Holiday Guide

Happy Holidays! 

This time of year can get hectic to say the least, so why not make rom for a little fun and giving? Here is what's happening with my favorite charities, and fun, holiday events in Richmond. 'Tis the season for giving what you can and spending time with the family that loves to stay too long at your house!
Sportable: is an adaptive sports club with a mission of creating opportunities and transforming lives of those with physical disabilities and visual impairments through sport.

Commonwealth Cup Power Soccer Tournament

Sportable, the only adaptive sports club in the Greater Richmond area, is proud to announce that it will host the Commonwealth Cup, presented by Rybec Insurance on Saturday, November 23, 2019. The premier Power Soccer tournament will feature teams from across the state and will take place at U-Turn Sports Academy.

To see how you can volunteer, visit their website:

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: Harnessing the Power of Women Article

“Women have the power and when we join together, we can make all the difference.”

With those words, Stephanie McMahon, Chief Brand Officer at WWE, captured the theme of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) “Women Curing Cancer” initiative, which brings together philanthropic women to move collectively the needle in cancer cures and access to treatments.

On Wednesday, Stephanie joined LLS’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gwen Nichols, and LLS volunteer Julie Guillot, who lost her 9-year-old son to acute myeloid leukemia, in a powerful and personal panel discussion about their commitment to fighting pediatric cancer. They were joined by about 50 philanthropic women at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., to listen to the panel and network over a common goal to drive more research and help for patients with cancer.


Lewis Ginter: Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

November 22, 2019 – January 6, 2020 (Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 & 25), Nightly 5–10 p.m.

"A holiday tradition featuring one million twinkling lights, handcrafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); nightly family activities & more. The region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza!"

This year’s theme, Magic in the Air, is inspired by things that fly. Fireflies and flying pigs, spaceships and unicorns will take flight across the Garden, suspended on radiant wings of light. In this year commemorating the first manned mission to land on the Moon, there will even be rocket ships and an astronaut.

Visit the Website to reserve tickets:

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tour: Have you ever been curious about the inside of the Dooley mansion?

Celebrate the season at Maymont! James and Sallie Dooley's decorated home brings the wonders of Christmas past to life and is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Glittering trimmings on the 12-foot Christmas tree, the dining room set for a feast, evergreen decorations and poinsettias, sentimental Christmas cards and beautifully wrapped gifts remind us that some of our most beloved traditions began in the Victorian era. Behind the scenes, the butler, cook and other domestic staff make preparations for the Dooleys’ first Christmas celebration in their new home. Guided tours of the upstairs available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Tour capacities are limited. $8 per adult/$6 per child. Free for Maymont members. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.

Switch Bar:
New Game of Thrones theme!

"Winter is Coming" - a "Game of Thrones" pop-up bar - is here. In Richmond - for a limited time. That's right, there's now a bar in town with a GOT theme, complete with "murals and 3D elements throughout the space mimic several key regions, focusing heavily on the North, including Winterfell and Stark’s Castle," according to a news release.

The pop-up bar is the latest concept at Switch Pop-Up Bar, the new place that opened in June at 13 W. Broad St. in downtown Richmond. The concepts, as previously announced, change regularly - and with the new concept comes all-new decor and cocktails. Switch Pop-Up Bar launched with an "Alice in Wonderland" theme upstairs and its basement bar with a 1990s theme. The basement took on a Halloween theme in September and that's still going strong, but upstairs, it's all winter with the "Game of Thrones" theme, which launched November 9.

Dominion Energy Christmas Parade

2500 W Broad St, Richmond, Richmond, VA 23220

Recurrence: Recurring on the 1st Saturday of December
Venue: Science Museum of Virginia
Phone: (804) 788-6470
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Price: Free

The Richmond Christmas Parade kicks off the holiday season and features award-winning marching bands, dance troupes, giant helium balloons, floats, and Legendary Santa himself! This beloved Richmond tradition attracts more than 100,000 spectators each year from everywhere in Virginia. The Christmas Parade begins at the Science Museum of Virginia and travels down Broad Street to the Richmond Coliseum.


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