Richmond Ballet The Nutcracker, December 14th – 23rd, at The Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, performances and Clara’s Tea Party, tickets range from $20-$125, Clara’s Tea Party $25. Details at www.etix.com or 800-514-3849.
The African American Repertory Theatre of Virginia in collaboration with Collective Artistes U.K. & UR Department of Theatre & Dance: World Premier Stage Reading of “Threshold” a contemporary adaption inspired by The Palm Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola, Friday, December 14, 7pm, The Landmark Theater, Lounge B, details www.aartpfva.org.
A Colonial Christmas at Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Re-enactors 17th century Christmas customs, Saturday, December 15, 10am-5pm, 804-748-1613, www.henricus.org.
Free Holiday Concert & Santa Breakfast: Free Holiday Concert featuring Bak N Da Day, Tuesday, December 18, 6:45-8:30pm, at the Randolph Community Center, 1415 Grayland Avenue, details 804-646-1080; Saturday, December 22, Free Breakfast with Santa at Hickory Hill Community Center, 3000 East Belt Boulevard, reservations required 804-646-7934 by December 17. Open House at Pine Camp arts and Community Center, Thursday, December 20, 6-8pm, 804-646-3677.
Federal Realty – Willow Lawn’s Holiday Tree Lighting Toast, Saturday, December 15, 5-8pm, Brunch with Madeline & Snow Bear every Saturday, December 15 & 22, 11:30am at the Va Rep Theatre, reservations required, The Shops at Willow Lawn, Free; Wine Tasting to benefit Virginia Repertory Theatre, $5, www.willowlawn.com.
Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show, December 15 & 16, 10am-4pm, Richmond Raceway Complex, www.greenbergshows.com.
12 annual “Miracle of Christmas”, Live at Metro Richmond Zoo, 8300 Beaver Bridge Road, Moseley, behind Grange Hall Elementary School off Hull Street, Rt 360, December 21-23, 7pm, 7:45pm & 8:30pm, Spanish program Sunday, December 23rd 9pm, free admission & free parking, www.metrorichmondzoo.com or 804-739-5666.
Legendary Santa at the Children’s Museum of Richmond, through Christmas Eve, www.c-mor.org or call Santa’s Hotline 804-474-7009.
Dominion Gardenfest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 5 -10pm nightly through January 7th, www.lewisginter.org or 804-262-9887.
Executive Mansion Events – Holiday Tour Dates & Hours: December 18, 19, 20, at 10am – noon & 2-4pm. Holiday Open House Days: December 14th, 11am -2pm, www.executivemansion.virginia.gov.
2012 Holiday Weekend In Church Hill; Vespers service at Historic St. John’s Church, Friday December 14, 7pm; Saturday, December 15, 8pm, Annual Church Hill Association Holiday Party, Old City Bar, 1548 East Main Street, $35; Sunday, December 16, 12-8pm, Holiday House Tour, $25, www.churchhill.org.
Lyric Ave 10th Season, poetry-based variety show Saturday, December 15 at the Historic Hippodrome Theater, Jackson Ward, shows 6 & 9:30pm, www.thelyricaveshow.com or 804-266-2021.
Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic, Governor Bob McDonnell, Coaches, Athletic Directors Other Officials from eight universities to benefit Virginia’s Food Bank, Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic Matchups Saturday, December 22, 3pm, George Mason vs. University of Richmond, 5pm:30pm, details www.governor.virginia.gov/hoops-classic.
2nd annual All Black Cabaret featuring Sugar Bear & EU. Go-Go Band at The Showplace, Saturday, December 15th, doors open 9pm-2am, advance tickets $15 VIP $25, 804-592-4120 or 804-648-0101.
Free Introductory Guitar Lessons, at the Science Museum of Virginia, Saturday, December 15, 2 & 3pm; Fruitcake Science December 26 – 30, www.smv.org.
Farm Bureau Winter Park At RVA On Ice, 6th & 7th Streets on East Broad street, open Wednesdays – Fridays 4 -10pm, Saturdays, 10am -10pm, Sundays, 10am – 6pm, through January 31, 2013, www.RVAOnIce.net or call 804-592-3401
35th Annual Meherrin River Arts Council Concert Series, The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill – February 9, 2013; Perpetuum Jazzile – March 9, 2012; Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone – April 12, 2013 and Amy Grant May 4, 2012, performances at Emporia Greensville Performing Arts Center, Emporia, Va., www.mrac-arts.com or 434-634-6001.
Richmond Nativity Pageant, Sunday, December 23, Carillon Bell Concert 6:30pm, Pageant at 7pm at the Carillon in Byrd Park, free, www.richmondnativity.com.
Mike Tyson’s One-Man Show, April 24, 7:30pm, tickets go on sale, Richmond’s Landmark Theater, www.BroadwayInRichmond.com or 800-514-3849.
35th Annual Community Leaders Breakfast, “A Celebration In Memory of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Friday, January 11, 7:30pm, at the Richmond Marriott, 500 East Broad Street, $50, 804-257-5814.