Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's GardenFest of Lights will display a half-million arranged lights nightly from 5-10 p.m. through Jan 12. 262-9887.
“This Wonderful Life” plays at the Barksdale Theatre at Willow Lawn through Jan 11. 282-2620.
The Concert Ballet of Virginia's “Nutcracker” runs through Dec. 21 at various locations. Check www.concertballet.com for details.
Art Works presents its annual After Thanksgiving Crafts and Art Show starting at 10 a.m. 291-1400.
Artspace hosts its annual Art Attic 2008, a shopping spree of works by local artists, runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 232-6464.
Legendary Santa returns to the Children's Museum of Richmond, starting at 9 a.m. Through Dec. 24. 474-7000.
The Wilton House Museum will host a special holiday tour with decorations and performances, 1-4 p.m. 282-5936.
The Richmond Chamber Winds Society will present a mix of musical holiday favorites at 5 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church. 757-9879.
Commonwealth Catholic Charities' 17th Annual Holiday Festival of Music will present the Richmond Symphony and the Cathedral Choir, 7 p.m. 545-5935.
The Jefferson Hotel will hold a tree-lighting ceremony and Parade of Christmas Characters starting at 5:30 p.m. 424-8014.
The On-the-Air-Radio Players will perform a radio broadcast of “Miracle on 34th Street” at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen at 7:30 p.m. 261-2787.
The Sixth Annual Bizarre Bazaar Shopping Spree will take place, 5-9 p.m. at the Richmond Raceway Complex to raise money for Virginia Commonwealth University's Massey Cancer Center. 828-1451.
The West End Assembly of God presents its holiday spectacle, “Glorious Christmas Nights.” Through Dec. 14. 754-0738.
Downtown's annual Grand Illumination will usher in the holiday season at 10th and East Cary streets beginning at 6 p.m. 344-3232.
The 17th Street Farmers' Market will hold its annual holiday shopping spree of handmade crafts, toys, and collectibles from 5-9 p.m.
Come to Capitol Square for the lighting of the state Christmas tree at 5 p.m. 371-2642.
“Handel's Messiah: An Oratorio,” performances by the Richmond Symphony chorus, will take place Dec. 5 and 8 at 8 p.m. 788-1212.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” performances will take place at Theatre IV through Dec. 21. 282-2620.
Andrew Peterson will present his “Behold the Lamb of God Christmas Tour” at the Bon Air Baptist Church at 7 p.m. 677-7825.
Main Street Station will hold a holiday open house, 5-9 p.m. with free hot chocolate, cookies, and decorations.
A Rockapella Holiday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at the Modlin Center for the Arts. 289-8980.
Brazier Fine Arts exhibits “Miniature Treasures,” original impressionist and realist oil paintings. Through Jan. 3. 359-2787.
Art6 presents “Art in a Box,” small works by area artists based on the theme of charity. Through Dec. 21. 343-1406.
Free horse and carriage rides will take place in Shockoe Slip, 6-10 p.m. 769-4010.
“Let It Snow!” a performance by the Richmond Symphony Chorus, the Greater Richmond Children's Choir, and the Richmond Symphony, will take place at the Landmark Theater at 8 p.m. 262-8003.
The Governor's Mansion will hold a holiday open house, 1-4 p.m. 371-2642.
The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will present a free Christmas concert starting at 7:30 p.m. 359-5651.
Christmas at Tuckahoe will feature a special candlelit tour of Thomas Jefferson's childhood home Dec. 6-7 and 13-14, 3-7 p.m.
Ukrops' 25th Annual Supervalu Christmas Parade will take place eastbound on Broad Street, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. www.richmondchristmasparade.org
A Christmas benefit concert will be held at at Belmead in Powhatan County. 598-9316.
Hanover Tavern hosts a wreath-making workshop, 10:30 a.m.-noon, followed by a special holiday open house until 4 p.m. 537-5050.
The Lewis Ginter Recreation Association presents a special holiday Arts and Crafts Show starting at 10 a.m. 321-1659.
The Richmond Choral Society will perform the “The Seven Joys of Christmas” at 7 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. 967-9878.
The Sixth Annual Village Holiday Social will take place at Commonwealth Photography in Chester all day. 748-5861.
“Concise Christmas Carol” performances take place at the 40th Street Stage through Dec. 21. $10. 423-4084.
A performance of “Amahl and the Night Visitor: A Family Friendly Holiday Opera,” will take place at the Landmark Theater at 4 p.m. Free. 646-4213.
The Richmond Philharmonic will perform a free concert of holiday songs and carols at the James Center at 7 p.m. 344-3232.
The Henrico Pops Chorus will perform a free holiday concert at the Henrico Theater at 7:30 p.m. with an additional performance taking place on Dec. 10. 501-5115.
Visual Arts Studio's “Artistic Gifts” and Trunk Show runs through Jan. 30 with events Dec. 9-12. 644-1368.
The Y101 Snowball presents Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Asleep at the Bottom of the Sea, Days Difference and Duchess of York at the National at 6 p.m. 612-1900.
Richmond Shakespeare's annual “A Christmas Carol for Two Actors” comes to Second Presbyterian Church through Dec. 21. (866) BARD-TIX.
“The Nutcracker” performed by the Richmond Ballet will take place at the Landmark Theater through Dec. 23. 646-4213.
The Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia presents “Classics by Candlelight,” a concert for strings and flute at 7:30 p.m. at the Bon Air Presbyterian Church. 519-2098.
Handmade Holiday Craft Show will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center. 353-0094.
The 16th Annual James River Parade of Lights will take place at Libby Hill Park starting at 6 p.m.
The Christmas at Agecroft party will feature characters and entertainment from different time periods, 12:30-5 p.m. 353-4241.
The Richmond Boys Choir will perform at Historic St. John's Church beginning at 4 p.m. 788-6404.
The Valentine Richmond History Center will host its Court End Christmas celebration of holidays in the past, noon-5 p.m. 649-0711.
The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will present a free, hour long concert of holiday music starting at 11 a.m. 359-5651.
“A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant” performances taking place at the Firehouse Theatre through Jan 18. $20. 355-2001.
“Sesame Street Live: Elmo's Green Thumb” comes to the Richmond Coliseum through Dec. 21. $13-$26. 262-8100 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Miracle of Christmas: Live at the Zoo will feature three shows each evening through Dec. 23. 739-5666.
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church will host a Festival of Lessons and Carols, a special Christmas celebration service at 6:30 p.m. 263-8521.
The Valentine Richmond History Center presents the Monument Avenue after Dark Holiday Walking Tour, 6-7:30 p.m. 649-0711.
WWE Smackdown and ECW Live, featuring wrestlers Triple H, the Undertaker and the Big Show, comes to Richmond Coliseum at 7 p.m. $21-$61. 262-8100 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will host a New Year's Eve Family Frolic, 1-4 p.m. 262-9887.
Carytown's Annual New Year's Celebration will fill the streets of Carytown, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Richmond's First Ever Roots Music New Year's Spectacular features Jackass Flats, A Good Natured Riot, the Fox Hunt, Special Ed and the Shortbus. Dec. 31, the Canal Club. www.thecanalclub.com.