Holiday Guide

City, Byrd Theatre manager trade blame for Carytown Ball Rise cancelation

Byrd Theatre manager Todd Schall-Vess and Richmond Police Captain Emmett Williams disagree on why the Carytown tradition was shut down.

Carytown ball will rise once again at original location New Year’s Eve

Byrd Theatre manager plans to bring the traditional celebration back to where it all started to ring in 2015.

Ring in the New Year with five course dinner at Secco Wine Bar

The five course wine dinner kicks off at 7:00 PM and is all-inclusive.

Hali Hicks performing New Year’s Eve concert at Acca Temple

The Nashville recording artist will perform at the Acca Temple on Bellevue Avenue December 31st at 8:00 PM.

Local police departments remind last minute shoppers to ‘Stop, Lock, then Shop’

Take the time to lock your car and check your surroundings as you make your lists and check them twice.

Local photographer uses drone to give unique perspective on Tacky Lights Tour home

Photographer Daryl Watkins gives fans a bird’s eye view of the 170,000-light holiday display.

Guys Night at Quirk Gallery

Get all of your holiday shopping done in one night this year.

Holiday ‘Artisan Market’ comes to Carytown on Sunday

Over 50 local artisans and craftsmen will descend on Carytown, offering their wares up just in time for holiday shopping.

5 Things

I’m sorry, but, any snobbery I have melts away under the electric holiday lights that herald the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

‘Tis the season to be beastly: RVA Krampusnacht returns to Carytown

RVA Krampusnacht, an event celebrating the mythical sidekick to St. Nicholas, returns to terrorize Carytown for a second year.

Enjoy live jazz and feed hungry children at the seventh annual Jazz Nativity

The event, hosted at Gayton Baptist Church, draws close to 2,000 attendees annually.

Winter Print Fair at Studio Two Three on December 5th and 6th

Give a local print better yet buy two and keep one for yourself.

Chop Suey Books presents 10th annual Bizarre Market Holiday pop-up shop

The holiday-themed market will feature 50 local artisans and craftsmen November 28th through Christmas Eve.

5 Things for Labor Day

Lets carpe friggin’ diem on Labor Day with these bizarre, delicious, and pooch-friendly events.

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.


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.)