Church Hill- Where Richmond Began celebrates the 2014 winter holidays with an array of festivities.
Church Hill, one of the nation’s most historically significant neighborhoods, will host its 50th Anniversary Holiday Festival on December 12, 13 and 14, 2014. 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 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. Free to allDate: Friday, Dec 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Ticket Price: Donations accepted
The 50th Anniversary Holiday Ball. (SOLD OUT)
Good food, music, fellowship and holiday merriment always make this a memorable holiday event. This year we will “Party In the View” at the Conch Republic on the James River at Rockett’s Landing to celebrate our 50 years as an Association. The “Parade o f Lights” (22nd annual parade of decorated and colorfully lit boats on the James) is scheduled to cruise by our perfect viewing site between 6 and 7 pm. The party will have live music and great food. This is a holiday event open to everyone with a ticket. Holiday attire.Date: Saturday, Dec 13 at 6-11:00 p.m.
Ticket Price: $45
Purchased tickets are non-refunable. On-line purchased tickets will be at Will Call at the Conch Republic starting at 6 pm the evening of the party.
The 50th Anniversary House Tour
For the climax of our festivities, CHA is proud to present our 50th Anniversary 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. Transportation will also be available between St. John’s Church and The Court End Holiday activities on this day (richmondhistorycenter.com).Date: Sunday, Dec 14 at noon-5:00 p.m.
Holiday House Tour Tickets Price and availability:
$25 per person day of tour
Purchased tickets are non-refunable. On-line purchase tickets will be held at Will Call at St. John’s Church starting at noon the day of the House Tour.
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. Homes are not easily accessible for those who may have problems navigating stairs unaided or without motorized assistance.
Come celebrate our 50th Anniversary!
CHA membership is not required. Proceeds from ticket sales go to support charitable causes that improve the quality of life in the Church Hill neighborhood. Contact information: VP@Churchhill.org