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DEC. 1

ILLUMINATE LIGHT SHOW AND SANTA VILLAGE: Through Jan. 3, The Meadow Event Park, Doswell; 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly including holidays; Santa’s Village open through Christmas Eve, though Santa departs on Dec. 23; $20 Mondays-Thursdays, $23 Fridays-Sundays with advance purchase per carload, add $2 for purchase at gate, benefits charities including Toys For Tots, Henrico Humane Society and Humane Society of Caroline County;

DEC. 2

DOMINION GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden annual holiday event features 500,000 lights, decorations, trains and activities; special events include Santa in the Conservatory and story time fireside in the library on Mondays, caroling on Tuesdays, make a Victorian ornament to take home on Wednesdays, acoustic music in the library on Thursdays; 1800 Lakeside Road, Henrico, 5-10 p.m. through Jan. 12, except closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day;

DEC. 4

THE HONKY TONK ANGELS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR: Seasonal musical comedy review production Thursday-Saturdays and select Sundays through Jan. 10, Swift Creek Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway, South Chesterfield; doors open for dinner two hours before production; $38 production only, $55 production and buffet;

DOMINION GARDENFEST FOR FIDOS: 5-10 p.m.; share the GardenFest of Lights with your canine friends at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, 1800 Lakeside Road, Henrico; benefit for Richmond SPCA;

DEC. 5-7

ART FOR THIS ONE: NO ROOM AT THE END: Display of Nativities from around the world, Church of the Redeemer Catholic Church, 8275 Meadowbridge Road, Mechanicsville; preview gala 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, with refreshments, music and auctions, $20 advance, $25 at door; exhibit and children’s area 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 and , 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, with admission $5 adults and $1 ages 18 and younger both days; benefits Safe Harbor, MCEF-Rapid Rehousing Project and Redeemer’s Haiti Ministry;

DEC. 5-17

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON PERFORMANCES AT REGENCY SQUARE: Seasonal entertainment at mall, 1420 N. Parham Road; performers include Richmond Jazz Band, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5; Studio P Stars, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7; Tuckahoe Middle School Chorus, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11;  Meadow Street Band, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12;  USA Dance Association Ballroom Dancing, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13; Meet and Greet Nutzy, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14;  Senior Connections LIVE,  10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17; and Ridge Baptist Choir, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17;

DEC. 6

DOMINION CHRISTMAS PARADE: 31st annual parade begins at 10 a.m.; parade begins at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500. W. Broad St., and continues east on Broad Street to Seventh Street;

NATIONAL CAPITAL BRASS BAND: Free Christmas concert and sing-a-long, 2 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 9595 Gayton Road; presented by The Salvation Army;; (804) 740-4044

MICHAEL W. SMITH: The Spirit of Christmas concert, 8 p.m., Altria Theatre; $35-$65; tickets at CenterStage box office, or call (800) 514-3849

FOURTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES: Lighting ceremony and holiday fun 5-7 p.m., The Cultural Arts Center, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen; artisan designed Christmas trees on display through Jan. 2;

DEC. 7

BYRLESQUE AT THE BYRD: Third annual Holiday at the Movies, with “an off-kilter take on the classic “Holiday Pageant”, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St.;

SANTA PAWS: 7-8 p.m. Regency Square, 1420 N. Parham Road; dogs and cats must be restrained on leash or in a carrier; wait at Entrance 1 until 7:30 P.M.;

DEC. 9-10

SESAME STREET LIVE: MAKE A NEW FRIEND: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10, Carpenter Theatre, 600 E. Grace St.; presented by CenterStage; $10.50 to $60;

DEC. 10

ART FOR THIS ONE: TRAMPLED BY TURTLES: 8 p.m., The National, 708 E. Broad St.; $20 advance, $25 day of show;

DEC. 11

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND: 8 p.m., Carpenter Theater at Richmond CenterStage; eclectic 11-member combo featuring Susan Tedschi and Derek Trucks; $35-$79,, box office or call (800) 514-3849

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND CHAPEL GUILD CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR: Five fine homes off River Road, the Bottomley House and Cannon Memorial Chapel included on annual tour; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $35, includes buffet lunch; chaplaincy.richmond.ed

DEC. 12

MR. DICKENS’ CHRISTMAS CAROL: Seasonal theatrical production of Dickens classic adapted by Bo Wilson, Fridays-Sundays through Dec. 21, Henley Street Theatre production at Grace Street Theatre, 934 W. Grace St.; for times, tickets and information

DEC. 13

JERRY SEINFELD: 7 p.m., Altria Theatre; $49-$150,, box office or call (800) 514-3849

JAMES RIVER PARADE OF LIGHTS: Boats decorated for the holidays proceed down James River from Rocketts Landing (upstream from I-95 bridge to Henricus Park (upstream from I-295 bridge); 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 14-mile route, with viewing sites including Libby Hill and Dock Street in Richmond, Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Henrico County and Henricus Historical Park and Dutch Gap Boat Landing in Chesterfield County; event sponsored by James River Advisory Council;

DEC. 14

MANHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS: 7 p.m., Altria Theatre; $38-$68, Broadway in Richmond Season production;

EASTERN HENRICO HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA: 2:30-5 p.m., Armour House and Garens and Dabbs House, Henrico; Armour House includes a holiday tree adorned with circa 1917 period ornaments and tour, children’s craft activities, refreshments, and holiday songs presented by local school chorus groups; (804) 343-3506; at Dabbs House Museum, discover how Christmas was celebrated 150 years ago during the Civil War, with tour of historic Dabbs House, popular 1860’s holiday refreshments, and chance for children to create a Civil War era Christmas ornament; (804) 652-3409;

DEC. 16

RICHMOND CONCERT BAND: 7 p.m., Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, 1100 Mt. Pisgah Drive, Midlothian; also performs 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1925 Grove Ave., Richmond;

DEC. 17

KENNY ROGERS: Christmas and Hits Through the Years concert with Linda Davis, 7 p.m., Altria Theatre; $44.75-$89.75,, box office or call (800) 514-3849

BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHOLESTROL SCREENING: 9 a.m. to noon, Confederate Hills Recreation Center, 302 Lee Ave., Highland Springs;

DEC. 18

TONY BENNETT: 8 p.m., with Antonia Bennett, Altria Theatre; $55-$115,, box office or call (800) 514-3849

DEC. 18-19

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR: 7 p.m. each night, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 9595 Gayton Road; $40 purchased at parish office, $45 purchased online at; (804) 740-4044

DEC. 18-24

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON PERFORMANCES AT REGENCY SQUARE: Seasonal entertainment at mall, 1420 N. Parham Road; performers include Tuckahoe Middle School Chorus, 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18; Tuckahoe Middle School Band & Strings, 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19; Studio P Stars, 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20; Holiday Music by Liz and Russell, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20; Red Apple Children’s Choir, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23; Miss Sheri The Clown on Christmas Eve;

DEC. 19

CHRISTMAS WITH THE RINARDS: 7 p.m., Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road; hymns, country and holiday classics; $5; (804) 328-4491;

DEC. 22-JAN. 2

WINTER BREAK: Henrico County, Chesterfield County and Richmond public schools closed Dec. 22-Jan. 2

DEC. 23

MAYMONT MANSION HOLIDAY TOURS: Tuesdays-Sundays through Jan. 4, except closed Christmas Eve

DEC. 25

DEC. 26

MAME: Virginia Repertory Theatre production various dates through Jan. 11, The Sarah Belle and Neil November Theatre Marjorie Arenstein State at Virginia Rep Center, 114 W. Broad St.;

DEC. 28

DARK STAR ORCHESTRA: 8 p.m., The National 708 E. Broad St.;$25 advance, $30 day of show;

CAPITAL CITY KWANZAA FESTIVAL: Elegba Folklore Society event downtown, with performances, workshops, African food market, activities for children and other events;

DEC. 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE VIRGINIA SCIENCE MUSEUM OF VIRGINIA: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., celebration features drop of 2,015 bouncy balls at the strike of noon, juice toast, launch ping pong balls with liquid nitrogen, make your own noisemaker and construct a geodesic dome; 2500 W. Broad St.;


FORBIDDEN CITY: IMPERIAL TREASURES FROM THE PALACE MUSEUM, BEIJING: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, through Jan. 15, entry on the half hour; $20, $16 seniors, $10 students, tickets must be purchased for a specific time;

DRIFTWOOD COMES TO LIFE: Through Jan. 2 exhibition of works by local artist Everett A. Mayo, Spotlight Gallery, Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road; gallery hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays; (804) 646-6722