Thank you for helping us light up Richmond! It’s an RVA and 8News tradition and this year we were glad to see you in person at Kanawha Plaza when we turned on Richmond’s holiday lights and brought you the sights and sounds of the season. Our brightest show of the year aired on Friday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. when Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney flipped the big switch to power up the city for the holidays.

News anchors Deanna Allbrittin and Eric Phillips, meteorologists Matt Dinardo and John Bernier and sports anchor Natalie Kalibat were downtown to celebrate the holiday season. DJ Lonnie B was on hand to keep the music going.

Thank you for joining us for RVA Illuminates. We’re honored to be part of a Richmond tradition and to have the opportunity to help kick off the holiday season. We’ll see you again next year. Happy holidays from the team at ABC 8News.

RVA Illuminates is brought to Richmond by WRIC 8News and the City of Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities.


8News partners with Conexus Vision during the holiday season to help children in the Richmond area gain access to optometrists and prescription eyewear. Conexus specializes in helping kids in need and through their Gift of Light campaign a $10 donation buys a child an eye exam, and a $50 contribution covers an eye exam and glasses. Donations can be made online.

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