Holiday Free Stuff

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Richmond, VA (WTVR)-Check out the Free Stuff I found for you this week.  And check back often, I’m always adding new listings.  Thanks.  Cheryl

FREE HOLIDAY FUN:  Celebrate the official beginning of the holiday season with the Grand Illumination of Downtown Richmond, Friday night, November 30 at 6p.m.  Enjoy live entertainment and the lighting of the James Center and skyline.

FREE ADMISSION: Join us along the route Saturday morning for the 29th Dominion Christmas Parade from the Science Museum of Virginia. The parade steps off at 10a.m. and heads down Broad Street to 7th street downtown. If you can’t be there, watch the live stream on wtvr.com, or live coverage from 10a.m. to Noon on WTVR-CBS 6, Richmond. Parade details [HERE].   

FREE ADMISSION:  Maymont celebrates an Old-Fashioned Christmas, Sunday from noon to five on the Carriage House Lawn.  Enjoy holiday music, horse drawn carriage rides, mansion tours, a bonfire and visits with St. Nick. Details [HERE] 

FREE ADMISSION: The Mountain Road Corridor celebrates the Holidays on Saturday Dec. 1 with a tree lighting ceremony at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and open houses at area attratctions including the Forest Lodge Cupola, Walkerton Tavern and the Meadow Farm Museum.  Activities at various times from noon to 8p.m.  Find a schedule [HERE].

FREE ADMISSION:  On Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 7:30 P.M., the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (900 Floyd Ave.)  will present its  Annual Christmas Concert, featuring The Cathedral Choir.

FREE DOUGHNUTS: Buy a dozen Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and receive a dozen holiday gift tags with coupons for free doughnuts and coffee.  Limit two coupon packs per customer, per transaction.

FREE ADMISSION : Free ice skating for those age 10 and under at RVA on Ice, when accompanied by a guardian. The downtown rink at 6th and Broad is open for the season. (804-592-3330 ) Enjoy snacks, holiday music and movies and warm up near the pit fire.    The rink will be open Wednesdays through Sundays for skating through the end of January, weather permitting.

FREE ADMISSION:  Legendary Santa is  at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central at 2626 W. Broad Street.  He and the Snow Queen will visit with children in Santa Land through Christmas Eve.  Admission is free. Plan your visit accordingly as wait times can be up to 2 hours, and Santa leaves right at museum closing time.  Details [HERE].

FREE HISTORICAL WALK: The Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission will hold a free guided tour of the Richmond Slave Trail on Saturday, December 1, 2012.  Meet at the Lumpkin’s Slave Jail Archeological Site at 1500 E. Franklin Street in Shockoe Bottom. Attendees will travel in vans (provided free) to the beginning of the Richmond Slave Trail, which starts at Ancarrow Landing Boat Slip, located on the eastern side of the James River.  The event begins at 1p.m. and lasts approximately two hours.  This is a walking tour; dress accordingly. For more information:  804.698.1070                      

FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT:  Richmond Concert Band,  Tuesday, December 4 at 7pm  River Road United Methodist Church, 8800 River Rd.

FREE JAZZ: The Virginia Museum has free admission to it’s Jazz Cafe’ program Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jazz Cafe and general VMFA Museum admission are always free. Full performance schedule [HERE] .

FREE FLAG CLEANING:  Get your American flag cleaned for free at any Puritan Cleaners any day of the year at any of their 13 locations in the metro area.

FREE KIDS HAIRCUTS:   JC Penney is offering free haircuts to children in Kindergarten-to-6th grade every Sunday.

FREE FOR ACTIVE MILITARY: Free annual passes to America’s National Parks (value $80) are now  available to members of the military and their families free of charge.  The pass allows entrance  to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands. The free pass will be made available for activated members of the National Guard and Reserves but not to military veterans or retirees. Military personnel can get the passes by showing their military I.D at any national park or wildlife refuge that charges an entrance fee.

FREE LESSON: Take  a free introductory lesson; ice skating or ice hockey at either SkateNation Plus in Short Pump or Richmond Ice Zone in Midlothian.

LOTS OF FREE STUFF: How about getting and giving stuff free? The Freecycle Network is made up of nearly five thousand groups and nearly 70-thousand members around the world who are getting and giving away stuff free. Membership is free It’s a great way to recycle, get rid of items you don’t want, and get things you do.

FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION: The first full weekend of each month at CMOR (Children’s Museum of Richmond) for Bank of America and Merril Lynch cardholders.

FREE CREDIT REPORTS:  Get a free copy of your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus.  Your personal information is completely protected. This site is sponsored by Equifax,Trans-Union and Experian.

KIDS EAT FREE: All children eat  free at Quaker Steak & Lube Sundays through Thursdays, 4p.m. to 10p.m. The deal is good for children age 10 and under. The Richmond-area location is at 8000 W. Broad St.

FREE KIDS MEALS: Kids eat free at McAlister’s Deli every Tuesday from  9 p.m. with the purchase of an adult entree.  There are two locations in the Richmond area, Gayton Crossing and Westchester Commons in Midlothian.

FREE E-BOOKS: Harlequin books has a free offer for you. Download up to 16 free e-books. Click here for the link.

FREE STUFF: If you’re a Facebook member, a lot of restaurants are currently offering freebies, if you “like” them on Facebook. Search for your favorite and see if they have an offer. And while you’re on Facebook, stop by the  CBS 6 page and “like” us too.

FREE QDOBA: Children eat free at Qdoba on Sundays with the purchase of an adult entrée.

FREE FIREHOUSE SUBS: A lot of restaurants offer birthday clubs that you have to sign up for, to get freebies on your special day. At Firehouse Subs, just show up on your birthday with I.D with your birth date, and get a free medium sub. There are several locations in the metro area.

FREE DINNER:  The Ministry Without Walls offers a free community dinner on the fourth Friday of every month. 6 to 8 p.m. at 5780 Hull Street Road.  Call them for more information at (804) 381-6928.

FREE ADMISSION: Enjoy free admission all year long  to The Virginia Historical Society,  with access to the museum galleries and research library. The museum is at 428 North Boulevard in Richmond.

FREE JEWELRY: The Silver Jewelry Club offers an assortment of free, pure sterling silver jewelry every day. From pendants to rings to earrings, all you pay is the shipping and handling.

FIND FREE WI-FI ACCESS: Want to know which local restaurants and coffee shops offer free wireless internet access? Get a directory for Greater Richmond or any city worldwide, by clicking here.

FREE LONG DISTANCE: Make free, 10-minute long distance and international calls to select locations, just by listening to a short, ten-second ad first. Get your local access number to “Freephone2phone” here.

FREE 411 CALLS: Never pay to call information again. 800-FREE-411 works for both residential and business listings across America. All you have to do is listen to a 10-second commercial before getting the listing you want, but the service is free.

FREE COMPUTER TECH HELP: If you have a problem with your computer, and no budget to fix it, Protonic offers free computer support and computer-related information online and by e-mail. This free service is manned by volunteers world-wide.

If you know of any event, or great free offer, e-mail is to me at freestuff@wtvr.com or you can post it to my Facebook page

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