Beginning with the 32nd Annual Tree Lighting on November 26th through New Year's Day, 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 26, 2018

This time-honored tradition at The Jefferson is in its 32nd 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 6, 2019.

The hotel will be decorated for the season beginning Monday, November 26, 2018 for Tree Lighting through Sunday, January 6, 2019. 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.

Tuesday, November 27            Richmond Waldorf School String Orchestra 

Wednesday, November 28       Patrick Henry High School Orchestra 

Friday, November 30               Appomattox Regional Governors School Concert Choir

Monday, December 3               Manchester High School Chamber Ensemble

Tuesday, December 4              Saint Gertrude High School Honors Ensemble

Thursday, December 6            Boushall Middle School

Friday, December 7                 Collegiate School Middle School Fifth and Sixth Grade Strings

Monday, December 10            St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Fifth Grade Strings

Thursday, December 13          Oak Knoll Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus – The Majestics

Friday, December 14               Lee Davis High School Advanced Orchestra

Monday, December 17            Hanover High School Orchestra

Wednesday, December 19      Offering

Friday, December 21              Young Midlothian Singers

Wednesday, December 26     Reveille Ringers Bell Choir

Thursday, December 27         Trinity 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 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 11, 2018 – January 6, 2019, excluding December 28-31, 2018, 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, in person at Gators Gift Shop at The Jefferson or by calling our holiday gift card hot line at 
804-649-4627 Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 5:00pm.

Tj's holiday dining

Beginning November 16 and throughout the holiday season, TJ’s will be serving dinner from 5-9pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.  TJ’s will also be open for dinner in Monday, November 26th for the hotel’s annual Tree Lighting and on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.  Reservations are required.

TJ’s Lounge will be open 5-10pm Tuesday – Thursday and 5-11pm on Friday and Saturday. 

A three-course holiday menu will be offered on both Thanksgiving and Christmas Day at a cost of $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity, from 6-9pm.  A limited a la carte menu will also be available.

Reservations for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining are now sold-out.

Lunch in TJ’s will be served Monday – Saturday from 11:00am–2:00pm.  Reservations throughout the month of December are required for lunch and fill early. 

Please call 804-649-4672 or book on-line to make your holiday plans.


lemaire holiday dining

Throughout the holiday season, Lemaire will be serving dinner from 5-10pm with bar service from 4pm-12am daily.  Reservations are required for dinner.  Lounge service is first-come-first-served. 

A four-course holiday menu will be offered on both Thanksgiving and Christmas Day at a cost of $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity, from 12-5pm.  A limited a la carte menu will also be available. 

Reservations for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve dining are now sold-out.  

Reservations throughout the month of December for dinner in Lemaire are required and fill early.  Please call 804-649-4629 or book on-line to make your holiday plans.  Due to high volume during the month of December, to ensure the best possible service, we request that guests please arrive on time for your reservation.  

We aim to provide our guests with stellar service and a comfortable ambience to enjoy themselves when visiting or dining. We ask that all guests refrain from enjoying food in the public areas of the hotel throughout the holiday season. During this time, we also ask that all food be ordered and enjoyed at lounge tables, banquettes, or bar stools exclusively.

Groups of 10 or more guests are invited to contact Melissa Warner at 804-649-4618 for assistance with private dining events and accommodations for groups wishing to join us in the lounge for cocktails. 

NEW This Season - Rotunda Beverage and snack service

Each Thursday - Saturday evening from 5-9pm, beverages and light snacks can be purchased from our new Rotunda bar located just outside of TJ's and across from our beautiful new Gators Gift Shop and Coffee Bar to be enjoyed while viewing the decorations and displays. 

Early Mountain Winery (Madison, VA) Red Blend or Wine Blend $12
The Veil Brewing Co. (Richmond, VA) Lager $8
Rainbow Cookies $6
Candy Canes $1
Hubs Peanuts $3
Local Cheese Straws $3
Horizon Milk (Chocolate or Plain) $3
Hot Chocolate $5

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 Feed More'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 $100,000 for charities including The Faison Center, ALS, Southern Foodways Alliance, Virginia Home, Feed More'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

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Summer at The Jefferson Package

Grand Premier Room:
Rates from $225

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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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