“The most sedentary time of the year”? No, Sir!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Between family gatherings, festive meals, and copious amounts of egg nog, it can be hard keep these few weeks from also becoming “the most sedentary time of the year”.

Here are some fun things you can do around Richmond to stay active this holiday season!

  • tlr-homepage-photo-1024x682RVA on Ice – Ice skating is fun. It also burns calories, and with the festive atmosphere created by the tree and carols at RVA on Ice, it’s a great time for the whole family!
  • Monument Avenue After Dark Walking Tour –December 26th and 27th: Enjoy the holiday lights of Monument Avenue on foot!
  • Central Virginia Trailblazers Tacky Lights Walk – December 26th: A scenic 6-7 mile route through the city that includes Carytown, the James Center, the Jefferson, and more!
  • Light up My Night 5k: Being more active is a new year’s resolution that so many people make, but can be hard to keep. Start the new year right with this fun 5k run benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond!
  • Check out the new bike/pedestrian-friendly infrastructure around the cityBike Walk RVA has a running inventory to stay up-to-date with all the improvements.

Another great way to inject some exercise into your holiday routine is to take your favorite festive activities and give them a little active twist! Check out a couple examples:

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours – The Maymont Mansion is always a sight to see during the holidays. Take the family to go see the spectacular decorations, but follow it up with a group run/walk around the park.

Walton Park Walking/Running/Cycling Tacky Lights Tour – Walton Park is famous for its tacky lights, and taking a tour of the decked out homes is a longstanding RVA tradition. An added bonus of this festive craze is the illumination they give for bikers, walkers, and runners. Instead of loading up in the car, grab a bike or a pair of running shoes, your friends and family, and check them out! Even with the extra lights, be sure to follow these tips to stay safe in the dark.


Happy holidays from Active RVA