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Weekend Picks: Model Railroad Show, Gardenfest of Lights, Legendary Santa and more

Posted at 10:24 AM, Nov 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-29 18:26:51-05

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The 30th annual Dominion Christmas Parade will step off from the Science Museum on Saturday, December 7 starting at 10am. The parade will continue east to 7th Street, this year's Grand Marshall is the Harlem Globe Trotters, with all the favorites holiday floats, marching bands, huge helium balloons and of course Santa. You can experience the parade in person, watch it live on from 10am to noon  or see it on Christmas Day.

The Rotary Club of West End in partnership with The Dominion Christmas Parade and the Richmond Flying Squirrels has created Nutzy's Rotary Funn Run, a fun family oriented race, Saturday, December 7, starting at 8am. Competitive runners are encouraged to participate as well as the Stroller Division. Advance registration: Adult runners, walkers & Strollers $35, Youth $15. Also join Nutzy and his friends from the Rotary Funn Run on Friday, December 6th from 4-8pm to ring in the holidays at Nutzy’s Winter Funn Fest! Fun activities includes a tree lighting, music and lots of FUNN Plus get your picture with Santa on the main stage (4-7pm), for more details visit

Hollywood Costume, display at the Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts through February 17, the exhibition celebrates the role of costume design in nearly a century of American cinema and is the only East Coast Venue showing the iconic costumes. This is a Once in a lifetime opportunity to see clothes worn by beloved characters in films like The Wizard of Oz, The Birds, My Fair Lady, Spiderman, Titanic, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and The Dark Knight Rises and dozens more. The museum will also feature 60 Films/60 Days, a movie a day extravaganza from November 29 through January 31, presenting 60 movie titles featuring costumes from Hollywood Costume. For more information on Hollywood Costume and all other exhibits at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts call 804-340-1400 or visit The Museum is also working with Amtrak for discount fares, for details visit

Virginia Repertory Theatre "Twas the Night Before Christmas" opens Friday, November 29 through December 29 at the Children's Theatre of Virginia at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive performances at 7pm on Fridays, 10:30am on Saturdays, and 2pm on Sundays and select weekday matinees at 10:30am and Sundays at 7pm. Details at or 804-282-2620.

Jazz & Jingle Concert presented by Richmond Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Sunday, December 1, 1pm - 4pm, featuring Virginia Union Jazz Ensemble, The Jason Jenkins Quarter featuring Sharon North, at Art Works, 320 Hull Street, $45, for details

The 4th Annual RVA on Ice is open now through January 20, the Ice rink is located between 6th and 7th Streets on East Broad Street, adjacent to Richmond CenterStage, Street parking is available as well as paid parking in 7th Street and Marshall Street Lot, 5th Street and Broad Street lot, 5th Street and Marshall Deck (Behind Marriott Hotel); Enjoy skating under the sun & stars, classic holiday music, and skaters can warm up at the fire pit while the concessions stand serves hot chocolate, S’mores and other snacks. New this year dress-themed days including “Wear Your Tackiest Holiday Sweater” and “Disco Dance Party” among others. Christmas trees will also be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the March of Dimes. Regular hours are Wednesday and Thursday 4:00 to 10:00 pm, Friday 4:00 to 8:00 pm, Saturday 12:00 to 10:00 pm, Sunday from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. For holiday hours and more information on skate rentals visit and

Dress For Success Central Virginia "Shop for Success", for Small Business Saturday, November 30, 10 am - 4 pm, boutique located at 321 North Boulevard, Dress For Success Central Virginia provides professional clothing and a network of support to disadvantaged women, for details

Military Retires Club Presents MC Lyte, BET Hip Hop Award Winner, Friday December 27, doors open 9 pm - 2 am, 2220 Sledd Street, advance tickets $25, at the door #30, more information 804-433-6676, 804-437-1485.

Victorian Holidays at Maymont, through January 5: Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours, Tuesdays - Sundays through January 5; Wreath workshops - December 3 - 5; Deck the Halls workshops Saturday, December 7; Old Fashioned Christmas Sunday & St. Nick's Party, Sunday, December 8; Maymont by Moonlight, Fridays, December 13 & 20, for details visit or call 804-358-7166.

Gardenfest of Lights, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, nightly from 5 -10pm, November 29 - January 6, closed December 24 & 25,

Legendary Santa returns to the Children's Museum of Richmond, Central, November 29 - Christmas Eve,

36th annual Model Railroad Show takes place at the Science Museum of Virginia Friday Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 1. See model train layouts, tour the museum’s RF&P Car ONE and check out the 1918 Bocock Streetcar. Plus, you can watch blacksmith demonstrations and visit with a pair of Clydesdales, reminiscent of the horses that moved supplies before trains existed, from noon to 3 p.m. on all three days. Included with exhibit admission. (Free for members.) Click here for details.

Bill Bellamy at the Funny Bone Friday, November 29 - Sunday, December 1, 7pm,

Richmond Symphony performances: Handel's Messiah, Friday, December 6, 7:30pm; Let It Snow, Saturday, December 7, 8pm, Sunday, December 8, 3pm, all events at the Carpenter Theatre, Richmond Centre Stage, for details or 800-514-ETIX (3849).

Seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight comes to Richmond's Landmark Theater February 14, 8pm, tickets will go on sale Friday, December 6, 10am. Tickets range from $67 - $87 (applicable fees) and can be purchased at the landmark & enter Stage Box Offices, online at or by phone 800-514-3849 (ETIX).  For more details visit

Petersburg Christmas Parade, Saturday, December, starting at 3pm at south Crater Road, the holiday parade featuring floats, marching units and bands, for more information call 804-733-2394. Centre Hill Museum Holiday Open House, December 7 & 8, 10am - 5pm, for details 804-733-2401.

Christmas through the Ages Open House at Magnolia Grange, The Chesterfield Historical Society Of  Virginia,  Enjoy the holiday season by experiencing 19th century life at historic Magnolia Grange House Museum, elegantly decorated for the holidays just as it was in 1822.  A special appearance by Santa Claus, Children may have their picture taken for free. Magnolia Grange, 10020 Iron Bridge Road, Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-4 p.m., for details visit or call 804-796-1479

CARITAS Indoor Yard Sale, Furniture Bank warehouse- rain or shine - Home Furnishing, China Cabinets, Appliances, Office Furniture, Linens, Collectables, Art, Frames, Mirrors, Books and more, all proceeds benefit CARITAS. Friday, December 6th 10 am - 3 pm, Saturday, December 7th 9 am - 1 pm CARITAS Furniture Bank at 1125 East Commerce Road, for details visit

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