FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The holidays are a great time to experience Chesterfield County – from merry events to tacky light displays to historic celebrations, the joyful season provides fun for the whole family. For more ideas, check out other itineraries at ExperienceChesterfield.com.
Check out the activities and events
‘Tis the season
‘Tis the season for giving back. On Saturday, Dec. 9, pilots from the Virginia Chapter of the Ninety-Nines will collect toys donated at other airports throughout the state and fly them to Richmond Executive – Chesterfield County Airport. Soldiers from Fort Lee will pick them up and transport them to the Holiday Helper Association for distribution. Residents are encouraged to bring gifts to the airport now through Dec. 9 and leave them in a donation box located in the lobby. Santa also will be flying in to visit with children at noon.
For those with furry children, get your pup’s photo taken with Santa at the 8th Annual Santa Paws at Ruff House Dog Park, located at Rockwood Park, 3401 Courthouse Road, Shelter No. 4, Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This year’s theme is a Snoopy Christmas. Photos are $5, and all proceeds go to the Friends of Ruff House Dog Park Association.
Children aged 4-8 may talk to or receive a letter or an email from Santa or Mrs. Claus! Send written requests to Santa, c/o Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation, P.O. Box 40, Chesterfield, VA 23832. Requests should include the child’s name, telephone number, address, school, grade, teacher, favorite activities and positive things about the child, and indicate whether the child should receive a call, letter or email.
Written requests must be received by Nov. 28. Calls will be made from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 6. Call 748-1623 for more information.
Soldiers from Fort Lee collecting toys donated at the Chesterfield County airport.
The Richmond Area is known for its festive – and sometimes tacky – light displays. Make sure to get in on the action at one or more of these upcoming events, or take your family on a driving tour through the county. View the tour for Chesterfield!
CarMax Tacky Light Run
Saturday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m.
Mid-Lothian Mines Park
Mid-Lothian Mines Park, 13301 N. Woolridge Road
For the dedicated runner and holiday enthusiast alike, the CarMax Tacky Light Run is one of the season’s brightest events. Register in advance at www.sportsbackers.org/events/tacky-light-run. The 6k race shows off Midlothian’s best display of tacky lights as you weave through the Walton Park neighborhood! Don’t want to run? No problem! Come decked out in your most festive holiday sweater to cheer on neighbors, family and friends.
25th Annual James River Parade of Lights
Saturday, Dec. 9
Dutch Gap Boat Landing, 501 Coxendale Road, viewing time 7:30-7:45 p.m.
The Bluff at Henricus Historical Park, 601 Coxendale Road, viewing time 7:45-8 p.m.
Join us for one of the region’s most cherished holiday events. Line up along the James River to watch lighted boats pass by. Admission to viewing sites is free. Visit www.jrac-va.org for more information.
Friendship, Trade and Feast at Henricus
Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Henricus, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester
Join the English and Virginia Indian historical interpreters for the autumn harvest feasts and fun common to all people in 17th-century Virginia. The event will interpret the first “Thanksgiving” in Virginia. The cost is $8 for adults, $6 for children.
Lunch with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ettrick Community Building, 20621 Woodpecker Road
Santa will be in town for lunch and free photos! For ages 1-12 and accompanying adults. Open to the first 60 people who register by Nov. 15; the cost is $7 per person.
“A Nutcracker Christmas” Holiday Open House
Saturday, Dec. 2, 1-4 p.m.
Magnolia Grange House-Museum, 10020 Iron Bridge Road
Join us for the annual Holiday Open House. See the lavish decorations in every room, including nutcrackers displayed throughout, and docents dressed as characters from the story. The family-friendly event features a visit from Santa, music, refreshments, house tours, a craft for children, and discounts in the gift shop. At 2 and 3 p.m. there will be readings of “The Nutcracker” by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The event is free, but donations toward the renovation of the museum will be appreciated.
A Christmas Social – 50+
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ettrick Community Building, 20621 Woodpecker Road
Enjoy Christmas music, socialization and bingo with prizes. Light refreshments will be served. This
program is for seniors aged 50 and older. The cost is $5; registration required by Nov. 20.
“Historic Fashions of Magnolia Grange” Tea
Tuesday, Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1-3 p.m.
Themed teas will be presented by costume historian, Amanda Powell, who has created period clothing for TV and film, including “Mercy Street.”
Boar’s Head Feast at Henricus
Saturday, Dec. 16, 5:30-8 p.m.
Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester
Begin your holidays at Henricus experiencing old English Christmas traditions of the 1590s. Follow the merry Lord of Misrule and enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of Christmas, including a multicourse feast served beside a blazing Yule log fire. Expect wassailing and toasts to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I. The meal is $65; register online at henricus.org.
Performances at Swift Creek Mill Theatres
17401 Jefferson Davis Highway, South Chesterfield, times vary
The Andrews Brothers – A USO performance in the south Pacific by the Andrews Sisters is in jeopardy of cancellation when they fail to appear shortly before curtain time. Luckily, three hapless stagehands are determined that the show must go on – and go on it does! Continues through Dec. 31; tickets cost between $41.25-59.15. Call 804-748-5203 or go online to swiftcreekmill.com for more information.
2017 Chester Kiwanis Christmas Parade
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.
Starts at the Chester YMCA, 3011 West Hundred Road to Harrowgate Road
This year’s theme is “Parade of the Christmas Toys.” See floats, bands, dancers, horses and Santa himself. More information is online at chesterkiwanis.org.
Metro Richmond Zoo’s The Miracle of Christmas
Dec. 21-Dec. 23, 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m.
Metro Richmond Zoo, 8300 Beaver Bridge Road
Enjoy a live reenactment of the Christmas story. This event is free. Canned goods will be collected to help needy families, and concessions will be sold to benefit local charities.