Join 8News for ‘RVA Illuminates’ at Kanawha Plaza


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Formerly known as the Grand Illumination, this year the City of Richmond is in charge of newly-named ‘RVA Illuminates.’

The same event that you’ve loved for years is back TONIGHT — Friday, December 6th — at a new location: Kanawha Plaza! There will be performances by the Miles Jones Elementary School Hand Bell choir, No BS! Brass Band and more!

8News anchors Juan Conde and Katie Dupree will be your emcees. The fun begins around 5:45 p.m. and goes until 7 p.m.

Don’t worry about parking! All of the parking decks from previous years are still open, and this year there will be a shuttle provided by GRTC. It takes off from Byrd Park starting at 4 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. It will run as needed throughout the event.

There will be free parking and shuttles to and from Kanawha Plaza at City Stadium and a second stop near Byrd Park behind John B. Cary Elementary at Reuger’s Playground.

Shockoe Bottom more your speed? Don’t miss the fun at Shockoe Illuminates! The fun will be going on simultaneously, and you can see Santa, hear more music, and have more fun at the 17th Street Market. This will be the first event held at the market that will be open container, so you can purchase an adult beverage from any of the locations at the market and walk around. This event will still be family-friendly!

For a map, rundown of events and more, CLICK HERE.

WATCH: Richmond special events manager talks ‘RVA Illuminates’

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