - The Evergreen: The popular oyster bar transformed into The Evergreen, an over-the-top pop-up featuring twinkling lights and lots of tinsel. Enjoy shimmering lights and holiday cocktails in the evening and festive coffee drinks and homemade pastries in the morning.
  • Hatch Local - Hatch for the Holidays: There are choices aplenty when it comes to food and holiday decor at Hatch Local. Enjoy local food vendors, seasonal cocktails, and a plethora of lights and decor. From Greek to Camboadian and vegan options, there's something for every taste at Hatch.
  • Casa del Barco - Tinsel + Tequila: The river-side Mexican restaurant debuts its holiday pop-up, Tinsel + Tequila with festive cocktails and food offerings. The restaurant is decked head to toe with Christmas lights and sparkling decor.
  • Hotel Greene - Winterfreuden Apres Ski Lounge: During the holiday season the ndoor mini golf course Hotel Greene transforms into a ski lodge themed Winter Wonderland: Winterfreuden! The Lobby Bar is ski in/ski out, the fire is lit, and the eggnog is pouring!

Igloo Experiences

Grab your friends and family and enjoy a meal in your own personal, heated igloo downtown! Igloos include heat, seats for up to 4 people, and Bluetooth speakers for a personalized experience.

  • Fall Line: Enjoy seasonal sips and vibrant dishes at Fall Line, Richmond Marriott’s premiere dining. Igloos can be reserved for 2 hour intervals. More information here!
  • Island Shrimp Co.: Escape the cold and enjoy tropical inspired foods and festive drinks with a view of the river. Island Shrimp Co. is transforming into Rum & Reindeer, a holiday pop-up. Reserve an igloo for 2 hour intervals and $15 per person. More information here!
  • Juan’s Rooftop + Cantina: Cozy up in an igloo with Mexican food, holiday cocktails, and a seasonal food menu. Reserve for a $50 fee. More information here!