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Holiday Happenings

Danú, see Dec. 5 listing.
By Anne Dalton

Friday, Nov. 27

Legendary Santa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central, 2626 W. Broad St., Richmond. Celebrate the magic of the season with a visit to Santa Land, share Christmas wishes and take pictures with Santa. Continues through Dec. 24. Free, museum admission ($9) not required. 474-7000.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights H2Whoa! 5-10 p.m., Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. This holiday tradition, featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains and holiday activities, showcases water in all its forms. Continues through Jan. 11. $5-$12.

“Plaid Tidings,” 8 p.m., Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway, South Chesterfield. The legendary Plaids come back to Earth to spread Yuletide joy. Continues through Jan. 9. $38-$55. 748-5203.

“This Wonderful Life,” 8 p.m., Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover. The classic citizens of Bedford Falls come to life in this heartwarming, one-man adaptation holiday show starring Scott Wichmann. Continues through Jan. 10. $38. 282-2620.

Saturday, Nov. 28

“The Snowman,” 11 a.m., Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, 600 E. Grace St., Richmond. This holiday show for the kids features this animated film accompanied by the Richmond Symphony. Part of the Union Bank & Trust LolliPops series. $11-$17.

Monday, Nov. 30

Drifty and the Chocolate Factory, 10:15 a.m., Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway, South Chesterfield. Join Drifty the Snowman, candymaker Willie Whoops and their North Pole friends as they search for the best hot chocolate. Continues through Dec. 22. $8.75, $10.75/with lunch. 748-5203.

Thursday, Dec. 3

Bizarre Bazaar: The Christmas collection, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond. A showcase of unique offerings, seasonal gifts and decorative accessories. Continues through Dec. 6. $9, $1.50/ages 2-12.

“Miracle on 34th Street,” 7 p.m., Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Henrico. Enjoy this holiday classic on the big screen. Performers from Henrico Theatre Company will sing and dance to holiday tunes prior to the movie. $1. 328-4491.

Legendary Santa
Legendary Santa, see Nov. 27 listing.
Holiday concert, 7-8 p.m., Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Drive, Henrico. Bob Wadsworth, performing with his dulcimer, will provide holiday music. Sponsored by Friends of the Tuckahoe Area Library. 290-9130.

Holiday concert, 7-8:15 p.m., Glen Allen Branch Library, 10501 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen. Enjoy an evening of holiday music with the Short Pump Symphonette, a 20-piece orchestra showcasing both youth and adult performers. 290-9500.

Holiday concert, 7:30 p.m., The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. Start the holiday season with the Henrico Community Band. Free. 501-5859.

Friday, Dec. 4

“Miracle on 34th Street,” 7 p.m. See Dec. 3 listing.

Handel’s “Messiah,” 7:30 p.m., Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, 600 E. Grace St., Richmond. Join the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus for this timeless favorite. $20-$50.

Saturday, Dec. 5

32nd Annual Dominion Christmas Parade, 10:15 a.m., Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. Holiday floats, marching bands, huge helium balloons and Santa will head down West Broad Street to Seventh Street. Free.

6th Annual Santa Paws, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Ruff House Dog Park – Rockwood Park, 3401 Courthouse Road, Richmond. Get your pup’s photo taken with Santa Paws. $5.

Christmas Through the Ages Open House, 1-4 p.m., Magnolia Grange, 10020 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield. Celebrate Christmas “Downton Abbey” style, with costumes, characters, food, special vignettes, decorations and a visit from Santa. Free, $1/house tours. Hosted by The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia. Free. 796-1479.

“Miracle on 34th Street,” 2 and 5 p.m. See Dec. 3 listing.

17th Annual Tree Lighting, 4:30-6:30 p.m., The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. This special event features holiday music, a bonfire, hot chocolate, cookies and an appearance from old St. Nick, just in time for the countdown to light a 60-foot cedar tree. Free. 343-3506.

Danú, Féile Na Nollag (A Christmas Gathering), 7:30 p.m., Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, University of Richmond – Modlin Center for the Arts, 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond. The Irish ensemble, Danú, offers a taste of the holidays in Ireland with music and dance. Includes a post-show reception in Booth Lobby. $10-$36.

“Let it Snow!” 8 p.m., Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, 600 E. Grace St., Richmond. Join the Richmond Symphony and the Richmond Symphony Chorus for this annual family tradition. Part of the Genworth Symphony Pops. $10-$78. 592-3400.

Sunday, Dec. 6

Old-Fashioned Christmas, noon-5 p.m., Maymont Mansion and Carriage House Lawn, 1700 Hampton St., Richmond. Celebrate a charming, old-fashioned Victorian Christmas with horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with St. Nick and Maymont’s Christmas Fairy, food and drink, festive music, a roaring bonfire and special activities. Free, tours and carriage rides: $5, $4/members, ages 12 and younger. 358-7166, ext. 310.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights, see Nov. 27 listing.
St. Nick’s Christmas Party, 2:30-4 p.m., Maymont, 1700 Hampton St., Richmond. St. Nick joins Maymont’s Christmas Fairy to host a party filled with magical wishes, games and crafts, special treats, animal friends and a visit to the enchanting home of Major and Mrs. Dooley. Registration required. $10-$15. 358-7166, ext. 310.

Home for the Holidays, 4 p.m., Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, 3601 Seminary Ave, Richmond. The Richmond Women’s Chorus and The Richmond Men’s Chorus perform holiday favorites. $10-$15.

Monday, Dec. 7

Holiday concert, 7 p.m., James Center, 1051 E. Cary St., Richmond. The Richmond Philharmonic performs. Free.

Holiday concert, 7:30 p.m., Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Henrico. Celebrate the holiday season with the Henrico Concert Band. Free. 328-4491.

Tuesday, Dec. 8

“Stay Tuned for Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. The On the Air Radio Players present a live performance of Yuletide comedies from the golden age of radio. Free. 501-5138.

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Christmas Tea, 1 p.m., Magnolia Grange, 10020 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield. Enjoy a “Downton Abbey” holiday tea with foods popular in the period, costumed characters and special sales in the gift shop. Reservations required. $25. 796-1479.  

“Stay Tuned for Christmas,” 7:30 p.m. See Dec. 8 listing.

“The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” 7:30 p.m., Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St., Richmond. The TransSiberian Orchestra will perform this holiday rock show. From $36.50-$65.50. 780-4956.

Friday, Dec. 11

Maymont by Moonlight, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Maymont, 1700 Hampton St., Richmond. Step back to Christmas 1893 and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride under the stars, seasonal refreshments and carol singing by the bonfire. Reservations required. $28, $22/members. 358-7166, ext. 329.

“The Nutcracker,” 7 p.m., Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, 600 E. Grace St., Richmond. Richmond Ballet performs this holiday classic with the Richmond Symphony. $20-$125. 592-3400.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: An Evening with Connie Champagne as Judy Garland, 7:30 p.m., Rhythm Hall – Richmond CenterStage, 600 E. Grace St., Richmond. Get in the holiday spirit with an evening of holiday cheer the Garland way. $25-$50. 592-3400.

Saturday, Dec. 12

Sir Thomas Dale’s Colonial Christmas, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. Experience holiday traditions of Elizabethan-Jacobean English households in the early 17th century and enjoy period dance and song, a hearth cooking class, historic decorations, crafts and games. $8, $6/ages 6-12, free/Henricus patrons. 318-8797.

Henricus Colonial Christmas Camp, 1-4 p.m., Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester. Make decorations and crafts and participate in games and traditional holiday activities of the Colonial Virginia era. $30, $25/patrons. 318-8797.

CarMax Tacky Light Run, 5-9:30 p.m., Mid-Lothian Mines Park, 13286 N. Woolridge Road, Midlothian. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Walton Park neighborhood along the 6K course. Includes pre- and post-race festivals. $10-$45.

23rd Annual James River Parade of Lights, 6-10 p.m., Dutch Gap Boat Landing, 441 Coxendale Road, Chester; the bluff at Henricus Historical Park, 251 Coxendale Road, Chester; and Osborne Park and Boat Landing, 9530 Osborne Turnpike, Henrico. Watch as festively decorated boats cruise from Richmond through Henrico and Chesterfield counties to the Varina-Enon Bridge. Sponsored by Chesterfield and Henrico counties, the city of Richmond and the James River Advisory Council. Free. 717-6681.

Two on Tap, 7-9 p.m., The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. Enjoy holiday favorites performed by Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano. $32. 261-ARTS (2787).

Sunday, December 13

2015 Chester Kiwanis Christmas Parade, 2 p.m., Chester YMCA, 3011 W. Hundred Road to Harrowgate Road, Chester. See floats, bands, dancers, horses and Santa himself.

29th Annual Court End Christmas, noon-5 p.m., The Valentine, 1015 E. Clay St., Richmond. Ten historic sites in downtown Richmond open their doors for a day of holiday festivities including carriage rides, carolers, living history, live music, children’s crafts, gift shops and more. A complimentary shuttle will circulate among all sites throughout the event. Free. 649-0711, ext. 301.

Tuesday, Dec. 15

Holiday concert, 7:30 p.m., The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. Join the Henrico Pops Chorus for an evening of holiday fun and seasonal classics. Free. 501-5859.

Wednesday, Dec. 16

Christmas Tea, 1 p.m. See Dec. 9 listing.

The Traditions of Christmas: An Evening with the Butler of an English Manor House, 7 p.m., Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond. Performance historian John White takes participants behind the scenes at an English manor house as it is readied for the holidays. $12. 353-4241.

Thursday, Dec. 17

Holiday harp concert, 2-3 p.m., Twin Hickory Area Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen. Enjoy holiday music performed by a pair of harpists from the American Youth Harp Ensemble. Sponsored by the Friends of Twin Hickory Library. 290-9200.

Friday, Dec 18

“The Polar Express,” 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Henrico. Come early to visit the train exhibit, meet the conductor and receive a golden boarding ticket and bell. $1. 328-4491.

Maymont by Moonlight, 5:30-9:30 p.m. See Dec. 11 listing.

Saturday, Dec. 19   
“The Shoemaker and the Christmas Elves,” 10 and 11:30 a.m., The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. Theatre IV takes a Yuletide spin on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. The fun begins when the poor shoemaker and his wife are visited by Christmas elves on assignment from Santa. 261-ARTS (2787).

Christmas with Susan Greenbaum and KOS, 4 and 7 p.m., Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Henrico. Enjoy an evening filled with holiday favorites, unique arrangements and the sounds of seasonal songs from Richmond’s own Susan Greenbaum and KOS. $5. 328-4491.

Holiday Lantern Tours, 5:30-8 p.m., Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen. Join the holiday fun as costumed living historians lead groups through a candlelit history of classic Christmas carols. Free. 501-2130.

Monday, Dec. 21

Miracle on 34th Street
“Miracle on 34th Street,” see Dec. 3, 4 and 5 listings.
The Miracle of Christmas, 7, 7:45 and 8:30 p.m., Metro Richmond Zoo, 8300 Beaver Bridge Road, Moseley. Enjoy a live re-enactment of the Christmas story. Continues through Dec. 23. Free.

Wednesday, Dec. 23

Holiday Glitter: Monument Avenue After Dark Walking Tour, 6-7:30 p.m., Robert E. Lee monument, Richmond. See Monument Avenue in its holiday finery on this walking tour of Richmond’s most famous street, lined with grand homes that are especially sparkly during the holidays. Registration required. $15, $5/Valentine members.

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