Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to present GardenFest of Lights through Jan. 13
November 29 2013 - Featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, model trains, family activities and more, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., $7 to $11
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will present the Dominion GardenFest of Lights nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 29 to Jan. 13 (closed Dec. 24-25). This holiday tradition features more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. This year’s theme is A Natural Love Affair. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under age three.
CACGA’s holiday decorated tree exhibit ‘Illumina’ on display through Jan. 3
December 02 2013 - Each tree has its own special theme from trains to musicology 101, 5 p.m., Free
“Illumina,” a holiday decorated tree display, will begin at 5 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Curator Yvonne Hopkins will present a beautiful bounty of Christmas trees, each with its own special theme from trains to musicology 101. Santa and his elves will be on site for visits with children. Illumina continues through Jan. 3. Admission is free. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com
West End Assembly of God presents ‘Glorious Christmas Nights’ Dec. 4-15
December 04 2013 - 'A Storybook Christmas', Times vary, $18
West End Assembly of God, 401 N. Parham Rd., will present “Glorious Christmas Nights: A Storybook Christmas” Dec. 4-15. This charming musical spectacle will illustrate a storybook of family values and spiritual truths to challenge and touch everyone. Glorious Christmas Nights is now in its 30th year. Tickets are $18. For a complete performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.gloriouschristmasnights.com
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to host Dominion GardenFest for Fidos
December 05 2013 - On this special night only, leashed pets are allowed, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., $4 to $11
The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., will host Dominion GardenFest for Fidos from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. On this special night only, leashed pets are allowed. Dominion GardenFest of Lights features more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains and more. A suggested $2 pet admission benefits the Richmond SPCA. Human admission is $4 to $11. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org
The Bizarre Bazaar to present its 38th Christmas Collection Dec. 5-8
December 05 2013 - Richmond Raceway Complex, 10 a.m., $1.50 to $7
The Bizarre Bazaar will present its 38th Christmas Collection from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 5-7 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. The holiday marketplace will feature 500 juried exclusive exhibitors and more than 100 new exhibitors only seen at The Bizarre Bazaar. Admission is $7 for adults and $1.50 for children 2-12. Parking is free. For details, call 673-6280 or visit http://www.thebizarrebazaar.com
Henrico Community Band to perform at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
December 05 2013 - Reservations are required, 7:30 p.m., Free
The Henrico Community Band will perform a concert of festive holiday music for the entire family at 7:30 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Admission is free. Reservations are required. For details, call 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
Concert Ballet of Va. to present shortened version of ‘The Nutcracker’
December 06 2013 - Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 6 p.m., Free
The Concert Ballet of Virginia will present a 30-minute version of “The Nutcracker” story with narration and dances by major characters in costume at 6 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. This introduction to the Christmas classic is suitable for all ages. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.concertballet.com
Richmond Men’s Chorus, Richmond’s Women Chorus to perform at CACGA
December 06 2013 - Part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series, 7 p.m., $12
Enjoy an evening of sleighbells and snowflakes featuring the Richmond Men’s Chorus and the Richmond Women’s Chorus at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series, now in its fifth year, which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Tickets are $12. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com
The 2003 film ‘Elf’ to play at Henrico Theatre Dec. 6-7
December 06 2013 - Both evening performances will include seasonal singing and dancing, pre-movie fun, Times vary, $1
The 2003 film “Elf” will play at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. Both evening performances will include seasonal singing and dancing (a la the Rockettes) and pre-movie fun. For details, call 328-4491 or 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
Gayton Baptist Church to present its sixth annual Jazz Nativity Dec. 6-8
December 06 2013 - Featuring David Esleck and gourmet coffee and desserts from Starbucks, Times vary, $8 to $12
Gayton Baptist Church, 13501 Gayton Rd., will present its sixth annual Jazz Nativity featuring David Esleck at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Enjoy jazz music inspired by the Christmas season. Gourmet coffee and desserts will be available from Starbucks. Proceeds from Jazz Nativity will benefit Feed My Starving Children. Reserved tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for kids 11 and younger and are available online at http://www.gaytonchurch.org
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