7 Fun Holiday Events in Richmond, 2021

9 Fun Holiday Events in Richmond, 2021


‘Tis the season for fun, family, community, and cheer! Holiday festivities in Richmond are about to be in full swing. There may be a chill in the air, but this community radiates the warmth of the season– to its own and to those who choose to visit. Whether you’re looking for a market in which to finish Christmas shopping, an opulent holiday show, or a warm community gathering, there’s something happening just for you. Here are 9 fun holiday events happening in Richmond this season. 

Annual Holiday Barn Market

When: Nov. 27, 10 am – 6 pm

Where: Chenault Vineyards


Where are you shopping for Small Business Saturday? Stop by the Holiday Barn Market at Chenault Vineyards! Entry is free while you shop from local vendors from 10 am to 6 pm. In addition to shopping, you can enjoy live music from Whiskey River, get photos with Santa or with loved ones against fun holiday backdrops, and more. Snacks and drinks will also be available for sale. Learn more on the event Facebook page.

K-Love Christmas Tour

When: Dec. 2, 7 pm

Where: EKU Center for the Arts


Celebrate Christmas early with a night of faith, family, friends, and great music. This year, Christian radio station K-Love is bringing their annual Christmas Tour to the Center for the Arts! The show will feature Grammy and Dove Award-winning Christian artists Casting Crowns, Mac Powell, CAIN, Dante Bowe, and Jordan St. Cyr*. Tickets start at $24.25 and are available for purchase online.


*Lineup subject to change.

Christmas Parade

When: Dec. 3, 7 pm

Where: Downtown


Richmond’s annual Christmas parade is back! The theme is “Christmas Around the World,” a celebration of worldwide cultures and traditions. The parade will run downtown at 7:00 p.m, and end at Collins Street. To participate, register online by Nov. 17.

Holiday Happening Craft Show

When: Dec. 4, 9 am

Where: Richmond Mall


Here’s another opportunity to shop locally for Christmas this year! At the Holiday Happening Craft Show, hosted by Richmond Parks and Recreation, local and regional crafters will set up booths at the Richmond Mall to sell homemade and handcrafted products. In addition to handmade crafts by local artisans, you’ll be able to purchase food and baked goods from local farms and food producers. Find unique gifts, have fun with family or friends, and support local artists and small businesses all at the same time. 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

When: Dec. 5, 7 pm

Where: EKU Center for the Arts


This December 5, head over to the Center for the Arts for a holiday show the whole family can enjoy. Mannheim Steamroller has sold over 41 million records worldwide – 31 million of which are Christmas albums, making them the #1 Christmas music artist in history. Though unable to perform in 2020 for the first time in 35 years, the group will reunite with its massive base of fans this year.  


Start the evening with a pre-show dinner ($30 per person; make reservations online by Nov. 29). The decadent menu includes Autumn Vegetable Salad; Sliced Turkey Breast with Sage Gravy; Pork Loin with Cranberry Molasses Sauce; Potato Gratin; Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts; Honey Ginger Fingerling Carrots; Dinner Rolls with Butter; and an Eggnog Cheesecake for dessert. Then, stay for the show to experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays and a tradition for multi-generational families. Show tickets can be purchased online starting at $44.50.

The Nutcracker Presented by Lexington Ballet Company

When: Dec. 11-12, 7:30 pm, 2:00 pm

Where: EKU Center for the Arts


Get in the holiday spirit with the season’s favorite ballet! The Nutcracker marches back onto the EKU Center stage this holiday season in an enchanting production that will delight every member of the family. Join Marie on a magical journey with the Sugar Plum Fairy, waltzing flowers, the Snow Queen, and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Mouse King and travel to the Land of Sweets. Lexington Ballet performs this beautiful masterpiece under the artistic direction of Luis Dominguez. Choose from two convenient dates: an evening show on Saturday, Dec. 11, or a matinee on Sunday, Dec. 12. Purchase tickets for either show date online, starting at $27.75. 

Christmas High Tea at White Hall

When: Dec. 16-18, 6 pm

Where: White Hall Historic Site


Experience a touch of elegance this season at White Hall’s Christmas High Tea! Journey back in time at White Hall Historic Site, the stunning former home of emancipationist and politician Cassius Marcellus Clay. You can enjoy delicious food, as well as quality time with family and friends as you learn about the unique Christmas traditions of the Victorian Era. The meal will conclude with an open-house style tour.* Standard admission is $45, and you can purchase tickets online through eTix. For more information and updates, follow the event page on Facebook.


*The mansion is not ADA accessible and seating is available on multiple floors. If a 1st floor table is required, please reach out to Dani Gift at [email protected]


This season, there’s something for everyone happening here in Richmond. From shows to markets to parades and teas, there are many ways to experience the magic of the holidays. Whether you live down the street or far away, we would be glad to have you join us. Whatever you and your family celebrate this season, happy holidays!