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
Jewish Family Theatre to present ‘Hello Dolly!’ Dec. 12-22 at Weinstein JCC
December 12 2013 - A special Chanukah Dinner and Show will be held Dec. 18, Times vary, $10 to $20
Jewish Family Theatre will present “Hello Dolly!” Dec. 12-22 at the Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave. Numbers include “Elegance,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” and more. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. with matinees beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 to $15. A special Chanukah Dinner and Show will be held Dec. 18. Tickets are $10 to $20. For a complete performance schedule and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.weinsteinjcc.org
Richmond Ballet’s annual production of ‘The Nutcracker’ returns Dec. 14-23
December 14 2013 - Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, Times vary, $20
The Richmond Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” returns Dec. 14-23 for 13 performances at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage. The Richmond Symphony will provide live music. The show is approximately two hours long. Tickets start at $20. For details, visit http://www.richmondballet.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
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.