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The Story of Virginia

November 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018
Virginia Historical Society, 428 N Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Free

This newly renovated 10,500 square-foot exhibition interprets 16,000 years of Virginia history and features more than 500 artifacts, maps, letters, and diaries ranging from the earliest stone tools shaped by humans to a satellite built by high school students in 2013. Objects in the exhibition are supplemented by images from the VHS collection, soundscapes, video, […]

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Glavé and Holmes: 50 Years of Design

November 1, 2017 - January 14, 2018
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
Free

Showcases the award-winning and defining design work of one of Virginia’s most notable architecture, interior design, and planning firms. In addition to compelling projects, the exhibit also highlights the firm’s commitment to historic preservation and classical design.

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The Andrew Brothers

November 9 - December 31
Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
$

A USO performance in the south Pacific by the Andrews Sisters is in jeopardy of cancellation when they fail to appear shortly before curtain time. Luckily, three hapless stagehands are determined that the show must go on – and go on it does. This music-fest is filled to the brim with over 25 famous songs. […]

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Legally Blonde: The Musical

November 10 - December 3
$

Our favorite sorority girl, Elle Woods, braves the world of Harvard Law on a quest to win her boyfriend back.  With the power to bend and snap, Elle manages to defy convention and expectations as she rises through the ranks of her law school peers, all in the name of love. Recommended for about ten […]

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Illuminate Light Show and Santa’s Village

November 17 - December 31
Meadow Event Park, 13111 Dawn Boulevard
Doswell, VA 23047
$

Lighted displays dance and twinkle to Christmas music throughout the drive-through park. Santa’s Village has activities for the kids, Christmas trees, food, and more.  

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Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China

November 18, 2017 - March 11, 2018
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts*, 200 N Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220 United States
$

Discovered in 1974 by farmers in China, an underground army of nearly 8,000 life-size terracotta figures is regarded as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. Gathered from fourteen museums and archaeological institutes across Shaanxi Province, China, the works of Terracotta Army provide insights into Qin history, the creation of a unified […]

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ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

November 18, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745 United States
$

Larger-than-life vignettes that bring to life the beloved 1964 TV classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, in ICE! The 9-degree walk-through attraction features 13 scenes of more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures including everyone’s favorite characters – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and more.  

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A Material World Photographs of the 1980s

November 18, 2017 - March 4, 2018
Virginia Historical Society, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
Free

From hair to defense budgets, shoulder pads to tax cuts, the 1980s were BIG. The Eighties are remembered by many as a time of excess and extremes. The photographs from the Richmond Times-Dispatch were important when they appeared in the 1980s as evidence of news being reported at the time.

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Dominion GardenFest of Lights

November 24, 2017 - January 8, 2018
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden*, 1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228
$

A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, and more.  

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Christmas Town

November 24, 2017 - January 1, 2018
$

Kid-friendly attractions and shows, delicious treats, thrilling rides, roller coasters, and all of your favorite Christmas characters.

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Bethlehem Walk

November 29 - December 3
Salem Baptist Church, 465 Broad Street Road
Manakin, VA 23103
Free

A life-sized re-enactment of Bethlehem at the time of the birth of Christ.  

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The Bizarre Bazaar’s Christmas Collection

November 30 - December 3
Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E Laburnum Ave
Richmond, VA 23222
$

An annual Christmas shopping tradition for over 40 years. This event brings together the best gifts, arts and crafts, gourmet foods, clothing, jewelry, accessories, and home decor under one roof.

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Movie: White Christmas

November 30 - December 2
Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road
Henrico, VA 23075
Free

Performers from Henrico Theatre Company will sing and dance to holiday tunes prior to the movie. Thur, Nov 30 at 7pm Fri, Dec 1 at 7pm Sat, Dec 2 at 2 & 7pm

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Grand Opening – Kid to Kid Short Pump

November 30 - December 2
Kid to Kid, Short Pump, 11740 W Broad St, Ste 105
Richmond, VA 23233
Free

There will be daily raffles, prizes, and instant giveaways.  VIP swag bags for the first 25 customers in the store daily. Short Pump location only. Doors open at 4PM Thursday.

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Miracle on South Division Street

December 1 - December 31
Virginia Rep at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road
Hanover, 23069
$

The Nowaks of Buffalo, New York, have always known they are special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! When a deathbed confession reveals a secret, the family legend comes into question. This heartfelt and hilarious play will have the whole family laughing through the […]

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Shop with Santa

December 2
The ARTS Community Center, 10179 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, Virginia (VA) 23112
Free

A holiday shop for kids.

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Ongoing

Memento Mori: A 1708 Gallery satellite exhibition at the Linden Row Inn

November 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - January 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Linden Row Inn, 100 East Franklin St
Richmond, VT 23219 United States
Free

Thirteen artists explore the tradition of memento mori – an artwork that reminds the viewer of their mortality, impermanence, and even the shortness and fragility of human life. Memento mori artwork became popular in the seventeenth century, in a religious age when almost everyone believed that life on earth was merely a preparation for an […]

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Our Hearts On Our Sleeves

November 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The Valentine*, 1015 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219 United States
$

The fashion and fiber arts play an important role in Richmond’s creative community, enlivening Richmond’s streets, shops, galleries, museums, and performance spaces. Drawing on the Valentine’s extensive collection of historic and contemporary costume and textiles, this exhibition celebrates Richmond’s devotion to creative expression.

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Nuestras Historias: Latinos in Richmond

November 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - April 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The Valentine*, 1015 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219 United States
$

There are approximately 100,000 Latinos in the Richmond metropolitan area who represent a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. As Latinos immigrate to Richmond, they establish permanent ties to their new home and begin to transform its culture. Through interviews, objects and images, this exhibition documents the region’s diverse Latino experience. Daily, Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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Virginia Jazz: The Early Years

November 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - April 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The Valentine*, 1015 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219 United States
$

This exhibition created by Richmond Jazz Society illuminates Virginians who made significant contributions to the development of Jazz as an American art form – from the early rhythms of the music’s birth at the turn of the 20th century to the multi-faceted vibrations leading to the music’s modern sound.

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Mary Poppins

November 17 @ 7:00 pm - December 31 @ 10:00 pm
Virginia Rep’s November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
$

This Tony award-winning, practically perfect musical follows the charming Mary Poppins on an enchanting journey through the streets of London. Based on the classic Disney film and books by P.L. Travers, experience this magical adventure, featuring supercalifragilistic-expialidocious songs and breathtaking rooftop dance numbers. Times vary. Visit va-rep.org for details.

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Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China

November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am - March 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts*, 200 N Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220 United States
$

First discovered in 1974 by farmers in China, an underground army of nearly 8,000 life-size terracotta figures is known as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. This exhibition also features arms and armor, horse and chariot fittings, ritual bronze vessels, works in gold and silver, jade ornaments, precious jewelry, and ceramics. […]

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Paws to READ

November 28, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - October 25, 2065 @ 7:30 pm
Atlee Library, 9161 Atlee Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Free

Is your child a reluctant reader? Sign them up for a 20 minute session reading to Chrissie, a Paws to READ reading education assistance dog. Call or visit the branch to sign up.

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The Dream Seller and the Forest Dwellers

November 29 @ 1:00 pm - December 9 @ 5:00 pm
Hickory Hill Community Center, 3000 E. Belt Blvd
Richmond, VA 23234 United States
$

A world premiere of a delightful children’s musical. This play is set in a magical forest, in a world of mostly animated animals that dream of a life much different from their own. Hoping to make their dreams come true, this team of delightful characters search for the Dream Seller. Show dates and times are […]

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8:00 am

The Jingle Bell Run

December 2 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mary Munford Elementary School, 211 Westmoreland Ave
Richmond, VA 23223 United States
$

Get decked out and be festive. Put on your favorite holiday costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Bring a team of family, friends and co-workers, and even dogs to run or walk, spread smiles, and good cheer. Benefits The Arthritis Foundation.

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9:00 am

Jingle Bell Bazaar

December 2 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ecoff Elementary, 5200 Ecoff Ave
Chester, VA 23831
$

Over 100 crafters will feature: accessories, baskets, baked goods, birdhouses, books, candles, clothing, decorations, florals, health and beauty products, handbags, porcelain, glass, slate, jewelry, kitchenware, pet products, photography, totes, wood signs, plus door prizes and concessions. $1 admission to benefit Ecoff Elementary PTA. For more information, contact ecoffpta@gmail.com

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Sports Center of Richmond SCOR Grand Re-Opening

December 2 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
SCOR, 1385 OVerbrook Road
Richmond, VA 23220 United States
Free

Celebrate SCOR's Grand Re-Opening with Adult and Family Fun activities such as Dodgeball/Soccer Tournaments, Bouncy Houses, Live DJ, Food Trucks, Kids Camps, Bubble Ball, and more.

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9:30 am

Jingle Jam

December 2 @ 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive
Henrico, VA 23233
$

Leave the hustle and bustle behind. Celebrate the holidays in a music class for kids that will get them singing, dancing, and playing to all the holiday favorites. For ages 0 to 5 years.

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A Christmas Breakfast with Santa

December 2 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
The ARTS Community Center, 10179 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, Virginia (VA) 23112
$

Games, karaoke, and crafts. Tickets are required and can be purchased on their website.

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10:00 am

Gingerbread House Workshop

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Goochland Library, 3075 River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063
Free

Make and decorate your own gingerbread house for the holidays. Call or visit the library to sign up (Max. 10 participants). For ages 11 and under.

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SAT Practice Test

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Midlothian Library*, 521 Coalfield Road
Midlothian, 23114-4406
Free

Flamingo Tutoring, LLC is offering a free SAT practice test to high school juniors and seniors. The test is full-length, officially released, and proctored. Students need only bring their pencils and calculator. Please contact testprep@flamingotutoring.com to reserve your spot.

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A Taste of Art

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free

Connect with the local art community and explore fine and performing arts. Enjoy exhibits, demonstrations, performances, crafts, and hands-on workshops provided by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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Dominion Christmas Parade

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Science Museum of Virginia*, 2500 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States
Free

Huge helium balloons, floats, marching bands, and Santa, of course. The parade departs from the Science Museum on West Broad and continues east to 7th Street.  

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10:15 am

Jingle Jam

December 2 @ 10:15 am - 10:45 am
Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive
Henrico, VA 23233
$

Leave the hustle and bustle behind. Celebrate the holidays in a music class for kids that will get them singing, dancing, and playing to all the holiday favorites. For ages 0 to 5 years.

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11:00 am

Gingerbread Dream House!

December 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wegmans Short Pump, 12200 Wegmans Blvd
Henrico, VA 23233
$

You’re the decorator; they will have a gingerbread house for you with lots of fun decorations to help you make the perfect dream house that you take home. As you’re busy decorating you will have cookies and hot chocolate for all to enjoy. Hands-on class for a parent and a child.

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Gingerbread Dream House!

December 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wegmans Midlothian, 12501 Stone Village Way
Midlothian, VA 23113
$

You’re the decorator; they will have a gingerbread house for you with lots of fun decorations to help you make the perfect dream house that you take home. As you’re busy decorating you will have cookies and hot chocolate for all to enjoy. Hands-on class for a parent and a child.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Story Time

December 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Barnes & Noble Short Pump, 11640 W. Broad Street
Henrico, 23233
Free

This classic, heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts three sizes. Activities to follow.

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11:30 am

The Snow Queen

December 2 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Shafer Street Playhouse, 221 N Shafer Street
Richmond, VA 23220 United States
Free

The Red Brick Collective has created a short play targeted at 4th and 5th grade audiences addressing the themes of friendship, empathy, and the journey.

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12:00 pm

Nutzy’s Rotary Funn Run

December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Moseley Architects, 3200 Norfolk St
Richmond, VA 23230
$

Runners, walkers, kids, and parents with strollers will take off from Moseley Architects, in the heart of Scott’s Addition. Odd-K finishers will return to Moseley Architects for the Finish Line Party and Funn Costume Awards. Benefits Junior Achievement of Central Virginia and The Flying Squirrels Charities.  

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Comfort Zone Family Grief Program

December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free

  The program is open to children ages 5 to 17 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or legal guardian. The whole family is invited and the day will be filled with a lot of fun activities, focusing on developing community and power of connection for the entire family. Space is limited […]

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Geological Agriculture Workshop

December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ashland Ace Hardware, 105A N Washington Hwy
Ashland, MD 23005 United States
Free

Learn how to assemble a semi-permanent micro-farm in your basement or closet, and enjoy winter gardening using a bag of rocks and sand from the hardware store.

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1:00 pm

Gingerbread Workshop

December 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
$

An exploration of holiday gingerbread with a decorating demonstration. Build your own house and find out how to use ginger in your holiday concoctions with recipes. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  

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A Nutcracker Christmas

December 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Magnolia Grange House Museum, 10020 Iron Bridge Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Free

Lavishly decorated for the holiday season with trees and holiday decorations in every room, nutcrackers displayed throughout the site, docents dressed as characters from the Nutcracker tale, music from this much beloved ballet, and more. Features a visit from Santa, music, refreshments, house tours, a craft for children to make, and special holiday discounts in […]

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2:00 pm

Gingerbread Dream House!

December 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wegmans Short Pump, 12200 Wegmans Blvd
Henrico, VA 23233
$

You’re the decorator; they will have a gingerbread house for you with lots of fun decorations to help you make the perfect dream house that you take home. As you’re busy decorating you will have cookies and hot chocolate for all to enjoy. Hands-on class for a parent and a child.

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3:00 pm

YES! Dance Festival

December 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220
$

Features three artists from Dance Magazine's 2017 "25 to Watch" including: Marcat Dance from Spain, Ching Ching Wong from Oregon, and Paige Fraser from Chicago. This production features 8 different choreographic thought-provoking works performed by expertly trained and poised artists.

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Annual Tree Lighting

December 2 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Walkerton Tavern, 2892 Mountain Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Free

A special holiday event featuring holiday music and a toasty bonfire, hot chocolate, and cookies. Old St. Nick makes his spectacular arrival just in time for the countdown to light a 60-foot cedar tree. Walkerton Tavern will be open for historic tours from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. Information: 652-1422.

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4:00 pm

Jazz Nativity – 10th Anniversary

December 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Gayton Baptist Church, 13501 N Gayton Rd
Henrico , VA 23233
$

Many holiday favorites in musical styles ranging from big band swing to Trans-Siberian Orchestra style rock. Gourmet coffee and desserts will be available from Starbucks Coffee Company during each performance. Benefits Feed My Starving Children.

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4:30 pm

18th Annual Tree Lighting

December 2 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23260 United States
Free

A holiday event featuring magical holiday music performances, hot chocolate and cookies, a toasty bonfire and, of course, a special visit from Santa to light the 60-foot cedar Christmas tree at The Center’s entrance. Plus, visit inside for their seasonal gift shop, holiday crafts for the kids, new art exhibits, and beautiful artisan crafted Christmas trees […]

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7:00 pm

Annual Chincoteague Old Fashioned Christmas Parade

December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Street Chincoteague, Main Street
Chincoteague Island, Virginia 23336
Free

Visit beautiful Chincoteague Island and celebrate an annual Christmas tradition. Afterwards the festivities continue at the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Fire House - visit with Santa, enjoy refreshments, and congratulate Parade winners.

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Christmas Spirituals: Songs of African-American Tradition

December 2 @ 7:00 pm
Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1925 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220 United States
Free

City Singers Youth Choirs presents this concert featuring the voices of Lisa Edwards-Burrs, One Voice Chorus, Richmond Public Schools, and Collegiate School.

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Jazz Nativity – 10th Anniversary

December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Gayton Baptist Church, 13501 N Gayton Rd
Henrico , VA 23233
$

Many holiday favorites in musical styles ranging from big band swing to Trans-Siberian Orchestra style rock. Gourmet coffee and desserts will be available from Starbucks Coffee Company during each performance. Benefits Feed My Starving Children.

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8:00 pm

Neil Diamond Tribute Night (Feat. Diamond Heist)

December 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Tin Pan*, 8981 Quioccasin Rd.
Richmond, VA 23229
$

The six-member band infuses its shows with nonstop fun, a little kitsch and full audience participation.

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YES! Dance Festival

December 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220
$

Features three artists from Dance Magazine's 2017 "25 to Watch" including: Marcat Dance from Spain, Ching Ching Wong from Oregon, and Paige Fraser from Chicago. This production features 8 different choreographic thought-provoking works performed by expertly trained and poised artists.

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Symphony Pops 2: Let It Snow!

December 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center, 600 E. Grace Street
Richmond , VA 23219
$

Celebrate the holidays with a concert featuring the sounds of the season! Join the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus for this magical holiday tradition the whole family will love.

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