Holiday Guide

2013: The year in pictures

A few of 2013’s best pictures taken by some of RVA’s awesome photographers.

2013 holiday events

RVA lights up (literally and figuratively) this time of year.

Picture of the day: James Center reindeer

RVANews picture of the day.

Picture of the day: James Center tree

RVANews picture of the day.

Inside the overflow shelter for RVA’s homeless

It’s just one way the City and local organizations are trying to make the homeless feel at home.

The 2013 pretty ultimate food gift guide

My case for giving food as gifts is simple: food is something pretty much everyone enjoys, and you never stop needing it (best case scenario.)

Diary of a Magic Doll: The Nutcracker as experienced by Elena Bello

They may make it look easy, but the life of a dancer is anything but. Richmond Ballet company member Elena Bello has a special place in her heart for the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, and she shares her experience with us in her own words and pictures.

Picture of the day: Christmas at the Jefferson

RVANews picture of the day.

Raising Richmond: Christmas without Santa FAQ

Answers to our most frequently-asked-questions about celebrating the season sans the Big Man in Red.

PHOTOS: 2013 Richmond Christmas Parade

Photos from the 2013 Richmond Christmas Parade.

Dominion Christmas Parade: What you need to know

Over 100,000 people will crowd around Broad Street for the 30th annual parade.

The 2013 RVA holiday gift guide

Why give your hard-earned dollars to some dude who lives in Brooklyn? Keep it local with these awesome RVA gift ideas.

What you need to know about Friday’s Grand Illumination

You might need sunglasses at night because RVA’s skyline is getting WAY brighter this Friday.

Local Etsy gift guide

Some great holiday gifts crafted by fine artists shipping their goods from right here in the ol’ RVA.

Bizarre Bazaar celebrates 38th anniversary this week

What started as a simple gathering of friends is now a humongous holiday tradition in RVA.

Ask Lauren: The very best RVA holiday weekend

This weekend holds all of the ingredients for creating the very best RVA holiday weekend.

Raising Richmond: 12 gifts any kid will love

Kids (all kids) like things that are awesome, and they need things that help them use their brains. Here are 12 gift ideas that are sure to leave pretty much any kid stoked. (But first, I rant a little.)

5 Things to Crowdfund

December brings us the most varied local projects to crowdfund yet. Do you like goats? How about “eating sandwiches”? Give someone the gift of helping their project come into the world.

‘Tis the season for Hardywood’s Gingerbread Stout

The local seasonal brew is so popular nationwide, people from California have flown in to buy it when it goes on sale.

Local Christmas tree lots and farms

A few local places where you can snag the best Christmas tree EVER.

Favorites: Sausage Craft’s sage sausage

Attention to detail and a respect for heritage makes every Sausage Craft product a joy to eat. Their sage sausage is wonderful in this Thanksgiving sweet potato croquette recipe.

MenorahTurkey!

This year, the stars have aligned to create an epic holiday mash-up that only happens once in a lifetime: Thanksgiving and the first night of Hanukkah TOGETHER on one crazy, poultry-and-carb-laden thrill ride.

2012 RVA Gift Guide: Stocking stuffers

Overwhelmed and overflowing with awesome ideas from our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide? This time we present a few stocking stuffers we found around our town–many made by RVA elves.

The family behind some of RVA’s brightest holiday lights

Back in 1974, a kid fell in love with decorating his house with Christmas lights. That love has turned two Henrico homes into the epicenter of tacky lights, and earned him recognition on TLC.

Ten Years of the New Nutcracker: A pictorial retrospective

Ten Nutcrackers ago, Richmond Ballet re-imagined their classic Christmas production from the ground up. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into such a grand undertaking, as well as rare shots of the Kingdom of Sweets from a dancer’s perspective.

The complete 2012 RVA holiday gift guide

This holiday gift guide is something different: it’s a celebration of the amazing and unique attributes of RVA, available only here, from our own resources, creators, and artisans.

Raising Richmond: 11 gifts any preschooler would love

(…that also have little-to-no chance of driving said preschooler’s parents insane.)