by Casey | Posted on November 17th, 2011
What a sight Christmas lights must be from the air. Especially when the effort is coordinated among cities to create something as wonderful as Virginia’s 100 Miles of Lights.
In a series of posts, we’ll tell you about each of the cities that comprise the 100 Miles of Lights route. Today’s city is Richmond.
Richmond’s downtown is outlined in white lights every year from around Thanksgiving through the New Year. Downtown areas like the James Center include lighted, animated deer, snowflakes hanging from the trees, and one giant tree boasting bright multi-colored bulbs.
A new way to experience the beauty of Richmond’s lights is the Richmond Trolley. The very first electric trolley line in the country, the company got its start in 1888, but has been absent since 1949. To the delight of locals and tourists alike, the Trolley is back in service and offering special Holiday Lights Tours daily, December 1-23 at 5:30, 7:30, and 9:30 p.m. ($25/person)
Venture about eight miles north of downtown to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and you will not be disappointed. The folks there do it up right with their Dominion GardenFest of Lights display. Expect to see 500,000 lights on sculpted figures, lighting the conservatory, creating tunnels, and so much more. There might even be a little something extra on the grounds that will surprise you.
The kids will love the fairyland scenes, and the opportunity to make s’mores at a firepit in the Children’s Garden. Don’t forget to go up into the treehouse for a bird’s eye view.
The grand illumination is November 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a laser light show included. Learn more about special GardenFest events here. ($11/adult; $10/senior; $7/child)
Those who love a walking tour alongside historic homes won’t pass up the Church Hill Candlelight Walk on December 9. The tour begins at St. John’s Church where Patrick Henry gave his famed, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech, and is led by a troupe of bagpipers. Quite a memorable walk it should be!
For more information about 100 Miles of Lights, see Virginia.org, and stay tuned for the next post in our series.