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
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
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
Scents of Serenity Organic Spa to host Marine Corps Toys for Tots Toy Drive
December 07 2013 - Every person that donates a new unwrapped toy will receive a $20 gift card, 10 a.m., Free
Scents of Serenity Organic Spa, 3016 Mountain Rd., will host a Marine Corps Toys for Tots Toy Drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be provided in conjunction with the Mountain Road Holiday Corridor events happening that day. Every person that donates a new unwrapped toy will receive a $20 gift card. For details, call 277-4498.
Annual Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration to begin at noon
December 07 2013 - Visit the Courtney Road Service Station, Walkerton Tavern, CACGA and Meadow Farm Museum, 12 p.m., Free
The annual Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration will begin at noon at the historic Courtney Road Service Station, 3401 Mountain Rd. Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Rd., and Virginia Randolph Museum, 2200 Mountain Rd., will hold open houses from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The 15th annual Tree Lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. There will be carols, a bonfire and a visit by Ol’ St. Nick. The event will conclude with holiday lantern tours from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. All events are free. For details, visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
River Road Presbyterian Church to present ‘Music in a Sacred Space – Christmas Concert’
December 08 2013 - Featuring James River Ringers and others, 7 p.m., Free
River Road Presbyterian Church, 8960 River Rd., will present “Music in a Sacred Space – Christmas Concert” at 7 p.m. The performance will feature music of the season including “Gloria” by John Rutter and the James River Ringers, the Commonwealth Brass & Percussion and the RRPC Chancel Choir. Admission is free and open to the public. For details, visit http://www.jamesriverringers.org
North Airport Drive Civic Assoc. to host annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 08 2013 - Bring an ornament to put on the tree, 6 p.m., Free
The North Airport Drive Civic Association’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fire Station #3, 1310 E. Washington St. at Airport Drive. Bring an ornament to put on the tree. Light refreshments will be served after the tree lighting. Rain or shine. For details, visit http://www.NADCA.net
2nd annual Henrico PAL Youth Leadership Council Holiday Open House planned
December 09 2013 - Anyone ages 13-18 are invited, 6:30 p.m., Free
The second annual Henrico PAL Youth Leadership Council Holiday Open House will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. Anyone ages 13-18 are invited. Enjoy food and music while learning more about YLC. Admission is free. For details, visit http://www.henricopal.org
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