Our Top 5 Things to Do Over Winter Break

School is almost out!  Once the festivities are over, have you thought about how you will fill the days?  Here are a few ideas…


1.  RVA Winter Puppetfest

A Completely Kids Favorite!  Enjoy a puppet show with the kids.  December 26th – 30th.  Richmond Triangle Players’ Robert B. Moss Theatre, located at 1300 Altamont Avenue.   All Tickets are just $10.


2.  See the Lights

Sometimes it’s hard to fit in the fun of seeing holiday lights.  Why not go on a quiet evening?  Here are two of our favorites.  One you will walk, the other you ride in the family car.

Flowers at Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights Image by Don Williamson

Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village.  November 16th – December 31st.  Nightly 5:30pm – 10:00pm.   The Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Virginia.   The light show consists of hundreds of thousands of LED lights synchronized to music from your car radio.  At the conclusion of the drive, guests can visit Santa’s Village, which will include opportunities for photos with Santa and more!  Fee.

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than a million lights, botanical decorations, model trains, holiday activities & more.  The event runs Nov. 23rd, 2018 – January 7, 2019 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) from 5pm-10pm at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on Lakeside Avenue.


3.  Ice Skate Outdoors

Enjoy Skating at the Stony Point Mall, The Rink at West Broad Village, or at the new RVA on Ice at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market.


4. Mr. Popper’s Penguins

An adorable holiday show!  Now through December 30th at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.  Approximately 1 hour, no intermission.  Suggested for ages 4 and up.


5. Fruitcake Science

During this quirky, annual holiday event, the Museum will conduct unconventional experiments on everyone’s least favorite holiday treat, the fruitcake! Watch in amazement as Museum educators burn, drop and freeze fruitcakes – in the name of science, of course. Celebrate the season with a memorable week chockful of science! December 26th through Sunday, December 30th. 9:30am to 5pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.