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
GFCFS to host annual Jingle Bell Bazaar at Richmond Country Club Dec. 9-10
December 09 2013 - , 10 a.m., Free
Shop the Jingle Bell Bazaar for holiday gifts, clothing, jewelry, artwork, food and more from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Richmond Country Club, 12950 Patterson Ave. This free, annual event is hosted by Goochland Free Clinic & Family Services. For details, call 556-6260 or visit http://www.goochlandfreeclinicandfamilyservices.org
RIR to host its 10th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 10 2013 - Bring items for FeedMore and Toys for Tots, 6:30 p.m.,
Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., will host its 10th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The festive evening includes an illumination of the track’s Christmas tree, music and fun for the entire family, as well as a visit from the jolly old elf. Local Henrico schools will also be participating. Attendees are encouraged to bring items for the Central Virginia Foodbank and the Marine Toys for Tots toy drive. RIR will match all donations received at the track. For details, visit http://www.rir.com
Varina Library to host Christmas Party
December 10 2013 - Crafts, refreshments, stories from Mrs. Claus and a visit by Santa, 7 p.m.,
Varina Library, 2001 Library Rd., will host its Christmas Party from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be crafts, refreshments, stories from Mrs. Claus and a visit by Santa. For details, call 290-9800 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org
On the Air Radio Players to present ‘Christmastime around the Dial’ Dec. 10-11
December 10 2013 - The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 7:30 p.m., Free
The On the Air Radio Players will present “Christmastime around the Dial,” an old-time holiday radio show, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-11 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Be a part of the studio audience for this hour-long taping featuring live music and sound effects. Admission is free. For details, call 501-5859 or visit http://www.henricorecandparks.com
Henrico Business Leaders to host 2nd annual Holiday Party at Stratford University
December 11 2013 - Seasonal music, cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres, 5 p.m.,
The Henrico Business Leaders will host its second annual Holiday Party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stratford University, 11104 W. Broad St. There will be seasonal music, cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres from Stratford University's prestigious School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management. Pre-registration is required. Guests must be in attendance with a member. For details, visit http://tinyurl.com/HBLparty
Fairfield Library to host its annual Holiday Party
December 11 2013 - Play games, make a craft and visit with Santa, 7 p.m.,
Fairfield Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave., will host its annual Holiday Party from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Play games, make a craft and visit with Santa. For details, call 290-9300 or visit http://www.henricolibrary.org
AOA Christmas Luncheon to be held at the Sandston Recreation Center
December 11 2013 - Registration deadline is Dec. 9, 12 p.m., $5
The AOA Christmas Luncheon at the Sandston Recreation Center will begin at 12 p.m. Share your favorite dish and bring a gift ($1 to $5) for a Gift Grab game. Registration for lunch (due by Dec. 9) is $5. For details, call the Chickahominy YMCA at 737-9622.
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.
I didn’t have a clue what to expect from this unheard-of restaurant in an unexpected spot – right in the heart of Willow Lawn. I came to learn it’s not unheard of; it’s a restaurant chain out of Northern Virginia.
“It definitely improves the look of Willow Lawn,” said my friend, who ventured to the new spot with me on a Monday night for dinner one week after the restaurant opened. > Read more.
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