Richmond’s skyline comes to life during the holiday season, with the glow of lights embracing Downtown and the riverfront. The seasonal lighting officially got underway Friday, Dec. 4, with RVA Illuminates. That’s when the lights simultaneously go on after a countdown by city officials and others. Because of the pandemic, the ceremony was held virtually this year and broadcast on ABC 8News and on WRIC’s website. Holiday Lights on the Riverfront, presented by Venture Richmond, followed, with decorative lights going on at Brown’s Island to the Turning Basin on the Canal Walk. Entertainers and hot beverages also are a part of the riverfront celebration, which will continue from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. People are asked to wear masks and to practice social distancing. This photograph of the Downtown skyline was taken from Brown’s Island.