Sat, Oct 18, noon-4pm at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park (Rain date: Sun, Oct 19)
Visit historic 19th-century Meadow Farm to celebrate the fall season with traditional harvest-time activities. Harvest Festival will feature many hands-on activities and demonstrations depicting typical homemaking and farming tasks of the era. Take a wagon ride as you are pulled by a steam driven tractor and then check out the All-American Lumberjack Show! The whole family will enjoy hand-pressing apples to make cider, dipping string into wax to create your own candle, riding a pony, viewing the vintage carriage display, and meeting sheep at the “Children’s Farm.” Be sure to visit the “Great Pumpkin Patch” where children ages 3-12 can pick out their very own pumpkin to take home! Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: 795-2334. View the Harvest Festival Program
Fri, Oct 31, 6-9pm at Dorey Recreation Center
Dorey will be transformed into a mad science lab to celebrate the hair-raising fun of fall with Frankenstein and Igor at this year’s Monster Mash event! Watch science come to life with performances by Mad Science of Central VA and feel your way through the creepy crafty “Sensational Laboratory.” Outside, take a trip to the pond for the newly designed “Haunted Trail” and sit around the fire to hear spooky stories and drink cider. Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: 270-2161.
Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration
Sat, Dec 6, 2:30-5pm at Historic Sites along Mountain Road
Mountain Road is ready for the holidays! Spend the afternoon touring several of our sites and celebrating the season. Trolley rides from site to site will make traveling part of the fun! Information: 501-2130.
Courtney Road Service Station
Step back to a time of impromptu social gatherings at Courtney Road Service Station. Listen to period Christmas music on a phonograph player and take a peek at artifacts on exhibit. Visit with the mechanic and admire antique vehicles of the era for photo opportunities. Information: 501-2130.
Meadow Farm Museum
Take a tour of Meadow Farm and join St. Nick as he reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by the fireside. Learn the traditions of Christmas as you tour the historic farmhouse. Information: 501-2130.
Virginia Randolph Museum
Pass by Forest Lodge Cupola on the way to Virginia Randolph Museum where guests can make a handmade holiday craft and enjoy museum tours of this iconic educator and her achievements. Information: 261-6898.
Enjoy musical sounds of the season as you mingle with tavern guests at Walkerton Tavern. This open house includes tours of the Tavern with craft activities and special music. Information: 261-6898.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
A special ending to this day of holiday festivities is the annual tree lighting ceremony at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Enjoy holiday music and a toasty bonfire as the celebration begins at 4:30pm. Information: 795-2334.
Meadow Farm Holiday Lantern Tours
Sun, Dec 7, 5:30-8pm at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park
Someone’s getting married! Costumed interpreters will guide guests through Meadow Farm for a special wedding. Learn traditions that surround the holiday season and why weddings occurred this time of year. Enjoy sights and sounds of 1860 and even participate in the wedding. Bring your own flashlight and sign in at the Orientation Center as guided group tours leave every 15 minutes from 5:30-8pm. Information: 501-2130.
James River Parade of Lights
Sat, Dec 13, 4:30-8:30pm at Osborne Park and Boat Landing
Looking for a unique holiday event for the entire family? You won’t want to miss the James River Parade of Lights sponsored by the James River Advisory Council in cooperation with Henrico Recreation and Parks. Henrico County’s viewing celebration will take place at Osborne Park. Join us around the bonfire as we enjoy holiday music and activities to celebrate the magic of the season. Beginning at 3pm, the Toy Parade sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans will precede the Parade of Lights. Entertainment begins at 4:30pm. Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: 795-2334.
Eastern Henrico Holiday Extravaganza
Sun, Dec 14, 2:30-5pm
Join holiday celebrations at The Armour House and Dabbs House as we share in the experience of tradition and holidays past. Information: 343-3506.
The Armour House & Gardens
Enjoy decorations of the season and a holiday tree adorned with period ornaments as you tour The Armour House, circa 1917. Children’s craft activities, refreshments, and your favorite holiday songs presented by local school chorus groups are all a part of this rich holiday experience. Information: 343-3506.
Dabbs House Museum
Step back in time to discover how Christmas was celebrated 150 years ago! Tour historic Dabbs House and explore how General Lee celebrated Christmas. Time travelers can sample popular 1860’s holiday refreshments while children create a Civil War era Christmas ornament. Make connections between past and present holiday traditions while interacting with a Civil War Santa Claus and soldiers. Information: 652-3409.