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
Area churches to hold Christmas Eve services
December 24 2013 - , Times vary,
Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave. (288-6056) – 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Westhampton Baptist Church, 6112 Three Chopt Rd. (282-4243) – 5 p.m.; The Gayton Kirk Presbyterian Church, 11421 Gayton Rd. (741-5254) – 5 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Gayton Baptist Church, 13501 N. Gayton Rd. (360-2801) – 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Welborne United Methodist Church, 920 Maybeury Dr. (740-7128) – 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. (740-4044) – 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.; St. Michael Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Rd. (527-1037) – 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Antioch Baptist Church, 1384 New Market Rd. (222-8835) – 6:30 p.m.; Lakeside United Methodist Church, 2333 Hilliard Rd. (266-7016) – 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Willis United Methodist Church, 8360 Willis Church Rd. (795-1895) – 7 p.m.; Epiphany Lutheran Church, 1400 Horsepen Rd. (282-6066) – 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 10627 Patterson Ave. (740-2101) – 10:30 p.m.; Poplar Springs Baptist Church, 5270 Charles City Rd. (795-1238) – 7 p.m.; Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 9155 Hungary Rd. (270-7613) – 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
CMoR Short Pump to host New Year’s Eve Bash
December 31 2013 - Join Seymour for a special “countdown to noon” juice box toast and fun games, 10 a.m.,
All Children’s Museum of Richmond locations, including CMoR Short Pump at 2200 Old Brick Rd., will host a New Year’s Eve Bash from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join Seymour for a special “countdown to noon” juice box toast and fun games. Event is included with museum admission. For details, call 474-7000 or visit http://www.c-mor.org
Children ages 5+ invited to ring in the New Year at Twin Hickory Library
December 31 2013 - Enjoy fun activities and countdown to the New Year at noon, 11 a.m.,
Children ages five and older are invited to ring in the New Year at 11 a.m. at Twin Hickory Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Rd. Enjoy fun activities and countdown to the New Year at noon. For details, call 290-9200 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org
Ring in 2014 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump
December 31 2013 - Live music featuring The Fredds, a DJ, heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts and more, ,
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.
ClassifiedsPrime companion mausoleum space with open and closed included. Westhampton Memorial Park. Call Doug at 794-6916.