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Pandemic: Richmond

October 1, 2018 - January 6, 2019
The Valentine*, 1015 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219 United States
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Explores the repeated storms of disease that have swept through the city. From influenza to cholera to polio to AIDS/HIV, this exhibition investigates how Richmonders have fought silent, invisible enemies and tells their stories of both loss and survival.

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Pretty Powerful: Fashion and Virginia Women

October 1, 2018 - January 27, 2019
The Valentine*, 1015 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219 United States
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Drawing on the Valentine’s extensive collection of historic and contemporary costume, this exhibit will examine the role of fashion in the professional, creative, and social advancement of women in Richmond, Virginia.

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Break Glass: Art by VL Cox

October 1, 2018 - February 10, 2019
Virginia Holocaust Museum, 2000 E. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23223
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Through her art, Cox aspires to spark conversation about civil rights and equality, while also exploring the persistence of hate and injustice in America today. Cox creates her work from found objects, appropriating them to make pointed criticisms about some of today’s most troubling topics often delivering a message that is in direct opposition to […]

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins

October 27 - December 30
Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, 1601 W. Broad St
Richmond, Virginia 23230
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The tale of the gentle British house painter, with a fondness for Antarctic exploration, who finds himself and his family the proud domesticators of a family of penguins. This heartwarming tale will be a holiday treat for the entire family as they follow Mr. Popper, his family, and his talented little penguins.  

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Fresh Paint: Murals Inspired by the Story of Virginia

October 27, 2018 - April 14, 2019
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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This unprecedented exhibition brings together original large-scale artwork created by Virginia-based artists with historical objects, books, letters, diaries, and photographs from the museum's world-class collection of nine million items representing the story of Virginia. The walls inside the Virginia Sargeant Reynolds Gallery will be transformed with fresh paint and expressive reflections on Virginia’s past. Using […]

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I See Me! A Reflective Look at Black Dolls

October 31 - December 22
Black History Museum of Virginia, 122 W. Leigh Street
Richmond, VA
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Original Black dolls may have been made with stuffed fabric or sticks and colored with dye or mud. Those dolls and others through the years were created as a way to embrace our cultural heritage and instill a sense of dignity. The 100 dolls currently on display were collected by sisters Ms. Grace E. DeLoatch […]

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Saxon Shoes for the Needy

November 1 - December 24
Saxon Shoes, 11800 West Broad Street
Henrico, Virginia 23233 United States
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Free

Individuals, families, and groups from the community are encouraged to clean out their closets and donate their used, but still usable shoes to the collection. The collected shoes will be presented to The Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center in Richmond and The Salvation Army in Fredericksburg.

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Sandy Bond Retrospective

November 2, 2018 - January 14, 2019
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
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See the amazing sculptures of accomplished Architect Sandy Bond. His focus on materials in his architectural projects is translated into his sculptural works where he uses common industrial materials: structural steel, glass, wood, Plexiglas or concrete. Each work is a spatial exploration done in the abstract.

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Ice Rink

November 9, 2018 - January 27, 2019
The Rink at West Broad Village, 3939 Duckling Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23060
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West Broad Village transforms into a magical holiday experience. Enjoy ice skating, great food, shopping, and more. And for beginners, they offer lessons that will have you skating in no time.

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Santa Photos

November 9 - December 24
Short Pump Town Center, 11800 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23233
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Come have your keepsake portrait taken with Santa. Santa's Holiday Village is located on the upper level near L.L.Bean. Hours vary. Visit ShortPumpTownCenter.com for details.

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A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol

November 16, 2018 - January 5, 2019
Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
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In this long-awaited sequel to the popular musical The 1940s Radio Hour, it's Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are now broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, New Jersey. The company's take on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol descends into all the comedic mayhem and madness of a live radio show, resulting in […]

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Illuminate Light Show 
and Santa’s Village

November 16 - December 31
Meadow Event Park, 13111 Dawn Boulevard
Doswell, VA 23047
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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. 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 16, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745 United States
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Beloved characters including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and friends will come to life in more than 2 million pounds of colorful, larger-than-life ice sculptures. This attraction also includes two-story ice slides and culminates with a breathtaking, crystal clear ice sculpture Nativity scene.

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Cirque Dreams Unwrapped

November 16, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745 United States
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A vibrant Christmas fable including spectacular costumes, soaring imagination, gravity-defying feats, and on-the-edge-of-your-seat excitement. Audiences will be mesmerized by this spellbinding production that combines breathtaking artistry and music.

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Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

November 23, 2018 - January 7, 2019
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden*, 1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228
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A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s’mores and hot chocolate (for purchase), nightly family activities and, more. The exhibition will re-interpret well-known works of art in a spectrum of sparkling color.

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Sister Act

November 23, 2018 - January 13, 2019
Virginia Rep’s November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street
Richmond, 23220
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This musical follows the fallen showgirl, Deloris Van Cartier, as she unexpectedly finds sisterhood and redemption when forced to take refuge in a convent.

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Legendary Santa

November 23 - December 24
Children’s Museum of Richmond, Downtown, 2626 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
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Visit with Santa, stroll through Genworth Foundation’s Holiday Village of Fan-inspired houses featuring holiday celebrations from around the world.

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Little Women the Broadway Musical

November 28 - December 2
SPARC, 2106-A North Hamilton Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
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Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, this follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, […]

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Gallery Show: Joanna Tyka

November 29, 2018 - January 15, 2019
Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave
Richmond, VA United States
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Abstract and figurative forms are in contradiction to each other, but for Joanna Tyka, they’re parallel forms of her artistic expression. This show will run in the Sara D. November Gallery.

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Movie: Miracle on 34th Street

November 29 - December 2
Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road
Henrico, VA 23075
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Enjoy movies on the big screen. Tickets are only $1 and can be purchased at the door. Concessions are available for $1 per item. Thursday, Nov 29, 7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov 30, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec 1, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

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The Bizarre Bazaar’s 
Christmas Collection

November 29 - December 2
Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E Laburnum Ave
Richmond, VA 23222
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This event brings together the best gifts, arts and crafts, gourmet foods, clothing, jewelry, accessories, and home decor.

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Jingle Jam

November 29 - December 19
Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive
Henrico, VA 23233
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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, with a parent. Advance registration required

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The Game’s Afoot: Holmes for the Holidays

November 30 - December 30
Virginia Rep at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road
Hanover, 23069
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Murder mysteries and mirthful merriment color this twisty whodunit. Centered on Broadway star William Gillette, admired worldwide for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, this wacky comedy follows the actor as he must reprise his role in order to solve the mystery of his own attempted murder in his castle during holiday festivities with his cast-mates. […]

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A Christmas Carol

November 30 - December 16
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23260 United States
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By suggesting famous Christmas carols, this author incorporates appropriate music for the re-telling of this classic story. An old miser is given a chance for redemption when he is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve.

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17th Street Market’s Grand Opening

November 30 - December 1
Free

The Grand Opening will feature ice skating, hot chocolate, live music, and twenty-two oak trees illuminating at 6:00 p.m. After 17th Street Market’s opening, head up to Main Street Station to see Santa, a Tuba Ensemble, and aerialist performances. On Saturday, Shockoe Bottom’s holiday weekend continues with a Winter Market at Main Street Station and […]

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Jazz Nativity

November 30 - December 2
Gayton Baptist Church, 13501 N Gayton Rd
Henrico , VA 23233
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Many Christmas favorites in musical styles ranging from big band swing to Trans-Siberian Orchestra style rock. Gourmet coffee and desserts will be for sale from Starbucks during each performance. Benefits Feed My Starving Children. November 30th, 7:00 PM December 1st, 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM ​December 2nd, 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM

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Illumination and 
Festival of Trees

December 1, 2018 - March 1, 2019
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23260 United States
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A grove of Christmas trees, each decorated with a special theme.

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Holiday Cookies and Santa wish Lists

Free

Enjoy Holiday Cookies and create your Santa lists.

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Ongoing

Kids Yoga

October 27 @ 12:30 pm - December 27 @ 1:30 pm
One Wellness Richmond, 4110 Fitzhugh Avenue
RIchmond, 23230 United States
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Parents can practice with their kids or if your little yogi is feeling confident, they are welcome to solo practice with the children's yoga instructor. Please show up 15 minutes early to the class to get signed in with the front desk. They will also be offering adult classes all day. Check out the class schedule […]

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Fighting for the Right to Fight

November 1 @ 8:00 am - December 22 @ 5:00 pm
Black History Museum of Virginia, 122 W. Leigh Street
Richmond, VA
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An exhibition that examines how hopes of equality inspired many African Americans to enlist, the discouraging reality of the segregated noncombat roles given to black recruits, and the continuing fight for "Double Victory" that laid the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement. The oral histories, profile panels, and artifacts, tell wartime stories of individual service […]

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My Richmond

November 1 @ 10:00 am - December 22 @ 5:00 pm
Black History Museum of Virginia, 122 W. Leigh Street
Richmond, VA
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For Darrick Claiborne, a painting begins with a blank canvas or a computer screen. Typically, the paintings are created with acrylic paint on canvas. Darrick also creates digital paintings that are printed and converted to mixed media by applying acrylic paint, fabric, jewels, and oil pastel.

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Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

November 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - January 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Free

James and Sallie Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life and is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Beautiful trimmings on the 12-foot Christmas tree, the opulent dining room set for a feast, evergreen decorations, and lavish gifts welcome the season in grand Victorian […]

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Busch Gardens Christmas Town

November 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - January 5, 2019 @ 10:00 pm
Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with 10 million lights, one of the largest light displays in North America. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the season come alive. Visit the big man in red at his North Pole workshop and capture an unforgettable memory. Keep warm with a […]

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Family Camp-In: Fantastic Beasts

November 30 @ 6:30 pm - December 1 @ 9:00 am
Maymont, Nature Center, 2201 Shields Lake Drive
Richmond, VA 23220
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Sleep in the Nature Center gallery, take an evening hike through the estate in search of native beasts and meet a few of Maymont’s own animal ambassadors. Afterward, make s’mores and enjoy stories around the campfire. Following a night in the Nature Center, enjoy a continental breakfast and take a morning hike. Ages 4 and […]

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The Nutcracker Sweet Ballet

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - December 2 @ 9:00 pm
Manchester High School, 12601 Bailey Bridge Rd.
Midlothian, Va. 23112
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The cast represents 12 dance studios, from Chesterfield Co, Hanover Co, Henrico Co, Petersburg, Powhatan Co, Prince George Co, and Richmond City. They range in age from 4 to 55 years young. Presented by PDM Productions. Tickets available at Momentum Dance Center (Hanover), Pointe Dance Boutique (Midlothian), Prestige Dance (Midlothian) and tututix.com/PDMProductions.

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10:00 am

35th Annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade

December 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States
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Starting at the Science Museum and continuing along Broad Street to 7th Street. The parade features award-winning marching bands, dance troupes, giant helium balloons, floats, and Legendary Santa himself. If you can’t experience the parade in person, you can watch it live on WTVR-CBS6 on the day of the parade from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 […]

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Gingerbread House Workshop

December 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Goochland Library, 3075 River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063
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Make and take home your creations. For ages 5 to 10. Call or visit the library to sign up.

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Meet Woodcarving Artisan Michael Denton

December 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Meet artisan Michael Denton and watch him at his craft. Demonstrations of tools and techniques will be featured. Registration begins two weeks before the program.

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11:00 am

Stories of Holiday Traditions

December 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Explore the history of some of your favorite holiday traditions. Why do we place lit pine trees in our homes? What are the origins of some favorite carols? Learn the answers to these questions and others and make a holiday craft to take home.

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Stories at the Museum

December 1 @ 11:00 am
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One event on December 15, 2018 at 11:00am

Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Enjoy a group reading of a history-themed book and a craft activity.

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12:30 pm

Holiday with Heroes

December 1 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Varina Library, 1875 New Market Road
Henrico, VA 23231
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Celebrate real life and comic book heroes. Members of the Henrico County Fire Department will tell you all about the different, amazing, and downright dangerous jobs they do every day. Hear what opportunities and programs they offer for you to get involved in keeping our community safe. The event will wrap up with two movies […]

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1:00 pm

Family Fishing

December 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$

Learn to tie fishing knots, where and how to cast, and how to identify what you reel in. This course is focused on introducing those new to fishing basic skills, but they welcome seasoned anglers as well. Rods and reels will be provided. Participants that are 18 years and over that wish to fish must […]

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Chocolate-Making Demonstrations

December 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until January 5, 2019

Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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A journey through history and discover the ways in which chocolate was prepared and enjoyed in 18th-century Virginia. Guests will have the opportunity to observe chocolate being made using reproduction cooking tools and equipment appropriate to the 18th century.

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2:00 pm

Holiday House Tours

December 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
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Learn about holiday celebrations that occurred in The Branch House and a guided tour through the historically accurate decorations. December 1 December 15 December 22 December 29

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4:30 pm

20th Annual Tree Lighting

December 1 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23260 United States
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Enjoy magical holiday music performances, hot chocolate and cookies, a toasty bonfire and, of course, a special visit from Santa to light our 60-foot cedar Christmas tree at The Center’s entrance. Arrive early and shop from 3:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. at the holiday market.

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5:00 pm

Kings Dominion’s WinterFest

December 1 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 5:00pm, repeating until December 31, 2018

Kings Dominion, 16000 Theme Park Way
Doswell, VA 23047
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Guests are immersed in the season’s spirit with brilliant lights and décor, live entertainment, luscious treats, and fanciful experiences throughout the park. Their signature tower transforms into a 300-foot-tall holiday tree that will come alive each evening at a special tree-lighting ceremony. Features, a sleigh-full of hands-on experiences, including ice skating, make-and-take ornaments, and even the […]

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The Little Match Girl

December 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hanover Arts and Activities Center, 500 S. Center Street
Ashland, Virginia 23005
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A theatrical retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic work and folk tales from Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

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6:00 pm

Annual Tree Lighting

December 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
West Broad Village, 3950 Wild Goose Lane
Glen Allen, VA 23060 United States
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Gather your family and friends to experience the magic of Santa lighting the West Broad Village 30' tree. Then, take photos with Santa, take a spin at The Rink, enjoy a live DJ, play interactive games to win gift cards and an ice rink skating package.

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Movie Night

December 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wegmans Short Pump, 12200 Wegmans Blvd
Henrico, VA 23233
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Watch Arthur Christmas.

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7:00 pm

Annual Chincoteague Old Fashioned Christmas Parade

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Street & Maddox Blvd Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 United States
Free

The evening begins at 6:30pm with the Invocation in front of the Chincoteague Island Library followed by the parade 7:00 p.m. Fill the sidewalks on Main Street from Maddox Boulevard to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Fire House to see enchanting floats, bands, marching units, decorated boats, fire companies from across the Eastern Shore, equestrian […]

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Gingerbread Date Night

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, 2501 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220
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They will provide all of the materials you need to create your sugary and sweet gingerbread house. Enjoy wine and heavy holiday hors d’oeuvres as you decorate.

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8:00 pm

Symphony Pops 2: Let It Snow!

December 1 @ 8:00 pm
Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center*, 600 E Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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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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