Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tacky Lights & Cool Nights

Image by Phil Riggan, via

It's the last week before Christmas and that means it's the last few moments to soak up the magical holiday lights! Lucky for you, Richmond is the Capitol of Tacky Lights, (seriously, the mayor issued a proclamation just to solidify the title,) and there are plenty of ways to bring out the kid in all of us. has issued their official Richmond Tacky Lights Tour map for 2011 which includes only the best of the best in holiday lighting. In order to make the list, each house must have at least 40,000 lights. Most folks just hop in their cars and take a self-guided tour of tackiness, but if you're feelin' extra fancy check out this list of limo services and bus tours that will cart you around in style while you ooh and ahh. Check out Richmond's tacky lights on national news on CBS Sunday Morning for a sneak peak of what's in store.

Rather walk around in this winter wonderland? Check out Lewis Ginter's Annual Gardenfest of Lights. With the exception of Christmas eve and Christmas day, the Gardenfest is open nightly from 5 - 10 PM until January 9th. Bring your mittens and hats as this tour is outdoors through the garden with nearly half a million bulbs. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for children ages 3 – 12 and free for children under the age of 3.

Need some holiday tunes to get you in the spirit? Richmond's own Fight the Big Bull's rhythm section (and Spacebomb Records house band) are featured on this wonderful Christmas compilation (track 3)!

And lastly, we mentioned it last week, but you can also check out Fight the Big Bull tonight at Balliceaux's holiday sing-a-long!

Happy Holidays Minimalist readers!

Christie Thompson

1 comment:

Christie Hope said...

Richmond's own Mr.Christmas in the New York Times! Check it out!