Seasonal Events 

Please check our weekly calendar listings in Style Weekly for additional and updated events through the season. Pricing varies, though many events are free. For some recurring show performances, times may vary. We recommend calling ahead.

click to enlarge Richmond Ballet's  “The Nutcracker” Dec. 10-23
  • Richmond Ballet's  “The Nutcracker” Dec. 10-23


Nov. 17

Richmond Triangle Players presents Jack Heifner's hilarious and heartfelt Christmas comedy, "Comfort and Joy," through Dec. 11. 346-8113.


Nov. 18

Book People welcomes author Joanna Wilson as she discusses and signs copies of her new work, "The Christmas TV Companion: A Guide to Cult Classics, Strange Specials and Outrageous Oddities" from 4:30-5:30 p.m. 422-8066.

Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents Roger Bean's '60s-era musical, "Winter Wonderettes," through Dec. 31. 748-5203.


Nov. 19

Barksdale Theatre presents the winter classic "White Christmas" through Jan. 9 at the Empire Theatre. 282-2620.

The Richmond Coliseum holds a performance by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at 8 p.m. 800-745-3000.

Innsbrook is host to numerous vendors of holiday crafts, food and gifts for the Innsbrook Holiday Bazaar from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. innsbrook.com.

Maymont mansion celebrates the season in Victorian fashion with its Holiday Tours through Jan. 6. 358-7166.


Nov. 20

The Concert Ballet of Virginia presents "Nutcracker Suite," a shortened variation of the holiday classic at the Williamsburg Regional Library at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 798-0945.

The Visual Arts Center presents its annual Craft and Design Show at the Science Museum of Virginia through Nov. 21. 353-0094.


Nov. 21

The Greater Richmond Children's Choir performs a concert of seasonal works at the historic St. John's Church at 5 p.m. 649-7938.


Nov. 26

The Concert Ballet of Virginia performs "The Nutcracker" at Benedictine High School through Nov. 28. 798-0945.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's GardenFest of Lights will display half a million arranged lights nightly from 5-10 p.m. through Jan 10. 262-9887.

The Children's Museum of Richmond invites area children and families for Legendary Santa, allowing guests to visit with Mr. Claus through Dec. 24 with pictures and seasonal entertainment. 257-5400.

Theatre IV presents a stage adaptation of Margery Williamsby's classic children's tale, "The Velveteen Rabbit," at Barksdale Theatre's Willow Lawn through Jan. 9. 282-2620.


Nov. 28

Old Mill Creek Farm in Chesterfield County presents its Old Fashioned Christmas, featuring children's games, holiday treats and an appearance by Santa, with additional dates set for Dec. 4, 11 and 18.


Nov. 29

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and the Richmond Symphony present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. 285-5900.

Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents a production appropriate for preschoolers, "Drifty's Christmas Countdown," at 10:15 a.m. and noon through Dec. 22. 748-5203.

The Jefferson Hotel holds its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m., featuring a parade of Christmas characters, and a performance of the "Nutcracker" by the Concert Ballet of Virginia. 788-8000.


Nov. 30

Maymont holds a wreath-making workshop from 6-9 p.m., and Dec. 1-2 from 9 a.m.-noon and 6-9 p.m. 358-7166.


Dec. 1

The West End Assembly of God presents its annual production "Glorious Christmas Nights," through Dec. 12. 754-0738.


Dec. 2

The Richmond Raceway Complex is host to the Bizarre Bazaar shopping spree, featuring more than 500 exhibitors from across the country. The sale continues through Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 827-9486.

The Boxwood Garden Club and the Garden Club of Virginia present Holiday Greens and Gifts Sale at Grace Baptist Church from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 272-1208.


Dec. 3

The Concert Ballet of Virginia performs "The Nutcracker" at Goochland High School through Dec. 5. 798-0945.

The Richmond Symphony performs "Handel's Messiah" at Richmond CenterStage at 8 p.m. 800-982-2787.

The Swift Creek Academy of the Performing Arts presents its annual Holiday Happening at the Brandermill Church at 7 p.m., featuring instrumental and vocal music, dancing and other entertainment. swiftcreekacademy.org.

The Science Museum of Virginia holds its annual Black Tie Christmas Party benefiting Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now from 8 p.m.-midnight. 257-7226.

The James Center holds its annual Grand Illumination at its downtown office buildings at 6 p.m. 788-6466.

Bon Air Baptist Church presents a musical performance by singer and songwriter Andrew Peterson and his work, "Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ," at 7 p.m. 677-7825.

Sycamore Rouge presents a stage adaptation of Margery Williams' classic children's story, "The Velveteen Rabbit," with shows through Dec. 26. 957-5707.


Dec. 4

Dominion Resources sponsors the Broad Street Christmas Parade, taking place eastbound from the Science Museum of Virginia from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. richmondchristmasparade.org.

The Richmond Symphony Chorus, the Greater Richmond Children's Choir and the Richmond Symphony perform "Let It Snow!" at Richmond CenterStage at 8 p.m., and Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. 800-982-2787.

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen presents its Annual Tree Lighting at 4:30 p.m. 261-2787.

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart presents a free Christmas concert in commemoration of World AIDS Day at 7:30 p.m. 359-5651.

Richmond's First Baptist Church presents its Christkindl Markt from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring wares by local vendors, craftsmen and artisans. 358-5458.

The Greater Richmond Convention Center welcomes the River City Rollergirls for the annual Seasons Beatings sporting event at 1 p.m. 783-7300.

Virginia House celebrates the holidays by inviting guests to build their own gingerbread houses during its Gingerbread Tea Tour from 10 a.m.-noon, with an additional date set for Dec. 11. 342-9665.

The Gayton Baptist Church presents A Jazz Nativity musical concert at 7 p.m., with additional performances on Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. 360-2801.

The American Youth Harp Ensemble performs "Harp! The Herald Angels Play!" at Grace Baptist Church at 3 p.m. 837-9355.

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen holds its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony from 4:30-5:45 p.m., featuring carolers, homemade cookies and an appearance by Santa Claus. 261-2787.

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen presents a holiday exhibit created by Yvonne Hopkins entitled "Illumina, Festival of Trees," showcasing 16 Christmas trees of various heights, colors and themes through Dec. 30. 261-2787.

The Children's Museum of Richmond presents a Night with the Elves from 5:30-7 p.m., featuring a sneak peek at the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community's "12 Elves of Christmas" and gingerbread decorating. 474-7000.

The First Unitarian Universalist Church presents a Readers Theater Production of "The Christmas Belles," at 7 p.m., with an additional performance on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. 461-0289.

Positive Vibe CafAc holds its Santa and Snow Bear Brunch at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., with an additional date set for Dec. 11, featuring holiday music and a visit by Santa. 560-9622.


Dec. 5

The downtown Hilton Garden Inn is host to the Children's Museum of Richmond's annual Tea with Santa beginning at 2 p.m., with additional dates set on Dec. 12 and Dec. 17-23. 474-7000.

Celebrate an Old-Fashioned Christmas at Maymont from noon-5 p.m. featuring beautifully decorated formal rooms and old songs, games and party favors. Storytelling sessions for children will be part of St. Nick's Christmas Party at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 358-7166.

The First Baptist Church Choir, One Accord Ensemble and Orchestra present a concert of Christmas music at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. 355-8637.

The Modlin Center for the Arts presents its annual Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols with services at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. 289-8980.


Dec. 6

Richmond Shakespeare performs "A Christmas Carol for Two Actors" at Richmond CenterStage at 8 p.m., continuing through Dec. 22. 800-745-3000.

The Modlin Center for the Arts presents a performance of holiday masterworks and concertos for its Annual Christmas Candlelight Service at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. 289-8980.


Dec. 7

The On-the-Air Radio Players present "Christmas Comedies," a re-creation of holiday episodes from popular radio shows of the '40s and '50s at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen at 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 8. 501-5138.


Dec. 8

The Landmark Theater presents a Christmas music concert by the Irish Tenors with the Richmond Symphony at 7:30 p.m. 800-745-3000.


Dec. 9

The School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community presents an original holiday production, "The 12 Elves of Christmas," through Dec. 19. 353-3393.

Virginia House and Agecroft Hall welcome guests for tours through Dec. 10 from 3-5 p.m. Advance registration required. 342-9665.


Dec. 10

The Concert Ballet of Virginia performs "The Nutcracker" at Monacan High School through Dec. 12. 798-0945.

Richmond Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" at Richmond CenterStage through Dec. 23. 800-982-2787.

Enjoy a holiday evening at Maymont by Moonlight from 5:30-9:30 p.m., also on Dec. 17, beginning at the Hampton Street entrance with a horse-drawn carriage ride, caroling, entertainment and light refreshments. 358-7166.

The Virginia Commonwealth University music department presents its annual Holiday Gala at 7:30 p.m. in the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, featuring performances by the VCU Jazz Orchestra, Guitar Ensemble, the Commonwealth Singers, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Vocal Chamber Ensemble and others. 828-6776.

Randolph-Macon College presents its annual stage presentation of "A Christmas Carol" in the Cobb Theatre through Dec. 16. 752-7316.

Poe's Pub presents Hamaganza at 9 p.m., benefiting the Central Food Bank. Capital Ale House holds an encore Dec. 11 at 9 p.m.


Dec. 11

The Wilton House Museum holds a Winter Market with featuring various holiday items for sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., continuing Dec. 12. 282-5936.

The Richmond Ballet presents a matinee performance of "The Nutcracker" during a tea reception at Richmond CenterStage at 4 p.m., with additional dates through Dec. 23. 800-982-2787.

The West End Academy of Dance and Pilates, Dance and More present a performance of the "The Nutcracker Sweet" at Deep Run High School through Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. 740-0842.

Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church presents a holiday concert by the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale at 7 p.m. 798-3283.

Meadow Event Park holds Save Our Food Holiday Festival, Virginia's largest local food, wine and gift show with cooking demonstrations from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 344-3212.

The Goochland Farmers' Market holds a day of food, fine arts and crafts, and entertainment including a visit by Santa from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the western campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. 332-3144.

The Children's Museum of Richmond presents its Visions of Gingerbread Showcase, featuring a variety of gingerbread creations, through Dec. 19. 474-7000.

The Science Museum of Virginia holds its Caribbean Winter Night: a Gala from 7-11 p.m., featuring dancing, music, Caribbean food, rum sampling and a silent auction. 864-1400.

The Good Shepherd Baptist Church Sanctuary presents its 2010 Christmas Season Concert from 6-8:30 p.m. 355-1905.

The Fan District Association presents its Holiday House Tour through Dec. 12. fantourrichmond.com.


Dec. 12

The Greater Richmond Children's Choir presents its Festival of Holidays Concert at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at 4 p.m. 201-1894.

The Valentine Richmond History Center, John Marshall House, the Virginia State Capitol, the Museum and White House of the Confederacy, Monumental Church, the Egyptian Building, the Beers House, Hunton Student Center, and St. John's Church all open their doors for an afternoon of re-enactments, activities, music and carriage rides from noon-5 p.m. for the annual Court End Christmas. 649-0711, ext. 301.

Agecroft Hall presents Yuletides at Agecroft, an evening of characters and entertainment from different time periods of the site's past from 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. 353-4241.

Plant Zero is host to the Richmond Craft Mafia's annual Handmade Holiday Craft Show from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. richmondhandmadeholiday.com.

Musicians from new Hanover Presbyterian Church perform a Christmas program, "Light of the World," at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. 730-9700.


Dec. 13

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart presents a free Christmas concert and lunch at 11:30 p.m. 359-5651.

Participate in an after-hours Candlelight Tour of Maymont mansion from 5-7 p.m. 358-7166.


Dec. 16

The William Byrd community House presents the Tacky Byrd Tour: a Family Friendly Tacky Light Tour around Downtown Richmond through Dec. 18 each night at 7 p.m. 643-2717.


Dec. 17

The Concert Ballet of Virginia performs the "Nutcracker" at Atlee High School through Dec. 19. 798-0945.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church presents a holiday concert by the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale at 7 p.m. 798-3283.


Dec. 18

The Center for Creative Arts at Shady Grove United Methodist Church presents He Is Born, a concert of solo piano music for Advent and Christmas by Jim Bennett at 7 p.m. 360-2687.

The First Mennonite Church of Richmond presents A Celtic Christmas musical performance at 7:30 p.m. 264-3200.


Dec. 19

Grace Baptist Church presents a holiday concert by the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale at 3 p.m. 798-3283.


Dec. 21

The Metro Richmond Zoo presents its annual Miracle of Christmas: Live at the Zoo, a re-enactment of the Christmas story featuring animals from the zoo, with performances at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. through Dec. 23. metrorichmondzoo.com.


Dec. 31

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden holds a New Year's Eve Family Frolic, 2-5 p.m. 262-9887.

The Children's Museum of Richmond holds a New Year's Eve Bash from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. featuring a juice boxes, toast, games and prizes. 474-7000.

Baja Bean holds its annual New Year's Eve Charity Benefit Bash from 9 p.m.-2a.m. 859-5597.

Inflation Nation holds its New Year's Eve Rockin' For a Cure party at 8 p.m. 675-1411.

"Style Weekly" presents its New Year's Launch Party, held at Capital Ale House Downtown at 9 p.m. Music provided by Three Sheets to the Wind, "America's No.1 Tribute to Yacht Rock." Styleweekly.com/NYE


The events calendar reflects some corrections from the print version.





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