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Nov. 18
The Theatre Gym in the Empire Theatre complex welcomes the Richmond Triangle Players, presenting “Scrooge in Rouge,” a madcap play-within-a-play telling of Dickens' classic “Christmas Carol” through Dec. 12. 346-8113.

Nov. 19
The Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents “Greetings,” a holiday comedy about a Catholic son bringing his atheist Jewish fiancAc home for Christmas. Through Jan. 2. 748-5203.

Nov. 20
Markel Essex Salons is host to more than 50 vendors of holiday crafts, food and gifts for the Innsbrook Holiday Bazaar from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. www.innsbrook.com.

Virginia Commonwealth University presents its Winter Lights Celebration at its student commons at 7 p.m. 828-4554.

Nov. 21
Powhatan Elementary School brings together artists and craft vendors for the 27th annual Holly Days Bazaar at 9 a.m. 794-3630.

The Concert Ballet of Virginia presents “Nutcracker Suite,” a shortened variation of the holiday classic at Moody Middle School from 2-4 p.m. 798-0945.

St. Gertrude High holds its annual bazaar Santa's Shops on Stuart Avenue from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 358-9114.

Richmond Waldorf School presents its Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 377-8025.

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

The Greater Richmond Convention Center presents the Giving Heart Community Thanksgiving Feast from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to anyone who might otherwise spend the day alone. www.thegivingheart.org.

Nov. 24
Plaza Bowl presents its Tweetsgiving fundraising event beginning at 8 p.m. to help raise money for a classroom, library, and cafeteria for children in Tanzania. http://tweetsgiving.org.

Nov. 27
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's GardenFest of Lights will display a half-million arranged lights nightly from 5-10. Through Jan 11. 262-9887.

Art Works presents its annual After Thanksgiving Crafts and Art Show at 10 a.m. 291-1400.

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

Chop Suey Books holds its Bizarre Market Holiday, featuring numerous items for sale through Christmas Eve. 422-8066.

Nov. 28
The Wilton House Museum celebrates the holiday season with “A Twelfth Night Feast and Wedding” through Jan. 31. 282-5936.

Nov. 29
The Wilton House Museum holds a Holiday Open House with family-friendly games and seasonal performances, 1-4 p.m. 282-5936.

The Concert Ballet of Virginia presents “Nutcracker Suite,” a shortened variation of the holiday classic at the Wilton House Museum at 1 p.m. 798-0945.

Nov. 30
The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and the Richmond Symphony present a special Christmas concert at 7 p.m. 285-5900.

The Swift Creek Mill Theatre presents the youth production of “Santa's Candy Cane Christmas” following the misadventures of Pepita the Elf to restripe all the candy canes for Christmas, continuing through Dec. 22. 748-5203.

The Concert Ballet of Virginia's “Nutcracker” runs through Dec. 21 at various locations. Check www.concertballet.com for details.

The Jefferson Hotel holds a tree-lighting ceremony, parade of Christmas characters and a performance of the “Nutcracker” by the Concert Ballet of Virginia at 5:30 p.m. 424-8014.

Dec. 1
Maymont holds a wreath-making workshop from 6-9 p.m.; also, Dec. 2-3 from 9 a.m.-noon and 6-9 p.m. 358-7166.

Dec. 2
The seventh annual Bizarre Bazaar shopping spree is 5-9 p.m. at the Richmond Raceway Complex to raise money for Virginia Commonwealth University's Massey Cancer Center. Regular show hours continue 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Dec. 6. 827-9486.

Dec.4
Theatre IV presents Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol” through Dec. 23. 282-2620.

Richmonders are invited to witness the Illumination of the State Christmas Tree at 5 p.m., followed by a tour of Virginia's Executive Mansion from 5:30-7 p.m. 371-8687. 

Randolph-Macon College presents its annual “A Christmas Carol” performance in the Cobb Theatre through Dec. 10. 752-7316.

The Concert Ballet of Virginia presents “The Nutcracker” at Goochland High School through Dec. 6. 798-0945.

The James Center presents its 25th annual Grand Illumination, with lights throughout downtown office buildings, 6 p.m. 788-6466.

The Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland presents its multicultural Ujima Winter Concert at 8:30 p.m. 752-3712.

Main Street Station welcomes guests for a Holiday Open House 5-9 p.m., featuring a polar express theme, decorations, hot cider and cookies and free kiddie train rides. 646-5665.

Richmond Public Library presents its Giant Holiday Cards art exhibition by metro Richmond public and private schools on display through Dec. 31. 788-6466.

You're invited to partake in a free Horse and Carriage Ride of the city, 6-10 p.m. through Dec. 5, beginning and ending in Shockoe Slip at the fountain. 488-6466.

The 17th Street Farmers' Market holds its annual holiday shopping spree of handmade crafts, toys and collectibles from 4-9 p.m.

The 102.1 the X Not So Silent Night presents rock artists Rise Against, After Midnight Project and Landmines at 7 p.m. at the National. 612-1900.

The Gottwald Playhouse at Richmond CenterStage presents “Black Nativity,” an alternative nativity story based on the Gospel of St. Luke combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes, through Jan. 3. 282-2620.

The Richmond Symphony Chorus performs Handel's “Messiah” at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage at 8 p.m. 800-982-2787.

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen presents performances of “Miracle on 34th Street” through Dec. 19. 501-5859.

Dec. 5
The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart presents a free Christmas concert in commemoration of World AIDS Day at 7 p.m. 359-5651.

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

Rosewood Pottery Studio holds a special Holiday Open House and Art Sale from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 915-9640.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts holds its 21st annual Christmas Party from 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. to benefit Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now. 257-7226.

Hanover Tavern presents its Holiday Open House, featuring tours, crafts, games and a community concert, noon-4 p.m. 537-5050.

Shirley Plantation holds its annual Christmas Open House and Holiday Tours through Jan. 6. 800-232-1613.

The Y101 Snowball Concert No. 1 presents rock artists Switchfoot at the National at 7 p.m. 612-1900.

The 26th Annual Ukrop's-Supervalu Richmond Christmas Parade takes place eastbound on Broad Street, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. www.richmondchristmasparade.org.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers a wide variety of greens for your holiday decorating for its Great Holiday Greens Sale from noon-2 p.m. 262-9887.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden presents a special Saturday Brunch with Santa from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., continuing Dec. 12 and 19. Reservations at 262-9887, ext. 329.

“Let It Snow!” a performance by the Richmond Symphony Chorus, the Greater Richmond Children's Choir, and the Richmond Symphony, takes place at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond Centerstage at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. 800-982-2787.

Dec. 6
Celebrate the holidays with reduced admission, storytelling, music and children's crafts activities for the American Civil War Center's Holiday Happening from 1-5 p.m. 780-1865.

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.

Maymont Mansion presents an evening with storyteller Pam Bomboy from 1-2:30 p.m. for St. Nick's Christmas Party. 358-7166.

Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church presents its Winter Choral Concert by the Randolph-Macon Concert Choir and Chamber Singers at 7 p.m. 752-3798.

Celebrate an Old-Fashioned Christmas at Maymont from noon-5 p.m. featuring beautifully decorated formal rooms and old tradition songs, games and party favors. 358-7166.

The Sixth Annual Village Holiday Social takes place at Commonwealth Photography in Chester from 2-5 p.m. 748-5861.

Dec. 7
The Richmond Philharmonic performs a free concert of holiday songs and carols at the James Center at 7 p.m. 344-3232.

Richmond Shakespeare's annual “A Christmas Carol for Two Actors” comes to Gottwald Playhouse at CenterStage with additional performances scheduled on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21. 800-745-3000.

Dec. 10
Agecroft Hall welcomes guests for Christmas Tea and Tours at the Neighbors from 3-5 p.m. through Dec. 11. 353-4241.

Dec. 11
Richmond Ballet performs “The Nutcracker” at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage through Dec. 23. 800-982-2787.

You can partake in a Horse and Carriage Ride of the city through Dec. 13, beginning at 10th and East Cary streets. Reservations required. 769-4580.

The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale presents a holiday concert at the Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland at 7:30 p.m. 798-3283.

The Concert Ballet of Virginia presents “The Nutcracker” at Monacan High School through Dec. 13. 798-0945.

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

Dec. 12
The Fan District Association presents its Annual Fan Holiday House Tour from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 13. www.fantourrichmond.com.

Capital Ale House its annual Hamagaza holiday party beginning at 9 p.m. to benefit the Central Virginia Food Bank. 780-2537.

The 17th Annual James River Parade of Lights will take place at Libby Hill Park at 6 p.m.

The Virginia Holocaust Museum celebrates the holidays of yesteryear as host of the Church Hill Ball from 8 p.m.-midnight. 488-6466.

The Children's Museum of Richmond invites visitors to taste the baked goods of its Gingerbread Festival through Dec. 19. 474-7000.

The 17th Street Farmers' Market celebrates the 12 days of Christmas at noon with its annual Holiday Tuba Christmas. 646-0477.

The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale presents a holiday concert at the Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland at 7:30 p.m. 798-3283.

The Richmond Craft Mafia presents 40 local artisans for its second annual Handmade Holiday Craft Show from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. 353-0094.

Dec. 13
Musicians from New Hanover Presbyterian Church present God With Us, a Christmas program, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. 730-9700.

The Valentine Richmond History Center, John Marshall House, the Virginia State Capitol, the Museum and White House of the Confederacy, Monumental Church and other historic sites celebrate the season from noon-5 p.m. with a day of re-enactments, activities and refreshments, including shuttle service. 649-0711, ext. 301.

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

Church Hill Historic House Tour presents a special holiday-themed walk from noon-5 p.m. through one of Richmond's oldest neighborhoods. 655-5669.

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

Dec. 14
The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will present a free Christmas concert and lunch starting at 11:30 p.m. 359-5651.

The Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale presents a holiday concert at the Grace Baptist Church at 7 p.m. 798-3283.

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

Dec. 15-16
The Henrico Pop Chorus performs a holiday concert at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen at 7:30 p.m. 262-1093.

Dec. 17
The Henrico Community Band performs festive holiday music for the entire family at 7:30 p.m. at the Henrico Theatre. 328-4491.

Dec. 18
The Concert Ballet of Virginia presents “The Nutcracker” at Atlee High School through Dec. 20. 798-0945.

Locals are invited to partake in a Horse and Carriage Ride of the city through Dec. 20, beginning at 10th and East Cary streets. Reservations required. 769-4580.

Dec. 19
The Henrico Theatre welcomes Patsy Butler for an evening of simple Christmas carols at 7 p.m. 328-4491.

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

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen welcomes Theatre IV as it presents “The Shoemaker and the Christmas Elves” at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 261-2787.

Dec. 20
The Richmond Concert Band performs Christmas in the Fan at Tabernacle Baptist Church at 4 p.m. Free. 737-3767.

Dec. 23
The Richmond Coliseum holds performances of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. 800-745-3000.

Dec. 24
The Richmond Coliseum holds performances of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. 800-745-3000.

Dec. 31
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will hold a New Year's Eve Family Frolic, 1-4 p.m. 262-9887.

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