Beginning with the 31st Annual Tree Lighting on November 27th through New Year's Eve, this holiday season at The Jefferson promises to be one of the best yet. Plan to gather with friends, family and colleagues at The Jefferson to celebrate this special time of year.

Tree Lighting

Monday, November 27, 2017

This time-honored tradition at The Jefferson is in its 31st year. The evening's festivities begin at 5:00pm with holiday musical performances. The Tree Lighting ceremony begins at 5:45pm and includes a host of holiday characters. The ceremony concludes with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus for the lighting of the tree.

This event is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to the Empire Ballroom following the ceremony to enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Guests of the event will also be the first to enjoy the annual Gingerbread Display prepared by Executive Pastry Chef Sara Ayyash and her talented team. Thousands of pounds of gingerbread, royal icing and candy are used to create a child-sized depiction of a classic holiday scene. The display will be in the Palm Court Lobby through Sunday, January 7, 2018.

The hotel will be decorated for the season beginning Monday, November 27 for Tree Lighting through Sunday, January 7, 2018. Hundreds of poinsettias, yards of garland and ribbon, thousands of twinkle lights and dozens of toy soldiers will adorn the public spaces.

Music at Midday

Throughout the season visitors can enjoy musical performances by some of Richmond's most talented performance groups. Each concert begins promptly at noon in the Palm Court or the Rotunda.

Wednesday, November 29Saint Gertrude
Thursday, November 30Tuckahoe Middle School Strings
Monday, December 4Appomattox Regional Governors School Belles Voix
Tuesday, December 5Manchester High School
Wednesday, December 6The Collegiate Strings (Fifth and Sixth Grade)
Thursday, December 7Boushall Middle School
Friday, December 8Hanover High School
Monday, December 11St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Fifth Grade Strings
Tuesday, December 12Oak Knoll Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus
Wednesday, December 13Senior Connections Choral Group
Friday, December 15Lee-Davis High School
Tuesday, December 19Studio Performance Academy
Wednesday, December 20Offering
Friday, December 22Young Midlothian Singers
Wednesday, December 27Reveille Methodist Church Ringers
Thursday, December 28Trinity United Methodist Church Belles


Enjoy lunch at TJ's before or after one of these uplifting performances. Please call 804-649-4672 for reservations. Reservations do fill quickly and are required throughout the month of December!

Performance groups and dates are subject to change.

Holiday Dining

Reservations for holiday dining fill quickly. Please call 804-649-4672 for lunch or dinner reservations in TJ's or 804-649-4629 for dinner reservations in Lemaire.

Holiday Getaways

Our holiday packages are perfect for entertaining friends and family or planning your own festive getaway.

Holidays at The Jefferson Package
This festive offering includes a luxurious new guest room, spectacular decorations, gracious service and valet parking all wrapped into one package.
Grand Premier Room: Rates from $275

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Holiday Bed and Breakfast Package

This package includes traditional Southern breakfast for two in the restaurant, breakfast gratuities and valet parking.
Grand Premier Room: Rates from $325

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Packages valid November 12, 2017 – January 7, 2018, excluding December 30 and 31, 2017, based upon availability and subject to change without notice. Advance reservations are required. Taxes are additional.

Holiday Gift Cards

The Jefferson Hotel gift cards make the perfect holiday gift for the food lovers and travel enthusiasts on your list. Gift cards may be purchased in any denomination and never expire. Place your order on-line or in person at Gators Gift Shop. 

Holiday Giving

The tradition of giving back to the Richmond community continues this season. Five percent of all holiday menu purchases in Lemaire and TJ's for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be donated to FeedMore's Central Virginia Food Bank. This incredible local charity will also be the beneficiary of the Lemaire Monday Night Out for Charity program. Each Monday evening in December, Lemaire will donate 5% of all food purchases to fight hunger in the Richmond Region.

Lemaire's Monday Night Out for Charity has raised over $100,0000 for charities including The Faison Center, Juvenile Diabetes, ALS, Richmond SPCA, Southern Foodways Alliance, Virginia Home, FeedMore's Central VA Food Bank, Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program, The Doorways, The First Tee of Greater Richmond, World Pediatric Project, Fetch a Cure, and Susan G. Komen Central VA.

Holiday Gatherings

Whether you are planning a holiday gathering for your company, social organization or your extended family, The Jefferson is known for its impeccable service, festive atmosphere and exceptional food – the perfect combination for any special event. Call 804-649-4612 today to plan your holiday event at The Jefferson in one of our beautiful function spaces.

Private luncheons are also available this season in Lemaire, Monday – Friday, for groups of 12-60 guests. Please call Melissa Warner at 804-649-4618 for more information.

Whether planning your holiday gathering at The Jefferson or another downtown venue, discounted room rates are available for groups of 10 or more rooms. Please call 804-649-4669 for availability and rates.

Holidays at the Jefferson Package

Sunday Champagne Brunch

Romance Package

Lemaire Dinner Package


Or Call 888-918-1895 For Reservations


Grand Premier Room: $295

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Lemaire Dinner Package

Rates from $435

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Sunday Champagne Brunch Package

Rates from $435

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Valentine's Day Package

Rates from $375

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