Once again, we are looking forward to lighting up Richmond! It’s an RVA and 8News tradition and this year we are excited to see you in person at Kanawha Plaza to turn on Richmond’s holiday lights and bring you the sights and sounds of the season. Our brightest show of the year airs on Friday, Dec. 2.

News anchors Deanna Allbrittin, Eric Phillips, Delaney Hall and John Rogers alongside meteorologists Matt Dinardo and John Bernier will be downtown to celebrate the holiday season.

Live coverage for the event starts at 4 p.m. on 8News and wric.com, and we’ll be “flipping the switch” to light the skyline at 6 p.m.

There will also be plenty of family-friendly activities and performances starting at 5 p.m. Enjoy live music by local vocalist Sam Reed and DJ Lonnie B, and be sure to bring a lawn chair and stay for the movie “Elf” after the celebration

A more adult-oriented celebration will begin at 6 p.m. on 17th Street.

We’re honored to be part of a Richmond tradition and to have the opportunity to help kick off the holiday season. 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.

See Richmond’s Holiday Lights in style! In support of the Conexus Gift of Light campaign to bring the gift of healthy vision to local children, we’re offering the chance to win a free Holiday Lights Limo Tour for up to 8 people courtesy of James Limousine! We’ll also throw in a $200 gift card for dinner at a local restaurant to make it the perfect night!


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.

Trending Stories

More Trending Stories