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Weekend Events: Illuminate, RVA on Ice, Downton Abbey and more

Posted at 2:10 PM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2016-01-02 13:47:30-05

Through Saturday, January 2, 2016

Brighten up your Holidays with the 2nd annual Illuminate Light Show and Santa’s Village at Meadow Event Park. The Light Show is opened nightly 5:30pm – 10pm. The show features hundreds of thousands of LED lights synchronized to music from your car, other attractions include an 80 foot tunnel of lights, 50 foot Christmas trees, dancing snowmen, singing trees and Santa and festive decorations. After the light show visitors can visit Santa’s Village inside, with of course Santa, an indoor skating rink, life-size Snow Globe photo booth, children’s activities, pictures with Santa and more. It takes about 30 minutes to drive through the entire show. Tickets car admission 1-9 passengers $25, for limos and buses and other information visit Get $2 discount off the Snow Globe in Santa’s Village Monday through Thursday when you purchase ticket from Walgreens and present your Walgreens ticket stub. check out the Facebook Page: Benefits FeedMore and Toys for Tots.

Downton Abbey Final Season Event

Downton Abbey fans can be the first to see the show’s final season premiere at the Altria Theater on Saturday at 8 p.m. The free event takes place one day ahead of the official U.S. premiere of drama’s sixth season. Attendees are encouraged to wear hats, gloves and other period dress. The Jan. 2 event will include an excerpt from Masterpiece’s Mercy Street, which premieres Sunday, Jan. 17 at 10 p.m. after Downton. Mercy Street was filmed in Richmond and is PBS’ first American-made drama in more than a decade. Downton Abbey fans who want to extend the celebration are invited to a special ticketed reception that begins at 5:30 p.m.  Guests at the reception will be treated to early seating. Specialty drinks, Downton Abbey wine and English-inspired hors d’oeuvres, will be served in the Altria Theater’s grand ballroom along with live jazz music and dancing. For details visit or follow WCVE on Facebook and Twitter.


Sunday, January 3, 2016

‘RVA ON ICE’ between 6th and 7th  Streets on East Broad Street next to Richmond CenterStage. Rink hours are Thursday 12pm – 11pm, Friday 4pm – 10pm, Saturday 12pm – 11pm, and Sunday 12pm – 9pm. Tickets to RVA On Ice are available at the Carpenter Theatre Box Office, Call 804-592-3400 or visit

January  5 – 10, 2016

You’ll be DANCING IN THE STREETS this holiday season! Motown The Musical comes to Richmond Tuesday through Sunday  Tickets available

Through January 10

Follow your favorite characters in “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times, a new Exhibition at the Virginia Historical Society, 428 North Boulevard and  runs through January 10, 2016. The exhibit highlights fashion from the popular PBS TV series Downton Abbey. In this traveling exhibition you’ll see thirty-six period costumes with jewelry and accessories from the hit series and be transported into the lives of Downton’s aristocratic inhabitants and their servants during the 1910’s and 1920’s. Dressing Downton is free to members, $20 for adults and $16 for adult group of 10 or more. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call 804-358-4901.

Through January 11

Dominion GardenFest of Lights and this year’s theme “H2Whoa” showcases water in all its forms. Dominion GardenFest is opens nightly 5-10pm, and closed December 24 & 25. Visitors will see a dazzling 30-acre light and botanical display highlighting some of the many ways water surrounds us and shapes the world in which we live. The garden is also jammed packed with more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, fire pit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase). For tips, Visiting with Children, Parking, Food, admission, other activities and more information about Dominion GardenFest of lights visit call 804-262-9887.

Future Events

Wanda Sykes is making her way to the Carpenter Theatre Saturday, January 30 for an 8pm show. Sykes ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 funniest People in America and has been called one if the funniest stand-up comics by her peers. Tickets start at $39.50 plus fees, call 800-514-3849 (ETIX) or on-line

Through March 12

Richmond is the first of two cities in the U.S. to debut Rodin – Evolution of a Genius, an exhibition honoring the creative master of sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1918) at the Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts. Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the European Arts Department at the VMFA Dr. Mitchell Merling says it’s one of the most important collections from Rodin featuring  more than objects that include fragile plasters, patianted bronzes, marbles, ceramics and works on paper. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Richmonders to learn more about Rodin’s techniques, models, materials,  and assistants. Visitors will see some of Rodin’s best works that include The Thinker, The Kiss, The Burghers of Calais and many others. Rodin – Evolution of a Genius is at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. For more details visit www.vmfa.museumor call 804-340-1400.