November 23, 2005 News & Features » Cover Story


From Now Till New Year's 

A selection of holiday events


The Science Museum of Virginia presents "Joy From the World" at the Broad Street Station, through Jan. 1. Free. 864-1400.

The Science Museum of Virginia presents "The Polar Express" in IMAX, through Jan. 6. $16. 864-1400.

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen presents the Festival of Wreaths, handcrafted wreaths available for purchase, through Dec. 3. 261-6200.

The John Marshall House displays Federal period Christmas decorations through Jan. 8. Free. 648-7998.

The Spotlight Gallery presents a Holiday Gift Sale and Exhibition at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center through Dec. 21. 646-3674.

The 17th Street Farmers' Market presents a Thanksgiving Market through Nov. 23, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 646-0477.

The Carpenter Science Theatre Company presents "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." There are three characters in the title alone, but only two actors will appear on stage throughout. At the Science Museum of Virginia, Tuesdays-Fridays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays-Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Through Jan. 1. $8. 864-1400.

The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are big ones for our digestive tracts. To get a little gastrointestinal perspective, Agecroft Hall's Bellycheer Tour puts 17th-century eating habits on display. Bring Tums. Through Jan. 8. $7. 353-4241.

Stony Point Fashion Park skate rink is open with Magic Snow Shows nightly at 7 p.m. Bring your own skates or rent at the rink. Nov. 19 through Jan. 2. $4. Call 560-7467 or visit for rink hours.



A holiday classic: Thanksgiving at the Jefferson Hotel, at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. $44 for adults, $22.95 for children. 649-4677.


Don't miss Legendary Santa, a true Yuletide tradition, at the Children's Museum of Richmond, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Dec. 24. Free. For more information, call the Santa Hotline at 474-7009 or the Children's Museum at 788-6466.

Art Works presents Twelve Hours of Holiday Fun, pottery and jewelry by 12 artists, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 291-1400.

The Science Museum of Virginia presents Holiday Pet Safety, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 864-1400.

GardenFest of Lights illuminates Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, 5-10 p.m. through Jan. 8. Tickets are $5-$9. 262-9887.

The Science Museum of Virginia presents the 28th Annual RF&P Model Railroad Show. Through Nov. 27. 864-1400.

Thirty shopping days left until Christmas! Get creative gifts for the holidays at the 43rd Street Gallery's 20th Annual Holiday Open House through Nov. 27. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 233-1758.


The Wilton House presents "A Twelfth Night Feast and Ball," a tour featuring colonial decorations, holiday preparations and a foxhunt. Tours through Jan. 8. 282-5936.


The Richmond Symphony performs holiday music at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart benefiting Commonwealth Catholic Charities at 7 p.m. $30. 788-1212.

The Jefferson Hotel lights up its 45-foot tree at the annual Grand Illumination with refreshments, music and an appearance by Santa Claus at 5:30 p.m. 788-8000.



The Bizarre Bazaar fills the Richmond Raceway Complex with holiday trinkets, gifts and good-smelling things, starting at 10 a.m. Through Dec. 4. $1.50-$7. 673-6280.

The West End Assembly of God's annual pageant "Glorious Christmas Nights" runs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 11. The box office is located at 401 N. Parham Road. $18.

Encore! Theatre Company presents a two-man adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" at 2nd Presbyterian Church through Dec. 23. Ticket prices vary. Call 1-866-BARD-TIX or visit


See the light as downtown Richmond flips the switch on the Grand Illumination at the James Center at 6 p.m. 344-3232.

The Jefferson Hotel presents the Music at Midday series with music Monday through Thursday at noon from Richmond-area school choirs. Free. 649-4615.

The Richmond Symphony performs Handel's "Messiah" at Second Baptist Church at 8 p.m., with a second performance Dec. 5 at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Tickets are $10-$30. Call 788-1212 or visit

Ann Catherine Cross School of Dance presents The Spirit of Christmas, a celebration of the season in song and dance at 7 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $12. 730-1740.

The 17th Street Farmers' Market hosts a Holiday Market Weekend through Dec. 4, starting at 5 p.m. Free. 646-0477.

Brazier Fine Art will be hosting its Annual Gallery Artists Holiday Group Show featuring original impressionist and realist paintings and sculptures. Through Dec. 31. Free. 359-2787.

The Ballet Petit — a volunteer brigade of 50 dancers — presents its annual production of "The Night Before Christmas" at the Landmark Theater. 7 p.m. $12. 320-1409.


Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden presents Santa Brunches in the Tea House, Saturdays through Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $5-$9. Reservations encouraged. 262-9887, ext. 352.

Walter Schoen reads Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at UR's Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, at 7:30 p.m. $15-$30. 289-8980.

This year's Ukrop's/Retail Merchants Association Christmas Parade, "A Cinematic Christmas," has huge high-flying balloons, elaborate floats, star-spangled marching bands and, as always, Santy Claus! Departing at 10.15 a.m. from the Department of Motor Vehicles on West Broad St. 559-6113.

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart presents the Cathedral's Christmas Concert and Carol Festival featuring their adult and men's choirs, the VCU flute choir and the UR trombone choir at 7:30 p.m. Free. 359-5651.

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen presents the Seventh Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, where a 60-foot cedar tree will be lit. Local groups perform songs of the season. Free hot chocolate, cookies and Santa Claus on a fire truck, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Free. 261-6200.

CeCe Winans performs a selection of contemporary Christian songs with the Richmond Symphony at the Landmark Theater at 8 p.m. $30-$60. Call 262-8003 or visit

The Valentine Museum wants you to learn about Christmas during the Federalist era with the Wickham House Specialty Tour, leaving hourly. $1-$7. 649-0711, ext 4.

The Randolph-Macon College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers perform R-MC Winter Choral Concert at Blackwell Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. 752-3712.

Mistletoe Magic at Henricus features ornament-making, games and activities for children, illustrating how the settlers celebrated the holidays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Henricus Historical Park. $6-$8. 706-1340.


The operetta "Amahl and the Night Visitors" comes to the Landmark Theater at 4 p.m. Free. 646-1437.

Art Works presents Santa Sundays and Such, art for sale, holiday music, children's activities and a visit from Santa, Sundays through Dec. 18, noon-6 p.m. 291-1400.

The Greater Richmond Children's Choir and the American Youth Harp Ensemble perform holiday music, classics, world music and selections from "Harry Potter" films at 4 p.m. $5-$10. 864-1400.


Vocal sextet The Western Wind joins narrator Martin Goldsmith for "The Chanukkah Story" at UR's Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall, at 7:30 p.m. $30. 289-8980.

The Richmond Symphony performs Handel's "Messiah" at 8 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Tickets are $10-$25. Call 788-1212 or visit

Join the Richmond Philharmonic's Family Holiday Concert for a series of Christmas favorites at The James Center Atrium. 7 p.m. Free. 673-7400.

The Barksdale Theatre presents A Broadway Holiday Review with Desiree Roots Centeio, Robyn O'Neill, Debra Wagoner and more Richmond musical theater performers. Doors at 7:15 at the Barksdale. Through Dec. 20. $25. 282-2620.


The Henrico Pops Chorus presents "Jingle All the Way," featuring holiday favorites for the whole family, at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Dec. 6-7 at 7:30 p.m. Free, but reservations required. 261-6200.

The Henrico Victim/Witness Program hosts its annual Candlelight Vigil to honor victims who have lost their lives in tragic circumstances. Susan Greenbaum performs in front of the Henrico Courthouse at 7 p.m. Free. 501-4134.


The European Wind Ensemble of Richmond gives a Christmas Concert at St. John's United Church of Christ at 7:00 p.m., with donations going to the Church World Service disaster relief fund. 737-1914.

The Capital One Holiday Celebration on Ice features fancy skate-work by Brian Boitano and Ekaterina Gordeeva, piano-tickling by Bruce Hornsby, country artists SheDaisy and more, 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond Coliseum. $34.50-$74.50. Call 262-8100 or visit


The University of Richmond Chapel Guild's biennial Christmas House Tour gives tourees a peak at UR president William Cooper's house, antique toys, decadent Christmas trees and tasteful landscaping.10 a.m. $25. 288-2118 or 289-8500.


Have Tea With Legendary Santa, the Snow Queen and Seymour the Friendly Dinosaur at the Children's Museum of Richmond, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 23, 2-3 p.m. $15-$20. 474-2667.

"A Christmas Carol" comes to Randolph-Macon College's Cobb Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 15. $2.50. 752-7316.

The Richmond Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. Through Dec. 21. Tickets are $18-$100. 344-0901.

The Church Hill Holiday Festival Weekend kicks off with Vespers and a Candlelight Walk at St. John's Church, starting at 7 p.m. Free. 225-9560.


The 43rd Annual Historic Fan District Holiday House Tour gets people exploring 12 homes in search of beauty, 1-5 p.m. Through Dec. 11. $25-$30. 254-2550.

The Richmond Ballet invites you to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara and other "Nutcracker" cast members face to face at their annual Sweets Party after the matinee performance at 4 p.m. Also Dec. 11 and Dec. 17. $10. Call 262-8003 or visit

The Church Hill Holiday Festival Ball is a black-tie affair featuring food, drink and music by the Soul Providers, 8 p.m.-midnight at Main Street Station. $40. 225-9560.

The 17th Century Christmas at Henricus gives people the chance to see decked-out boats and old-school holiday traditions, 5-8:30 p.m. at Henricus Historical Park. Free. 706-1340.

The Annual James River Parade of Lights merries up the river with decorated boats, launching from the Osborne Boat Landing at 5 p.m. Free. 501-5121.


The 19th Annual Court End Christmas gets holiday historical with carriage rides, costumed historians, music and more at the Valentine Richmond History Center, John Marshall House and elsewhere, noon-5 p.m. Free. 649-0711.

The Woodland Heights Holiday Tour of Homes invites visitors into holiday-decorated living rooms and cinnamon-scented bathrooms, 1-6 p.m. $12-$15. 232-4154.

The Church Hill House Tour walks visitors through homes in one of Richmond's oldest neighborhoods, featuring horse-drawn carriages (not in the houses), carolers and a re-enactment of Patrick Henry's "Liberty or Death" speech, noon-6 p.m. $15-$20. 225-9560.

Agecroft takes historical re-enactment to a new lexical plane with its "costumed interpreters" on hand to explain the historic decorations and holiday dressings for the Christmasse at Agecroft tour. 12:30 to 5 p.m. Free. 353-4241.


Q94 presents an A"Q"stic Christmas at the Greater Richmond Convention Center featuring performances by Liz Phair, Jason Mraz, Collective Soul, Bowling for Soup and Natasha Bedingfield. Doors at 6 p.m. $20. Call 474-0000 or visit


James River Bus Lines Holiday Lights Tour 2005 takes you on a twinkling adventure of the lit landscape, including homes in the West End, downtown and the GardenFest at Lewis Ginter. Boarding begins at 5:30 p.m. James River Passenger Center, 900 N. Allen Ave. $27. 342-7300.

Tour Agecroft's great rooms and then adjourn next door to the Virginia House for Afternoon Tea and Tours at the Neighbors', 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. $25. 353-4241.


Miracle of Christmas: Live at the Zoo features a nativity scene, performing arts groups and zoo animals at the Metro Richmond Zoo at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Through Dec. 23. Free. 739-5666.


Enjoy Champagne Brunch in the Rotunda at the Jefferson Hotel with seatings at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. $44 or $22.95 for children. 649-4677. Lemaire will serve a five-course prix fixe repast from 1 to 4 p.m. $65. 649-4644. TJs will serve a three-course meal from 5 to 10 p.m. $37 for adults, $21 for children. 649-4672.


The Elegba Folklore Society presents The Capital City Kwanzaa Festival, with performances, children's activities and The African Market, 6 p.m.-midnight at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. $5-$6. 644-3900.


The Jefferson Hotel's Lemaire will serve a six-course prix fixe dinner with champagne toast and dancing in the Palm Court to the music of the Skip Gailes Quintet. $150. 649-4644.

The Children's Museum hosts an all day New Year's Eve Bash with a performance from the Ululating Mummies. Free.


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