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This weekend is a busy weekend for holiday activities in the Richmond area.  You are probably best off doing the scheduled activities this weekend and saving the other ongoing favorites for during the week.  Just my humble opinion!  One of my family’s favorite activities, the James River Parade of Lights, will be held Saturday night, December 11, at 6pm.  The 18th annual parade begins in Richmond up by Libby Park and travels along the James River through Henrico and Chesterfield, ending at Henricus Historical Park.  There are several viewing sites along the route where you can find various fun activities to pass the time.  There are 5 main viewing sites:

Richmond: 

Libby Hill Park (Corner of 28th and Franklin St)- 
Entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m.  There will be holiday music, hot cider and cocoa, hot dogs, roasting marshmallows, bonfire and a big count down to the lighting of the boats.  The actual parade doesn’t start until 6pm.

Intermediate Terminal Dock/Rockett’s Landing (Dock & Water St.)- You can also view the parade here at 6pm.

Henrico:

Osborne Park and Boat Landing – Entertainment begins at 5:30 and will include a bonfire, fire dancers (I have no idea what this is, but it sounds awesome), Jonathan Austin Juggling and Magic (if you have kids, you know him, he’s great and the kids love him), holiday music, and concessions.  Santa will also be there giving glow bracelets to the kids.  The parade is expected to arrive here between 7pm and 7:30pm. 

Chesterfield:

Dutch Gap Boat Landing – (441 Coxendale Rd) There are no planned activities at this location that I could find so if you are looking for a quick view this might be the place to go.  The parade is expected here between 7:30 and 7:45pm.  

Henricus Historical Park (251 Henricus Park Rd) – Entertainment here begins at 5:30pm with Zebo the Clown, face painting, arts & crafts for the kids, music and concessions.  There will also be complimentary cider and cookies. You can tour the 1611 Citie of Henricus and talk with the settlers about their lives and holidays in the 17th century.   The parade is expected here between 7:45 – 8:00 p.m.

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I’m not going to lie, the Richmond Christmas Parade has to be one of my all time favorite Richmond traditions so I”m super excited that it gets to be #100 on my list. We started attending when my husband was in college and we have rarely missed a year.   I’m also not going to lie and say I didn’t have to go back and delete “Ukrops” out of the title.  It feels so strange calling it the Dominion Christmas Parade, but hopefully they will win our hearts today as well.

The 27th annual parade is on Saturday, December 4th starting at 10am.  If you are just reading this and its 10:30, don’t worry, the parade usually starts late and I swear it goes on for hours so just get in your car and get down there.  The parade starts at the Science Museum on Broad Street and finishes at Seventh and Broad.  It usually travels down one side of Broad so spectators will be standing on the sidewalk on one side and the median on the other.  This parade is our mini-Macy’s parade with big parade balloons like  Bob the Builder and Raggedy Ann.  There will also be plenty of marching bands and other performers.  This year the Harlem Globetrotters are the grand marshals so that should make for some performance fun.  Santa of course is at the end of the parade, if you make it that long (I’m not kidding, it’s a very long parade).

One of the best things about this parade is its accessibility.  I’ve never had trouble finding good parking and a good viewing spot.  That being said, this year the parade is at the same time as the VCU Men’s Basketball game so stay as far away from the Siegel Center as possible.  Also make sure to pack chairs (however long you think this parade is, its longer!), blankets, and hot cocoa (its freezing out there and it can be hard to find somewhere to buy it).    This is definitely a Richmond tradition that you don’t want to miss!

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Admit it.  You have gotten over your shock of seeing Christmas decorations up in the stores around Halloween and you are actually starting to get into the spirit.  I walked by the James Center this morning and they were outside working on the setup for Grand Illumination.  Seeing all the reindeer and the lights going up initially caused me some panic, but then I realized that was just the holiday spirit. 

Usually Richmond waits until Thanksgiving is over (at least 10 minutes after is over) before the holiday festivities begin.  But even Richmond seems to have started early this year.  If you want to get into the spirit too, the Ashland Holiday Parade is the perfect place to start.  This parade is chock full of small town charm, marching bands, costumed kids, and men in little cars.  Of course,  it wouldn’t be a holiday parade without Santa Claus who arrives at the end riding an antique fire truck (should be around 4:15). 

The 41st annual Ashland Old Time Holiday Parade will be held tomorrow, November 21st at 2:30 p.m.  It starts at Thompson Street S. Snead Street and will follow Thompson Street east across the railroad tracks and along England Street to Henry Street. Going north along Henry Street, it will end at Archie Cannon Drive in front of John Gandy Elementary School.  The weather should be beautiful so go out and get an early dose of Christmas spirit.

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The Ashland Independence Day Parade is a great way to spend the Fourth while enjoying some authentic Americana. The parade is on July 4th and starts at about 1pm. The festivities end around 4pm, leaving enough time for the family to get to the fireworks. That’s right, no fireworks here, but what better way to entertain the family for free while you wait for the sun to set.

The parade is a walking parade, consisting of people dressed up in patriotic garb, pets in costume, and decorated bikes, wagons, and scooters. The parade will “walk” down Hanover, cross over, and end on Center. The entire route is 1/4 mile. You can view a route map here

After the parade there will be a live patriotic concert at 2pm. You can also expect lawn games, kids activities, a used book sale at the local book store, and . . .saving the best for last, an apple pie contest! Now I’m not going to deny that I love apple pie, but you can’t deny that nothing says the 4th like parades, apple pie, and fireworks.

This is a great way to enjoy a low stress 4th and then head out to one of the many awesome fireworks displays around the Richmond area.

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There are a lot of great early celebrations today, but I rarely get to feature Powhatan so I chose their celebration for today. Most importantly, there is still plenty of time for more celebration on the 4th. Who doesn’t love a weekend of fireworks anyway?

Powhatan Independance Day Celebration & Fireworks

The Powhatan Independence Day Celebration is sponsored by the Hugenot Fire Department. It is held at the Flat Rock at the Gits Farm located at 2693 Rocky Oak Road just off US Route 60. There will be plenty of the traditional festival fare: live music, kid’s activities, facepainting, food, and a bounce house. The bands will include Union Pacific (classic rock)and Neon Moon Band (country). Food will be provided by Gregory’s Grill, Turner’s BBQ, Papa Johns and Hot Diggity Dog Wagon and Cherry Hill Ice Cream.

There will also be some unique activities including a mechanical bull, classic car and fire engine show, and tons of firefighters. This is a fundraising event, so there is an admission cost. The cost will be $15/car load $10/car load with a canned food donation. I’m overlooking the cost because it is a good cause and I’m a sucker for fundraisers. The gates open at 5 p.m. and the main event, the fireworks start at dusk.

I apologize for the lack of photos, but I’m blogging on the go this weekend!!

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