The Over the Rainbow Thanksgiving Coffee House has food, entertainment and music from Johnathan Lebolt, Jay Irvine and Tyler Cash at 7 p.m., at the Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond. 2501 Park Ave. 353-9477.
Watch "Santa vs. the Snowman" on the really big screen at the Science Museum of Virginia's IMAX Dome. 2500 West Broad Street. Through Jan. 1. 864-1400 or visit www.smv.org.
Avoid the lines at Wal-Mart and enjoy The Day after Thanksgiving Art Affair with shopping, music, refreshments and door prizes at Art Works Studio and Galleries. The affairs will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., when the art reception and ceremonies begin. 291- 1400.
Take a stroll through an enchanted garden lit by a half million lights arranged in botanical themes at Lewis Ginter and then stay for dinner at the Garden Café or the Robins Tea House. Make Tea House reservations at 262-9887, ext. 329. Merry Mondays on Monday evenings include storytelling for kids and a bonfire. The GardenFest of Lights kicks off Friday, November 23 with a Grand Illumination at 5:30 p.m. The illumination continues nightly through Jan. 7 from 5 - 10 p.m. (except Dec.24, 25, and Jan. 1) $6-$10. 262-9887.
Visit 50 and Below at Art Works Studio and Galleries for original gifts and one-of-a-kind art for under $50. While there, enjoy the November All Media Show, Simply Photography, Recent Works of Lisa Fann, Sequences by Linda Winkler and the Skylight Gallery Members' Show. Admission is free.. 320 Hull St. 291-1400 or visit www.artworksrichmond.com.
View one of the biggest, brightest trees around at the Jefferson Hotel tree lighting with music from singers from Woodberry Forest School and Santa. The festivities begin at the historic hotel's rotunda. at 6 p.m. Free. 101 West Franklin Street. 288-2937.
Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the 43rd Street Gallery on Nov. 23. Through Nov. 24. 1412 W. 43rd St. 233-1758.
At the Red Door Gallery, View the exhibit "Water," art by Leigh Wen. Reception at 3 p.m. on Nov. 23. Through Dec. 30. 1607 W. Main St. 358-0211.
The Richmond Symphony with Patrick Carlin conducting, and The Choir of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart performs at the Benefit Holiday Concert for Catholic Charities at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. 823 Park Avenue, 7 p.m.
The Richmond Chamber Winds Society performs at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Fest Concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Donations requested. 4103 Monument Ave. 727-9879.
The Wilton House Museum's annual Holiday Family Open House returns with tours of an 18th-century plantation home from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wilton House Museum. Also, performances of "The Nutcracker Suite" at 1:15 p.m by the Concert Ballet of Virginia, the City Singer's Children's Choir at 2 p.m., and "The Wizard of Oz" as performed by The Stevens Puppets at 3 p.m. Donations accepted. 215 S. Wilton Road. 282-5936 or www.wiltonhousemuseum.org.
Shop till you drop at the Weinstein JCC Fifth Annual Holiday Bazaar, featuring crafts, boutique items, jewelry, personal care products, pottery, vintage items, handbags, hand-tinted photos, organizational consulting, gourmet food and more. 8:45 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Weinstein JCC. Continues on Nov. 27. 545-8615.
Visit Legendary Santa at his new seasonal home at the Children's Museum. Make use of a pager to make waiting for the jolly old elf more fun. Through Dec. 24. 474-7000 or visit www.c-mor.org.
Get professional wreath-making advice at Maymont's Stone Barn and create two original wreaths: one for yourself and one for Maymont. Bring your own clippers. $22-$25. Nov. 27, 6 p.m.; Nov. 28-29, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Register by Nov. 27. 358-7166.
Go Tell It on the Mountain: The Blind Boys of Alabama perform their Christmas Show at Toad's Place at 8:30 p.m. $22.50- $37.50. 648-TOAD.
The Chesterfield Women's League Holiday Auction features holiday and gift items in a live auction setting to benefit the William Byrd Community House. Refreshments will be served. The auction starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at noon. The bidding will be held at the Foxcroft Clubhouse, 15100 Fox Club Parkway. 794-3851.
The Bizarre Bazaar's 32nd Christmas Collection includes over 500 exhibitors, fine arts, crafts, decorative home accessories, gourmet foods, holiday decorations, clothing, toys, antiques, painted home furnishings, books and jewelry. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Through Dec. 2. 673-7015. or visit www.thebizarrebazaar.com
The Main Street Station Holiday Open House at the 17th Street Farmer's Market is an annual shopping extravaganza. Free admission. 5-9 p.m. Call 646-0477 or visit www.17thstreetfarmersmarket.com.
Visit Legendary Santa and the Snow Queen at the James Center's Grand Illumination. As the city lights up, there will also be appearances from the Richmond Ballet, the VMI Marching Band and more. 10th and E. Cary Street. Free and open to the public. 6-7 p.m. Call 344-3232.
See poetry in motion with The Night Before Christmas by Ballet Petit, a local volunteer dance company of 50 at the Landmark Theatre. 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. 320-1409 or visit balletpetit.tripod.com
Visit Capitol Square for a Tree Lighting and Governor's Executive Mansion Open House. Tour the mansion and watch the tree light up. Free admission. 5-7 p.m. 371-2642.
Experience a horse and carriage tour of Richmond's historic River District free of charge. Start and end in Shockoe Slip at the fountain at 13th and East Cary Streets, 6-10 p.m. Through Dec. 1. Call 769-4010 for details.
The fourth annual Ginter Park Fine Arts and Crafts Show will have more than 20 artisans' works for sale, including knitwear, jewelry, fiber arts, photography and much more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Lewis Ginter Recreation Association, free. 3421 Hawthorne Ave. 353-5462.
Whether you celebrate Hanukah, Christmas or Kwanzaa, get into the oral tradition with The Tell Tale Hearts Storytellers Theater's Stories for the Season of Light at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Stories begin at 7:30 p.m.. 261-4973 or visit www.telltalehearts.org.
Spruce up your house and yard with magnolia, a wide variety of hollies, red and yellow twig dogwood, berried evergreens and cones and more at Lewis Ginter's Great Holiday Greens Sale. All sales benefit the botanical garden's educational programs. Free. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 262-9887 or visit www.lewisginter.org.
Celebrate klezmer's soulful Eastern European origins from traditional Jewish dances to Romanian laments and more at the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra's Klezmer Party.
Tickets are $30. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at the Modlin Center's Camp Concert Hall. 289-8980.
The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will present its free Annual Christmas Concert and Festival in Commemoration of World AIDS Day, featuring The Cathedral Choir and more. 359-5651. 7:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 823 Park Avenue. Call 359-5651 x 105 for details.
Ecoff's 16th Annual Jingle Bell Bazaar will feature more than 110 Crafters, door prizes and concessions at Ecoff Elementary School. Tickets are $1. 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., 5200 Ecoff Ave. 706-9554.
Experience an authentic Victorian Christmas at Maymont with hot cider, tea party, gift shopping, music, a carriage ride and more. Registration required for the afternoon tea party with Father Christmas. Noon- 4 p.m. 1700 Hampton Street. 358-7166 or visit maymont.org.
Sing along with the Richmond Philharmonic Holiday Concert's carols and seasonal classics for the entire family at the James Center Atrium at 7 p.m. Donations accepted 1051 E. Cary St. 740-2890 or visit www.richmondphilharmonic.org.
Enjoy "Music at Midday" at the Jefferson Hotel, every Monday- Friday at noon featuring a variety of local middle school, high school and area choral groups. Through Dec. 21. 101 West Franklin St. 788-8000.
The Richmond Concert Band will perform a mixture of Christmas and classical music at the River Road United Methodist Church at 8800 River Road at 7 p.m. Free.
Meet and greet at Propoganda Gallery and Studio's holiday party featuring the art of John Holyfield. Live music and hors d'oeuvres 6-11 p.m. 101 East Leigh Street.. www.thepropoganda.net
Dec. 7 & 14
Take a tour with a team of four-legged friends through Maymont by Moonlight. Enjoy holiday shopping, carol singing and light Christmas refreshments. $25. Registration required. 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Continues Through Dec. 14. 358-7166 x 329 or visit www.maymont.org.
Experience Santa, the Snow Queen and the Singing Elf at the Children's Museum of Richmond. Enjoy light foods, hot chocolate or coffee and cupcakes. Tickets are $18-$26. 2 p.m. Continues on Dec. 8, 14, 15, 18-21.474-7000 or visit www.c-mor.org or
Witness holiday traditions from 1858 on the Appomattox Plantation, via reenactments of plantation life at the Petersburg National Battlefield from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.. Free. 732-3531.
Shop for hand crafted items made by local artists at the Back Alley Art Show located in the alley parking lot behind 15 S. Sheppard Street between Cary and Ellwood. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.. For more info. call Kim Young at 359-9521.
Take a festive family tour of the Maymont House. 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m $7. Registration recommended, tours continue through Dec. 16. 358-7166 x329 or visit www.maymont.org.
Experience the forties - the 1640's, 1840's and 1940's during "3 Times Christmas at Agecroft" at the Agecroft Hall. Refreshments and entertainment provided. Free. 4305 Sulgrave Rd. 353-4241.
The Central VA Masterworks Chorale will join members of the Richmond Symphony to present a holiday concert featuring Vivaldi's Gloria, selections from Handel's Messiah, and other seasonal musi at the Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland. 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. $15. 798-7123 or visit www.cvamc.org.
Explore the holidays in the 1800s at the Valentine Richmond History Center's 21st Annual Court End Christmas. Enjoy a variety of activities and from crafts to carriage rides, holiday tours and living history from noon to 5 p.m. 1015 East Clay St. 649-0711 or visit www.richmondhistorycenter.com/
The River Road Chancel Choir with orchestra presents Parts 1, 2 & 3 of the Christmas Oratorio by Bach at 8:15 p.m. River Road Baptist Church. 8000 River Road. For more info. call 288-1131 or visit www.rrcb.org.
Listen to Celtic violin with Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul at the Modlin Center's Camp Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32. 289-8980 or visit modlin.richmond.edu.
The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will present a one-hour Concert of Holiday Music, featuring vocal soloists from The Cathedral Choir & VCU Music Department and more, followed by a free lunch. 359-5651. 11 a.m. 823 Park Avenue. 359-5651.
Bananukah, a spirited Chanukah celebration at the Jewish Community Center. Danna Banana and his musicians as they tell the story of the Festival of Lights using original and traditional songs, games and a little help from the audience at the Jewish Community Center. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. $5 for members and $7.50 for nonmembers. Call 285-6500 for details.
Join Bill Gaither's Christmas with Homecoming Friends for an evening of southern gospel at the Richmond Coliseum at 7 p.m. $20.50-$37.50. 601 East Leigh Street. Call the event hotline at 780-4956.
Have "Christmas Tea & Tours at the Neighbors" at Agecroft Hall from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. $25. Call 353-4241 for tickets.
See the Richmond Ballet's, Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky's musical score and performed live by Richmond Symphony Orchestra at Richmond's Landmark Theatre. $18-$100. Dec. 14-15 & 20-22 at 7:00 pm, Dec. 15 & 22 at 2:00 pm, and Dec.16 & 23 at 1:00 & 4:30 pm. 344-0906 x 244 or visit www.richmondballet.com.
The Richmond Concert Band and the Tabernacle Choir will perform Christmas in the Fan, a mixture of Christmas and classical music at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1925 Grove Ave at 4 p.m. Free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
The Richmond Concert Band will perform a mixture of Christmas and classical music at the Chesterfield Towne Center in the food court at 7 p.m. Free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Winter Tour 2007 will visit the Richmond Coliseum at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to the
Richmond Animal League courtesy of MIX 103-7 and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Call Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone 804-262-8100 or www.ticketmaster.com. 780-4970 or www.trans-siberian.com.
Enjoy the Taters/Grandsons Christmas Show at Ashland Coffee and Tea. $10. 100 N. Railroad Rd. in Ashland. 798-1702.
Take a tour of Monument Avenue decked out for the holidays. Meet your guide at the Lee Monument at Allen Street and Monument Avenue. Dress comfortably and bring a flashlight. Reservations are required. 649-0711, ext.301. $10. 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Call 649-0711 x 30.