Capitol Tree Lighting & Tribute to our Military, December 7th, 5pm, Open House follows. Other open house dates December 12th, 11am-3pm, December 14th 11am-2pm, House Tours December 5, 6,11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 10am-noon & 2-4pm, www.executivemansion.virginia.gov.
The James River Advisory Council 29th annual James River Parade of Lights, Saturday, December 8, In Richmond – Libby Hill Park, corner of 28th & East Franklin Streets, entertainment starts at 4:30, parade at 6pm; Intermediate Terminal Dock, Dock & Water Streets, viewing 6pm; Henrico – Osborne Park & Boat Landing, 9530 Osborne Turnpike, entertainment 4pm, parade 7-7:30pm; Chesterfield – Dutch Gap Boat Landing, 441 Coxendale Road, parade 7:30-7:45pm, Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, entertainment 6pm, parade 7:45-8pm; details www.jrac-va.org or 804-717-6681.
26th annual Court End Christmas, December 9th, 12 – 5pm, nine historic sites in downtown Richmond open for a day of free admission and holiday festivities, carriage rides, living history, live music, children’s crafts, gift shops and more, complementary shuttle; participating sites Valentine Richmond History Center, The John Marshall House, St. John’s Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, The Museum and White House of the Confederacy, Monumental Church, The Egyptian Building (VCU Medical Center Campus), The Beers House (VCU Medical Center Campus) & The Virginia State Capitol; Holiday Glitter Walking Tour: Monument Avenue After Dark, December 26 & 27, 6-7:30pm www.courtendchristmas.com or 804-649-0711, ext. 301.
71st Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony, at The Virginia War Memorial, Friday, December 7th, 11am, www.vawarmemorial.org or 804-786-2060.
Richmond Symphony Handel’s “Messiah”, Saturday, December 8, 7pm, at the Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CentreStage, 600 East Grace Street, $12-$45, www.richmondsymphony.com or 800-514-3849.
Richmond-Based American Youth Harp Ensemble Holiday Concert, Saturday, December 8, 2:30pm, Grace Baptist Church.
Holiday on Parade – An Eastern Henrico Celebration, children’s activities & family fun at Henrico County Parks, Saturday, December 8, noon -5pm, noon-2pm, Hidden Creek Recreation Center, Clarke-Palmore House, The Armour House & Gardens, circa 1917, Dorey Recreation Center, Henrico Theatre, & Osborne Park, details www.co.henrico.va.us.
Virginia College Richmond hosting Friends & Family Holiday Open House, Saturday, December 10am -2pm, Therapeutic Message free 10 minute chair message, free manicures & nail decorating, photos with Santa, 7200 Midlothian Turnpike, 804-977-5174.
Lighting of Petersburg, Friday, December 7, 104 River Street, Petersburg, Music, festivities, and Santa, 804-733-2400.
Dinwiddie Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 8, starts 1pm, at Dinwiddie Junior High School proceeds to Courthouse Road to U.S. 1, 804-861-8774.
Divas 4 The Holidays, in a concert of Holiday Music, Wednesday, December 12, featuring Debra Wagoner, Cathy Motley-Fitch and Desiree Roots at the Cultural Art Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, $25, 804-261-2787.
Essex County Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 8, 2pm in Tappahannock, travels from Jeanette Drive to Walter Lane to Prince Street to Essex County Courthouse, 804-443-2470.
Hopewell Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 8, noon, starts at City Point Road & Main Street, travels south to 15th Avenue to Cavaller Square.
50th annual Fan Holiday House Tour, Saturday, December 8, 1-5pm, free parking Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, 2621 Grove Avenue, Lee Medical Building, 1805 Monument Avenue, www.fandistrict.org.
Bon Air Baptist Church presents Handel’s Messiah, Sunday, December 9, 3:30pm & 7pm, guests soloists, Lisa Edwards-Burrs, Tracee Prillaman, Jeff Prillaman, & James Lynn, , 804-272-1475.
Concert Ballet of Virginia’s “Nutcracker Suite”,
Mike Tyson’s One-Man Show, April 24, 7:30pm, tickets go on sale Saturday, December 8, 10am, Landmark Theater, www.BroadwayInRichmond.com or 800-514-3849.
Richmond Jazz Society’s Guest Educators Series, “A Concert For Peace” featuring Plunky & The Universal Ensemble, with Vocalist “Lady Eka-ete” & Legendary Master Drummer Asante, Tuesday, December 11, 7pm & 9:30pm, Capital Ale House, Downtown Music Hall, www.vajazz.org or 804-643-1972.
The “Cake Boss”Buddy Valastro, Homemade for the Holidays Tour, Live Cake Demonstrations, audience participation and fun for the whole family, Thursday, December 13, 6 North Laurel Street, 7:30pm at Richmond’s Landmark Theater, www.etix.com or 800-514-ETIX.
Richmond Concert Band Holiday Concerts, December 11, 6:30, Lindwood Holton Elementary School, December 16, 4pm, Tabernacle Baptist Church, December 18, 7pm, Chesterfield Towne Center, www.rcband.org or 804-737-3767.
Blessing of the Animals, Friday, December 14, noon, Shockoe Slip Fountain (Morgan Fountain), 804-543-9088.
Richmond Nativity Pageant, Sunday, December 23, Carillon Bell Concert 6:30pm, Pageant at 7pm at the Carillon in Byrd Park, www.richmondnativity.com.