The Holiday Almanac Calendar 

Our roundup of events from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.

click to enlarge Dominion GardenFest of Lights at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Don Williamson

Dominion GardenFest of Lights at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Nov. 28
The Day After Thanksgiving Art Fair takes place at Art Works from noon to 10 p.m. with soaps, candles, glass, pottery, books and jewelry by Crystal Neilson-Hall, Sherry Siewert, Stephen Lewis, Linda Vegas, Josi Hopkins, Nello Bazichi, Maria Galuszka and Chivon Thome. artworksrichmond.com.

The Art, Craft and Vintage Holiday Market is open for your one-of-a-kind holiday shopping needs at Nest Antiques and Art featuring works by more than 35 local artists and craftspeople. Mondays-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sundays noon-5 p.m. For information, call 233-0134. Through Dec. 31.

“A Civil War Christmas,” the holiday musical written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel and directed by Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, is at the Firehouse Theater through Dec. 20.

The musical “Santa’s Christmas Miracle” begins its run of family-friendly performances at the Virginia Repertory’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn. Snow Bear will be available for preperformance brunches and sing-alongs in the lobby during select preformances. va-rep.org.

The power gets turned on for a half-million twinkling lights for the Dominion GardenFest of Lights at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The theme is a Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden and it features displays celebrating the property’s origins in 1895 to the present day. The hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners and various Santa-approved activities continue through Jan. 12. Closed Dec. 24 and 25. lewisginter.org.

Blow your own Christmas ornaments with classes at the Glass Spot. richmondglassspot.com.

The Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare production, “Mr. Dickens’ Christmas Carol” opens at Grace Street Theater. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. Matinee performances will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sundays at 2 p.m. $15-$30. henleystreettheatre.org.

click to enlarge Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, Nov. 29. - ROBYN O'NEILL
  • Robyn O'Neill
  • Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, Nov. 29.

Nov. 29
It’s a country Christmas hoedown during the Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular at Swift Creek Mill Theatre. Thursday-Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. with 2:30 matinees on select dates. Tickets are $38-$55. swiftcreekmill.com.

The Bizarre Market celebrates its 10th year of being Richmond’s go-to place for reasonably priced, unique gift-giving at Chop Suey Books. Through Dec. 24.

All things Christmas can found in plentiful abundance at the Illuminate Light Show and Santa’s Village at the Meadow Event Park. 5:30-10 p.m. daily. $20-$75. Through Jan. 3. illuminatelightshow.com.

Starting today, the Carytown Merchants Association celebrates the season with musical performances, free horse-drawn carriage rides, visits and picture opportunities with Santa and gift certificate giveaways every Saturday until Christmas. carytownrva.com.

The Susan Greenbaum Band performs music of the season at Ashland Coffee and Tea. 8 p.m. $16-$20.

Dec. 1
“Illumination: A Festival of Trees” opens at the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen. Through Jan. 2.

Richmond Tacky Lights tours are available for booking at Winn Bus Transportation. 358-6466. Through Jan. 6. winnbus.com.

Dec. 2
Music at Midday performances start today at the Palm Court and the Rotunda in the Jefferson Hotel with a performance at noon by the St. Gertrude High School Honors
Ensemble. 649-4672.

Dec. 4
The 39th Christmas Collection of the Bizarre Bazaar begins today at the Richmond Raceway Complex with 500 juried exhibitors selling holiday decorations and gifts starting at 10 a.m. Through Dec. 7. thebizarrebazaar.com.

Party with Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones at the Altria Theater for the annual Mayor’s Senior Holly Ball. The let-them-eat-cake festivities commence at 8 p.m. $8.50-$52. altriatheater.com.

The 20-piece orchestra Short Pump Symphonette performs holiday classics at the Glen Allen Library. 7-8:15 p.m. Free.

Dec. 5
Holiday Open House and Illumination at Main Street Station with food, children’s activities and an outdoor screening of the movie “Polar Express.” 5-9 p.m. Free.

Annual Holiday Gala presented by the Virginia Commonwealth University music department including Jazz Orchestra II, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Commonwealth Singers and the Guitar Ensembles at the Singleton Center. 7:30 p.m. $5-$10.

The Holiday Gift Show featuring works by Dawn Whitelaw, Loryn Brazier, Beth Marchant and Peggy Kingsbury opens at Brazier Studio and Gallery. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Through Dec. 31.

“Yuletide Monsters: A Krampus Art Show,” a thematic, mixed media group show based on the legend of the beastlike creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during Christmas. Opening reception is Friday, Dec. 5, 6-10 p.m. Through Dec. 29.

Dec. 6
The second annual costumed parade, RVA Krampusnacht, starts off at Portrait House at 5:30 p.m. then meanders through Carytown. rvakrampus.com.

Bring on the night when downtown Richmond gets lit up during the Grand Illumination at the James Center starting at 6 p.m. thejamescenter.com.

click to enlarge 31st annual Dominion Christmas parade on Broad Street, Dec. 6. - SCOTT ELMQUIST
  • Scott Elmquist
  • 31st annual Dominion Christmas parade on Broad Street, Dec. 6.

Santa’s official visit to Richmond takes place at the 31st annual Dominion Christmas parade on Broad Street starting 10 a.m. richmondparade.org. Get there early to curry some last minute favor with the fat man at Nutzy’s Rotary Funn Run, a 5-kilometer race benefiting the United Methodist Family Services of Virginia and the Children’s Museum of Richmond book bank, taking place at Diamond at 8 a.m. nutzyrotaryfunnrun.com.

“Let It Snow,” holiday classics performed by the Richmond Symphony and the Richmond Symphony Chorus at Richmond CenterStage. 8 p.m. $10-$78. Sunday, Dec. 7, matinee begins at 3 p.m. richmondcenterstage.com.

Michael W. Smith: “Spirit of Christmas in Concert” is at the Altria Theater. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35-$65.

Celebrating a Season of Hope, a concert featuring choir performances by Fifth Baptist Church, First Baptist Church in Centralia and Trinity Baptist Church, takes place at Trinity Baptist Church. 4 p.m. Free. All donations will go to benefit the Institute for Missions scholarship fund. 3551905.

Dec. 7
Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and other holiday characters visit Short Pump Town Center in the main plaza every Sunday in December from 1-3 p.m. shortpumpmall.com.

St. Catherine’s Holiday House Tour of historic houses in Windsor Farms takes place from 1-4 p.m. $25-$30. st.catherines.org.

“Byrlesque at the Byrd: Holidays at the Movies,” a bawdy tribute to classic Christmas cinema, coyly undresses the titillating spirit of the season at the Byrd. 7:30 p.m. $13-$50 (vintage or cocktail attire requested). 543-0023.

It’s an Advent and Christmas concert with the Chancel Choir and Orchestra at River Road Church Baptist. 8 p.m. Free.

Dec. 9
First annual Classic Soul School Blue Light Christmas with the legendary Philly soul group Blue Magic at Afrikongo Cafe Bar and Lounge.

Dec. 12
Church Hill Association’s 50th Anniversary Holiday Festival takes place Friday-Sunday, Dec. 12-14, with a candlelight walk on Friday, a holiday ball at Conch Republic at Rocketts Landing on Saturday and a holiday house tour on Sunday. churchhill.org.

Dec. 13
The 22nd annual James River Parade of Lights begins at 3 p.m. with viewing locations at Libby Hill and Dock Street in Richmond, Osborne Park and Boat Landing in Henrico County, Henricus Historical Park and Dutch Gap Boat Landing in Chesterfield County. jrac-va.org.

The third annual Holiday Craft Fair takes place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hermitage High School.

Christmas on MacArthur and Santa Parade brings seasonal cheer to the 4000 block of MacArthur Avenue on the North Side with music, activities and a visit from Santa. Proceeds benefit Toys For Tots and attendees are encouraged to bring unwrapped toy donations. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Based on the short story, “The Greatest Gift” written by Philip Van Doren Stern, a screening of the 1946 holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” shows at the Henrico Theatre at 7 p.m. Sunday Dec. 14 showings are at 3 and 7 p.m. Admission is $1. 328-4491.

Sir Thomas Dale’s Colonial Christmas, first-person character interpretations of the etiquette, norms, customs and laws regarding Christmas in English households in the early 17th century, takes place free from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Henricus Historical Park. henricus.org.

Fan District Association Holiday House Tour. Tickets on sale at fandistrict.org. Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, 6 p.m.

It’s a Colonial Christmas at Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown with candlelight tours, boxwood wreath making craft workshops and other holiday activities. 227-3500.

Conducted by Keitaro Harada, the Richmond Symphony Chorus performs George Handel’s “Messiah” at the Carpenter Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $12-$50.

Richmond Boys Choir performs its annual Christmas concert at the Richmond Public Library. 2 p.m. Free.

Dec. 14
Chop Suey Books and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery play host to 25 local authors for the first annual “Books and Beer Holiday Brew-Ho-Ho.” The Samson Trinh Trio will be providing music, Goatacado, Bodillaz, and Bon Bon Asian Fusion food trucks will serve hot food, and Richmond Young Writers will present writing events for budding authors at this family-friendly event.

28th annual Court End Christmas with carriage rides, carolers, living history, live music and children’s crafts at 10 historic sites in downtown Richmond including the Valentine and 1812 John Wickham House, the John Marshall House, St. John’s Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Museum and White House of the Confederacy, Monumental Church, the Egyptian Building and the Beers House at the VCU Medical Center, the Virginia Capitol and Executive Mansion. noon-5 p.m. Free. thevalentine.org.

Directed by Grammy Award winner Chip Davis, a Christmas-themed performance by Mannheim Steamroller takes place at the Altria Theater.

Hosted by the Jon Spear Band, the River City Blues Society Holiday Party takes place at Capital Ale House. noon-5 p.m. $15-$20. rivercityblues.com.

Dec. 15
Led by saxophonist Rick Rieger, the 17-piece RVA Big Band brings the melodic St. Nick to the back room of Balliceaux. 9 p.m. Legal adults only.

Dec. 16
“The Traditions of Christmas: An Evening with the Butler of an English Manor House” with performance historian John White at Agecroft Hall. 7 p.m. $10. Registration required. agecrofthall.com.

The Virginia Folk Music Association presents a Bluegrass Christmas Concert with Cooper Ridge, the Homeward Bound Southern Gospel Band and guests at Brandermill Church. 7-9:30 p.m. vafolkmusic.org.

Hosted by Tim Timberlake, holiday classics will be performed by the Richmond Pops Band and the Richmond Choral Society at the Altria Theater. 7:30-9 p.m. Free.

Dec. 17
It’s a bluegrass Christmas with the Glen Allen DePue Brothers Band at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. 7 p.m. $35.

“Christmas and Hits Through the Years” a concert by country music icon and plastic surgery disaster Kenny Rogers with guest Linda Davis, is at the Altria Theater. 8 p.m. $44.75-$89.75.

Dec. 19
If you haven’t realized it’s Christmas season by now, the Richmond Ballet’s beloved annual production of “The Nutcracker” most certainly will help. Through Dec. 28. richmondcenterstage.com.

The No BS Brass band helps to feed the needy with its annual canned food donation show at the Broadberry.

Dec. 20
Theatre IV’s production of Clement Moore’s enduring holiday classic, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” comes down the chimney at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Shows are at 10 and 11:30 a.m. $12.

Third annual Santa Roast at On the Rox features Christmas characters hurling insults and praises at St. Nick. Shows are at 8:30 and 11 p.m. Admission is $10 or an unwrapped toy donation. 303-9444.

Dec. 21
Weihnachtsmarkt, a holiday bazaar market organized by Slimehole, Athame Jewels and Vinyl Conflict Record Store, takes over Strange Matter from noon-5 p.m. with works by local and regional crafters, artisans and specialty vendors.

Dec. 26
The Valentine presents “Holiday Glitter: Monument Avenue After Dark Walking Tour” at 6 p.m. at the Robert E. Lee statue. Tickets are $5-$15. The tour also takes place on Saturday, Dec. 27. richmondhistorytours.com.

Dec. 31
2015 balls will launched into the air to welcome in the new year at the Science Museum of Virginia for its family friendly Noon Year’s Eve celebration. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. smv.org.

RVA New Year’s Eve 2015, says hello to 2015 with food, live entertainment and video-light show on Brown’s Island . 7 p.m. $75-$1,500. rvanye.co.

Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa at Short Pump closes out the year with casino gambling, live music with the Kings of Swing, champagne toasts and a New Year’s countdown and ball drop. $122-$359. 364-3600. richmondnewyearseve.webstarts.com.

New Year’ Gala at the Doubletree offers door prizes, live entertainment, heavy hors d’ oeuvres and a champagne midnight toast to help you end the year right. The merriment gets underway at 6:30 p.m. $209-$315. 379-3800. newyearseverichmond.com.

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