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Candlelight Walk, Church Hill House Tour set for 2nd weekend in December

Join the Church Hill Association for three days of their annual Holiday Festival featuring the Candlelight Walk, a special Holiday Celebration, and the Holiday House Tour.


Candlelight Walk / Friday, December 9, 7:15 PM

Meet bagpipers and carolers at Jefferson Park at 7:15 PM, and then stroll towards historic St. Johns Church to join with the Vespers. Grab a candle, and continue down gaslit sidewalks as neighborhood parties spill into the streets and proceed together to historic Libby Hill Park. Meet Santa and enjoy the spectacular city skyline with 180 degree view, all dressed up for the holidays! FREE – all are welcome!


Holiday Celebration / Saturday, December 10, 7:00-11:00 PM

Come take part in the annual Holiday Celebration at the beautiful and historic ChildSavers building, enjoying the overlook of Richmond’s downtown. Bring friends and make new ones, while enjoying music and holiday cheer. Ticket price includes one drink, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Cash bar throughout the evening. Limited to 200 tickets! Proceeds support charitable causes that improve the quality of life in the Greater Church Hill neighborhood. TICKETS


Holiday House Tour / Sunday, December 11, noon-5:00 PM

With homes built as far back as the 1700s, Church Hill is the oldest community in Richmond. The neighborhood is an eclectic mix of Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian Homes alongside innovative condominiums built in old schools houses, bakeries and churches with a growing number of world-class restaurants and parks. Enjoy these docented tours and get a peek into unique spaces decorated for the holidays. Shuttle service is offered between each home beginning at St. John’s Church.

TICKETS HERE or around the neighborhood at:

  • Hill Cafe – 2800 E. Broad St.
  • Patrick Henry Pub – 2300 E. Broad St.
  • Poe’s Pub – 2706 E. Main St.
  • Shops at 5807 – 5807 Patterson Ave.
  • Sub Rosa Bakery – 620 N. 25th St.
  • Union Market – 2306 Jefferson Ave.
  • WPA Bakery – 2707 E. Marshall St.

PHOTO by Kelly Fitzgerald via Church Hill Association

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Trish 11/23/2016 at 2:19 PM

One of my favorite Church Hill things is the Candlelight Walk, only because when everyone’s gathered in Libby Hill Park with their candles and Santa starts singing “Jingle Bells” many ostensible adults follow up with “Batman smells.” Hilarious.

Alli Alligood 11/23/2016 at 10:31 PM

Please bring friends and come out to the SATURDAY NIGHT CELEBRATION! The Slack Family Band is playing and they are sooooo good and so much fun! If you haven’t heard them, it’s time. We also have lots of donated food from our local restaurants. This is a great time to come out and enjoy yourself with friends and neighbors. Meet new ones, bring some you already know. Just come out and help us prove our point that making this less of a “Ball” and more of a party will get all sorts of folks to join us this year. We really do hope this will be a true community event. Come on out!

John Johnson 11/24/2016 at 7:06 AM

Candlelight write-up needed to say there are two starting points … one at 7:15 at Jefferson Park, which it did. And, the other at St. John’s Church for Vespers service which begins at 7 pm. You have to choose where you start but at about 7: 45, everyone meets-up at corner of 25th and Grace to walk together to Libbly Hill for the caroling, cider and Santa.

Eric S. Huffstutler 11/27/2016 at 12:33 PM

Our house is on the Holiday House Tour this year and an article in today’s newspaper shows 3 photos while online has 15 of the house:

SueWho 11/28/2016 at 7:08 AM

For years, the Richmond Police Department was involved directing traffic during the candlelight procession providing an organized, safe crossing for those coming down the stairs from the church and crossing 25th and E. Grace Streets. It didn’t happen last year making for a somewhat disjointed procession and confusing for motorists traveling up or down 25th Street. Since the Procession passes in front of my house, I was wondering if the CHA has thought about scheduling one or two patrol cars for this event this year.


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