Kick off the holiday season with Grand Illumination 2018

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — ‘Tis the season for one of RVA’s most anticipated holiday traditions. 

8News is proud to once again partner with the James Center and light up downtown for Richmond’s 34th annual Grand Illumination.

This year’s celebration will take place Friday, November 30 at the James Center, located at 1051 East Cary Street.

From 6-7 p.m., experience the magic of the holidays with some of your favorite 8News personalities, as well as 103.7 Play! FM’s Melissa Chase — who will return as Snow Queen — and Jack Lauterback.

Join us beginning at 5:50 p.m. as we count down the seconds until the illumination of the James Center and city skyline. And don’t forget about the James Center’s Great Tree and reindeer!

WATCH: The Snow Queen and Jack Frost talk about what to expect at Grand Illumination 2018

There will plenty more entertainment and family fun to follow, too.


Can’t make it? We’ll broadcast all the fun on 8News beginning at 5:30 p.m.


The James Center is pleased to announce ‘Good Shot Judy’ will provide the swingin’ big band hits as this year’s feature performance. Also look for other performances from Silly Bus and the Richmond Ballet cast of The Nutcracker.

WATCH: The James Center excited to host 34th annual Grand Illumination

You can also help make the holidays a little easier for local children that are victims of abuse. Bring an unwrapped toy to the event for SCAN to distribute as gifts for these children who are desperate to experience the joy of the holidays. 

VIDEO: Greater Richmond SCAN holiday toy drive

CLICK HERE for more information on this year’s event, which is free and open to the public. 

Wait, there’s an after party!?

That’s right — for the first time, The EnRichmond Foundation is partnering to host the Grand Illumination After Party. 

The party will be held after the tree lighting beginning at 7 p.m. at Kanawha Plaza.

Organizers say the change in venue will give people a chance to explore new territory. 

“We’re trying to get the community to come out to our local green spaces and enjoy the resources we have, so we’re really excited to utilize that space for this event.”

There will be plenty of music, food, and entertainment.

PHOTOS: RVA Grand Illumination

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