A Very Richmond Christmas: Four Centuries in the Capitol District
Celebrate Christmas in Richmond, where you’ll revel in traditions of old, visit festively decorated historic homes and enjoy holiday illuminations and dinner at the Botanical Garden.
Rating (3.5)
Program No. 15462RJ
4 days
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At a Glance

Celebrate history, traditions and the season’s magic in Richmond’s Capitol District. You’ll delight in holiday splendor at a Gilded Age estate, a fabulous 1895 hotel, St. John’s Church and Lewis Ginter Botanical GardenFest with a festive dinner and expert-led evening walk through its fantasyland of flowers, trees, lights, conservatory displays and woodland sculptures.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles a day; stairs at historic sites.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Expert lectures and field trips to historic homes, museums and gardens present the culture, traditions and living history of four centuries in historic Richmond.
  • Discover other sites decorated for the season like the Capitol and Executive Mansion, John Marshall House, the Valentine Richmond History Museum and Wickham House.
  • Examine splendid architecture and the legacies of leaders such as Chief Justice John Marshall, Presidents Washington and Jefferson and patriot Patrick Henry with presentations at historic sites.
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Catherine DODSON
After earning a B.S. in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Catherine Dodson became the activities director for a retirement facility. She returned to VCU to study gerontology and for her practicum in 1989, worked on Road Scholar learning adventures . When Catherine received her M.S. in 1990, she joined VCU Road Scholar as a full-time group leader.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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