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🎁Holiday parades, RVA On Ice, Let It Snow concert and more

Dominion Energy Christmas Parade

The 35th annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade kicks off at the Science Museum of Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m.

The parade will step off from the Science Museum on West Broad Street and continue east to 7th Street. For many Richmonders, the parade kicks off the Christmas season.

The parade will feature Snoopy as Grand Marshal, holiday floats, marching bands, huge helium balloons, and, of course, Santa himself! This year’s parade will continue the grand celebration of fun and excitement for all! If you can’t experience the parade in person, you can watch at WTVR.com/LIVE2 on the day of the parade starting at 10 a.m. -- or catch the rebroadcast on Christmas Day.

The 35th annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade

The 35th annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade

Soul Santa

The return of Soul Santa at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia this weekend.

His visit is part of the museum’s annual holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. The FREE event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. both days at the museum at 122 W. Leigh Street in Richmond.

Click here for more details.

Petersburg Christmas Parade

The Petersburg Christmas Parade, which is sponsored by Dominion Energy, is Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m.

The route begins at 2223 S. Crater Road and travels to 3500 S. Crater Road in the city.

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RVA On Ice

The RVA On Ice skating rink, which features 22 illuminated oak trees, officially opens Friday, Nov. 30 and runs through Feb. 14 in Shockoe Bottom.

Regular Hours -- Open 7 days a week: (Click here for holiday hours.)

  • Monday: 3pm-7pm
  • Tuesday: 3pm-9pm
  • Wednesday: 3pm-9pm
  • Thursday: 3pm-9pm
  • Friday: 3pm-11pm
  • Saturday: 11am-11pm
  • Sunday: 11am-7pm

Pricing: Adult Admission: $10, Child Admission: $9, Skate Rental: $5, Skate Aids: $10/hour, Group Rate (Groups of 10+): $12/Person *includes the skate rental.
Time on the ice is unlimited. RVA On Ice is presented by Capital One.

Richmond Symphony Pops Concert: Let It Snow!

Celebrate the Sounds of the Season with Richmond Symphony Pops Concert: Let It Snow! featuring Desirée Roots on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. at the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

This classic holiday program features guest vocalist and local legend Desirée Roots, as well as the impeccable Richmond Symphony Chorus. Conducted by Erin Freeman, the Richmond Symphony will lead audience members through a memorable evening of holiday classics, including a sing-along, sure to delight and inspire!

Soulful and smooth Jazz, R&B and Gospel songstress Desirée Roots stuns audiences with her commanding vocals. Classically trained, Roots is known for her elegant and sophisticated stage presence. She has been the opening act for several internationally acclaimed jazz music greats and entertainers throughout her career including B. B. King, Kenny Garrett, Bobby Watson, Art Porter, Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley, Les McCann, Shirley Horne and Leslie Uggams.

Handel’s Messiah

The Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus proudly present Handel’s Messiah, a classical fixture of the holiday season, on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Conducted by Chia-Hsuan Lin, the concert will take place at the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Click here for tickets and more information visit https://www.richmondsymphony.com/ or call 804-788-1212.