Church Hill, one of the nation’s most historically significant neighborhoods, will host its Annual Holiday Festival on December 11, 12 and 13, 2015. Participants will be able to celebrate history while creating new holiday memories with family and friends. Designed by Major William Mayo in 1737, historic Church Hill is Richmond’s oldest intact neighborhood and contains the most antebellum structures in the city.
During our festival visitors can also enjoy a journey back in time as they stroll through St. John’s Historic District in Church Hill. A tour of St. John’s Episcopal Church, the site of Patrick’s Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech and a visit to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in historic Libby Hill Park, overlooking the James River are musts . It is from the Libby Hill Park vantage point that William Byrd named Richmond as the breathtaking View of the James River reminded him of Richmond-on-Thames in England.
The Church Hill Candlelight Walk and Caroling
The candlelight stroll down our historic streets will be hosted by CHA on Friday evening. At 7 pm, Vespers begin at St. John’s Church at 2401 East Broad Street (all are welcome). Simultaneously the candlelight walk begins at Jefferson Park (Union Hill) at 7:15 pm with bagpipes and drummers leading the way. It proceeds to St. John’s Church where, following Vespers, the congregation joins in the walk at approximately 7:35 pm. As the crowd grows continuing down our streets lit by gaslights, neighborhood parties empty out into the streets and the crowd continues to swell. We gather on historic Libby Hill with the 180 degree View overlooking the James River and our city gloriously lit up for the holidays as the backdrop. The crowd then joins for holiday caroling and a visit from Santa. All are welcome to become part of a living fairy tale scene that will be long remembered.
Date: Friday: Dec 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Ticket Price: Free to all
Donations accepted: CHA Holiday Donation P.O.Box Richmond VA 23223
The Annual Church Hill Holiday Ball
Good food, music, fellowship and holiday merriment always make this a memorable holiday event. This year we will “Party on the Hill” at the Masonic Lodge at 520 N 25th Street in Church Hill. The party will have live music and great food. Music by Stonebrook Moonshine. With a welcome drink. Cash bar throughout the evening. Holiday Attire This is a holiday event open to everyone with a ticket.
Date: Saturday, Dec 12 at 7-11:00 p.m.
Holiday Ball Ticket Price: $45 per person in advance on-line and at local businesses (see local locations below).
Purchased tickets are non-refundable. On-line purchased tickets will be at Will Call at the Masonic Lodge the evening of the party.Buy Now
The Annual Church Hill Holiday House Tour
For the climax of our festivities, CHA is proud to present our Annual Holiday House Tour. Our neighborhood showcases the homes where Richmond began. We’re the oldest community in historic Richmond and have homes that were built as far back as the 1700s. The neighborhood is an elegant mix of Federal, Greek revival and Victorian homes alongside innovative condominiums within historic structures and a growing number of thriving new restaurants and businesses. Approximately a dozen neighbors open their treasured homes for you to experience the sights, smells and sounds of holidays past. Trolley services will also be available starting at St. John’s Church (ask at ticket pick up) and at all of the tour homes.
Please wear comfortable shoes for our walking tour and be prepared for rain or shine. We will provide umbrella bags and shoe covers if the need arises. Please do not wear high heels. We ask that you bring no backpacks or large bags. Homeowners and the Church Hill Association assume no liability. Historic homes are not easily accessible for those who may have problems navigating stairs unaided or without motorized assistance.
Date: Sunday, Dec 13 at noon-5:00 p.m.
Holiday House Tour Tickets Price: $25 per person in advance on-line and at local businesses (see locations below) $30 per person day of tour and “Will Call” at the Parish Hall of St. John’s Church 2201 E Broad Street Richmond VA 23223
Purchased tickets are non-refundable. On-line purchase tickets will be available at the St. John’s Church Parish Hall starting at noon the day of the House Tour.
Come celebrate the Holiday!
CHA membership is not required to attend any events. Proceeds from ticket sales go to support charitable causes that improve the quality of life in the Church Hill neighborhood.
Contact information: President@Churchhill.org
Local businesses providing Holiday Ball and Historic House Tour sales
- Hill Café – 648-0360 – 2800 E. Broad St.
- Metzger Bar and Butchery – 325-3147 – 801 N. 23rd St.
- Patrick Henry Pub – 644-4242 – 2300 E. Broad St.
- Poe’s Pub – 648-2120 – 2706 E. Main St.
- Shops at 5807 – 288-5807 – 5807 Patterson Ave.
- Sub Rosa Bakery – 788-7672 – 620 N. 25th St.
- Union Market – 716-7233 – 2306 Jefferson Ave.
- WPA Bakery – 716-9797 – 2707 E. Marshall St.