Lights and Lyrics of the Holidays

Day One

Start at Agecroft Hall, a Tudor home built in England in the late 15th century. Agecroft was later sold at auction, dismantled and rebuilt in Richmond. Set amid gardens, this country manor house is lovingly decorated for the holiday season and contains an extensive assortment of Tudor and early Stuart art and furniture.

Walk next door to Virginia House. Once a 12th-century English Priory, it was transported in 1925 and rebuilt in Richmond on the banks of the James River. It is appointed with English and Spanish antiques, silk draperies, oriental carpets, fine silver and china and surrounded by Charles Gillette gardens all decked out in period holiday décor.

Enjoy lunch and shopping in Carytown. Known for its variety of one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques and food stores, Carytown is the perfect place to find that gift you've been looking for.

Tour the Virginia Capitol designed by Thomas Jefferson and see how the Commonwealth shows off its Capitol and its grounds during the holidays.

Arrive at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden just in time to delight in its GardenFest of Lights. GardenFest features more than a half-million holiday lights. See Virginia's only classical, domed conservatory, all dressed up for the holidays. Enjoy shopping at the gift shop and dinner in the Garden Café or Robins Tea House.

Drive through downtown Richmond neighborhoods and take in the ornate decorations. Stroll through the James Center with its thousands of lights and hundreds of lighted reindeer.

Day Two

Experience the splendors of the holidays at Maymont, an intact 100-acre Victorian Estate surrounded by lush Italian and Japanese gardens. Enjoy dazzling tours of the Maymont mansion, lavishly decorated with Victorian Christmas décor, and experience old-fashioned Christmas festivities.

After lunch, head to St. John's Church, the site of Patrick Henry's famous "give me liberty or give me death" speech. During December, see the Colonial decorations that fill the church.

Arrive at the Five-Star, Five Diamond Jefferson Hotel to enjoy an afternoon tea. A Richmond holiday tradition, The Jefferson Hotel's beautiful decorations, giant gingerbread house and magnificent tree exude  holiday spirit.

Step back in time on the cobblestone streets of Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom in downtown Richmond for great dinner options, including local favorites whose holiday decorations and menus are unrivaled.

For your evening entertainment, take the beloved Richmond Tacky Lights Tour.

Check VisitRichmondVa.com for dates of annual holiday events.