RICHMOND: 31st Annual Dominion Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 6th, 10am from the Science Museum of Virginia, This year’s hosts are Cheryl Miller, Rob Cardwell, Greg McQuade and Bill Bevins. The Parade Grand Marshal is Richmond-born Actor Chad Coleman currently starring as “Tyreese” on “The Walking Dead”. Others guests include The Diggity Dudes, The Harlem Globetrotters and Kristian Bush (from the band Sugarland)
DETAILS: Chad L. Coleman, Tyreese from ‘The Walking Dead,’ to lead 2014 Dominion Christmas Parade
The Petersburg Holiday Parade is Saturday, December 6th, 3pm, along South Crater Road .
At 3pm, the Prince George County Christmas Parade begins at Beazley Elementary School and heads down Courthouse Road. Mechanicsville Christmas Parade is Sunday, December 7th, with a theme “Memories of Christmas”, steps off at 2pm, routes includes Atlee Road and Mechanicsville Turnpike, .
Details Call 224-1700.
Richmond Symphony Holiday Concerts – “Let it Snow”, Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus on Saturday, December 6th, 8pm and Sunday, December 7th at 3pm at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage. Tickets start at $10. Saturday, December 13th, 7:30pm, Handel’s Messiah, tickets starts at $20 on-line at http://www.richmondsymphony.com or 800-514-ETIX. Also on Sunday, December 7th at 7pm, the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program Performs Winter Concert at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage. This is a free event no tickets required.
Church Hill Holiday Festival 50th Anniversary, Candlelight Walk, Friday, December 12, 7pm at St. John’s Church for Vespers & at 7:15pm Union Hill – stroll down historic avenues by candlelight with bagpipes & drums. 7:35 both groups meet at St. John’s for a walk to Libby Hill for caroling and Santa. Sunday, December 14th – Holiday House Tour, noon – 5pm, tour decorated historic homes – Trolley services available between homes or you can walk, transportation also available between available at St. John’s Church and The Court End Holiday activities. Advance tickets $20 per person, $25 day of tour, for more details visit http://www.ChurchHill.org, look for the Events section.
The City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities new holiday offering “Home for the Holidays” brings together artistic community to celebrate the sights and sounds of the Yuletide on Sunday, December 7th at 4pm. The Show is at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 1000 Mosby Street and it features Larry Bland, Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion, The City Dance Theater, Emma Davis, finalist of RVA Got Talent, Richmond’s Youth Jazz Guild lead by Ashby Anderson and more. The event is free with limited seating, first come first serve basis. Details call 804-646-3677 or http://www.RichmondGov.com/parks.
7th Annual “No Room at the Inn” Exhibit and Benefit for the Homeless, December 5th -7th, a display of Nativities from around the world to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas benefiting Safe Harbor, MCEF – Rapid Rehousing Project and Redeemer’s Haiti Ministry. Gala Friday, December 5th, 7 – 10pm, exhibit and children’s area Saturday, December 6th, 10am – 8pm & Sunday, December 7th, 9am -4 pm. Adult tickets $5, 18 and younger $1, details http://www.churchredeemer.org/No-Room or http://www.facebook.com/churchredeemer.
A Richmond Tradition – Victorian Holidays at Maymont, experience the wonders of the season now through January 4, 2015. Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours: Tuesdays – Sundays through January 4th, 2015 from 12 – 5pm, closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. A 12-foot Christmas Tree, dining room set for a feast, evergreen decorations and gifts in grand Victorian Style as the Dooley’s would have celebrated Christmas. Call 804-358-7166, ext 329.
Old Fashioned Christmas: Sunday, December 7, 12 – 5pm, It’s an old-fashioned Christmas celebration as Victorian Ladies and gentleman welcome you to the Dooley’s home, where you’ll see a grand Christmas Tree, decorated rooms, dinner preparations Belowstairs. You’ll also enjoy carriage rides, visits with St. Nick and Maymont’s Christmas Fairy, there will be music, a bonfire and other activities. Fees for activities. Call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
Maymont By Moonlight: Fridays, December 12 & 19, 5:30 – 9:30pm, Tour Maymont in the Moonlight, a horse-drawn carriage will take you along a luminary-lit lane to Maymont Mansion where you’ll be greeted by costumed Victorian ladies and gentlemen. The year is 1893 and all is well. There will be seasonal refreshments and carol singing by the bonfire. Tickets are $28 per person and $22 for Maymont members, reservations are required on-line at http://www.maymont.org or call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.
11th Annual Holiday Boat Parade on the James and Appomattox Rivers between Jordan Point Yacht Club in Prince George County and Hopewell Marina, 1051 Riverside Road. Decorated Boats will leave Jordan Point at 6pm, viewing sites include the Hopewell Marina, City Boardwalk and other viewing spots along the river. For details call 804-541-6417.
Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration, Saturday, December 6th, 2:30 – 5pm, Historic Sites along Mountain Road, trolley rides, details call 804-270-2161.
Meadow Farm Holiday Lantern Tours at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park Sunday, December 7th, 5:30 – 8pm, the sights and sounds of 1860, costumed interpreters, bring your own flashlight, guided group tours leave every 15 minutes from 5:30 – 8pm, details call 804-501-2130.
City Of Petersburg 2014 Holiday Parade, “Tis The Season to be fit”, Saturday, December 6th, 3pm, route – South Crater Road, Grand Marshal, Russell L. Bland, for details 804-733-2394 or visit http://www.petersburgva.gov.
The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, Saturday, December 6th, 7am – 11am, at Stony Point Park, a 5K timed fun run and a one-mile walk and other activities, to register and learn more about the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis visit http://www.arthritis.org/JBR.
Patrick Henry NJROTC collection of toys for the USMC Reserve Toys For Tots program, Sunday, December 7, noon – 4pm in the Ashland Walmart PArking Lot, bring a new unwrapped toy.
Fort Lee’s traditional Holiday Concert features the 392nd Army Band, Saturday, December 6th, 3pm at the Lee Theater. The 90 minutes program includes jazz, big band music, popular tunes as well as traditional Holiday favorites. Access on post requires a state or federal photo ID card age 18 and older. Sisisky Gate on Route 36 is the main entrance. For details visit http://www.facebook.com/392armyband.
Virginia War Memorial presents “Celebrate The Peace” Holiday Program, Friday, December 5th, 5 -7pm. A free family event to commemorating Christmas Eve 1914 with the Lighting of Shrine of Memory, singing, children’s crafts, storytelling, hot cider, cookies and more. For more details visit http://www.vawarmemorial.org or http://www.facebook.com/virginiawarmemorial or call 804-786-2060.
The Beauty Bar LLC presented a “Hair Battle” teams from the DMV ad Richmond are competing, Saturday, December 6th at The Mix Gallery, 12 West Broad Street. Advance tickets $10, $20 at the door, for time and more details call 804-477-6003.
Chesterfield Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Richmond (VA) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha PSI Fraternity, Inc. “Diamonds & Pearls” The Affair Continues, Saturday, December 6, 9pm -1am at The Cultural Center of India, 6641 Ironridge Parkway, Chester, tickets $50.
GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, open nightly 5pm – 10pm through Monday, January 12, (closed December 24 & 25), For more details http://www.lewisginter.org or 804-262-9887.
Legendary Santa at The Children’s Museum of Richmond Central, 2626 West Broad Street, open through Christmas Eve, Santa’s Hotline 804-474-7009, Museum 804-474-7000. Details http://www.c-mor.org.
5th Annual RVA On Ice, through Sunday, January 4th, 2015, kicks off with Throwback Night on Friday, November 28. New this year live musical entertainment on Fridays from 7- 11pm, tickets, skates and more information visit http://www.RVAOnIce.net and Facebook http://www.Facebook.com/RVAOnIce.
“Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village,” Drive through open nightly 5:30pm – 10pm through January 3, 2015 at The Meadow Event Park. (Santa’s Village will close after Dec. 24). Advance tickets available online at IlluminateLightShow.com. http://www.illuminatelightshow.com/.
Richmond Jazz Society’s Guest Educator’s Series & Christmas Party featuring Desiree Roots CD “Don’t Ever Stop Dreaming” Release Party, Tuesday, December 9th 2 shows, 7pm & 9:15pm, doors open at 6pm at Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall, 623 East Main Street, Richmond. Tickets $25 per show or you can order them on-line http://www.vajazz.org or call 804-643-1972.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts “Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum Beijing” open through January 11, 2015, for details visit http://vmfa.museum/ or call 804-340-1400.
FUTURE Events: Blessing of the Animals, The Friends of the Richmond Mounted Squad, The Officers of the Richmond Police Mounted Unit, Richmond K9’s, working horses and dogs, pets and fellow animals lovers will gather Friday, December 12th, noon (rain or shine) at the Slip Fountain (Morgan Fountain) in front of The Martin Agency. Music by Susan Greenbaum. Bring your pets or photos of a beloved pet, details call 804-543-9088.
James River Advisory Council 22nd Annual James River Parade of Lights, Saturday, December 13th, locations to see the parade – Richmond – Libby Hill Park, corner of 28th and East Franklin streets, entertainment begins at 4:30 pm, parade viewing at 6 pm; Intermediate Terminal Dock, Dock and Water streets, parade viewing at 6 p.m.
Henrico County – Osborne Park and Boat Landing, 9530 Osborne Turnpike, entertainment begins at 4 p.m., parade viewing 7-7:30 pm. Chesterfield County – Dutch Gap Boat Landing, 441 Coxendale Road, parade viewing 7:30-7:45 pm.
Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, entertainment begins at 6 pm, parade viewing 7:45-8 pm. Parking is first come, first served. For more information, including directions, visit jrac-va.org or call 804-717-6681.
Ashland Holiday Walking Tours, Sunday, December 14th from 2:30pm to 4pm and 4:30 pm to 6pm. Tour starts at the Ashland Museum, 105 Hanover Avenue, other historic sites includes Randolph-Macon’s Campus and the College Avenue Historic Neighborhood. Advance tickets are $25, members $15, day of $30. Reservations are encouraged. To purchase tickets or get more information visit http://ashlandmuseum.org/museum-news/holidaytour/ or pay by mail to Ashland Museum, PO Box 633, Ashland, VA 23005 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or 804-368-7314.