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November
27

Henrico County Historic Homes - The Walkerton Tavern

Celebrate Virginia's History at the Walkerton Tavern in Henrico County 

Henrico County Walkerton Tavern

Our real estate agents continue to be impressed by the abundance of historic buildings and homes in Henrico County, Virginia--and few are more impressive than the Walkerton Tavern. An iconic fixture of the Henrico County landscape for nearly 200 years, the Walkerton Tavern hosts events throughout the year that are open to the public, including some that you won't want to miss this holiday season.

A Historic Local Landmark

Built by John Walker, a Massachusetts native, between 1824 and 1825, the Walkerton Tavern is located in the community of Glen Allen, along the historic Mountain Road corridor. The stately brick building was built directly across the road from Walker's residence, and served as a tavern for many years, equipped with three ice houses, a wine cellar and a horse stable to accommodate its guests.

Throughout the years, the building changed hands numerous times, and served many purposes, including many years as a private residence. The Walkerton Tavern has also functioned as a store, post office, and voting precinct, and was even used during the Civil War as a field hospital for wounded Union Cavalrymen. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Holiday Happenings at the Walkerton Tavern

The Walkerton Tavern is now owned by Henrico County, who purchased it in 1995. It is used as a community center and hosts a wide variety of public events throughout the year. Be sure to stop by to check out one of our favorite local holiday events at the Walkerton Tavern, the Annual Tree Lighting

Taking place on Friday, December 2 from 4 to 7 pm, the 14th Annual Tree Lighting is a great opportunity to get into the holiday spirit with friends, family, and neighbors. This free event has become a local favorite and includes festive music, hot chocolate and cookies, a toasty bonfire, and a visit from Santa himself to help light up the 60-foot tree outside the tavern.

Planning Your Visit to the Tavern

If you aren't able to catch the Tree Lighting, but still want to check out the historic Walkerton Tavern, the building is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm, and on weekends for special events and programs. The tavern can also be rented out for private events. It is located at 2892 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA.

Contact Napier ERA today to learn more about life in Henrico County, VA. Our team has been calling this region home for many years, and we've helped countless clients find historic Henrico County homes to call their own.

November
21

Richmond's 33rd Annual Grand Illumination of James Center

Bring Your Family to Richmond's Premier Holiday Celebration

James Center Grand Illumination
Are you ready to get celebrate the holidays with your family in Richmond, VA? At Napier ERA, our REALTORS® love welcoming new families to Richmond, and December is one of our favorite months to do it. This year, our town's holiday celebrations kick off on December 1 with one of our favorite annual traditions, the Grand Illumination of James Center. If you like lights, trees, and holiday music, you'll love this free family event, which starts just before 6 PM at James Center downtown. 

Here are a few festive things you and your family can do at the The 33rd Annual Celebration of the Holiday Season at James Center this year:

  1. Meet Santa, the Snow Queen, & Jack Frost
    See Santa will be downtown to turn on the lights for the Great Tree, Reindeer, and James Center office building. He's not illuminating Richmond VA alone, though. Also on hand will be the Snow Queen (AKA local radio talent Melissa Chase), Jack Frost (another local deejay), and some of their radio colleagues. Your hosts will lead the countdown, and then flip the magical switches that bring thousands of twinkling lights to life.

  2. Enjoy Two Blocks of Holiday Entertainment
    Downtown Richmond comes together for the Grand Illumination, so two whole downtown blocks will be closed for multiple stages and performances. Local musicians, ballet dancers, historical re-enactors, performing arts students, and other Richmond entertainers and artists will treat the town to their talents from 6 to 7 PM.   

    Enjoy these entertainment acts and more during our downtown festival:

    • Good Shot Judy (featured performer)
    • Silly Bus (on the Kids Stage)
    • The James River Brass
    • Nutcracker Cast
    • School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC)
    • The American Youth Harp Ensemble
    • Virginia Piedmont & Central HO Model Railroaders
    • The VCU Trombone Choir & Friends
    • Flute Forte

  3. Donate Toys at the Collection Sleigh for SCAN
    Do you want to make Christmas a little merrier for 200 Richmond kids? James Center is collecting toys for local children as part of their partnership with Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN). Bring unwrapped toys for ages 0 through 17 to the Collection Sleigh in the lobby. Later in the month, kids and their families will get to shop for gifts at James Center thanks to your family's help.

James Center Holiday Events
Whether you're looking for Richmond homes for sale or settling into your new neighborhood, we hope you'll pick December 1st to go downtown and learn what our city has to offer. Richmond, VA is full of promising opportunities for families, from our annual holiday lighting ceremony to our summertime concerts and springtime scenery. Contact Napier ERA to get in touch with our talented team and get help turning Richmond into your next home for the holidays.

November
13

Richmond Celebrates the Holidays at The Jefferson Hotel

Richmond The Jefferson Hotel Tree Lighting
The Jefferson Hotel is one of Richmond's true historic gems with spectacular interior design, loads of luxury and fascinating stories around every corner. The Jefferson is also an excellent place to spread some holiday cheer! Every year, starting just after Thanksgiving, The Jefferson Hotel hosts a series of holiday events at its five-star facilities that always rank among the most popular in Richmond, VA. The fun begins on Monday, November 27 with the 31st Annual Tree Lighting.

Richmond Holiday Fun: 31st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Jefferson Hotel

Our REALTORS® have spoken, and the tree lighting ceremony at The Jefferson Hotel definitely ranks among our favorite events of the season. The luxurious Jefferson Hotel is a living example of Richmond history and a spectacular setting to spend some quality time with your favorite people during the holidays.

  • A Scenic Setting
    Richmond homes for sale 
    are located in one of the country's most historic cities and locations like The Jefferson Hotel are a big reason why that's the case. Visit The Jefferson throughout the holiday season for live music, delightful decorations and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The holiday season begins with the tree lighting ceremony on Monday, November 27.  

  • The Ceremony
    The tree lighting ceremony has long been a local tradition and is entering its 31st year. Everything kicks off at 5:00 PM on November 27 with live holiday music before the big show begins. The ceremony takes place in the regal Palm Court Lobby with the tree lighting getting into full swing at 5:45 PM. Of course, it wouldn't be a true holiday celebration without a little help from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

  • Free Fun for the Whole Family
    The Jefferson Hotel is a very luxurious facility, but it also has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for all who visit. The tree lighting ceremony is a free event and a great opportunity to have some fun with the kids during the holiday season. All of the kids (and adults!) in the crowd love seeing the moment when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to start the tree lighting celebration.

  • Holiday Cheer throughout the Season
    Can't make the tree lighting ceremony or simply looking to spend some more holiday time at one of Richmond's most unique destinations? The Jefferson has plenty of holiday events scheduled throughout the season running straight through New Year's Eve. Stop by during the afternoon for a rotating schedule of live musical performances or visit anytime to see all of the gorgeous decoration throughout the property. The Jefferson Hotel is also a great place to enjoy a holiday meal or plan a luxurious getaway of your own.

  • Plan Your Own Party
    If you're looking for the ideal place to plan a holiday event of your own, The Jefferson has you covered. Whether you're looking to plan an event with the whole family or treat your employees to some holiday cheer, staging your event at The Jefferson Hotel is sure to lead to great memories for everyone who attends.

Are you searching for the right home in Richmond and the real estate team who will help your holiday dreams come true? Contact Napier ERA for all of your real estate needs throughout the Richmond, VA area.

November
8

Henrico County Welcomes Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

Holiday Fun at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden


There's no doubt about it, the holidays are a special time of year. Gathering with family and friends to celebrate the season is more than just sharing food and gifts—it's an opportunity to experience the best holiday events in Henrico County has to offer. November 24, 2017 – January 8, 2018 (closed Dec. 24/25), Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers shimmering holiday fun for the whole family. Henrico County's ultimate holiday tradition features more than 500,000 twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, family activities, model trains and more.

Who doesn't love a good story? This year, the theme at GardenFest of Lights is Naturally Ever After: Stories in Lights. From fairy tales and folklore to time-treasured classics, these holiday events highlight stories, legends and rhymes that encompass many different eras and cultures through indoor and outdoor displays of light.

Holiday Events and Activities

Celebrate the seasons and nature with engaging events and activities that explore natural phenomena, teach life valuable lessons and connect people through the wonder of plants.

  • Merry Mondays
    The Garden Keeper hosts a fireside story time featuring Aesop's Fables at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM on Mondays in the Library Reading Room. "Santa sightings" in the Conservatory Mondays, 6 - 8 PM through December 18

  • Enjoy the Library
    Explore the timeless children's tale, Miss Rumphius, The library will be transformed into mini-galleries that highlight the works and stories the stories of area artisans and their hand-crafted wares.

  • Caroling Tuesdays
    Holiday caroling throughout the Garden 6:30 - 8 PM. Tuesdays.

  • Crafty Wednesdays
    Crafting based on this year's GardenFest theme with the help of staff and volunteers. 5 - 8 PM in the Kelly Education Center.

  • Musical Thursdays
    Acoustic musicians provide festive live holiday entertainment. 6-7 PM & 7:30-8:30 PM in the Lora Robins Library.

  • GardenFest for Fidos
    Bring your leashed dog to enjoy the holiday lights at GardenFest for Fidos on Thursday, November 30, 2017 and Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.

  • The Garden Shop & The Bling Shop
    The Garden Shop offers all kinds of handmade gifts that are perfect for holiday shopping. Open Monday - Saturday: 10 AM - 10 PM, Sunday: noon - 10 PM The Bling House retail shop is open on select nights.

  • Tea House Dining at GardenFest
    Open Nightly; 5 – 9 PM Exceptional fare with fine wines and stunning Asian Valley views.

  • Santa Brunch & Santa Dinners
    Meals with Santa can't be beat! Reservations highly recommended. If you have a group of 15 or more, consider GardenFest Dinners.

  • New Year's Eve Family Frolic
    Rock and roll with the "Ululating Mummies," take photos with the GardenKeeper, make a party hat and "roll in the New year" with the annual hillside tumble.

  • Instagram Contest
    Share your best photos and tag #GardenFest

If you're ready to celebrate the holidays with a new home, our real estate agents can help you find homes in Henrico County you'll love. To learn more about fun, festive living in Henrico County, contact Napier ERA today!

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