Back in the day, visiting downtown Richmond during the holidays was practically a requirement. Shopping at Thalhimer’s and Miller & Rhoads, and catching a glimpse of their famous window displays, was as much of a tradition as visiting Santa while Grace Street was lined with smaller shops from Berry-Burke to Montaldo’s. Today, things have certainly changed, but downtown is still lighting up for the holidays with unique shopping and dining experiences sure to put you in the festive mood.
While so many traditions have been canceled this year, Venture Richmond is launching a new one with Holiday Lights and Music on the Riverfront. Richmond’s riverfront and canal are lighting up with Richmond’s skyline from Kanawha Plaza to Brown’s Island, along the Canal Walk to the Turning Basin. On Saturday, December 12 and 19 enjoy hot beverages and light holiday music on Brown’s Island from 6-8pm.
Need more holiday lights? Join Basket & Bike and RVA on Wheels for a unique Holiday Biking Tour of Downtown Richmond. This early evening/afternoon tour will travel along the aveneus and bike lanes for a seasonal ride along the riverfront amdist the lights.
While you’re downtown make sure you pop in to some of the unique small businesses popping up throughout the city. Some of our favorites include The Someday Shop, Little Nomad, Adiva Naturals, LaDiff, Shockoe Bottom Clay, Pomona, 707 Fine Clothing, and 68 Home.
While the Miller & Rhoads Tea Room may be long gone, the city is packed with delicious dining and takeout options from local chefs including Wong Gonzalez, Pop’s Market, Julep’s New Southern Cuisine, La Grotta Ristorante, Secret Sandwich Society, Sam Miller’s, Hot Chick, and Capital Ale House.
And of course, no holiday celebration is complete without Santa. This year, Hilton Richmond Downtown is reimagining their famous Santa Tea experience, originally started by Miller & Rhoads, so that people may enjoy it virtually from their homes.