“And now,” cried Richmond, “let the wild rumpus start!”
1. RVA on Ice
Nestled in the heart of Downtown Richmond with a great view of the city’s skyline, RVA on Ice is proof that sometimes we can have nice things.
- Wednesday, November 25th through Sunday, January 3rd • hours vary throughout the season; see website for details
- 6th and Broad Streets
- $5 admission; $3-$5 for skate rentals
We’ll have all the details on this local holiday favorite early next week, but here’s the basic deal: one of Richmond’s most beautiful spots covered in over 500,000 lights celebrating water in all of its forms. Do it!
- Friday, November 27th through Monday, January 11th • 5:00 – 10:00 PM
- Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue
- $12 for adults; $11 for seniors; $8 for children ages 3 to 12, Free for children Under 3, Garden Members get discounted admission
Tiny trains, regz trains, and the chance to meet a real blacksmith and pet a Clydesdale. Man, Christmas could be a total letdown after this one. Proceed with caution, guys.
- Friday, November 27th through Sunday, November 29th • 9:30 AM — 5:00 PM Friday and Saturday; 11:30 AM — 5:00 PM Sunday
- Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad Street
- Free with admission ($8-$12; free for members)
Oh this is just fantastic: the Richmond Symphony will accompany a screening of The Snowman, the Academy Award-winning animated film telling the story of a little boy’s magical adventures to the North Pole after his snowman comes to life. I already feel wistful. Anyone else feeling wistful?
- Saturday, November 28th • 11:00 AM
- Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, 600 E. Grace Street
Three reasons why you need to take your kids to see this movie…
- Natalie Wood as the no-nonsense Susan Walker is one of the best performances by a child actor ever.
- We lost Maureen O’Hara this year, so any chance to celebrate one of film’s most talented, funny, and statuesque women must be taken.
- The final courtroom scene will make you cry.
Oh, and the drunk Santa at the beginning is never not funny. So that’s four reasons. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT JEEZ.
- Saturday, November 28th • 1:30 PM
- Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street
- $8 in advance (available cash or check only at Chop Suey Books); $10 at the door