Holiday Almanac Calendar 

Richmond's holiday events from November to January.

click to enlarge The Richmond Christmas Parade: Dec. 7.

Scott Elmquist

The Richmond Christmas Parade: Dec. 7.

Nov. 27

Genworth Foundations Holiday Village showcases holiday traditions from around the world at the Children's Museum of Richmond until Jan. 5. And while you are there, get your picture taken with canine Legendary Santa. He'll be there through Dec. 29. Chasen Galleries has a show of holiday works to fit any and all budgets. 204-1048. Music at Midday concert series at the Jefferson Hotel begins with a performance by Southside Baptist Christian School Secondary Choral Ensemble. Through Dec. 21. 649-4750.

Nov. 28

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at Art6 Gallery's Indoor Craft Bazaar. Until Dec. 21. "Spree," the gallery's seasonal exhibit, is on display until Dec. 29. 343-1406. Journey to Santa Claus' home at the North Pole in the adventure film, "Polar Express" at the Science Museum. Through Jan. 2. Skate in the season at Richmond on Ice on 6th Street. Through Jan. 20. rvaonice.net. Nov. 29

The Bizarre Market celebrates its ninth year of one-of-a-kind gift shopping at Chop Suey Books. Through Dec. 24. The Dominion GardenFest of Lights illuminates the holidays at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The festive blinding of electric light continues through Jan. 13.

The holiday doo-wop musical, "A Lug Nuts Christmas" begins its run of performances at the Hanover Tavern. 513-8211 Lavender Fields Herb Farm gets into the holiday spirit with two days of herbal merriment. 262-7167. lavenderfieldsfarm.com

Virginia Rep Children's Theatre (Willow Lawn) "Twas The Night Before Christmas" starts today and runs through Dec. 29.

Nov. 30

It's a hip-hop "Thanksgathering" with K-Truth, Black Liq, Young Jrwek and others at Strange Matter.

Carytown celebrates the season with Holiday Magic with live music performances, free horse-drawn carriage rides, visits and picture opportunities with Santa and gift certificate giveaways. Every Saturday, 12-5 p.m.

Trim the Turkey 5K Run/Walk and a 1-mile Kid's Fun Run at the Midlothian Athletic Club. macrichmond.com.

Dec. 1

Help the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League with its online raffle of holiday gifts. Through Dec. 15. 323-3739. rsol.org

It's A Regency Christmas at Historic Magnolia Grange House Museum with a host of holiday activities. chesterfieldhistory.com.

Dec. 2

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart holds four holiday concerts starting tonight at 7 p.m. Join the sing-a-longs on the seventh, 16th and 24th. richmondcathedral.org

Nothing brings in Christmas in Richmond like the 27th annual Tree Lighting at the Jefferson Hotel at 6 p.m. With live music. The big band sounds of the Continentals fill Hermitage High School with holiday cheer.

Dec. 4

Featuring what is being billed as the largest storybook on earth, the family friendly musical, "Glorious Christmas Nights" starts its run of performances at the West End Assembly of God. Through Dec. 15. 754-0738. gloriouschristmasnights.com.

Dec. 5

Andrew Peterson brings his "Behold the Lamb of God Christmas Tour" to the Landmark Theater. 7 p.m. Hipify the holidays with John Pizzarelli Swing 7's Swing Band Holiday Concert at the Modlin Center for the Arts. The 38th annual Bizarre Bazaar Christmas Collection takes over the Richmond International Speedway for four days of yuletide shopping.

Carols at noon in the lobby of City Hall with youth singing groups. Until Dec. 17.

Blow Your Own Ornament Days classes begin at the Glass Spot. 228-8868 richmondglassspot.com.

click to enlarge The Grand Illumination of the James Center: Dec. 6.
  • The Grand Illumination of the James Center: Dec. 6.

Dec. 6

Cultural Arts at Glen Allen presents its 15th Annual "An Evening of Sleighbells and Snowflakes" with The Richmond Men's choir and Richmond Women's Choir at 7 p.m.

The Grand Illumination of the James Center and downtown Richmond takes place at 6 p.m. thejamescenter.com

Richmond Symphony performance of Handel's "Messiah" at the Carpenter Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Vespers and Candlelight walk at 7 p.m. at historic St. John's Church accompanied by bagpipers and concluding at Libby Hill Park. Free.

RVA "Krampuslauf" or Krampus walk, will take place at 6 p.m. and be much like the Zombie Walk where costumed folks walk from one end of Carytown to the other in fantastic beast-like costumes, ending in an afterparty at Portrait House. See Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/RVAkrampus

The Hippodrome holds a black-tie holiday celebration to benefit the artistic and educational programming at Richmond CenterStage. 625-7674 The Museum of the Confederacy shows you how Victorians celebrated the birth of Christ with tours on the sixth and 11th.

The holiday-themed Winter Print Fair featuring a variety of works for sale by Richmond-based printmakers opens tonight, 7 - 9 p.m. at Studio Two Three. 254-7302. studiotwothree.com.

"It's A Wonderful Night" features over 20 shops under one roof from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Shops at 5807 on Patterson Ave. Portion of proceeds benefit SCAN.

The Henrico Theater is showing a series of holiday films starting tonight with the Will Ferrell comedy "Elf" at 7 p.m and two showings Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. "It's A Wonderful Life" plays Dec. 13 and 14 and "The Nightmare Before Christmas" hits the screen Dec. 20. Night screenings of "Elf" and "It's a Wonderful Life" will be proceeded by seasonal singing and dancing with the Rockettes. $1.

Dec. 7

Cultural Arts at Glen Allen 15th Annual Tree Lighting is from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. This is a free event.

Richmond Symphony presents "Let It Snow" at 8:00 p.m. at the Carpenter Theatre.

The Richmond Christmas Parade celebrates its 30th year of filling Broad Street with Christmas cheer at 10 a.m. First Baptist Church at 2709 Monument Ave. opens its Christkindlmarkt European-Style Christmas Market. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fan District Association Holiday House tour. Tickets on sale at fandistrict.org. Dec. 7 and Dec. 8.

Trinity Baptist Church at 2811 Fendall Ave. hosts its ninth annual Christmas concert with an Advent wreath lighting ceremony. All donations collected at this free event will be used to help support children and families in need in Richmond and the St. Joseph Home for Boys Orphanage in Haiti. Jesus would approve.

Make your wreath at Agecroft Hall and Gardens. 10 a.m.-noon. agecrofthall.com The National Capitol Brass Band brings the holiday spirit to St. Mary's Catholic Church at 9505 Gayton Road with a concert of Christmas tunes. Get a Christmas tree and celebrate the season at the Hanover Vegetable Open House. 752-2334. Celebrating the 17th year of off-color holiday music and comedy, Hamaganza, hosted by the alluring and appropriated named Richmond icon Dirt Woman, brings an adults-only variety show to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Make your own Gingerbread House with the owner of the Green Kitchen, chef Tammy Brawley at the Virginia Center for Architecture. 644-3041.

Dec. 8

Richmond Symphony presents a matinee performance of "Let It Snow" at 3 p.m. At the Carpenter Theatre.

Church Hill Holiday House Tour from noon until 5 p.m. Information at churchhill.org.

Celebrate the season with a 10-historic site tour at 27th annual "It's a Court End Christmas." For information about the shuttle stops, go to courtendchristmas.com.

Church Hill Assoiation Holiday House Tour from noon to 5 p.m. For tickets, go to churchhill.org.

St. John's Church will feature music at 1:15 p.m., the re-enactment of Patrick Henry's speech at 1:45 p.m. and a visit from Vintage Santa from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Court End Christmas tour offers free shuttle.

Have tea with Santa, the Snow Queen and the singing Elf at the Hilton Garden Inn. 344-4300.

"Byrlesque at the Byrd: Holidays at the Movies" is at the Bryd Theatre. Hamaganza brings its low-class entertainment to the high brow at Lulu's. The Sixth annual Christmas Toy Airlift, a project of the Virginia chapter of the 99s, takes place at Chesterfield Airport with volunteer pilots from across the Commonwealth delivering gifts for military families and for hospitalized veterans. ninety-nines.org. The 20th annual James River Parade of Lights with boats decorated with thousands of lights that will cruise the James between Richmond and Henrico and Chesterfield counties. 717-6681. jrac-va.org

The Ghost of RVA Hot Sauce returns to Gallery5 with live performances by Photosynthesizers, Anousheh, J.D. Haze, Ohbliv, Radio B, Michael Millions and Noah O. Also performing is the Coalition Theater with a a mission from Kindness Girl Patience Salgado, and in hot sauce fashion — an open mic hip-hop cipher. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $8-$10.

Dec. 9

Richmond Country Club holds the Jingle Bell Bazaar Dec. 9 and 10. 784-5272. River City Blues Society of VA brings its annual Holiday Jam to Capital Ale House. rivercityblues.org. The city's Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities Department presents a free performance of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at the Landmark.

The RVA Big Band plays music of the season every Monday in December for free at Balliceaux. 10 p.m.

Dec. 10

On the Air Radio Players present their old-time, holiday radio-show performance of "Christmastime Around the Dial" at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen on Dec. 10 and 11. otarp.com/site.

Easter Seals UCP, in partnership with the Children's Museum of Richmond, will play host to a Sensitive Legendary Santa event for children with disabilities [see story].

Dec. 12

Jucifer, Gritter and Dirt Merchant bring the sounds of the Grinch to Strange Matter.

Molly Ringwald presents "A Winter Wonderland" at Gottwald Playhouse. 7 p.m.

The Robinson Theatre hosts its annual Christmas concert with music by Cold Harbor, Matt and the Hooligans, Son of the Sea and the East End Fellowship Choir. The show starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. 562-9133. robinsontheater.org.

click to enlarge 27th annual Tree Lighting at the Jefferson Hotel: Dec. 2. - SCOTT ELMQUIST/FILE
  • Scott Elmquist/file
  • 27th annual Tree Lighting at the Jefferson Hotel: Dec. 2.

Dec. 14

It wouldn't be Christmas without the Richmond Ballet's annual production of "The Nutcracker." Through Dec. 23. Richmond's annual Christmas Blessing of the Animals takes place at the Morgan Fountain in Shockoe Slip. 543-9088.

Christmas on MacArthur and Santa Parade takes over the 4000 block of MacArthur Avenue on the North Side with music, activities and a visit from Santa. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 864-0262.

Richmond Craft Mafia presents the Handmade Holiday Craft Show at Dogtown Dance Theatre at 109 W. 15th Street. Free admission and parking.

A night of live music with donations going to HomeAgain for Ghost of Pop 9 featuring My Old Ways, the Awesome Few, Long Arms, the Northerners, Hypercolor, Goldrush and Black Girls at 6 p.m. at Gallery5. Tickets are $5, donations welcome.

XL102 kicks off its four-night Miracle on Broad Street series at the National with twenty one pilots and The 1975. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7. thenationalva.com.

Dec. 15

Matthew White and the Spacebomb crew make it home for holidays after a year of international touring with a show at Strange Matter. Howard Ivans opens. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $12 in advance and $14 at the door. matthewewhite.tumblr.com.

Molly Ringwald presents "A Winter Wonderland" at Gottwald Playhouse. 7 p.m.

Carytown Farmer's Market runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artisans, crafts, jewelry.

Richmond Animal Care and Control holds its second Holiday Adoption Open House. Visit your future pets online at: richmondgov.com/animals.

Dec. 16

The Henrico Concert Band presents a free concert of Christmas songs at Mount Vernon Baptist Church at 11220 Nuckols Road.

Sweet Honey in the Rock presents a one-of-a-kind seasonal concert celebrating the music of many faiths. 7 p.m. at the Carpenter Theatre at Centerstage. Richmondcenterstage.com.

XL102's Miracle on Broad Street continues with Queens of the Stone Age at the National. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30. thenationalva.com.

Dec. 17

The Virginia Folk Music Association presents Copper Ridge, Homeward Bound and Rappahannock Crossing for a night of music and charitable giving at Brandermill Church at 4500 Millridge Parkway. A canned food donation gets you in the door. 7-9:30 p.m. 347-2925.

XL102's Miracle on Broad Street features New Politics & X Ambassadors at the National. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30. thenationalva.com.

Dec. 18

XL102's Miracle On Broad Street series at the National concludes with Thirty Seconds to Mars and special guests. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7:30. thenationalva.com.

Dec. 19

The Taters play a Christmas show at the Henrico Theater.

Dec. 21

The Charles Dickens' holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol" is brought to life with two performances (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Tickets are $12.

Dec. 24

The DJ Williams Projekt welcomes Santa to town with a show at the Camel.

Dec. 26 and 27

The Valentine Richmond History Center presents "Holiday Glitter: Monument After Dark" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Reservations required. Dec. 28

The Elegba Folklore Society presents the 2013 Capital City Kwanzaa Festival at the Showplace at 3000 Mechanicsville Turnpike. efsinc.org.

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