Beginning with the 33rd annual Tree Lighting on December 2, this holiday season at The Jefferson promises to be memorable, fun and festive. Plan to gather with friends, family and colleagues at The Jefferson to celebrate this special time of year.

Tree Lighting

Monday, December 2, 2019

This time-honored tradition at The Jefferson is in its 33rd year. The evening's festivities begin at 5:00pm with holiday musical performances. The Tree Lighting ceremony begins at 5:35pm 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. Hundreds of pounds of gingerbread, royal icing and candy are used to create a life-sized depiction of a classic holiday scene. The display will be in the Palm Court Lobby through Sunday, January 5, 2020.

The hotel will be decorated for the season beginning Monday, December 2, 2019 for Tree Lighting through Sunday, January 5, 2020. 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, December 3             Saint Gertrude High School Honors Ensemble 

Wednesday, December 4        Manchester High School Chamber Ensemble

Thursday, December 5            Oak Knoll Middle School Strings

Monday, December 9              St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Fifth Grade Strings

Wednesday, December 11      Collegiate School Middle School Fifth and Sixth Grade Strings

Thursday, December 12          Lee Davis High School Advanced Orchestra

Friday, December 13               Hanover High School Orchestra

Monday, December 16            Petersburg Governor's School 

Wednesday, December 18      Patrick Henry High School Orchestra

Friday, December 20              Boushall Middle School

Monday, December 23            Offering

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 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 purchase in person at Gators Gift Shop at The Jefferson.

Tj's holiday dining

Beginning November 14th and throughout the holiday season, TJ’s will be serving dinner from 5:00pm - 9:00pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.  TJ’s will also be open for dinner in Monday, December 2nd 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 beginning November 14th from 5:00pm - 10:00pm Tuesday through Thursday and from 5:00pm - 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday. The lounge will be closed on Sunday and Monday evenings, with the exception of Monday, December 2nd for Tree Lighting.  Seating in the lounge is offered on a first come, first served basis.

A three-course holiday menu will be offered on both Thanksgiving and Christmas Day at a cost of $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity,
from 5:00pm - 9:00pm.  A limited a la carte menu will also be available.

Lunch in TJ’s will be served from 11:00am - 2:00pm Monday through Friday and from 12:00pm - 2:00pm on Saturday.  Reservations throughout the month of December are required for lunch and fill early. Seating for lunch in TJ's Lounge is available on a first come, first served basis.

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 5:00pm - 10:00pm with lounge and bar service from 4:00pm - 12:00am daily.  Reservations are required for dinner.  Lounge and bar service is available on a first come, first served basis. 

A four-course holiday menu will be offered on Thanksgiving Day at a cost of $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity, from 12:00pm - 5:00pm.  A limited a la carte menu will also be available. 

Reservations for larger parties of more than 4 guests are currently sold-out for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day .  

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. 

Back by popular demand - Rotunda Beverage and snack service

Exclusively for the holiday season, beverages and light snacks can be purchased from the Rotunda bar located just outside of TJ's and across from   Gators Gift Shop.  Service will be available December 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 23-28 and 31 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. 


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, Tricycle Garden, 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.

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