Henrico Pops Chorus to present winter concert at CACGA
December 17 2013 - 'Holiday Traditions!' celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, 7:30 p.m., Free
The Henrico Pops Chorus will present its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. “Holiday Traditions!” celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa with songs of their rich and varied traditions. Admission is free but reservations are required. For details, call 501-5859 or 501-5663.
Make gingerbread houses at Tuckahoe Library
December 17 2013 - Space is limited, 6:30 p.m.,
Create a mini gingerbread house to take home at 6:30 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr. Help make a large holiday house for the library. Space is limited. Sponsored by Friends of the Tuckahoe Library. For details, call 290-9100 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org
Concert Ballet of Virginia to present shortened version of ‘The Nutcracker’
December 18 2013 - Deep Run Recreation Center, 6 p.m., $7.50
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 Deep Run Recreation Center, 9910 Ridgefield Pkwy. This introduction to the Christmas classic is suitable for all ages. Admission is $7.50 per person. Registration is required in advance at http://www.connect.henricorecandparks.com
YMCA’s Growing Younger Program participants to perform Christmas Choral Concert
December 19 2013 - Regency Square Mall, 10:30 a.m., Free
YMCA of Greater Richmond’s Growing Younger Program participants will perform a Christmas Choral Concert from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Regency Square Mall, 1420 N. Parham Rd. These festive senior citizens will perform holiday jingles that they’ve learned through an Art on Wheels music therapist. This one-time-only performance marks the first time this group is being brought together to showcase their musical skills. No charge. For details, visit http://www.ymcarichmond.org
Henrico Theatre to show 1993 film ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
December 20 2013 - Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door, 7 p.m., $1
The 1993 film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” will play at 7 p.m. at Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Rd. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the door. For details, call 328-4491 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
Concert Ballet to present full original production of ‘The Nutcracker’ Dec. 20-21
December 20 2013 - Atlee High School, Times vary, $12 to $24
The Concert Ballet of Virginia will present the full original production of the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at Atlee High School, 9414 Atlee Station Rd. in Mechanicsville. Tickets are $12 to $24. For details, call 798-0945 or visit http://www.concertballet.com
CACGA to present Theatre IV on Tour’s production of ‘A Christmas Carol’
December 21 2013 - Suitable for all ages, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., $12
The Center Season at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will present Theatre IV on Tour’s production of “A Christmas Carol” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This exclusive Richmond public performance contains all the joy, sentiment and meaning of Dickens’ classic story. Suitable for all ages. Tickets are $12. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com
11th annual ‘Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Metro Richmond Zoo’ set for Dec. 21-23
December 21 2013 - Animals from the zoo are featured in the live 20-minute program, Times vary,
The 11th annual “Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Metro Richmond Zoo” will take place at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 21-23 at the zoo, 8300 Beaver Bridge Rd. This 20-minute performance is a live rendition of the Christmas story, presented against a period backdrop with cast members re-enacting events. Animals from the zoo are featured in the program. A performance in Spanish will be held Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For details, visit http://www.metrorichmondzoo.com
Celebrate the holidays at Sandston Library
December 23 2013 - There will be a special story time with music and a craft, 2 p.m.,
Sandston Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Rd., will celebrate the holidays at 2 p.m. There will be a special story time with music and a craft. For details, call 290-9900 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to host New Year’s Eve Family Frolic
December 31 2013 - Live concert by the Ululating Mummies, 2 p.m.,
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s New Year’s Eve Family Frolic will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, located at 1800 Lakeside Ave. There will be a live concert by the Ululating Mummies and families can make their own New Year’s party hats and have photos taken with the Garden Keeper and the Butterfly Fairy. Event is included with garden admission. GardenFest of Lights will continue from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For details, call 262-9887 or visit http://www.lewisginter.org
In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.
The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.
If you're looking for something a little different from the standard, ho-hum restaurant experience, look no further than The Village shopping center. Among the recent success stories to put down roots in The Village is Estilo, created by the owners of the gastropub Toast (featured in a Feb. 21 review in the Citizen), only a few steps away.
Estilo – which translates to style – offers a taste of Peru, Chile and Bolivia, among other countries, and a menu that rotates regularly through the rest of Central and South America. > Read more.
Frozen, by far, is the House of Mouse’s best attempt at a new Little Mermaid. > Read more.