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Richmond sparkles with the magic of the holiday season

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With millions of lights and a multitude of events, what better way to share in the joy of the holiday season than in the sparkling glitter and glow of lights. From Grand Illuminations, tacky light displays, or easy walking tours, Richmond is decked out in its best holiday attire, with activities and events continuing through the New Year. Here's a short list of a few events to start out your holiday activities.

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Dominion GardenFest of Lights

Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, going on through Jan. 13, 2014. A holiday tradition in Richmond, this year's theme is "A Natural Love Affair." Discover larger-than-life lightning bugs, bees and native flowers, and then stroll through a caterpillar tunnel of lights.

Address: 1800 Lakeside Avenue

Date/Time: Now through - Monday, January 13, 2014 (5:00 PM-10:00 PM)

Website: www.lewisginter.org www.lewisginter.org

Richmond Tacky Lights Tour by Limo

Richmond Limo advertises: "A four-person sedan from Sunday through Thursday runs only $175, with an SUV going for $225 and a Limo that seats 8 for $300. Tours last three hours or can be customized to suit your needs. We're also offering a two-hour economy tour during the week at a 25% discount."

Address: 5600 Greendale Rd

Date/Time: Now through - Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Phone: Phone: (804) 266-2800

Website: www.richmondvalimousine.com/Tacky_Light_Tours.html

Mechanicsville's Grand Illumination at Historic Polegreen Church

This one evening event helps to kick off the season with the annual Grand Illumination of the silhouette structure. Join the community in the lighting of the church, and enjoy listening to the Colonial Fife and Drum Corps while sipping hot cider. Join in the caroling and lots more.

The American struggle for religious and civil liberty began at this Hanover Co. meeting house. Rev. Samuel Davies, known as the Apostle of Virginia, preached here from 1747 to 1759. Davies became Virginia’s first licensed non-Anglican Preacher. Polegreen Church was destroyed by fire right before the Battle of Cold Harbor when Confederate artillery fired on the church to dislodge Union sharpshooters. The church is now a silhouette of a structure, illuminated every holiday.

Address: 6421 Heatherwood Drive, Mechanicsville, Va.

Date/Time: Friday, December 06, 2013 (5:00 PM-6:30 PM)

Website: www.historicpolegreen.org

Monument Ave. "Holiday Glitter" walking tour

Work off all those extra calories consumed on Christmas Day by taking a walking tour of Monument Ave. A very popular early-evening stroll combines a little history along with the beauty and sparkle of glowing lights and holiday decorations. Be sure to bring a flashlight.

Reservations required: (804) 649-0711 x301. Meet at the Lee Monument at Allen and Monument avenues. Address: 1801 Monument Ave
$10 per person
$5 for History Center Members
Cash or check, or purchase online
On-street parking.

Date/Time: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - Friday, December 27, 2013 (6:00 PM-7:30 PM)

Tour Information: tours@richmondhistorycenter.com

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