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Richmonds Tacky Light Tour


Richmond Tacky Tour book your reservations Now….. Some tour locations are already sold out of weekend slots.

Richmond.com Tacky Tour updates

If you are in Richmond and have not experienced the Tacky Light Tour (several Available) It is not too late to book your tour for 2014.

Here are a few highlights from 2013 as posted by Richmond.com

Since they chose to post 10 and 10 only, there are some really fantastic displays that will be left out of this post. This is not to say that this post is listing the following as the best light show in town but they were near the top of the list!!!

Everyone will have there own favorites, so be sure to get out and take lots of pics, ENJOY THE SHOW!!!

1. 9604 & 9606 Asbury Court

If you’re going to see only one house on the list, this is it. And it’s actually two! The Phifers have been lighting up for 39 years. They have close to a million and a half lights and are pretty much the most popular houses on the list. Just follow the line of limos and buses. You’ll want to get out, park and walk around this winter wonderland. If we were giving out awards, they would win ours. Because it’s that awesome. Located in far West End.

2. 9716 Wendhurst Drive

For sheer wattage, make sure to stop at Al and Esther Thompson’s house at 9726 Wendhurst Drive. With more than 170,000 lights, this house is so bright, you could see it from outer space (ok, hypothetically). The Thompsons have been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC Nightly News and USA Today. And they have an awesome website with videos, photos and FAQs at http://www.christmasonwendhurst.com. Located in Glen Allen.

3. 2300 Wistar Court — “The Christmas House”

Frank Hudak, known as Mr. Christmas, is celebrating 40 years of tacky lights this year — one of the longest-running homes on the Tacky Light Tour. His twinkling, colorful display takes over four miles of wiring and features over 40,000 watts. Moreover, he’s been raising money for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and has raised over $80,000 in the past 40 years. Located in the West End.

4. Monument Avenue

The stately mansions on Monument Avenue are anything but tacky. So sshhh…don’t tell them they’re on the list! We include them here so that you won’t miss out on one of the most beautiful holiday displays in town. You can walk up and down the avenue — anywhere from Lombardy to the Boulevard — and just be wowed by the glittering lights, handcrafted wreaths and creative, upscale displays. Check out our slideshow here. Located in the Fan.

5. 1925 Laburnum Ave.

Northsiders, this one’s for you! Fairly new to the Tacky Light List, 1925 Laburnum Ave. has been doing an awesome moving light display for the past two years. This Rosedale home features 50,000 lights set to music with 368 channels controlled by Light-O-Rama. The show is exactly 30 minutes long, features seven songs and starts promptly on the hour and the half hour.

6. 8202 Shelley Rd.

One of our annual “must-sees” on the Tacky Light tour. Ralph Schuler’s display is set to music and you can drive by and listen to it on your car radio. This year, he’ll be doubling his use of Cosmic Color Ribbons, a synchronized light technology that can produce up to two million colors and accept up to 100 commands per second. His display shows a real sense of humor and will include 11 songs that lasts about 20 minutes. In years’ past, the backup to see the lights was about 15 minutes the second week before Christmas and over 30 minutes the week just before Christmas. At 70-plus, Ralph says this will be his last year on the tour (although he did say the same thing last year and the year before — we don’t know for sure when he’ll stop, but you’ll want to see it before he does). Located in the West End.

7. 7396 Kelshire Trace

This Mechanicsville home will be competing on ABC’s new reality TV show “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” Named “Hadley’s Winterland” after their daughter, their display features over 120,000 lights, 150 yard decorations, a 55 foot “Christmas tree” of lights, and much more. Make sure to see it before their prime-time premiere on Dec. 23 at 9 p.m.

8. 8720 River Road

Again, we wouldn’t call the Whitlocks’ massive mansion on River Road tacky, but they have an awesome drive-by holiday light display that’s popular with bus tours, limo tours and pretty much everybody in Richmond. New this year, they’re adding a little music and synchronization to the popular display.

9. 8009 Summerbrooke Court

Southside, we haven’t forgotten about you. The Howdyshell home has been compared to the Phifer’s home on Asbury Court — only on Southside. A mega-wattage house, you’ll find over 200,000 lights, candycanes, Disney characters, homemade decorations and much more. Plus Santa and Mrs. Claus are out most nights passing out candy canes. Chesterfield.

10. 408 S. Laurel St.

This Oregon Hill home has been popping up on Instagram and Facebook lately and once you see it, you’ll know why. It’s bright, colorful, eclectic, creative and totally awesome for Oregon Hill. Owner Liz Kolonay describes the display as “random and disorderly, but bright and cheerful. I think one friend summed it up best by saying it looks like K-Mart threw up on our house.” This is a great house to hit up after seeing the lights on Monument Avenue and in the Fan at 1508 and 1510 Grove Ave.

Richmond Tacky Tour

I appreciate the time and effort that each family puts into making their display of “Tacky lights” the best display! Happy Holidays!

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Recommendations for Nov 7 -9

Weekend of 7 November

Greetings Richmond’ers. O here with X & O’s weekend picks for things to do in the Richmond area. The forecast promises no rain over the weekend. I for one am going to get some much needed rest…I think..lol.

Friday, 7 November

Richmond’s First Friday’s Artwalk , First Friday of each month.

Urbanna Oyster Festival

Mr. & Mrs. Williams made it to the Oyster Fest!

Mr. & Mrs. Williams made it to the Oyster Fest!

It’s the 20th year for the Museum Stores of Richmond Holiday Shoppers Fair where you can shop from 15 of Richmond’s most popular museums under one roof. This year, the fair will be held at the Library of Virginia. Expect to see unique gifts and wares from Agecroft Hall, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, The Poe Museum, John Marshall House, the Richmond Railroad Museum, Science Museum of Virginia, and many more. Free admission? Friday 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad St. The Museum Stores of Richmond Holiday Shoppers Fair.

Release of Hardywood Gingerbread Stout, the highly praised, limited release. Described as “freagin’ Christmas in a bottle” by BeerAdvocate, Gingerbread Stout will have an early bird release on Friday night at 9 p.m. after the tasting room closes. On Friday night, GBS will be available in 750mL bottles (4 bottle limit per person) to go only, along with a selection of other seasonal merchandise. The lines will be cut off at 10:30 p.m., and there will be no on-site consumption. Hardywood, 2408 Ownby Ln. Hardywood Gingerbread Stout 2014 Release

Saturday, 8 November

The Panthers and Trojans meet at Hovey Field in Richmond for their regular season finale, with the winner claiming the CIAA Northern Division championship and advancing to the conference championship game. The two teams kick off at 1;30pm on Saturday at Hovey Field. The winner will face either Winston-Salem State or Fayetteville State in next Saturday’s CIAA Championship.

Urbanna Oyster Festival

Release of Hardywood Gingerbread Stout, the main event returns on Saturday with food trucks, music and plenty of stout to go around. GBS will be available at 2 p.m. in 750mL bottles (4 bottle limit per person) and 32oz and 64oz growler fills to go only. GBS will be available in 6oz and 12oz pours for consumption at the brewery. Food trucks BoDillaz, Estes Bar.B.’Que and more will be on site throughout the day. As well as music from Marco with Love, The Trillions, Photosynthesizers and The Diamond Center. 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hardywood, 2408 Ownby Ln. Hardywood Gingerbread Stout 2014 Release

The Royal Horses of Europe will visit Richmond for the first time ever. Think dancing horses, flowing manes, and beautiful girls in sparkly costumes. Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabian horses will perform at the Richmond Coliseum, along with Spanish flamenco dancers. They canter, trot, and perform maneuvers once used on the battlefield known as “The Airs Above the Ground.” Tickets $37 to $75. 7:30 p.m. 601 E. Leigh St. The Gala of the Royal Horses

Puritan Cleaners is teaming up with the Flying Squirrels for the 6th Annual Coats For Kids/Ballpark Warming Party.from 10am to 1pm. Squirrels fans are invited to come by the stadium to enjoy: live music FREE hot dogs, games and crafts for the the kids.
Romp n’Roll Midlothian Kids Night Out. 6-9 pm. Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner at Romp n’ Roll! 11541 Busy Street, Midlothian, VA. No need to be a member; register by calling 804-893-3142. ($20 for one child, $35 for two siblings, $40 for three siblings; no discounts apply)

Sunday, 9 November

GRAZE on Grace, is happening this Sunday, Nov. 9 where 25 of Richmond’s best restaurants will be serving up signature sampling plates for $3 each.

Nacho Taco Week:, 3-9 November, $5 deals. See link for participating restaurants and details

Wednesday, 19 November

Trans-Siberian Orchestra is coming to Richmond. I went to see them last year. Spectacular light show and orchestra.

November Festival Guide

On going through Novemember & December!!!

Outdoor Skating at Stony Point Fashion Park. November 8, 2014 – January 4, 2015. Bring the kids and skate, spin, and glide on Stony Point Fashion Park’s Outdoor Skating Rink! View rink hours and schedule here.

Go out and make it a 40plus day!