For a magical fusion of festive cheer, unparalleled local shopping, and elevated dining experiences, Richmond’s Carytown neighborhood has held its place as a beloved destination for decades. Affectionately known as the “mile of style,” Carytown’s allure extends across nine walkable city blocks, providing both locals and visitors with an ideal setting for holiday gift hunting, festive dining, and the timeless merriment of marveling at enchanting holiday window displays.


While Carytown shines year-round, during the holidays, it truly sparkles, cementing its status as a must-visit destination for revelers due in no small part to the number of seasonal events and pop-ups found along its charming streets. Here are a few can’t-miss holiday events that are sure to help make the season bright.


Holiday Decoration Contest


Through December


Miracle on Cary Pop-Up

at The Jasper

Through December


DIY Christmas Wreaths

at Sen Organic

Through December


Letters to Santa

at Merrymaker Fine Paper

Through December 16


Buddy the Elf Scavenger Hunt

at The Byrd Theatre

Through December 22


Pet Photos with Santa

at Dogma

December 9


Carytown Artisan Market

at City Stadium

December 16 (with Santa)  & 17


Buddy the Elf Brunch

at New York Deli

December 17


Solstice Celebration

in The Alley

December 21


Ugly Sweater Karaoke Night

at New York Deli

December 21


Today’s giveaway includes two gift cards to two of Carytown’s most playful stores, World of Mirth and Beasties. Head over to our Instagram page to enter! For a full listing of all of Carytown’s shops and restaurants, click here to visit their website.