Ongoing Events 

Holiday Almanac

Ongoing Events Through Dec. 22 The Annabel Lee Riverboat provides cruises with Santa Claus, featuring a special buffet, caroling and holiday music, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sundays (breakfast only) 9-11 a.m. $22 adults; $16.95 for children age 3-12. (804) 377-2020 for reservations. Through Dec. 24 Legendary Santa returns to downtown Richmond. Santa, Snow Queen and the elves stay in classic Santaland at the former Thalhimers building through Christmas Eve. Entrance is on the second floor of the 6th Street Marketplace. Regular Santaland hours will be: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, noon-5 p.m.; weekdays through Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Dec. 18-22, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Christmas Eve, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bring the family for breakfast or lunch with Santa and his special guests on the 6th Street Marketplace bridge. Call (804) 783-1929 for more information. The Santa Hotline is (804) 644-2933. Santa is waiting for you at Santa's Toy Village in the Shops at Willow Lawn, and he has a special gift for all those who get their picture taken. Hours: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 1-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Special hours Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Paws and Claws, pet photos with Santa, available Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 9 a.m.-noon. 1601 Willow Lawn Drive. (804) 282-5198. Visit Santa in his magic Christmas Castle at Southpark Mall daily through Dec. 24 for visits, photos and rides on the Southpark Express through toy land. Rides are $1. Colonial Heights. 526-3900. Chesterfield Towne Center Mall has Santa set up near the Dillards. Tell him your wishes Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with breaks from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday noon to 6 p.m. with a break from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The mall will also offer pet photos with Santa, Dec. 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (804) 794-4660 Virginia Center Commons Mall Santa is available for visits and photos in front of JC Penney. Santa remains at the mall through Dec. 24. Brook Road and Jeb Stuart Highway. (804) 266-9000 Regency Square Mall is greeting children and taking their gift requests through Dec. 24. 1420 Parham Rd. Call (804) 740-SHOP for Santa's hours. Visit Santa in Carytown at the Byrd Theater, starting Nov. 24 at noon. While children chat with 'Ol Saint Nick at the theater's mezzanine on the second floor, adults can indulge in refreshments in the theater's lobby. Dec. 2-3: noon - 4 p.m. Dec. 9-10: noon - 4 p.m. Dec. 16-17: noon - 4 p.m. Dec. 20-24: noon - 4 p.m. 2908 West Cary St. (804) 353-9911 See Santa at Cloverleaf Mall through Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday noon to 6 p.m. 7201 Midlothian Turnpike. (804) 276-8650 Take your pet for pictures with Santa at Willow Lawn Pet Photos with Santa at the Shops at Willow Lawn. Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 9 a.m. to noon. A portion of the proceeds benefit "Paws For Health." (804) 282-5198 Through Dec. 31 Jack Cummings III directs Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved musical "Carousel," at the Barksdale Theatre, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. (Sunday Dec. 31, 8 p.m.) The Shops at Willow Lawn. $30. (804) 282-2620. Woodlawn Plantation opens its holiday exhibition "An 1820s Christmas," showing the historic home in the midst of a large holiday ball, during general tours daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Special candlelight tours Sundays through Dec. 17 (registration required) $15. This year's holiday theme for Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House is "A World War II Christmas." Greenery, lights, toys and seasonal items are featured from the 1940s. $6 adults; $5 children, seniors. This year's Christmas Teas are sold out. 9000 Richmond Highway on the grounds of Woodlawn Plantation. (703) 780-4000. Did we miss your event? Send us an e-mail.

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