The ultimate guide to holiday lights in Richmond

Read our list and check it twice to see how to get the most out of holiday illuminations in the River City.


The Phifer house is lit up again this season.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Richmond. Here’s our gift to you — the ultimate guide to local lights, from tacky light tours to holiday shows + festive experiences.

💡 Tacky light tours

Tuk Tuks are three-wheeled, 100% electric, open air vehicles perfect for a group of 6 passengers. All ages are welcome and adults may bring beverages on rides.

RVA Brew Crew
There are still a few days that haven’t filled up for this 3-5 hour tacky light tour for up to 14 people. Groups can bring their own beverages.

Virginia Limousine & Chauffeured Transportation
This tour has over 10 displays and lasts about 3 hours. Groups may customize their routes and stop for food along the way. Prices vary based on the group size and tour length.

James River Transportation
Jump on this charter bus as a group or by yourself to view some of Richmond’s tacky lights. Tickets are $34 per person and each tour lasts 3 hours. Tours depart at 6 p.m. from 900 North Allen Avenue. Each bus comes with a guide, power outlets, and Wi-Fi.

Taylor’s Classic Travel
This classic trolley tour hosts up to 14 passengers with plenty of legroom. Cabins are heated, food and beverages are allowed, and lots of holiday music will be played. Tours last either 3 or 5 hours and pickup locations can be requested. Prices start at $575.

WINN Transportation
WINN claims to be the original — it was first host for the Tacky Xmas Decoration Contest and Grand Highly Illuminated Lights Tour back in 1985. Light tours are 3-4 hours and can host up to 55 passengers with stops at local food partners. Tour options include stops at the Christmas House display or Illuminate. Prices vary depending on the bus size.

💡 Holiday light experiences

Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights | Through Jan. 8, closed Dec. 24-25 | 4-10 p.m. | Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens | Get tickets | Meander the gardens and don’t forget to check out the model train display and dinner options. Advance tickets are required and start at $17.

Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village | Through Jan. 1 | 5:30-10 p.m. | Meadow Event Park | Get tickets | Virginia’s largest drive-through synchronized light and music show starts at $30 per vehicle.

Richmond Holiday Light Show | Dec. 8-11 and Dec. 15-31 | Hours vary | Richmond Raceway | Get tickets | Bring the family to this drive-through light show for $25 per car.

WinterFest | Dec. 9-11, Dec. 16-23, and Dec. 26-Jan. 1 | 5-10 p.m. | Kings Dominion | Get tickets | The amusement park offers thousands of Christmas lights in addition to live shows, a nightly parade, and a Christmas tree over 300 feet tall. The festival runs until Sun., Jan. 1 and tickets start at $33.

Christmas Town | Dec. 7-12, Dec. 14-Jan. 2, and Jan. 6-8 | Hours vary | Busch Gardens Williamsburg | Get tickets | This year’s Christmas Town features more than 10 million lights and new attractions like Santa’s Fireside Feast and Father Christmas. Tickets are $77.

If you’d prefer a DIY approach, check out these lists of tacky light homes from the Richmond Times-Dispatch and NBC12.

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