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Richmond Craft Mafia presents Handmade Holiday! at Hardywood

Handmade Holiday is an annual indie craft show in Richmond, Virginia that is filled with 50 of the best local, regional, and national indie artists and crafters we can find. Handmade Holiday, presented by the Richmond Craft Mafia, runs from 120m-7pm on Saturday, December 3 and 12pm-5pm on Sunday, December 4 and will be held at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery! FB - https://.facebook.com/RichmondCraftMafia Info: http://richmondcraftmafia.com/shows/handmade-holiday. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12:00 AM – 5:00 AM. 2408 Ownby Lane Richmond, VA. For more info visit richmondcraftmafia.com.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

Old-Fashioned Christmas at Maymont

Celebrate a charming, old-fashioned Christmas and experience a tradition enjoyed by generations of families. Victorian ladies and gentlemen graciously welcome you into the Dooleys’ home to marvel at the grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms, to see the gifts and games of 1893 and to stop by the Belowstairs, where holiday preparations abound. Enjoy horsedrawn carriage rides, visits with St. Nick and Maymont’s Christmas Fairy, good food and drink, festive music, a roaring bonfire and special activities that are sure to fill everyone with a merry holiday spirit. Free activities for families. Guided mansion tours: $5 per person/$4 members and children 12 and under. Carriage rides: $5 per person/$4 members and children 12 and under. Click here for event details and reservations or call 804-358-7166, ext. 310. Info: https://maymont.org/event/old-fashioned-christmas-2/?instance_id=1633. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1800 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

Tacky Christmas Sweater Puppy Party at Hardywood

Join Richmond Animal Welfare Foundation (RAWF) in helping Richmond City’s homeless animals find love and cheer this Holiday Season! Come meet the dogs and cats of Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC), the city’s ONLY open access shelter. RACC welcomes any and all animals brought to them with open arms. Photo ops for pets with Santa on site (donations for photos go to RAWF!) MIX 98.1 radio personality-Kat Simons on site! ‘Fill the Van’ – help us fill a van full of blankets, dog & cat toys, treats Contests: Stein Holding Ugliest Holiday sweater/outfit Best Owner/Pet look a like 50/50 Raffle And More! Bring your leashed, well behaved best friend and join us! *Keep in mind* VA Department of Agriculture prohibits pets (except for ADA service dogs) inside brewery taprooms. So the majority of the party will be outdoors. More info: http://hardywood.com/events/tacky-christmas-sweater-puppy-party/. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 2408 Ownby Lane. RIchmond, VA. For more info visit hardywood.com.

Bolshoi Ballet Broadcast: Bright Stream at Modlin Center

Alexei Ratmansky invokes the genius of Shostakovich’s score at the Bolshoi, creating a laugh-out-loud masterpiece. About National Theatre Live The Modlin Center for the Arts, in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, will broadcast the seventh season of Pathe Live’s Bolshoi Ballet, featuring ballet productions direct from the grand Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. Audiences will enjoy these outstanding performances with the Bolshoi principals, soloists, and corps de ballet. Each production will feature behind-the-scenes programming, including interviews with the cast and creative teams, either prior to the start of the production, or during intermission. $10-$14. http://modlin.richmond.edu/events/modlin-arts-presents/bolshoi-ballet-bright-stream.html. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12:55 PM – 3:25 PM. Crenshaw Way Richmond, VA. For more info visit modlin.richmond.edu.

"A Christmas Story" at November Theater

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "Pure holiday magic... Virginia Rep delivers a Broadway blockbuster." Richmond Family Magazine "A glittering gift... If only the movie had been a musical all along." Richmond Times-Dispatch "Plenty of wow factor... Go see it. Take your family visiting from out of town for the holidays." STYLE Weekly Featuring an ensemble of talented young actors, catchy tunes, and energetic dance numbers, this Tony-nominated musical re-imagines young Ralphie’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift. Sharply clever and sentimental, A Christmas Story is nostalgic, quirky, holiday fun. Subscribers: $28 - $45 Single Tickets: $38 - $60 Free parking! Info & Tickets - https://va-rep.org/_a-christmas-story-november-theatre-richmond.html. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Gingerbread Tea and Tour at Virginia House (SOLD OUT)

Celebrate the holidays and create a new family tradition! Design and build your own gingerbread house using gingerbread pieces, snow-like frosting, gumdrops, candy canes, and other colorful treats. Cider and cookies will be served as Virginia House staff talk about holiday traditions in the Tudor home. Separate days are scheduled for families, adults, and for families with children age five and under. Reservations are required. Please call 804.353.4251 or email Kathryn Lewis to reserve your spot. This event costs $24 per family for nonmembers and $18 per family for VHS members. More info: http://www.vahistorical.org/events/programs-and-activities/social-events/gingerbread-tea. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 4301 Sulgrave Rd. RIchmond, VA. For more info visit www.vahistorical.org.

St. Nick’s Christmas Party at Maymont

The entire family is sure to enjoy an afternoon of merriment and surprises as St. Nick joins Maymont’s Christmas Fairy to host a party filled with magical wishes, games and crafts, special treats, animal friends and a visit to the enchanting home of Major and Mrs. Dooley. Advanced registration required. Info: https://maymont.org/event/st-nicks-christmas-party-2/?instance_id=1635. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM. 1800 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

Richmond Symphony presents "Let It Snow" at Carpenter Theater

Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 8:00 PM Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 3:00 PM Celebrate the holidays with a concert featuring the sounds of the season! Join the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Symphony Chorus for this annual tradition the whole family will love. $10.00 - $ 80.00 Info: http://www.dominionartscenter.com/events/detail/richmond-symphony-presents-symphony-pops-let-it-snow. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.dominionartscenter.com.

The Addams Family: A New Musical at TheatreVCU

Expect the unexpected when you join the living, the dead and the undecided! ​ Broadway veteran Patti D’Beck turns her amazing directing skills to this fun, madcap musical which ran on Broadway in 2010 and 2011. Spend an evening with delightfully macabre Gomez, Morticia and the rest of the Addams clan who encourage you to become part of their family by dressing in costume. Info: http://arts.vcu.edu/calendar/event/addams-family-new-musical-nov-11-12/. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

Blue Prototype at Hardywood

The taproom opens at noon with BoDillaz Food Truck, The Return of the Mac, Dank Eats and Happy Empanada on site. Live music begins at 3 pm with Blue Prototype. Blue Prototype and its self-described “jazz-metal” make a bold statement by combining two very different musical passions. From Lamb of God, Ihsahn, and Dream Theater to Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, and Duke Ellington, the disparate influences of leader/guitarist/composer Connor Thompson certainly make a curious combination. So, is Blue Prototype a metal band playing jazz, or a jazz band playing metal? Who can tell? Or for that matter, who cares? What Blue Prototype is is simply, aggressive, intense, often dark music with some creative rhythm and a passion for improvisation. More info: http://hardywood.com/events/blue-prototype/. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 2408 Ownby Lane. RIchmond, VA. For more info visit hardywood.com.

River City Blues Society's Xmas Party featuring: Forrest McDonald Band at The Camel

Forrest McDonald was seven years old when he first heard blues man Josh White perform and as he puts it, “I was hooked!” This experience was augmented by the extensive record collection at the McDonald home, Jimmy Witherspoon and T-Bone Walker albums were favorites. Mrs. McDonald received a Martin D18 guitar for Christmas one year, and young Forrest began learning chords. In the summer of 1964 he hitchiked to NYC where he met and was influenced by Muddy Waters. By New Year’s Eve 1964, Forrest McDonald played his first live gig with a group called the Seagrams 7. Four members of the Seagrams 7 group, including McDonald, later became the Oxbow Incidents, which was a New England regional favorite in high schools, churches and colleges for five years. McDonald’s group, Pale Ryder, was formed with previous Oxbow Incidents band members, and included bass player Dave Hayes, who went on later to join and is still with Van Morrison. Free for RCBS Lifetime Members // $10 to public Info: http://www.thecamel.org/even… Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

"Scrooge in Rouge" at Triangle Theater

November 16 – December 17, 2016 A smash- hit when RTP produced it in 2009, it returns with its entire original cast! A merry, madcap mixture of Greater Tuna and Noises Off, Scrooge in Rouge is a Victorian-era music hall version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in which 17 members of the Royal Music Hall 20-Member Variety Players have taken ill from the cast party the night before, leaving only Charlie Schmaltz (Kirk Morton), an animated character actor, Lottie Obligato (Steven Boschen), a bubbly, over-the-hill ingénue, and Vesta Virile (Lauren Leinhaas-Cook), a male-impersonating diva, to play and sing all the parts in the show! Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

VCU Community Guitar Ensemble at Singleton Center

VCU Community Guitar Ensemble Free. Details: http://arts.vcu.edu/calendar/event/vcu-community-guitar-ensemble-2/. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Sunday, December 4, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Mako Music Benefit and Concert at The Broadberry

The entire cast of this past summers Firehouse Theatre's award winning presentation of American Idiot will be performing songs from the play as well as performances by local funk groove powerhouse Butcher Brown and special guests. The night will also feature performances by Mako Music's own "locally grown, nationally known" student bands and student performances as well as special guests. $10 ADV, $12 DOS Info: http://www.thebroadberry.com/event/1379370-mako-music-benefit-concert-richmond/. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 2729 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thebroadberry.com.

Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Winter Concert at Carpenter Theater

The Richmond Symphony’s flagship educational program, founded in 1962, consists of four youth orchestras providing beginning to advanced musical training. As the premier orchestral training program of central Virginia, students participate in weekly rehearsals, coaching and masterclasses by Richmond Symphony musicians, chamber music performances, mentoring and other musical and social activities. The Youth Orchestra Program is open to elementary through high school students. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday afternoon September through May. Other classes offered through the Youth Orchestra Program include chamber music, introductory classes for students interested in the viola, and music composition. Free. Info: http://www.dominionartscenter.com/events/detail/youth-orchestra-program-winter-concert. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.dominionartscenter.com.

Festival of Praise Tour 2016 at Altria Theater

The Festival of Praise Tour is bigger and better than ever following its enormous success last year! The fantastic tour features multiple Grammy, Stellar, BET Award Winning Artists Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker, Israel Houghton, Karen Clark Sheard, Regina Belle and Casey J, all hosted by comedian Earthquake. The Festival of Praise Tour 2016 will feature performances by the biggest names in the industry, from Hezekiah Walker, the singer/composer/choir leader/radio host, and visionary founder and Senior Pastor of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Churches in Brooklyn, and Bensalem, PA. to the electrifying Israel Houghton & New Breed, bringing the voices and sounds of music with African, Middle Eastern and South American slants, and Karen Clark Sheard, the multi-Grammy® winner and former member of the legendary female group, The Clark Sisters. The lineup also features Casey Janice Hobbs, “Casey J,” best known for her Number 1 hit song, “Fill Me Up,” and Regina Belle, who recorded the Grammy® winning song, “A Wh… Sunday, December 4, 2016, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.altriatheater.com.

Firehouse Radio Players at Firehouse Theater

Tickets: $8 in advance / $10 day of ​ Sleigh bells ring - are you listening? The Firehouse Radio Players are back with an all-new original live comedy radio show just in time for the holidays. Our cast of voice actors, sound effects artists, and musicians present a show that will get you in the holiday spirit with plenty of Ho Ho Hos and Ha Ha Has. In this show: a Christmas caper means holly jolly mystery for "Cliff Hanger, Private Eye;" in the old west, "Buck Taciturn, US Marshal" tracks a gang of desperadoes on Christmas Eve; and holiday hijinks are in full supply in "The Thrilling Adventures of Captain Fremulon." http://www.firehousetheatre.org/firehouse-radio-players Firehouse Radio Players are a group of voice actors with a passion for radio and a wry sense of humor. A mix of Richmond theatre veterans and newcomers to the stage, the Players love the style and spirit of the Golden Age of Radio, the years between the 1930s and early 1960s when network radio brought comedy, music, mystery, and d… Sunday, December 4, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1609 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.firehousetheatre.org.

Hasan Minhaj at The National

Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, and writer in New York. He is a correspondent on the Emmy and Peabody award-winning program ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’. His critically acclaimed one man show ‘Homecoming King’ recently returned Off-Broadway after a sold-out run in 2015. A 2014 Just For Laughs ‘New Face’ he was selected by the Sundance Institute to develop his solo show and feature film at the prestigious New Frontier Storytelling Lab. A featured storyteller for The Moth his work has garnered acclaim in film, web, and television. He hosted the documentary special ‘Stand Up Planet’ produced by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His viral web series ‘The Truth with Hasan Minhaj’ has been featured in countless publications including The Huffington Post, Gawker, and New York Times. He has been seen on a variety of other television programs including Arrested Development on Netflix, HBO’s Getting On, and @Midnight on Comedy Central. $20 adv. Info - http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/313125. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

Evolution of The Groove's Album Release Party w/ guests Mighty Monde & Friends at The Camel

Funk, rock, R&B, Hip-hop, soul, gospel, jazz: These are the elements that have molded and shaped the core sound, as well as, the overall experience that is Evolution of The Groove. Originally founded in 2010 by Steven Cunningham and Chris Sclafani, the band focused on combining the elements of each member’s background to create a new and unique sound that would emphasize the preservation of the ever lasting “Evolution” and “Groove” that is music. $7. Info: http://www.thecamel.org/event/1362517-evolution-grooves-album-richmond/. Sunday, December 4, 2016, 9:00 PM – Monday, December 5, 2016, 12:00 AM. 1621 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit thecamel.org.

“INFAMY: Remembering Pearl Harbor” at Virginia Historical Society

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Quill Theater presents an original multimedia event, “INFAMY: Remembering Pearl Harbor.” Experience the sights and sounds of December 7, 1941—“a date which will live in infamy”— through live readings of first-hand accounts, archival film footage, and audio recordings that will bring to life the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people in both Virginia and Hawaii as the United States was drawn into the Second World War. Performances will take place on December 5, 6, and 7 at 10:30 a.m. and December 7 at 7 p.m. (followed by a talkback). Ticket Information: $20 adult; $16 VHS members and Quill Theater subscribers. Tickets are sold through Quill Theater. Purchase your tickets now. Tickets for students on December 5, 6, and 7 are $12 each (teachers and chaperones are free). Contact Addie Barnhart at Addie@QuillTheatre.org to reserve student tickets for 10:30 a.m. performances. The program will take place in the Ro… Monday, December 5, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. 428 N. Boulevard RIchmond, VA. For more info visit www.vahistorical.org.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Monday, December 5, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

"Float" at Triangle Theater

December 5 & 6, 2016 The industrious members of the Budapest Women's Club (pronounced Bu-DAP-est) come together for an annual tradition: the crafting of the holiday parade float. But under the surface of this pleasant gathering, the women find themselves grappling with sexuality, betrayal, and their own hard and fast notions of right and wrong. In this ode to the complicated undercurrents of Midwestern morality, you'll meet Marty, Luce, Char, Arletta, and Doodee -- five women who face the tests life presents to them with laughter, love, and a lot of fake snow Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/. Monday, December 5, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

“INFAMY: Remembering Pearl Harbor” at Virginia Historical Society

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Quill Theater presents an original multimedia event, “INFAMY: Remembering Pearl Harbor.” Experience the sights and sounds of December 7, 1941—“a date which will live in infamy”— through live readings of first-hand accounts, archival film footage, and audio recordings that will bring to life the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people in both Virginia and Hawaii as the United States was drawn into the Second World War. Performances will take place on December 5, 6, and 7 at 10:30 a.m. and December 7 at 7 p.m. (followed by a talkback). Ticket Information: $20 adult; $16 VHS members and Quill Theater subscribers. Tickets are sold through Quill Theater. Purchase your tickets now. Tickets for students on December 5, 6, and 7 are $12 each (teachers and chaperones are free). Contact Addie Barnhart at Addie@QuillTheatre.org to reserve student tickets for 10:30 a.m. performances. The program will take place in the Ro… Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. 428 N. Boulevard RIchmond, VA. For more info visit www.vahistorical.org.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Choral Arts Society and the Women’s Choir at Singleton Center

Choral Arts Society and the Women’s Choir Tickets: Free for VCU faculty, staff and students, $10 general admission for the public. Details: http://arts.vcu.edu/calendar/event/vcu-community-guitar-ensemble-2/. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

"Float" at Triangle Theater

December 5 & 6, 2016 The industrious members of the Budapest Women's Club (pronounced Bu-DAP-est) come together for an annual tradition: the crafting of the holiday parade float. But under the surface of this pleasant gathering, the women find themselves grappling with sexuality, betrayal, and their own hard and fast notions of right and wrong. In this ode to the complicated undercurrents of Midwestern morality, you'll meet Marty, Luce, Char, Arletta, and Doodee -- five women who face the tests life presents to them with laughter, love, and a lot of fake snow Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

Jonathan Byrd & The Pick-up Cowboys (w/ guest Corin Raymond) at The Tin Pan

Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists. Between heartbreaking ballads and hell-raising sing-a-longs, the Cowboys entertain, inspire, and get audiences involved in the show. Jonathan Byrd is a preacher's son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Fifteen years into his music career, Byrd's songs are campfire favorites at folk festivals. The Chicago Tribune called Byrd one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years. $20 adv / $25 door Details: http://www.tinpanrva.com/event/1251691-jonathan-byrd-pick-up-richmond/. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 8982 Quoccasin Road Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.tinpanrva.com.

Rich Girls Comedy at Gallery 5

Come join Rich Girls Comedy for a special holiday… special… We will have special guests like Jason Kusterer, Josh Blubaugh, and Keith Marcell to share in the holiday celebration. Come join us as we try to recreate the warm fuzzy feelings, and laughs, like the Xmas Specials of Yore… Just come and laugh at us while we goof. Free. FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/606232722914168/. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 200 W. Marshall St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit gallery5arts.org.

Wild Adriatic at Capital Ale House

Calling to mind the soulful, dynamic sounds of 70s giants such as Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, and Free's early years, Wild Adriatic has won early acclaim from places such as Rolling Stone, USA Today, Relix and Guitar World. The band, touring out of Saratoga Springs NY, played 175 live dates in over 10 countries in 2015 alone and is on track to match that in 2016. $7 Details - http://capitalalehouse.ticketfly.com/event/1344399-wild-adriatic-richmond/. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 9:00 PM – Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 12:00 AM. 623 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit capitalalehouse.ticketfly.com.

“INFAMY: Remembering Pearl Harbor” at Virginia Historical Society

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Quill Theater presents an original multimedia event, “INFAMY: Remembering Pearl Harbor.” Experience the sights and sounds of December 7, 1941—“a date which will live in infamy”— through live readings of first-hand accounts, archival film footage, and audio recordings that will bring to life the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people in both Virginia and Hawaii as the United States was drawn into the Second World War. Performances will take place on December 5, 6, and 7 at 10:30 a.m. and December 7 at 7 p.m. (followed by a talkback). Ticket Information: $20 adult; $16 VHS members and Quill Theater subscribers. Tickets are sold through Quill Theater. Purchase your tickets now. Tickets for students on December 5, 6, and 7 are $12 each (teachers and chaperones are free). Contact Addie Barnhart at Addie@QuillTheatre.org to reserve student tickets for 10:30 a.m. performances. The program will take place in the Ro… Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. 428 N. Boulevard RIchmond, VA. For more info visit www.vahistorical.org.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

75th Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day at Virginia War Memorial

The 75th Commonwealth’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. December 7 at the Virginia War Memorial. Co-hosted with the Richmond Council, Navy League of the United States, the annual ceremony will be held in the Shrine of Memory on the grounds of the Virginia War Memorial. The event is free, open to the public and will be held rain or shine. http://www.vawarmemorial.org/. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. 621 S. Belvidere St. Richmond, VA.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

"A Christmas Story" at November Theater

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "Pure holiday magic... Virginia Rep delivers a Broadway blockbuster." Richmond Family Magazine "A glittering gift... If only the movie had been a musical all along." Richmond Times-Dispatch "Plenty of wow factor... Go see it. Take your family visiting from out of town for the holidays." STYLE Weekly Featuring an ensemble of talented young actors, catchy tunes, and energetic dance numbers, this Tony-nominated musical re-imagines young Ralphie’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift. Sharply clever and sentimental, A Christmas Story is nostalgic, quirky, holiday fun. Subscribers: $28 - $45 Single Tickets: $38 - $60 Free parking! Info & Tickets - https://va-rep.org/_a-christmas-story-november-theatre-richmond.html. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

“INFAMY: Remembering Pearl Harbor” at Virginia Historical Society

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Quill Theater presents an original multimedia event, “INFAMY: Remembering Pearl Harbor.” Experience the sights and sounds of December 7, 1941—“a date which will live in infamy”— through live readings of first-hand accounts, archival film footage, and audio recordings that will bring to life the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people in both Virginia and Hawaii as the United States was drawn into the Second World War. Performances will take place on December 5, 6, and 7 at 10:30 a.m. and December 7 at 7 p.m. (followed by a talkback). Ticket Information: $20 adult; $16 VHS members and Quill Theater subscribers. Tickets are sold through Quill Theater. Purchase your tickets now. Tickets for students on December 5, 6, and 7 are $12 each (teachers and chaperones are free). Contact Addie Barnhart at Addie@QuillTheatre.org to reserve student tickets for 10:30 a.m. performances. The program will take place in the Ro… Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. 428 N. Boulevard RIchmond, VA. For more info visit www.vahistorical.org.

VCU Rams Basketball v. Georgia Tech at Siegel Center

Tickets - $25. (804) 828-RAMS (7267) Men's Basketball - http://vcuathletics.com/sports/mbkb/index. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 1200 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit vcuathletics.com.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Ghosts of Christmas Eve at Richmond Coliseum

Paul O’Neill launched a project in 1996 that over the past 20 years has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse: Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The progressive rock group’s record-setting “rock theater” tours sell out venues year after year and have cemented TSO’s status as a must-attend, multi-generational, holiday tradition. Now, TSO’s creator/lyricist/composer O’Neill is proud to announce that in its Platinum anniversary year, the group is bringing back its treasured tale, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” to 61 cities across North America beginning on November 17th and concluding, after 105 shows, with special New Year’s Eve performances in Seattle and Cleveland (see below for a full itinerary). TSO’s Winter Tour 2016 is presented nationally by the Hallmark Channel. $46.75-$75 http://richmondcoliseum.net/events/trans-siberian-orchestra-tso-richmond-2016-tickets/. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. 501 N. 7th St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit richmondcoliseum.net.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Edwin McCain (Acoustic Trio) at The Tin Pan

Called the "great American romantic" by the New York Times, Edwin McCain has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless troubadour. His hit songs, authentic spirit and surprisingly affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for nights that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts. After recording two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music, McCain now performs upwards of 100 shows annually throughout the US as a solo artist, with his full band or his acoustic trio. Recently, he's added orchestras to his repertoire, performing with symphonies in select markets where he brings his powerful songs to majestic new heights. $36 adv / $41 door Details: http://www.tinpanrva.com/event/1233745-edwin-mccain-acoustic-trio-richmond/. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 8982 Quoccasin Road Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.tinpanrva.com.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Thursday, December 8, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Jazz Cafe at VMFA

Groove to an eclectic mix of jazz ensembles every Thursday, 6 – 9 pm, at VMFA's Best Café. The Jazz Café is presented to the public by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Richmond Jazz Society, free of charge! Light fare and beverages available for sale. Details: https://vmfa.museum/calendar/events/jazz-cafe/ NOVEMBER 3 BARBARA MARTIN Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Barbara Martin sings songs of wit and truth NOVEMBER 10 VICTOR HASKINS Original compositions and reworkings of popular songs and standards NOVEMBER 17 TRIPLE CROSSING JAZZ PROJECT Triple Crossing Jazz Project is Richmond’s toe-tapping classic Jazz ensemble specializing in familiar Standards of the 1920s-1960s; giving new life to the classic “Great American Song Book” NOVEMBER 25 – [NOTE: Holiday Date Change – Friday Evening Jazz] QUINTESSENTIAL JAZZ Jazz, Funk, Soul & Gospel. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

"A Christmas Story" at November Theater

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "Pure holiday magic... Virginia Rep delivers a Broadway blockbuster." Richmond Family Magazine "A glittering gift... If only the movie had been a musical all along." Richmond Times-Dispatch "Plenty of wow factor... Go see it. Take your family visiting from out of town for the holidays." STYLE Weekly Featuring an ensemble of talented young actors, catchy tunes, and energetic dance numbers, this Tony-nominated musical re-imagines young Ralphie’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift. Sharply clever and sentimental, A Christmas Story is nostalgic, quirky, holiday fun. Subscribers: $28 - $45 Single Tickets: $38 - $60 Free parking! Info & Tickets - https://va-rep.org/_a-christmas-story-november-theatre-richmond.html. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Scrooge in Rouge" at Triangle Theater

November 16 – December 17, 2016 A smash- hit when RTP produced it in 2009, it returns with its entire original cast! A merry, madcap mixture of Greater Tuna and Noises Off, Scrooge in Rouge is a Victorian-era music hall version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in which 17 members of the Royal Music Hall 20-Member Variety Players have taken ill from the cast party the night before, leaving only Charlie Schmaltz (Kirk Morton), an animated character actor, Lottie Obligato (Steven Boschen), a bubbly, over-the-hill ingénue, and Vesta Virile (Lauren Leinhaas-Cook), a male-impersonating diva, to play and sing all the parts in the show! Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

A Celtic Christmas with The Jennifer Licko Band at Ashland Coffee & Tea

Celebrating its sixth year of sold-out concerts in North Carolina, The Jennifer Licko Band’s ‘A Celtic Christmas’ returns in December 2016 with a new Christmas album release! The music of the holiday season has strong roots in Celtic traditions; “We have learned that there are some songs that resonate with our audiences because of familiarity.” says Jennifer, “This is important to us because while we love introducing more eclectic pieces on other tours, Christmas is the time of year where traditions and familiar sounds are an important aspect”. All of the traditional carols will be sung in English (We Three Kings, The First Noel), audiences will also hear songs in Scots Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, and French. An evening of Celtic Christmas traditions, songs and some blazing yuletide tunes on the fiddle; will be a highlight of your Christmas season. $12 adv; $15 door. Info: http://ashlandcoffeeandtea.com/events2/a-celtic-christmas-with-the-jennifer-licko-band. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

Lee DeWyze at The Tin Pan

DeWyze’ s songs have spent several consecutive weeks in the top forty on the Billboard Hot AC Chart, been featured on the insanely popular gritty drama The Walking Dead, NBC’ s musical drama Nashville, showcased in commercials and topped charts abroad in Ireland and Italy. In the six years since DeWyze has evolved from being crowned an American Idol winner, he has continued to refine his artistry. In numerology six is regarded as one of the most harmonious and stable single digits, representing balance, sincerity, love, and truth $20 adv / $25 door Details: http://www.tinpanrva.com/event/1329417-lee-dewyze-richmond/. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 8982 Quoccasin Road Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.tinpanrva.com.

Thievery Corporation at The National

Over the years, Thievery Corporation have given nods to their bossa-nova influence on individual album tracks, slipping those quietly enchanting songs into recordings that reveal the duo's careful studying of everything from Jamaican dub reggae to punk to vintage film soundtracks to psychedelic space rock. $40 adv. Info - http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/314263. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

VCU Symphony at Singleton Center

VCU Symphony Tickets: Free for VCU faculty, staff and students, $10 general admission for the public Details: http://arts.vcu.edu/calendar/event/vcu-symphony-2/. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

Mannequin Pussy, The Spirit of the Beehive, and The Milkstains at Gallery 5

Mannequin Pussy represented by Tiny Engines is rolling through Gallery 5 with label mates Spirit of the Beehive. These two Philly based bands sting with enthusiasm and spirit, and of course increadible song writing. Mannequin Pussy’s new album ‘Romantic’ is to be released 10/28, and has already received head nods from Stereo Gum and NPR. RVA’s Milkstains will be providing local support. MANNEQUIN PUSSY https://mannequinpussy.bandcamp.com/ the spirit of the beehive. https://thespiritofthebeehive.bandcamp.com/ The Milkstains https://themilkstains.bandcamp.com/ Doors at 7 pm Sounds at 8 pm 10 $ at door FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/354874408192764/. Thursday, December 8, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 200 W. Marshall St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit gallery5arts.org.

Zach Deputy and South HIll Banks at The Broadberry

Zach Deputy was raised in the South Carolina heat, all cooked up in his Puerto Rican, Cruzan and Irish heritage. The Calypso rhythms and folk songs of St. Croix competed with the R&B / soul of pioneers like James Brown and Ray Charles for space on the family stereo. As Deputy honed his craft, a unique hybrid of these influences emerged, ultimately creating the signature Zach Deputy sound. To bring this sound to the stage, the big, impossibly upbeat South Carolinian with the infectious smile puts on a solo show– enhanced by looping technology– that is essentially a one man dance party offering up what he calls "Island-infused, Drum 'n' Bass, Gospel-Ninja-Soul" to the enthusiastic crowds of dancers who flock to clubs from coast-to-coast. Over 1000 shows in the past 4 years have made Zach Deputy one of the most in-demand performers on the grassroots festival circuit and a big hit on the national club circuit. $12 ADV, $15 DOS Info: http://www.thebroadberry.com/event/1325199-zach-deputy-south-hill-banks-richm… Thursday, December 8, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 2729 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thebroadberry.com.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Friday, December 9, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

Holiday Tea and Tour at Virginia House

Spend an afternoon enjoying tea, conversation and holiday decorations at Virginia House. Learn how Alexander and Virginia Weddell may have celebrated the holidays while in Richmond during the 1940s. This event costs $24 for VHS members and $30 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Please call 804.353.4251 or email Kathryn Lewis to reserve your spot. More info: http://www.vahistorical.org/events/programs-and-activities/social-events/holiday-tea-virginia-house?start=2016-12-09T14:00. Friday, December 9, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 4301 Sulgrave Rd. RIchmond, VA. For more info visit www.vahistorical.org.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Friday, December 9, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Maymont by Moonlight

Enjoy an enchanting holiday evening at Maymont…by moonlight! Elegantly costumed Victorian ladies and gentlemen welcome you to the home of Major and Mrs. James H. Dooley to witness the excitement of Christmas 1893. The Dooleys’ gracious family, guests and domestic staff bring to life the busy preparations for a special celebration – the first Christmas in their new home. A horse-drawn carriage ride under the stars, seasonal refreshments and joyful carol singing by the bonfire make this an evening to remember! Reservations required. Please select your tour time to register: 5:30 5:45 6:00 6:15 6:30 6:45 7:00 7:15 $28 per person/$22 members. Reservations required. Register online or call 804-358-7166, ext. 329. https://maymont.org/event/maymont-by-moonlight/?instance_id=616. Friday, December 9, 2016, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 1800 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

artspace's Fourth Fridays: Members' Biennial Second Reception for the Artists

Featuring work by: Judith Anderson | Julie Crowder | Santa Sergio De Haven | Elisabeth Flynn-Chapman | Kay Franz | Dana Frostick | Mary Anne Hensley | Catherine Johnson | Jere Kittle | Melanie Kleunder | Lisa Lezzell Levine | Lew Lott | Martin McFadden, LRPS | Brigette Newberry | Annette Norman | Michael A. Pierce | Elaine Rogers | Rob Ryder | Linda Shields | Buddy Terrell | Kathleen Westkaemper Opening Reception for the Artists Fourth Friday, November 25, 2016 7:00-10:00 pm Free and Open to the Public Second Reception for the Artists Fourth Friday, December 9, 2016 7:00-10:00 pm Free and Open to the Public Closing Artist Talk Sunday, December 18, 2016 2:00 pm Free and Open to the Public Details: http://www.artspacegallery.org/2016/exhibits/members_biennial/index.shtml. Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 2 E. 4th St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.artspacegallery.org.

Annual Holiday Gala at Singleton Center

Annual Holiday Gala Join us for the annual holiday concert to benefit The Doorways. All proceeds to benefit The Doorways, formerly the Hospital Hospitality House. Tickets: Free for VCU faculty, staff and students, $10 general admission for the public. Details: http://arts.vcu.edu/calendar/event/annual-holiday-gala/. Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 922 Park Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit arts.vcu.edu.

Wolf Fang & Friends at Firehouse Theater

Tickets - $10 ​ The #1 Christmas show that you and your family do not want to miss. Great performers will rock the stage. ​ Wolf Fang is a rap artist based in Chester, VA. His music is a mix of pop, hip-hop, and rap. Music is his passion and it shows through his unique work. The Christmas show will be a mix of his music in the holiday spirit and a few dance performances. All ages welcome to come see Wolf Fang and friends for a fantastic Christmas show. Guaranteed to get your holiday party started. http://www.firehousetheatre.org/wolf-fang-friends. Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 1609 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.firehousetheatre.org.

You Knew Me When at Triple Crossing

Outfitted with an array of instruments, You Knew Me When is a husband and wife indie folk-rock pairing with a full band sound. After uprooting from their Nashville home and full-time jobs in June of 2012, Cie and Karisa Hoover set plans to tour the nation for a full year…however, they never stopped. Since that time they have continued to tour full time, creating and serving up an array of craft brewed compositions coast to coast, as well as releasing their first studio album “You, Me, and the Rest of the World” in late 2012. Many miles and memories later, the duo have released their new album “We Found Roads”. The album is a culmination of mile-markers and moments derived from giving up everything and finding new paths together. More info: http://www.triplecrossingbeer.com/events/2016/12/9/you-knew-me-when. Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 113 S. Foushee St. RIchmond, VA. For more info visit www.triplecrossingbeer.com.

"A Christmas Story" at November Theater

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "Pure holiday magic... Virginia Rep delivers a Broadway blockbuster." Richmond Family Magazine "A glittering gift... If only the movie had been a musical all along." Richmond Times-Dispatch "Plenty of wow factor... Go see it. Take your family visiting from out of town for the holidays." STYLE Weekly Featuring an ensemble of talented young actors, catchy tunes, and energetic dance numbers, this Tony-nominated musical re-imagines young Ralphie’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift. Sharply clever and sentimental, A Christmas Story is nostalgic, quirky, holiday fun. Subscribers: $28 - $45 Single Tickets: $38 - $60 Free parking! Info & Tickets - https://va-rep.org/_a-christmas-story-november-theatre-richmond.html. Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Scrooge in Rouge" at Triangle Theater

November 16 – December 17, 2016 A smash- hit when RTP produced it in 2009, it returns with its entire original cast! A merry, madcap mixture of Greater Tuna and Noises Off, Scrooge in Rouge is a Victorian-era music hall version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in which 17 members of the Royal Music Hall 20-Member Variety Players have taken ill from the cast party the night before, leaving only Charlie Schmaltz (Kirk Morton), an animated character actor, Lottie Obligato (Steven Boschen), a bubbly, over-the-hill ingénue, and Vesta Virile (Lauren Leinhaas-Cook), a male-impersonating diva, to play and sing all the parts in the show! Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/. Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

A Crooner's Christmas - w/ The Good Shot Judy Little BIG Band at The Tin Pan

Good Shot Judy pays tribute to the Classic Christmas Crooner Hits from artists like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, Michael Buble, Louis Armstrong, and many more! This is sure to be a swinging good holiday show! $15 adv / $18 door Details: http://www.tinpanrva.com/event/1375751-crooners-christmas-good-richmond/. Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 8982 Quoccasin Road Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.tinpanrva.com.

Kari Lynch at Ashland Coffee & Tea

Having recently released her new album, “Little Games” – 10 original songs recorded in Nashville, TN at the Legendary Sound Emporium Studios with Producer Andy Sheridan (CharlieHorse Productions, Hunter Hayes, Phil Vassar, Ashley Monroe, Jason Mraz) Kari Lynch is establishing herself as one of the most promising and exciting artists on today’s music scene. $8 adv; $10 door. Info: http://ashlandcoffeeandtea.com/events2/kari-lynch-comes-to-virginia. Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

Reverend Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy, Unknown Hinson at The National

Loaded .38s, space heaters, and big skies. Welcome to the lethal littered landscape of Jim Heath’s imagination. True to his high evangelical calling, Jim is a Revelator, both revealing & reinterpreting the country-blues-rock roots of American music. He’s a time-travelling space-cowboy on a endless interstellar musical tour, and we are all the richer & “psychobillier” for getting to tag along. Seeing Reverend Horton Heat live is a transformative experience. 
Flames come off the guitars. Heat singes your skin. There’s nothing like the primal tribal rock & roll transfiguration of a Reverend Horton Heat show. Jim becomes a slicked-back 1950’s rock & roll shaman channeling Screamin’ Jay Hawkins through Buddy Holly, while Jimbo incinerates the Stand-Up Bass like Jerry Lee Lewis on steroids. And then there are the “Heatettes”. Those foxy rockabilly chicks dressed in poodle-skirts and cowboy boots dreamily dancing the night away. It’s like being magically transported into a Teen Exploitation picture from the 1950… Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

ELF The Musical at Altria Theater

Part of the Broadway In Richmond 2016-2017 Season ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. The New York Times says that ELF is “SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF, “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners T… Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.altriatheater.com.

The Nels Cline (Wilco), Larry Ochs and Gerald Cleaver Trio at Gallery 5

Ars Nova Workshop and Gallery5 are thrilled to present guitarist Nels Cline, drummer Gerald Cleaver, and saxophonist Larry Ochs. Three experimental icons, individually and collectively drawing upon the outer limits of Midwestern free jazz, Bay Area structured improvisation, and bicoastal noise punk, converge on Richmond in a rare meeting. Jazzmaster assassin Nels Cline might be as close as the modern avant-garde gets to a household name. Before joining indie rock institution Wilco in 2004, Cline divided his energy between improvised contexts alongside Julius Hemphill, Vinny Golia, and brother Alex, and more song-oriented settings like Carla Bozulich’s alt-country outfit Geraldine Fibbers and Mike Watt’s Crew of the Flying Saucer. Cline continues to occupy the narrow space between pure sound and song, as exemplified by his longstanding Singers trio with drummer Scott Amendola and bassist Trevor Dunn, and his recent duo with guitar prodigy Julian Lage. In his own words, Michigan-bred, New York-based GERAL… Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 200 W. Marshall St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit gallery5arts.org.

Richmond Comedy Coalition: American Documentary

$10. America! A land rich in hidden history and untold stories. In this improvised documentary series, we take you on a journey to discover the interesting people, places, and events that you’d never hear of otherwise. Weird, wild, wonderful, America. Directed by Katie Holcomb and Jim Zarling and starring Zane Adickes, Shawn Hambright, Townsend Hart, Joe Mack, Grace Manno, Jonathan Nelson, and Kolt Risser. With an opening act from Zoggin’ improv comedy based on the work of Werner Herzog. Details: http://rvacomedy.com/event/horse-apples-dec-3/. Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 8 W. Broad St‎. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rvacomedy.com.

RVA Comic Colletors Con at Holiday Inn Crossraods

An intimate comic book show catered to the pure comic book collector. There are no panels or cosplay scheduled at this event, just 2,000 square feet of collectible comic books from $1 to $1,000 each! Brought to you by the owner of the VA Comicon. To get an up to date list of our comic guests, media folks, vendors and creators click here http://vacomicon.com/. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. 2000 Staples Mill Rd. Richmond, VA.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

Sir Thomas Dale’s Colonial Christmas at Henricus Historical Park

This event will feature first-person character interpretation of the etiquette, norms, customs, and laws regarding Christmas in Elizabethan-Jacobean English households in the early 17th-century. Experience holiday traditions of different socio-economic homes and enjoy period dance and song in the hospital. Cost: $8 Adults, $6 Children ages 6 – 12; Henricus Patrons free. http://henricus.org/event/sir-thomas-dales-colonial-christmas-at-henricus-2/?instance_id=195. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 251 Henricus Park Road Chester, VA. For more info visit henricus.org.

2016 Beer Craft Market at Ardent Craft Ales

Holiday shopping for beer lovers! Join us on Saturday for our third annual Beer Craft Market. This festive expo features locally made beer accessories and crafts, from growlers and art prints to tap handles, openers, magnets, coasters, and more. Vendors include: Shine Craft Vessel Co. CapWorks Kugo Laser Van Jester Woodworks RVApalletART The Freckled Farm Soap Company Nicole Gomez Art Butternut Press Charlee mugs Art prints by Andrea Owens Spent grain dog treats by Brandi Warren Art prints and maps by Evan Mishler Candles by Andrea Cleary We'll also be releasing our Imperial Milk Stout the same day (more info on that coming soon). Come have a beer, do some holiday shopping, and support local makers and businesses, all in one go! More info: http://ardentcraftales.com/calendar/2016/12/10/2016-beer-craft-market. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 3200 W. Leigh Street Richmond, VA. For more info visit ardentcraftales.com.

Fan District Association’s 54th Annual Holiday House Tour

December 10th and 11th, 2016, from 1 to 6 PM each day. Richmond’s Fan District, a revitalized residential neighborhood made up of late 19th and early 20th century houses, is one of the largest and least altered historic townhouse districts in the South. The Fan District is on the National Register of Historic Places and represents one of the largest concentrations of Victorian period townhouses in the USA. The area’s name comes from avenues that “fan out” creating spaces for small triangle parks from which the avenues begin. Participation by homeowners and volunteers in the annual Holiday House Tour enables the Fan District Association to carry out its mission, and proceeds are used to enhance the neighborhood through school projects, tree planting, park and alley refurbishments, neighborhood concerts, and collaboration with the City of Richmond Police and VCU. Tickets may be purchased online from now until Friday, December 12th for $25. During the Tour, please bring the printed receipt to one of the… Saturday, December 10, 2016, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 2501 Monument Ave. Richmond VA. For more info visit fandistrict.org.

ELF The Musical at Altria Theater

Part of the Broadway In Richmond 2016-2017 Season ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. The New York Times says that ELF is “SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF, “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners T… Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.altriatheater.com.

Richmond Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at Carpenter Theater

With redesigned new costumes and heavenly scenery, The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever! Watch as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the Rat King, then travel through an Enchanted Snow Forest to meet the Dancing Bear, Chinese Dragon, and Sugarplum Fairy. The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is one you will never forget! Saturday, December 10, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 11, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Friday, December 16, 7:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 18, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm Thursday, December 22, 2:00 pm Friday, December 23, 2:00 pm Tickets start at $20 Info: http://www.richmondballet.com/season-tickets/the-nutcracker-richmond/. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondballet.com.

Virginia Union Basketball v. Shaw University

Tickets $10-$12. http://vuusports.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 1500 N. Lombardy St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit vuusports.com.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

James River Parade of Lights

Each year, boaters decorate their boats and converge on the James River for a parade that marks the beginning of the holiday season. Boaters must register their boats prior to participating in the parade. Presented by the James River Advisory Council, this free event also features other entertainment at viewing sites. The Richmond Region viewing sites include Libby Hill Park, Osborne Park and Boat Landing, Dutch Gap Boat Landing and Henricus Historical Park. https://jrac-va.org/signatureevents/annual-parade-of-lights/. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 251 Henricus Park Road Chester, VA. For more info visit jrac-va.org.

University of Richmond Basketball v. UMBC at Robins Center

Tickets $12-$22. For additional information, please call the Robins Center Ticket Office toll-free at 1-877-SPIDER-1. General public parking is free and is located in several lots next to the Robins Center. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Campus Dr. Richmond, VA 23226. For more info visit www.richmondspiders.com.

Aliasing Stardust Tales of Transfiguration from the TeethTime Players at Firehouse Theater

Tickets - $8 in advance / $10 day of ​ What happens when we can no longer sing the songs of truth ? ​ A live ensemble of 4 actors, 3 musicians, and a virtual ensemble of 11 contributing artists across the U.S. explore reflections of our current reality while facing the void of what is yet to come. Directed by Carolyn Boucher and Designed by Chris Raintree, The TeethTime players are proud to present a celebration of creative freedom as part of Firehouse Studio and the Season of Breaking Through. http://www.firehousetheatre.org/aliasing-stardust. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 1609 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.firehousetheatre.org.

Richmond Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at Carpenter Theater

With redesigned new costumes and heavenly scenery, The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever! Watch as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the Rat King, then travel through an Enchanted Snow Forest to meet the Dancing Bear, Chinese Dragon, and Sugarplum Fairy. The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is one you will never forget! Saturday, December 10, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 11, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Friday, December 16, 7:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 18, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm Thursday, December 22, 2:00 pm Friday, December 23, 2:00 pm Tickets start at $20 Info: http://www.richmondballet.com/season-tickets/the-nutcracker-richmond/. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondballet.com.

Arena Racing at Richmond Coliseum

In Arena Racing, drivers race real, one-half-scale stock cars that fly around the custom high-banked track that barely fits inside a hockey rink. See kids 8-13 years old in their event and the Pro Division in up to four 50 Lap races that include the Top Dog championship race at the end of the show. Ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early for the free Driver Meet & Greet. Doors open 1 hour prior to race. Tickets available at the Richmond Coliseum’s sweetFrog Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com, area Ticketmaster outlets or Charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. Discounts available for children 3-15, seniors 65+, active military and full-time college students. Tickets $14-$16. http://richmondcoliseum.net/events/arena-racing-usa-33/. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 501 N. 7th St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit richmondcoliseum.net.

"A Christmas Story" at November Theater

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "Pure holiday magic... Virginia Rep delivers a Broadway blockbuster." Richmond Family Magazine "A glittering gift... If only the movie had been a musical all along." Richmond Times-Dispatch "Plenty of wow factor... Go see it. Take your family visiting from out of town for the holidays." STYLE Weekly Featuring an ensemble of talented young actors, catchy tunes, and energetic dance numbers, this Tony-nominated musical re-imagines young Ralphie’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift. Sharply clever and sentimental, A Christmas Story is nostalgic, quirky, holiday fun. Subscribers: $28 - $45 Single Tickets: $38 - $60 Free parking! Info & Tickets - https://va-rep.org/_a-christmas-story-november-theatre-richmond.html. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Scrooge in Rouge" at Triangle Theater

November 16 – December 17, 2016 A smash- hit when RTP produced it in 2009, it returns with its entire original cast! A merry, madcap mixture of Greater Tuna and Noises Off, Scrooge in Rouge is a Victorian-era music hall version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in which 17 members of the Royal Music Hall 20-Member Variety Players have taken ill from the cast party the night before, leaving only Charlie Schmaltz (Kirk Morton), an animated character actor, Lottie Obligato (Steven Boschen), a bubbly, over-the-hill ingénue, and Vesta Virile (Lauren Leinhaas-Cook), a male-impersonating diva, to play and sing all the parts in the show! Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Slander & Nghtmare present: Gud Vibrations at The National

$23.00 - $28.00 Info - http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/313921. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

ELF The Musical at Altria Theater

Part of the Broadway In Richmond 2016-2017 Season ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. The New York Times says that ELF is “SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF, “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners T… Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.altriatheater.com.

Front Country at Capital Ale House

What started as a reluctant band of some of the hottest young pickers in the SF Bay Area has transformed into a hard-touring powerhouse Roots-Pop ensemble that is stretching the boundaries of Bluegrass and Americana until they break. Lead singer, Melody Walker, is a force of nature onstage, wrapping audiences around her big bluesy vocals and extemporaneous undulations until they scream for more. Along with mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz, guitarist Jacob Groopman, violinist Leif Karlstrom and bassist Jeremy Darrow, Front Country uses every inch of it's stringband instrumentation to explore textures and dynamics from chamber folk to rock and roll, with earnest, open harmonies that have been called "passionately intoxicating". Their original songwriting and hand-selected covers lean toward a bold pop and rock perspective that is unique in the roots music realm. $12.00 - $15.00 Details - http://capitalalehouse.ticketfly.com/event/1258493-front-country-richmond/. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 623 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit capitalalehouse.ticketfly.com.

Richmond Comedy Coalition: Riot! Da Vinci, Ambassador, and BearHug

$5. Every Saturday at 8pm, The Coalition Theater presents a selection of their houseteams performing killer long form improv comedy inspired by your suggestions. This week features Da Vinci, Ambassador, and BearHug. DA VINCI Zane Adickes, Patrick Allen, Ben Bunnell, Shamoniki Ellison, Laura Kelly, Grace Manno, Matt Micou, Elliot Wegman Coach: David Pijor AMBASSADOR Greg Ceneviva, Ryan Clatterbuck, Dee Demetriadis, Eric Gordon, Casey Neeley, Nicole Patterson, Kolt Risser, James Russell Coach: Aaron Grant BEARHUG August Butler, Jesse Hill, Heather Hodges, Kiersten Hoffman, Alex Katz, Michelle Murgia, Bob Nickles, Amber Parker, Phil Shepard, Geoff Stone Coach: Summer McCarley Details: http://rvacomedy.com/event/riot-dec-10/. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 8 W. Broad St‎. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rvacomedy.com.

Richmond Comedy Coalition: Pack, StabBats

$5. PACK is Nick Leveski and Patrick Gantz, both refugees from the esteemed Chicago improv scene who moved to Richmond for their wives but have found true partners in one another. StabBats will blind you with their comedy! Details: http://rvacomedy.com/event/pack-dec-10/. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 PM – 11:30 PM. 8 W. Broad St‎. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rvacomedy.com.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

Yuletides at Agecroft: A Christmas Open House

Experience the Christmas season at Agecroft Hall from three different eras: England in 1640, London in 1860, and Richmond in 1942. This year’s open house will feature characters and entertainment from different time periods in Agecroft’s past. Charles Dickens will do a lively reading from his classic, A Christmas Carol. Father Christmas will be ready to hear your Christmas wishes. You’ll meet characters from England during the time of Dickens, and help them put up decorations and join them for a period parlor game. The Williamsburg Waites will gladden your heart with Victorian carols. Inside the house, you’ll be introduced to the family and servants that lived at Agecroft in Elizabethan England as they prepare the house for a holiday feast. You’ll see a 1942 Christmas party held in support of service men and women during World War II, and Pamela Bomboy telling stories of that period. Also back is Signora Bella performing her daring acrobatics with roaring good humor! The More or Less Morris Dancers wi… Sunday, December 11, 2016, 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM. 4301 Sulgrave Rd. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.agecrofthall.com.

Richmond Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at Carpenter Theater

With redesigned new costumes and heavenly scenery, The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever! Watch as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the Rat King, then travel through an Enchanted Snow Forest to meet the Dancing Bear, Chinese Dragon, and Sugarplum Fairy. The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is one you will never forget! Saturday, December 10, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 11, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Friday, December 16, 7:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 18, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm Thursday, December 22, 2:00 pm Friday, December 23, 2:00 pm Tickets start at $20 Info: http://www.richmondballet.com/season-tickets/the-nutcracker-richmond/. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondballet.com.

Fan District Association’s 54th Annual Holiday House Tour

December 10th and 11th, 2016, from 1 to 6 PM each day. Richmond’s Fan District, a revitalized residential neighborhood made up of late 19th and early 20th century houses, is one of the largest and least altered historic townhouse districts in the South. The Fan District is on the National Register of Historic Places and represents one of the largest concentrations of Victorian period townhouses in the USA. The area’s name comes from avenues that “fan out” creating spaces for small triangle parks from which the avenues begin. Participation by homeowners and volunteers in the annual Holiday House Tour enables the Fan District Association to carry out its mission, and proceeds are used to enhance the neighborhood through school projects, tree planting, park and alley refurbishments, neighborhood concerts, and collaboration with the City of Richmond Police and VCU. Tickets may be purchased online from now until Friday, December 12th for $25. During the Tour, please bring the printed receipt to one of the… Sunday, December 11, 2016, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 2501 Monument Ave. Richmond VA. For more info visit fandistrict.org.

"A Christmas Story" at November Theater

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "Pure holiday magic... Virginia Rep delivers a Broadway blockbuster." Richmond Family Magazine "A glittering gift... If only the movie had been a musical all along." Richmond Times-Dispatch "Plenty of wow factor... Go see it. Take your family visiting from out of town for the holidays." STYLE Weekly Featuring an ensemble of talented young actors, catchy tunes, and energetic dance numbers, this Tony-nominated musical re-imagines young Ralphie’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift. Sharply clever and sentimental, A Christmas Story is nostalgic, quirky, holiday fun. Subscribers: $28 - $45 Single Tickets: $38 - $60 Free parking! Info & Tickets - https://va-rep.org/_a-christmas-story-november-theatre-richmond.html. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

ELF The Musical at Altria Theater

Part of the Broadway In Richmond 2016-2017 Season ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. The New York Times says that ELF is “SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF, “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners T… Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.altriatheater.com.

NT Live Broadcast: War Horse at Modlin Center

Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the British in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in No Man’s Land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage. About National Theatre Live NT Live broadcasts live from the National Theatre in Great Britian, and on occasion, other theatres in the U.K, to theatres and cinemas throughout the world. Though each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience, cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to create a truly immersive experience for each production. In addition, NT Live ge… Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM. Crenshaw Way Richmond, VA. For more info visit modlin.richmond.edu.

"Scrooge in Rouge" at Triangle Theater

November 16 – December 17, 2016 A smash- hit when RTP produced it in 2009, it returns with its entire original cast! A merry, madcap mixture of Greater Tuna and Noises Off, Scrooge in Rouge is a Victorian-era music hall version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in which 17 members of the Royal Music Hall 20-Member Variety Players have taken ill from the cast party the night before, leaving only Charlie Schmaltz (Kirk Morton), an animated character actor, Lottie Obligato (Steven Boschen), a bubbly, over-the-hill ingénue, and Vesta Virile (Lauren Leinhaas-Cook), a male-impersonating diva, to play and sing all the parts in the show! Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

Richmond Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at Carpenter Theater

With redesigned new costumes and heavenly scenery, The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever! Watch as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the Rat King, then travel through an Enchanted Snow Forest to meet the Dancing Bear, Chinese Dragon, and Sugarplum Fairy. The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is one you will never forget! Saturday, December 10, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 11, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Friday, December 16, 7:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 18, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm Thursday, December 22, 2:00 pm Friday, December 23, 2:00 pm Tickets start at $20 Info: http://www.richmondballet.com/season-tickets/the-nutcracker-richmond/. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondballet.com.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Sunday, December 11, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Milky Chance at The National

Sadnecessary, released on the musicians' own Lichtdicht Records in Europe, became a phenomenon followed by packed shows around the continent. In early 2014, Republic Records inked a deal with Milky Chance to release the record stateside, opening them up to their largest audience yet. Now, songs like "Down By The River" flow between poetic musing and delightfully danceable grooves. Clemens remains honest at every turn though. "There is actually a personal story behind 'Down By The River'" he adds. "In general it's about being in love, but there's a lot of room for interpretation. That's important to us." These songs immediately resonated too. Sadnecessary debuted in the Top 20 of the Billboard Top 200 upon release, and it eventually went gold in Canada. Boasting over 122 million-plus YouTube views, enjoying 2014’s “second longest run at #1” on Alternative and AAA, entering Shazam’s Hall of Fame as the “12th most-Shazamed song of all-time,” and racking up platinum single sales in the United States as cer… Sunday, December 11, 2016, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

ELF The Musical at Altria Theater

Part of the Broadway In Richmond 2016-2017 Season ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. The New York Times says that ELF is “SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF, “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners T… Sunday, December 11, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.altriatheater.com.

Wandcarver, Buck Gooter at Gallery 5

Buck Gooter returns to Richmond with our besties from closer to the Virginia ocean area Wandcarver! What a wonderful way to spend your Sunday night! Just imagine the smooth textures of joyus music flowing over your ears as you bask in the heat that actually will probably be working at Gallery5! Doors 7pm Show 8PM FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1254725051216275/. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 200 W. Marshall St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit gallery5arts.org.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Monday, December 12, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Local Natives at The National

$23 adv. Info - http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/327092. Monday, December 12, 2016, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

Virginia Union Basketball v. Concord University

Tickets $10-$12. http://vuusports.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball. Monday, December 12, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 1500 N. Lombardy St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit vuusports.com.

"After Orlando" at Triangle Theater

Richmond Triangle Players, in association with Missing Bolts Productions Inc. and NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press are pleased to present a staged reading of AFTER ORLANDO, two evenings of short plays in response to the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. There will be almost two dozen plays read over the two-night event, December 12 and 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm. Featuring readings of short plays written by Deborah Laufer, Oliver Mayer, Anders Lustgarten, Caridad Svich, Ian Rowlands, Ken Urban, Jacqueline Lawton, Cecilia Copeland, Rohina Malik, Israel Horowitz, Neil Labute, Andy Field, Jeff McMahon, Zac Cline, Lisa Schlesinger, Matthew Paul Olmos, Mando Alvarado, Madeline Sayet, and Erik Ehn, the plays will be directed by and feature Richmond talent including actress Boomie Pedersen (TheatreLAB’s Mother Courage and RTP’s Angels in America) , TheatreLAB Artistic Director Deejay Gray, RTP Associate Artistic Director Keith Fitzgerald, RTP Associate Producing Director Lucian Restivo, TheatreVCU fa… Monday, December 12, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Richmond Jazz Series: Charenee Wade at Capital Ale House

2 Shows: 7:00 PM & 9:15 PM (Doors open at 6 PM) ADVANCE TICKETS (All Sales Final): $30– Online at http://www.vajazz.org DAY OF SHOW: $35 at the door For more info contact RJS at (804) 643-1972; rjs@vajazz.org Charenee Wade was the first runner-up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition. She is currently touring world-wide with her latest release in tribute to Gil Scott- Heron. Wade is also a professor at the Aaron Copeland School of Music, NYC and for the Jazzmobile Workshop program. Details - http://capitalalehouse.ticketfly.com/event/1373361-rjs-guest-educators-series-richmond/. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM. 623 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit capitalalehouse.ticketfly.com.

Pierce the Veil at The National

Armed with Misadventures, the band's long-awaited and critically-acclaimed new album that debuted at #4 on the Billboard chart, "Circles," their hot new single now Top 40 at Alternative radio, a 2016 MTV Fandom Award nomination for "Bandom of the Year," and the just-completed, sold-out U.S. "Misadventures Tour," rockers Pierce The Veil announce "The Made to Destroy Tour," a seven-week North American trek that kicks off on September 3. $24.50 adv. Info - http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/327105. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

Richmond Jazz Series: Charenee Wade at Capital Ale House

2 Shows: 7:00 PM & 9:15 PM (Doors open at 6 PM) ADVANCE TICKETS (All Sales Final): $30– Online at http://www.vajazz.org DAY OF SHOW: $35 at the door For more info contact RJS at (804) 643-1972; rjs@vajazz.org Charenee Wade was the first runner-up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition. She is currently touring world-wide with her latest release in tribute to Gil Scott- Heron. Wade is also a professor at the Aaron Copeland School of Music, NYC and for the Jazzmobile Workshop program. Details - http://capitalalehouse.ticketfly.com/event/1373361-rjs-guest-educators-series-richmond/. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 9:15 PM – 11:00 PM. 623 E. Main St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit capitalalehouse.ticketfly.com.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

"Tom As Garth" - Holiday Edition at Firehouse Theater

Tickets - $15 in advance / $20 day of "Tom As Garth" (Brooks) - is an energy and personality filled tribute in the spirit of Garth's acoustic sets and theater performance. This holiday edition adds some of your Christmas favorites to the set. From Shameless to Low Places to Jingle Bell Rock, singing along is strongly encouraged! "Tom As Garth"is touring from Florida to Massachusetts bringing his Country Christmas cheer to the people! http://www.firehousetheatre.org/. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 1609 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.firehousetheatre.org.

Shakespeare - In Celebration of a Life: A First Person Presentation at Agecroft Hall

Join us at Agecroft Hall to see John White, a UK based Performance Historian, appear as Michael Drayton. A real life boyhood friend of William Shakespeare, Drayton recounts their friendship, their early times in Warwickshire, Shakespeare's success in London (as well as his own theatrical success) and the nature of Shakespeare's work. The story is rich with historic detail and illustrated with readings from the plays and sonnets. This presentation, commissioned by The Royal Household to complement the current exhibition at Windsor Castle, has been performed in the State Apartments at Windsor, several times during 2016. Info: https://agecrofthallmuseumandgardens.wildapricot.org/widget/event-2327918. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. 4301 Sulgrave Rd. Richmond, VA. For more info visit agecrofthallmuseumandgardens.wildapricot.org.

John Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey, + the Swing 7, Holiday Concert at Modlin Center

“They are as good as it gets in any entertainment medium. They are caviar in a world of canned tuna. Once you’ve acquired the taste, there is no substitute.” –The New York Times World-renowned jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli returns to the Modlin Center with his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey, and the incomparable Swing 7 in a special holiday performance. Called “madly creative” by the Los Angeles Times and “the genial genius of the guitar” by The Toronto Star, John Pizzarelli is one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook. $10-$45. http://modlin.richmond.edu/events/modlin-arts-presents/john-pizzarelli.html. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. Crenshaw Way Richmond, VA. For more info visit modlin.richmond.edu.

"Scrooge in Rouge" at Triangle Theater

November 16 – December 17, 2016 A smash- hit when RTP produced it in 2009, it returns with its entire original cast! A merry, madcap mixture of Greater Tuna and Noises Off, Scrooge in Rouge is a Victorian-era music hall version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in which 17 members of the Royal Music Hall 20-Member Variety Players have taken ill from the cast party the night before, leaving only Charlie Schmaltz (Kirk Morton), an animated character actor, Lottie Obligato (Steven Boschen), a bubbly, over-the-hill ingénue, and Vesta Virile (Lauren Leinhaas-Cook), a male-impersonating diva, to play and sing all the parts in the show! Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

NT Live Broadcast: "No Man's Land" at Modlin Center

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London. One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don’t miss this glorious revival of Pinter’s comic classic. The broadcast will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias. About National Theatre Live NT Live broadcasts live from the National Theatre in Great Britian, and on occasion, other theatres in the U.K, to theatres and c… Thursday, December 15, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Crenshaw Way Richmond, VA. For more info visit modlin.richmond.edu.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Thursday, December 15, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Jazz Cafe at VMFA

Groove to an eclectic mix of jazz ensembles every Thursday, 6 – 9 pm, at VMFA's Best Café. The Jazz Café is presented to the public by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Richmond Jazz Society, free of charge! Light fare and beverages available for sale. Details: https://vmfa.museum/calendar/events/jazz-cafe/ NOVEMBER 3 BARBARA MARTIN Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Barbara Martin sings songs of wit and truth NOVEMBER 10 VICTOR HASKINS Original compositions and reworkings of popular songs and standards NOVEMBER 17 TRIPLE CROSSING JAZZ PROJECT Triple Crossing Jazz Project is Richmond’s toe-tapping classic Jazz ensemble specializing in familiar Standards of the 1920s-1960s; giving new life to the classic “Great American Song Book” NOVEMBER 25 – [NOTE: Holiday Date Change – Friday Evening Jazz] QUINTESSENTIAL JAZZ Jazz, Funk, Soul & Gospel. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

"A Christmas Story" at November Theater

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "Pure holiday magic... Virginia Rep delivers a Broadway blockbuster." Richmond Family Magazine "A glittering gift... If only the movie had been a musical all along." Richmond Times-Dispatch "Plenty of wow factor... Go see it. Take your family visiting from out of town for the holidays." STYLE Weekly Featuring an ensemble of talented young actors, catchy tunes, and energetic dance numbers, this Tony-nominated musical re-imagines young Ralphie’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift. Sharply clever and sentimental, A Christmas Story is nostalgic, quirky, holiday fun. Subscribers: $28 - $45 Single Tickets: $38 - $60 Free parking! Info & Tickets - https://va-rep.org/_a-christmas-story-november-theatre-richmond.html. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Andrew Peterson's Behold the Lamb of God at Altria Theater

Since 2000, Andrew Peterson and his friends have performed Behold the Lamb around the country, telling again and again this true myth, as C.S. Lewis called it, this tale that's bigger than life, but is-astonishingly-true. The tour has become a yearly tradition not just for Andrew and the other artists on the tour, but for families and churches who attend the concert each season. The live concert, like the album, is a community effort, featuring Nashville folk-duo Jenny & Tyler and friends -- all in the name of proclaiming the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ. $20. Details: http://www.altriatheater.com/events/detail/behold-the-lamb-of-god-1. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.altriatheater.com.

NT Live Broadcast: "No Man's Land" at Modlin Center

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London. One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don’t miss this glorious revival of Pinter’s comic classic. The broadcast will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias. About National Theatre Live NT Live broadcasts live from the National Theatre in Great Britian, and on occasion, other theatres in the U.K, to theatres and c… Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. Crenshaw Way Richmond, VA. For more info visit modlin.richmond.edu.

The Head and the Heart at The National

It wasn't that long ago that the members of Seattle's The Head and the Heart were busking on street corners, strumming their acoustic guitars, stomping their feet and singing in harmony as they attempted to attract the attention of passersby. That unbridled energy informed their earliest original material, which was honed in local clubs before eventually being captured on the band's 2011 debut album for hometown label Sub Pop. Then, something unexpected happened. That music began to reach audiences all over the United States and the rest of the world, and The Head and the Heart went from playing open mic nights to selling out headlining shows in prestigious venues. The album became one of Sub Pop's best-selling debut releases in years. And slowly but surely, ideas began to form for the band's second album, imbued with the experiences of traveling the world and cultivating a listenership with a deep connection to the music. $33 adv. Info: http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/326982. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

Virginia Union Basketball v. Wheeling Jesuit University

Tickets $10-$12. http://vuusports.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 1500 N. Lombardy St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit vuusports.com.

"Scrooge in Rouge" at Triangle Theater

November 16 – December 17, 2016 A smash- hit when RTP produced it in 2009, it returns with its entire original cast! A merry, madcap mixture of Greater Tuna and Noises Off, Scrooge in Rouge is a Victorian-era music hall version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in which 17 members of the Royal Music Hall 20-Member Variety Players have taken ill from the cast party the night before, leaving only Charlie Schmaltz (Kirk Morton), an animated character actor, Lottie Obligato (Steven Boschen), a bubbly, over-the-hill ingénue, and Vesta Virile (Lauren Leinhaas-Cook), a male-impersonating diva, to play and sing all the parts in the show! Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Matt Blanton at Ashland Coffee & Tea

Matt Blanton, born and raised in Ashland, Virginia, is a singer/songwriter and classical musician. Highly influenced by his study of the classical guitar, Matt has cultivated a unique approach to playing and writing on the steel string acoustic guitar, which in turn has led to developing a sound of his own. With his distinguished guitar style, combined with his introspective lyrics and smooth vocals, Matt creates songs that differ drastically in sound and feel. Ranging from heavy hitting blues-rock to slow-pulsing melodic ballads, each song retains its own identity while lending itself to Matt’s original overall sound. Matt has studied music at the Shenandoah University Music Conservatory and currently continues his studies at VCU. $5 adv; $7 door. Info: http://ashlandcoffeeandtea.com/events2/matt-blanton-2. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Friday, December 16, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

Holiday Tea and Tour at Virginia House

Spend an afternoon enjoying tea, conversation and holiday decorations at Virginia House. Learn how Alexander and Virginia Weddell may have celebrated the holidays while in Richmond during the 1940s. This event costs $24 for VHS members and $30 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Please call 804.353.4251 or email Kathryn Lewis to reserve your spot. More info: http://www.vahistorical.org/events/programs-and-activities/social-events/holiday-tea-virginia-house?start=2016-12-16T14:00. Friday, December 16, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 4301 Sulgrave Rd. RIchmond, VA. For more info visit www.vahistorical.org.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Friday, December 16, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Maymont by Moonlight

Enjoy an enchanting holiday evening at Maymont…by moonlight! Elegantly costumed Victorian ladies and gentlemen welcome you to the home of Major and Mrs. James H. Dooley to witness the excitement of Christmas 1893. The Dooleys’ gracious family, guests and domestic staff bring to life the busy preparations for a special celebration – the first Christmas in their new home. A horse-drawn carriage ride under the stars, seasonal refreshments and joyful carol singing by the bonfire make this an evening to remember! Reservations required. Please select your tour time to register: 5:30 5:45 6:00 6:15 6:30 6:45 7:00 7:15 $28 per person/$22 members. Reservations required. Register online or call 804-358-7166, ext. 329. https://maymont.org/event/maymont-by-moonlight/?instance_id=616. Friday, December 16, 2016, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 1800 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

Lutes, Flutes, & Singing Strings: Music and Instruments for a Shakespeare Christmas: Special Focus Tour at Agecroft Hall

Agecroft Hall was filled with music! On this special tour, learn what instruments were used in William Shakespeare’s plays. Each one had music and dancing. Queen Elizabeth I loved to play music. What did it sound like? What instruments were played for the country people to dance the rigadoon or the allemande? Lutes, Flutes, & Singing Strings is an opportunity to see our collection of period instruments and hear some wonderful music, recorded and live. Info: https://agecrofthallmuseumandgardens.wildapricot.org/widget/event-2379325. Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. 4301 Sulgrave Rd. Richmond, VA. For more info visit agecrofthallmuseumandgardens.wildapricot.org.

Richmond Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at Carpenter Theater

With redesigned new costumes and heavenly scenery, The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever! Watch as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the Rat King, then travel through an Enchanted Snow Forest to meet the Dancing Bear, Chinese Dragon, and Sugarplum Fairy. The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is one you will never forget! Saturday, December 10, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 11, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Friday, December 16, 7:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 18, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm Thursday, December 22, 2:00 pm Friday, December 23, 2:00 pm Tickets start at $20 Info: http://www.richmondballet.com/season-tickets/the-nutcracker-richmond/. Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondballet.com.

"A Christmas Story" at November Theater

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "Pure holiday magic... Virginia Rep delivers a Broadway blockbuster." Richmond Family Magazine "A glittering gift... If only the movie had been a musical all along." Richmond Times-Dispatch "Plenty of wow factor... Go see it. Take your family visiting from out of town for the holidays." STYLE Weekly Featuring an ensemble of talented young actors, catchy tunes, and energetic dance numbers, this Tony-nominated musical re-imagines young Ralphie’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift. Sharply clever and sentimental, A Christmas Story is nostalgic, quirky, holiday fun. Subscribers: $28 - $45 Single Tickets: $38 - $60 Free parking! Info & Tickets - https://va-rep.org/_a-christmas-story-november-theatre-richmond.html. Friday, December 16, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Scrooge in Rouge" at Triangle Theater

November 16 – December 17, 2016 A smash- hit when RTP produced it in 2009, it returns with its entire original cast! A merry, madcap mixture of Greater Tuna and Noises Off, Scrooge in Rouge is a Victorian-era music hall version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in which 17 members of the Royal Music Hall 20-Member Variety Players have taken ill from the cast party the night before, leaving only Charlie Schmaltz (Kirk Morton), an animated character actor, Lottie Obligato (Steven Boschen), a bubbly, over-the-hill ingénue, and Vesta Virile (Lauren Leinhaas-Cook), a male-impersonating diva, to play and sing all the parts in the show! Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/. Friday, December 16, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Friday, December 16, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Glenn Birch & Ellen Birch with Frank Coleman at Ashland Coffee & Tea

This is always a fun night of Ashland fellowship and folk! Ashland residents Glenn and Ellen Birch mix original and traditional folk songs with stories of devastating floods, unsolved murders, Civil War trains, backyard gardens and crazy quilts. They will be joined by Frank Coleman. $5 adv; $8 door. Info: http://ashlandcoffeeandtea.com/events2/glenn-birch-ellen-birch-with-frank-coleman-7. Friday, December 16, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA. For more info visit www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com.

ELF The Musical at Altria Theater

Part of the Broadway In Richmond 2016-2017 Season ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. The New York Times says that ELF is “SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF, “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners T… Friday, December 16, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.altriatheater.com.

Richmond Comedy Coalition: American Documentary

$10. America! A land rich in hidden history and untold stories. In this improvised documentary series, we take you on a journey to discover the interesting people, places, and events that you’d never hear of otherwise. Weird, wild, wonderful, America. Directed by Katie Holcomb and Jim Zarling and starring Zane Adickes, Shawn Hambright, Townsend Hart, Joe Mack, Grace Manno, Jonathan Nelson, and Kolt Risser. With an opening act from Zoggin’ improv comedy based on the work of Werner Herzog. Details: http://rvacomedy.com/event/horse-apples-dec-3/. Friday, December 16, 2016, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 8 W. Broad St‎. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rvacomedy.com.

Richmond Comedy Coalition: Sweatlist

Come to the Sweatlist to find out what happens when some of Richmond’s best stand-ups join forces with the Coalition’s improvisers! Featuring stand-up sets based off of randomly selected topics. FEATURING Winston Hodges Trish Blaine Josh Blubaugh Jim Zarling HOSTED BY: Heather Hodges Details: http://rvacomedy.com/event/sweatlist-dec-16/. Friday, December 16, 2016, 10:00 PM – 11:30 PM. 8 W. Broad St‎. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rvacomedy.com.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

University of Richmond Basketball v. Texas Tech at Robins Center

Tickets $12-$22. For additional information, please call the Robins Center Ticket Office toll-free at 1-877-SPIDER-1. General public parking is free and is located in several lots next to the Robins Center. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Campus Dr. Richmond, VA 23226. For more info visit www.richmondspiders.com.

"A Christmas Story" at November Theater

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "Pure holiday magic... Virginia Rep delivers a Broadway blockbuster." Richmond Family Magazine "A glittering gift... If only the movie had been a musical all along." Richmond Times-Dispatch "Plenty of wow factor... Go see it. Take your family visiting from out of town for the holidays." STYLE Weekly Featuring an ensemble of talented young actors, catchy tunes, and energetic dance numbers, this Tony-nominated musical re-imagines young Ralphie’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift. Sharply clever and sentimental, A Christmas Story is nostalgic, quirky, holiday fun. Subscribers: $28 - $45 Single Tickets: $38 - $60 Free parking! Info & Tickets - https://va-rep.org/_a-christmas-story-november-theatre-richmond.html. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

ELF The Musical at Altria Theater

Part of the Broadway In Richmond 2016-2017 Season ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. The New York Times says that ELF is “SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF, “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners T… Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.altriatheater.com.

Richmond Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at Carpenter Theater

With redesigned new costumes and heavenly scenery, The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever! Watch as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the Rat King, then travel through an Enchanted Snow Forest to meet the Dancing Bear, Chinese Dragon, and Sugarplum Fairy. The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is one you will never forget! Saturday, December 10, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 11, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Friday, December 16, 7:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 18, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm Thursday, December 22, 2:00 pm Friday, December 23, 2:00 pm Tickets start at $20 Info: http://www.richmondballet.com/season-tickets/the-nutcracker-richmond/. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondballet.com.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Saturday, December 17, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Richmond Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at Carpenter Theater

With redesigned new costumes and heavenly scenery, The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever! Watch as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the Rat King, then travel through an Enchanted Snow Forest to meet the Dancing Bear, Chinese Dragon, and Sugarplum Fairy. The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is one you will never forget! Saturday, December 10, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 11, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Friday, December 16, 7:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 18, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm Thursday, December 22, 2:00 pm Friday, December 23, 2:00 pm Tickets start at $20 Info: http://www.richmondballet.com/season-tickets/the-nutcracker-richmond/. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondballet.com.

VCU Rams Basketball v. Middle Tennessee at Siegel Center

Tickets - $25. (804) 828-RAMS (7267) Men's Basketball - http://vcuathletics.com/sports/mbkb/index. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 1200 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit vcuathletics.com.

The Whiskey Wells at Triple Crossing

More info: http://www.triplecrossingbeer.com/events/. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 113 S. Foushee St. RIchmond, VA. For more info visit www.triplecrossingbeer.com.

"A Christmas Story" at November Theater

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "Pure holiday magic... Virginia Rep delivers a Broadway blockbuster." Richmond Family Magazine "A glittering gift... If only the movie had been a musical all along." Richmond Times-Dispatch "Plenty of wow factor... Go see it. Take your family visiting from out of town for the holidays." STYLE Weekly Featuring an ensemble of talented young actors, catchy tunes, and energetic dance numbers, this Tony-nominated musical re-imagines young Ralphie’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift. Sharply clever and sentimental, A Christmas Story is nostalgic, quirky, holiday fun. Subscribers: $28 - $45 Single Tickets: $38 - $60 Free parking! Info & Tickets - https://va-rep.org/_a-christmas-story-november-theatre-richmond.html. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"Scrooge in Rouge" at Triangle Theater

November 16 – December 17, 2016 A smash- hit when RTP produced it in 2009, it returns with its entire original cast! A merry, madcap mixture of Greater Tuna and Noises Off, Scrooge in Rouge is a Victorian-era music hall version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in which 17 members of the Royal Music Hall 20-Member Variety Players have taken ill from the cast party the night before, leaving only Charlie Schmaltz (Kirk Morton), an animated character actor, Lottie Obligato (Steven Boschen), a bubbly, over-the-hill ingénue, and Vesta Virile (Lauren Leinhaas-Cook), a male-impersonating diva, to play and sing all the parts in the show! Info - http://www.rtriangle.org/. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 1300 Altamont Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.rtriangle.org.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Carbon Leaf at The National

Carbon Leaf has been blending Folk, Celtic, Bluegrass, Americana, Rock and Pop traditions into heir own sound for 12 albums now, and perhaps their music can be summed up best by the title of one of their earliest releases: “Ether-Electrified Porch Music” -a sound that conveys an aura of warmth, punctuated by diverse instruments including mandolin, upright bass, fiddle, penny whistle, banjo, cello, peddle steel, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, bodhrán and bagpipes. Now in their 20th year of award-winning recording, this Virginia quintet is consistently traversing America with their nonstop touring schedule, bringing with them an impressive portfolio of achievements, as they continue to produce a steady stream of new music coupled with energetic live-shows throughout North America. $17 adv. Info: http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/313575. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

ELF The Musical at Altria Theater

Part of the Broadway In Richmond 2016-2017 Season ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. The New York Times says that ELF is “SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF, “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners T… Saturday, December 17, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.altriatheater.com.

Christmas with Michael W. Smith & Amy Grant Featuring the Richmond Symphony Orchestra at Richmond Coliseum

Once again rekindling their synonymous holiday music magic, multi-platinum GRAMMY winners Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant will co-bill their popular symphony-filled Christmas tour this year with a special performance in conjunction with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Republic recording artist Jordan Smith, the Season 9 winner of NBC’s The Voice. Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith draw hundreds of thousands to their concerts each year and their joint Christmas tours have become some of the most anticipated holiday events of the season. With a vast collection of critically-acclaimed holiday albums between them, the 2016 Christmas tour will showcase selections from their extensive Christmas repertoires. Tickets $33-$123. http://richmondcoliseum.net/events/christmas-with-amy-grant-michael-w-smith/. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 501 N. 7th St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit richmondcoliseum.net.

Christmas with Michael W. Smith & Amy Grant Featuring the Richmond Symphony Orchestra at Richmond Coliseum

Once again rekindling their synonymous holiday music magic, multi-platinum GRAMMY winners Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant will co-bill their popular symphony-filled Christmas tour this year with a special performance in conjunction with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Republic recording artist Jordan Smith, the Season 9 winner of NBC’s The Voice, at Richmond Coliseum on Saturday, December 17. Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith draw hundreds of thousands to their concerts each year and their joint Christmas tours have become some of the most anticipated holiday events of the season. With a vast collection of critically-acclaimed holiday albums between them, the 2016 Christmas tour will showcase selections from their extensive Christmas repertoires. $33-$123 http://richmondcoliseum.net/events/christmas-with-amy-grant-michael-w-smith/. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 501 N. 7th St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit richmondcoliseum.net.

Richmond Comedy Coalition: Megapower

$5. Join the MEGAPOWER tag-team of Jim Zarling and Aaron Grant as they open up a can of whoop-ass and invite their best buds to the stage for a night of some of RVA’s best improv comedy. Details: http://rvacomedy.com/event/megapower-dec-17/. Saturday, December 17, 2016, 10:00 PM – 11:30 PM. 8 W. Broad St‎. Richmond, VA. For more info visit rvacomedy.com.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

Richmond Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at Carpenter Theater

With redesigned new costumes and heavenly scenery, The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever! Watch as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the Rat King, then travel through an Enchanted Snow Forest to meet the Dancing Bear, Chinese Dragon, and Sugarplum Fairy. The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is one you will never forget! Saturday, December 10, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 11, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Friday, December 16, 7:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 18, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm Thursday, December 22, 2:00 pm Friday, December 23, 2:00 pm Tickets start at $20 Info: http://www.richmondballet.com/season-tickets/the-nutcracker-richmond/. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondballet.com.

"A Christmas Story" at November Theater

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "Pure holiday magic... Virginia Rep delivers a Broadway blockbuster." Richmond Family Magazine "A glittering gift... If only the movie had been a musical all along." Richmond Times-Dispatch "Plenty of wow factor... Go see it. Take your family visiting from out of town for the holidays." STYLE Weekly Featuring an ensemble of talented young actors, catchy tunes, and energetic dance numbers, this Tony-nominated musical re-imagines young Ralphie’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift. Sharply clever and sentimental, A Christmas Story is nostalgic, quirky, holiday fun. Subscribers: $28 - $45 Single Tickets: $38 - $60 Free parking! Info & Tickets - https://va-rep.org/_a-christmas-story-november-theatre-richmond.html. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

artspace's Fourth Fridays: Members' Biennial Closing Artist Talk

Featuring work by: Judith Anderson | Julie Crowder | Santa Sergio De Haven | Elisabeth Flynn-Chapman | Kay Franz | Dana Frostick | Mary Anne Hensley | Catherine Johnson | Jere Kittle | Melanie Kleunder | Lisa Lezzell Levine | Lew Lott | Martin McFadden, LRPS | Brigette Newberry | Annette Norman | Michael A. Pierce | Elaine Rogers | Rob Ryder | Linda Shields | Buddy Terrell | Kathleen Westkaemper Opening Reception for the Artists Fourth Friday, November 25, 2016 7:00-10:00 pm Free and Open to the Public Second Reception for the Artists Fourth Friday, December 9, 2016 7:00-10:00 pm Free and Open to the Public Closing Artist Talk Sunday, December 18, 2016 2:00 pm Free and Open to the Public Details: http://www.artspacegallery.org/2016/exhibits/members_biennial/index.shtml. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 2 E. 4th St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.artspacegallery.org.

ELF The Musical at Altria Theater

Part of the Broadway In Richmond 2016-2017 Season ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. The New York Times says that ELF is “SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF, “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners T… Sunday, December 18, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.altriatheater.com.

Richmond Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at Carpenter Theater

With redesigned new costumes and heavenly scenery, The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever! Watch as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the Rat King, then travel through an Enchanted Snow Forest to meet the Dancing Bear, Chinese Dragon, and Sugarplum Fairy. The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is one you will never forget! Saturday, December 10, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 11, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Friday, December 16, 7:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 18, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm Thursday, December 22, 2:00 pm Friday, December 23, 2:00 pm Tickets start at $20 Info: http://www.richmondballet.com/season-tickets/the-nutcracker-richmond/. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondballet.com.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Sunday, December 18, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Phantogram at The National

Can a band working in relative isolation craft music that resonates with listeners around the world? Can that band and its music evolve and connect with an ever-widening audience without sacrificing quality or compromising integrity? When the band in question is Phantogram, the answer to both is unequivocally “yes.” And Voices provides indisputable proof. The New York duo’s second full-length album catches the ear quickly, melding hazy dream pop, dark atmospheres, and head-knocking rhythms into a compelling, original sound. Opener “Nothing But Trouble” contrasts waves of distortion with Sarah Barthel’s beguiling soprano, underpinned by Josh Carter’s gritty urban beats. Moments later, the staccato vocal hook and layered rhythms of “Black Out Days” drive the listener deep into a fever dream of echo and atmospherics. But do not confuse immediacy with instant gratification. The impact of Phantogram’s songs intensifies over time. $25 adv. Info: http://www.thenationalva.com/events/detail/326986. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. 708 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.thenationalva.com.

A Stripmas Carol: A Burlesque Retelling of "A Christmas Carol" at Firehouse Theater

$12 in advance / $17 day of $25 VIP tickets (VIP front row seating, signed cast poster, complimentary raffle ticket, & more! IN ADVANCE ONLY) ​ The Starlet Striptacular has revised Charles Dickens' classic tale A CHRISTMAS CAROL -- burlesque style! This show combines the story we all know and love with the art of the tease. Get into the holiday spirit with the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and yet to come. Will they be able to strip their way into Scrooge's heart? Join us and see! http://www.firehousetheatre.org/stripmas-carol. Sunday, December 18, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1609 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.firehousetheatre.org.

ELF The Musical at Altria Theater

Part of the Broadway In Richmond 2016-2017 Season ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. The New York Times says that ELF is “SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF, “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners T… Sunday, December 18, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.altriatheater.com.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Monday, December 19, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Richmond Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at Carpenter Theater

With redesigned new costumes and heavenly scenery, The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever! Watch as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the Rat King, then travel through an Enchanted Snow Forest to meet the Dancing Bear, Chinese Dragon, and Sugarplum Fairy. The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is one you will never forget! Saturday, December 10, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 11, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Friday, December 16, 7:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 18, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm Thursday, December 22, 2:00 pm Friday, December 23, 2:00 pm Tickets start at $20 Info: http://www.richmondballet.com/season-tickets/the-nutcracker-richmond/. Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondballet.com.

Christmas with the Richmond Pops at Altria Theater

The Richmond Pops Band is a community based organization that has been providing exciting and dynamic musical experiences to the Richmond community for over 38 years. As a non-profit, all volunteer organization, the band has enjoyed unprecedented growth and popularity with an ever increasing and diverse audience. An annual concert series is presented for full-house crowds in excess of 3500 audience members. Since 2000 the band has given 49 performances at the Altria Theater and Carpenter Theatre to over 160,000 people. These performances have all been given to capacity audiences and are always offered free to the public. These free performances provide the region with cultural entertainment of the highest quality, accessible to all regardless of economic or social standing. Our funding comes primarily through small individual donations. The generosity of our loyal supporters has enabled us to provide an incredible arts experience to so many in the Greater Richmond community. Free Details: http://www.a… Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. 6 N. Laurel St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.altriatheater.com.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

"A Christmas Story" at November Theater

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "Pure holiday magic... Virginia Rep delivers a Broadway blockbuster." Richmond Family Magazine "A glittering gift... If only the movie had been a musical all along." Richmond Times-Dispatch "Plenty of wow factor... Go see it. Take your family visiting from out of town for the holidays." STYLE Weekly Featuring an ensemble of talented young actors, catchy tunes, and energetic dance numbers, this Tony-nominated musical re-imagines young Ralphie’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift. Sharply clever and sentimental, A Christmas Story is nostalgic, quirky, holiday fun. Subscribers: $28 - $45 Single Tickets: $38 - $60 Free parking! Info & Tickets - https://va-rep.org/_a-christmas-story-november-theatre-richmond.html. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

"A Christmas Story" at November Theater

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "Pure holiday magic... Virginia Rep delivers a Broadway blockbuster." Richmond Family Magazine "A glittering gift... If only the movie had been a musical all along." Richmond Times-Dispatch "Plenty of wow factor... Go see it. Take your family visiting from out of town for the holidays." STYLE Weekly Featuring an ensemble of talented young actors, catchy tunes, and energetic dance numbers, this Tony-nominated musical re-imagines young Ralphie’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift. Sharply clever and sentimental, A Christmas Story is nostalgic, quirky, holiday fun. Subscribers: $28 - $45 Single Tickets: $38 - $60 Free parking! Info & Tickets - https://va-rep.org/_a-christmas-story-november-theatre-richmond.html. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Richmond Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at Carpenter Theater

With redesigned new costumes and heavenly scenery, The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever! Watch as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the Rat King, then travel through an Enchanted Snow Forest to meet the Dancing Bear, Chinese Dragon, and Sugarplum Fairy. The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is one you will never forget! Saturday, December 10, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 11, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Friday, December 16, 7:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 18, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm Thursday, December 22, 2:00 pm Friday, December 23, 2:00 pm Tickets start at $20 Info: http://www.richmondballet.com/season-tickets/the-nutcracker-richmond/. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondballet.com.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

Maymont Mansion Holiday Tours

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 1/3/2016 Celebrate the season at Maymont and revel in Victorian holiday splendor! Major and Mrs. Dooley's spectacularly decorated Gilded Age home brings the wonders and festivities of Christmas past to life. 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 style. In the Belowstairs area, preparations are underway to make the Dooleys' first Christmas in their new home special for their family and friends - and to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Guided tours (upstairs only) available every half-hour; last tour begins at 4:30pm. Details: https://maymont.org/event/maymont-mansion-holiday-tours-2/?instance_id=1539. Thursday, December 22, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 1700 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit maymont.org.

Richmond Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at Carpenter Theater

With redesigned new costumes and heavenly scenery, The Nutcracker shines brighter than ever! Watch as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle the Rat King, then travel through an Enchanted Snow Forest to meet the Dancing Bear, Chinese Dragon, and Sugarplum Fairy. The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition, and with Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, this dazzling production is one you will never forget! Saturday, December 10, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 11, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Friday, December 16, 7:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Sunday, December 18, 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 pm Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 pm Thursday, December 22, 2:00 pm Friday, December 23, 2:00 pm Tickets start at $20 Info: http://www.richmondballet.com/season-tickets/the-nutcracker-richmond/. Thursday, December 22, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 600 E. Grace St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.richmondballet.com.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: "Living Color" at Lewis Ginter

Nov. 25, 2016 – January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25) Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. This year’s GardenFest theme explores color: how the world’s kaleidoscope of colors speaks to us, impacts nature and influences culture. Enjoy a phenomenal light show, fascinating exhibits and fun-tastic events, all in Living Color! Our world communicates through color and you’ll find a rainbow of sparkling colors at this year’s GardenFest of Lights. Color touches every facet of our life: The shades of fruits and vegetables signal the peak of ripeness for doses of color-coded nutrients. Pollinators seek flowers and nectar based on color cues. Minerals collect and form colors in gemstones, while flowers and foliage offer pigments for dyes that transform fabrics and papers. Even our moods are influenced by the wide-ranging colors from a spectacular winter sunset to half-a-million sparkling lights in a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. See colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparklin… Thursday, December 22, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 1800 Lakeside Ave. Richmond, VA. For more info visit www.lewisginter.org.

Jazz Cafe at VMFA

Groove to an eclectic mix of jazz ensembles every Thursday, 6 – 9 pm, at VMFA's Best Café. The Jazz Café is presented to the public by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Richmond Jazz Society, free of charge! Light fare and beverages available for sale. Details: https://vmfa.museum/calendar/events/jazz-cafe/ NOVEMBER 3 BARBARA MARTIN Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Barbara Martin sings songs of wit and truth NOVEMBER 10 VICTOR HASKINS Original compositions and reworkings of popular songs and standards NOVEMBER 17 TRIPLE CROSSING JAZZ PROJECT Triple Crossing Jazz Project is Richmond’s toe-tapping classic Jazz ensemble specializing in familiar Standards of the 1920s-1960s; giving new life to the classic “Great American Song Book” NOVEMBER 25 – [NOTE: Holiday Date Change – Friday Evening Jazz] QUINTESSENTIAL JAZZ Jazz, Funk, Soul & Gospel. Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 200 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA. For more info visit vmfa.museum.

"A Christmas Story" at November Theater

NOVEMBER 25, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "Pure holiday magic... Virginia Rep delivers a Broadway blockbuster." Richmond Family Magazine "A glittering gift... If only the movie had been a musical all along." Richmond Times-Dispatch "Plenty of wow factor... Go see it. Take your family visiting from out of town for the holidays." STYLE Weekly Featuring an ensemble of talented young actors, catchy tunes, and energetic dance numbers, this Tony-nominated musical re-imagines young Ralphie’s quest for the perfect Christmas gift. Sharply clever and sentimental, A Christmas Story is nostalgic, quirky, holiday fun. Subscribers: $28 - $45 Single Tickets: $38 - $60 Free parking! Info & Tickets - https://va-rep.org/_a-christmas-story-november-theatre-richmond.html. Thursday, December 22, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM. 114 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.

VCU Rams Basketball v. Louisiana-Monroe at Siegel Center

Tickets - $25. (804) 828-RAMS (7267) Men's Basketball - http://vcuathletics.com/sports/mbkb/index. Thursday, December 22, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 1200 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA. For more info visit vcuathletics.com.

"The Charitable Sisterhood Christmas Spectacular" at Hanover Tavern

DECEMBER 2, 2016 - JANUARY 1, 2017 "The charitable sisters are more like the women of Steel Magnolias, with a few unexpected twists." – Richmond Times-Dispatch World Premiere! The ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood are at it again — this time putting their good works behind the Christmas Spectacular. Richmond playwright, Bo Wilson, reunites four of the original cast members and once again entertains us with this hilarious sequel to Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church. $38 | Subscribers $28 Details: https://va-rep.org/_the-charitable-sisterhood-christmas-spectacular-hanover-tavern.html. Thursday, December 22, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover, VA. For more info visit va-rep.org.