21st annual James River Parade of Lights, a parade of decorated boats with thousands of lights, some with Santa will cruise the James River Saturday, December 14 between Richmond, and Henrico and Chesterfield Counties. Viewing sites in Richmond: Libby Hill Park, corner of 28th and East Franklin streets, entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m., parade viewing at 6 p.m. ; Intermediate Terminal Dock, Dock and Water streets, parade viewing at 6 p.m.In Henrico County: Osborne Park and Boat Landing, 9530 Osborne Turnpike, entertainment begins at 4 p.m., parade viewing 7-7:30 p.m. In Chesterfield County: Dutch Gap Boat Landing, 441 Coxendale Road, parade viewing 7:30-7:45 p.m.; Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, entertainment begins at 6 p.m., parade viewing 7:45-8 p.m. Parking is first-come, first-served. For more information, including directions, visit jrac-va.org or call 804-717-6681. And if you have a boat and would like to participate call and register your boat TODAY!
It’s one of Richmond’s favorite Holiday Traditions, Richmond Ballet The Nutcracker and it opens at the Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage Saturday, December 14 and runs through December Monday, December 23. As part of the Ballet’s 30th Anniversary Season, the Nutcracker features the company’s full roster of professionals, 26 trainees and over 150 accomplished students from the School of Richmond Ballet. Fans can also get tickets to the Nutcracker and to Clara’s Tea Party are available in person at the Richmond Ballet Box Office, by phone 1-800-514-3849 or at www.ETIX.com. The Richmond Ballet will also feature pets from the Richmond SPCA in Act 1 of select performances of The Nutcracker. For tickets more information visit the Richmond Ballet at www.richmondballet.com or 804-344-0906.
The Central Virginia Wind Symphony with Mike Goldberg, Music Director, begins their 9th season with the annual Holiday Spectacular, Saturday, December 14th, 7:00 P.M. at Chesterfield Towne Center, Mike Goldberg – Conductor, Jeff Prillaman – Narrator, Kat Simons – Host.
Sunday, December 15th, 3:00 P.M. at Virginia Center Commons
Mike Goldberg – Conductor, Jeff Prillaman – Narrator, Greg McQuade and Antoinette Essa, Co-Hosts. The ensemble features talented high school musicians from schools in the City of Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield and Goochland Counties, as well as the Tri-Cities. Mike Goldberg, local TV and radio meteorologist, is also a professional musician and classical music host for WCVE, Richmond Public Radio. The concerts are free and are in the respective food court area. More information about the Central Virginia Wind Symphony and the current concert season is available at www.thewindsymphony.com
Dinwiddie County Parks, Recreation & Tourism presents Dinwiddie Winter Wonderland at the Dinwiddie Sports Complex, 5850 R.B. Pamplin Drive, (off Route 460), Holiday Light display, carols, arts & crafts, 6-10 pm, dates are: Fridays & Saturdays, December 13th & 14th & 20th & 21st, 5850 R.B. Pamplin Drive, Sutherland, $10 per carload; Fireworks by Dominion on Friday, December 6 around 9:15, weather permitting. For details call 804-732-1100 or visit on events visit www.discoverdinwiddie.com.
A Traditional Dickens Christmas at Violet Bank in Colonial Heights, December 14, 6 – 8pm, characters from Dickens A Christmas Carol, children’s activities, and live entertainment, 303 Virginia Avenue, free event, 804-520-1225.
Christmas Historic Homes Tour in Prince George County, Sunday, December 15, the County’s Regional Heritage Center at the Courthouse and two historic properties, Merchants Hope and Trinity United Methodist, 1 – 5pm, 6406 Courthouse Road, call 804-863-0212.
Vintage Toy Exhibit at Prince George County Regional Heritage Center, Sunday, December 15, doll house handmade in Prince George, handmade train and newly discovered doll collection that are more than 100 years old, Exhibit opened through January 4, 10am – 4pm, 6404 Courthouse Road, call 804-863-0212. For more details visit the City of Petersburg www.petersburgva.gov and Petersburg Area Regional Tourism: www.petersburgarea.org.
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen presents Richmond Divas 5 Golden Rings featuring Debra Wagoner, Cathy Motley-Fitch and Desiree Roots, Friday December 13 & Saturday, December 14, 7pm, for tickets visit www.artsglenallen.com or 804-261-ARTS (2787).
Grammy Award-winners African-American a Capella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock Celebrating The Holidays in Concert, Monday, December 16, 7pm, at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CentreStage, www.richmondcenterstage.com or 804592-3300.