See Richmond Aglow for the Holidays

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    Richmond's holiday scene is merry and bright.

    And it's not just because it's on the 100 Miles of Lights tour!


    Day 1

    Richmond is a family-friendly city with lots to do anytime of year, but the holidays are really special! The city is aglow with twinkling lights ... it's magical. Take in the sights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens' Children's Garden. Even in winter, it's a special place for kids. Their GardenFest of Lights is quite a treat, so you might plan your visit for dusk instead of mid-day. Dining is available at the Garden Cafe from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

    Maymont is 100 acres of gorgeous. Tour the mansion, walk the gardens and visit the Children's Farm. The photo opportunities are immense at both of these treasured sites, so bring the camera!

    Stone-fired pizzas are just one of the amazing, local dishes on the menu at Fresca on Addison. They're serving up Gluten-free deliciousness, too.

    Check in for the night at The Jefferson Hotel, The One Bed and Breakfast, or maybe The Berkeley Hotel.

    Ice Skating in Downtown Richmond

    Day 2

    Tour the area today with Segway of Richmond Tours. It's family-friendly fun and definitely do-able for children who weigh at least 80lbs. There are several options to choose from to take in the best of the historical sites in the time you have available. Ready for lunch? Hearty Irish fare is on the menu at Sine, or you'll find a wide range of choices from seafood to Certified Angus Beef on the menu at Tobacco Company.

    Discover even more fun at the Children's Museum of Richmond. Who knows? You might make it in time to see Legendary Santa. His schedule is unannounced to keep the spirit of Christmas magical for the kids, so his arrival is anyone's guess!

    Ice skating amid the tall buildings of downtown at night is a magical experience. Don't miss out! When your tuckered out, you'll find hot southern dishes nearby at both Pasture and Comfort.

    Shopping in Carytown

    Day 3

    Have a little shopping left to do? My, oh my, does Richmond have some of the hottest shopping to be had. Carytown, Richmond's "Mile of Style", is boutique to the max! If you want something original, hard to find or capable of invoking an "ooh la la" from your recipient, this is the place to find it. Oh, and great food is found here, too! Check out Can Can Brasserie.

    See the other shopping opportunities in the greater Richmond area.

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