Events Calendar

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Today – December 30thMR. POPPER’S PENGUINS at
The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.

Today – Jan. 7, 2019 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25). Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights.  Nightly 5 – 10pm.  Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more.  Ticketed event.

December 26th – 30thRVA Winter Puppetfest.  Richmond Triangle Players’ Robert B. Moss Theatre, located at 1300 Altamont Avenue.  All Tickets are just $10, BUT all tickets purchased in NOVEMBER using the code THANKFUL can get 20% off! Just $8 per ticket!

Saturday, December 1st

Kids Workshop – Sled w Reindeer.  9am-Noon.  Local Home Depot stores.  Join the hands-on Kids Workshop and you and your child can build a special project.  All kids get to keep their project, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.  Registration required – select your local store.  Free.

One Great Morning of Raking @ Japanese Garden.  9am-Noon.  Maymont’s Japanese Garden.  A  favorite place for many Richmonders, but caring for the garden is quite a task. To help with this endeavor, volunteer to assist the horticulture staff rake the fallen leaves covering the garden. Bring your own rake!

Animal Presentations.  Various Times.  Maymont Nature Center.  Enjoy these free presentation with nature center admission.

Boot Camp for New Dads.  9am-Noon.  Varied locations.  Facilitated by the Relationship Foundation of Virginia.    This unique father-to-father community-based workshop prepares and equips expectant dads to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates, and navigate their transformation into dads.  Suggested donation.

35th Annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade.  10am.  Starts at the Science Museum and continuing along Broad Street to 7th Street. The parade features award-winning marching bands, dance troupes, giant helium balloons, floats, and Legendary Santa himself! This beloved Richmond tradition attracts more than 100,000 spectators each year from everywhere in Virginia, with thousands more enjoying the television broadcast on CBS6.  If you can’t experience the parade in person, you can watch it LIVE on WTVR-CBS6 on the day of the parade from 10 a.m. to noon, or see it on Christmas Day. For more information, visit www.richmondparade.org.

Stories at the Museum.  11am.  Virginia Museum of History & Culture, formerly the Virginia Historical Society.  Enjoy a group reading of a history-themed book and a craft activity during Stories at the Museum.   Included with admission.

The Bizarre Bazaar.  Nov 29th – Dec 2nd.  Richmond Raceway Complex.  A Virginia tradition for over 40 years, with over 475 exclusive exhibitors with unique offerings include seasonal gifts and decorative accessories for the home and garden, gourmet food and cookbooks, fine linens, designer women’s and children’s clothing, toys, fine crafts and artwork, furniture and jewelry.  Fee.

Krafty Kids. 11:00am. North Park Branch Library. Make a holiday craft. Books about the holidays and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for ages 3-11 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits at crafts. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Miracle on 34th Street (Not Rated).  2pm & 7pm.  Henrico Theatre. Tickets just $1 per person and can be purchased at the door.

Family Movie. 2:00pm. North Park Branch Library. Suggested for ages 6 and up, watch Paddington 2. What will Paddington do to replace the stolen gift that was intended for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday? (2017, PG, 103 min.) Free.

3D Printing & Design Workshop for Grades 5-12. 2:30pm. Libbie Mill Library.  Learn how to design objects and print in 3D with the library’s 3D printers. Discuss the real world applications of 3D printing technology, see a printer in action, and practice designing in 3D using Tinkercad so you can submit a 3D design to be printed at the library. Please bring a thumb drive so you can save your design. Please be on time and be aware that if you are late 10 minutes or more for class, your seat may be given away.  Free.

Annual Tree Lighting. 4:30pm-7pm.  Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  In partnership with the County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks, The Center welcomes you to this beloved holiday event featuring magical holiday music performances, hot chocolate and cookies, a toasty bonfire and, of course, a special visit from Santa to light the 60-foot cedar Christmas tree at The Center’s entrance. Free and fun for the whole family.

Sunday, December 2nd

The Bizarre Bazaar.  Nov 29th – Dec 2nd.  Richmond Raceway Complex.  A Virginia tradition for over 40 years, with over 475 exclusive exhibitors with unique offerings include seasonal gifts and decorative accessories for the home and garden, gourmet food and cookbooks, fine linens, designer women’s and children’s clothing, toys, fine crafts and artwork, furniture and jewelry.  Fee.

Animal Presentations.  Various Times.  Maymont Nature Center.  Enjoy these free presentation with nature center admission.

Old-Fashioned Christmas.  Noon-4:30pm.  Maymont Mansion and Carriage House Lawn.  A cherished holiday tradition enjoyed by generations of families. Victorian ladies and gentlemen graciously welcome guests to the estate, where they can celebrate the season with special activities and entertainment that are sure to fill everyone with holiday spirit. Admission to the event is free, with activities available for a small fee.

Old-Fashioned Christmas.  Noon-4:30pm.  Maymont Mansion and Carriage House Lawn.  Celebrate a charming, old-fashioned Christmas and experience a tradition enjoyed by generations of families. Victorian ladies and gentlemen graciously welcome you and invite you to visit the Gilded Age mansion. Marvel at the grand Christmas tree and the beautifully decorated formal rooms, see the gifts and games of 1893, and stop by the Belowstairs area where holiday preparations are underway. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with St. Nick and Maymont’s Christmas Fairy, good food and drink, festive music, a roaring fire to cheer you, and special activities that are sure to fill everyone with a merry holiday spirit. Free admission; fees for activities.

Colonial Williamsburg Fireworks.  4pm-7:30pm.  In the 18th century, illuminations–the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks–celebrated major events such as the birthday of a reigning sovereign, military victories, or the arrival of a new colonial governor. Join Colonial Williamsburg for this special day by strolling the Historic Area and viewing all the unique decorations. Enjoy musical performances on multiple stages throughout the Historic Area and fireworks displays from the Capitol, the Magazine, and the Palace.

Kids Night Out.  6pm.  Romp n’ Roll – West End location.  Every kid deserves a special night out—and so do you!  Ages 2 through 5, no need to be potty-trained.   Children get to run, play, dance, and create their own masterpieces with our energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with our famous bubble dance party.  To reserve your space call 804.364.6363.  Fee.

Monday, December 3rd

Astronomy 101.  5:30-7:30pm.  Ettrick-Matoaca Library.  Join the Richmond Astronomical Society for a program about the making and physics of telescopes—then head outside for a viewing of the night sky. Registration required.

Tuesday, December 4th

Weekly Storytime.  11am.  Pottery Barn Kids, Short Pump Mall.  Kids can enjoy some of their favorite books read aloud. Free.

See the Light. 3:30pm. Glen Allen Branch Library.  For Grades K-5. Explore light and color in Earth’s atmosphere through a simple hands-on activity. Part of the NASA @ My Library initiative. Free.

Make It! Together. 3:30pm. Gayton Branch Library. Designed for ages 3+ with an adult. Make a gingerbread craft and more. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity.Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

The Maker’s Lab: 3D Printing Ornaments! 6:00pm. Varina Area Library. For Grades 6-12. Use the power of Tinkercad, a 3D CAD design tool, to design unique holiday decorations for friends and families! Please bring a USB thumb drive so you can save your designs. Free.

Teen Art Studio. 7:00pm. Libbie Mill Library. Drop by Teen Art Studio for some fun, hands-on creativity! Discuss different styles of art and do a variety of art, craft and drawing projects based on what we learned. All artistic skill levels are welcome! No registration required. Free.

Wednesday, December 5th

Holiday STEM Lab. 3:00pm. North Park Branch Library.  For ages 3-5 years. Learn a bit of science while crafting – just in time for the holidays! Free.

K-2 Bookworms. 3:30pm. Tuckahoe Area Library. For grades K-2 only.  Check out this book discussion group for readers in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades!  The group will read a book together during the program, and do a related activity. Free.

Writing in the New Year. 6:00pm. Gayton Branch Library.  For Grades 6-12. The New Year is fast approaching and resolutions are a focus! Come in for a relaxing session to learn how to make journal jars with writing prompts to get your creative streak started right in 2019! Enjoy a craft, games and other activities to close out the year on a high note! Free.

Gingerbread House Craft. 6:30pm. Libbie Mill Library. Celebrate the holidays by making gingerbread houses. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for ages 7 and up with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Thursday, December 6th

Krafty Kids. 4:00pm. North Park Branch Library. For ages 3-5 years. Make a holiday craft. Books about the holidays will be available for checkout to encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits at crafts. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Unplugged Coding. 6:30pm. Varina Area Library. For grades K-5. Did you know that you can learn how to code without a computer? Learn basic computer science techniques free from screens and devices for Computer Science Education Week. Free.

Short Pump Symphonette. 7:00pm. Glen Allen Branch Library. For all ages. Enjoy holiday music with the Short Pump Symphonette, an amazing 20-piece orchestra showcasing both youth and adult performers. Free.

DIY for Teens. 7:00pm. Fairfield Area Library. For grade 6-12. The first teen DIY (do it yourself!) club at Fairfield to learn a simple “”life hack”” craft that will keep your headphones from ever getting knotted again!  Supplies will be provided. Free.

Friday, December 7th

Frosty the Snowman Scavenger Hunt. 10:30am. Twin Hickory Area Library. Children ages 3-5 are invited to a guided hunt for articles in the library, in order to create their own snowmen! Free.

Jolly Jam and a Visit with Santa.  2:00 – 3:30, 3:45 – 5:15 and 5:30 – 7:00.  Visit Santa at Romp n’ Roll and skip the long lines with reserved timeslots at their Jolly Jam Party! Plus, enjoy games, activities, and treats before and after your time with Santa! Enrolled Members: $20 per child. Non-Members: $25 per child. $10 for each additional sibling.   This is a parent-inclusive event. Older siblings are welcome to visit with Santa and participate in circle time activities but the gym equipment is reserved for kids 5 and under.

Kids Fun Night.  6pm-8pm.  All Fired Up locations.  Kids create create a wet clay ornament, paint a ceramic ornament and make a fused glass ornament.  AND enjoy a pizza dinner! The cost is $25 per child and is for ages 6 and up. Reservations are required and space is limited, so call and sign up today.

Home Alone (Rated PG).  Dec 7th at 7pm and Dec 8th at 2pm & 7pm.  Henrico Theatre. Tickets just $1 per person and can be purchased at the door.

Saturday, December 8th

Boot Camp for New Dads.  9am-Noon.  Varied locations.  Facilitated by the Relationship Foundation of Virginia.    This unique father-to-father community-based workshop prepares and equips expectant dads to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates, and navigate their transformation into dads.  Suggested donation.

Animal Presentations.  Various Times.  Maymont Nature Center.  Enjoy these free presentation with nature center admission.

Science Play Saturday. 11:00am. Sandston Branch Library. For Grades K-5.  Join us for STEM free play with building bricks, snap circuits, and more! Free.

Paws to R.E.A.D. 11:00am. Gayton Branch Library. Ages 6+. Read a story aloud to a trained therapy dog. Improve your reading confidence and make a new friend!  Register online or call 501-1960. Free.

Three Centuries of Virginia Christmas & a Visit with Father Christmas.  Noon-5pm.  Celebrate Three Centuries of Virginia Christmas at Henricus Historical Park! Begin in 1611 at Henricus Fort and see how Dutch ideas influenced English holiday traditions. Move on to 1778, when the Revolution called for simpler ways to mark the season. Next, it’s 1860: celebrate with carols and hot cider while decorating a Victorian Christmas tree by the fireside! Make sure to bring the kids! Your festive journey through time will end with a visit from Father Christmas – he’ll be there to hear everyone’s Yuletide wishes! Make your holidays historical at Henricus. Cost: $9 Adults, $7 Children ages 6 – 12; Henricus Patrons free.

Hour of Code: Minecraft. 2:00pm. Varina Area Library. Tweens and teens, celebrate Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week by creating a Minecraft game! By using the Minecraft themed interface, you will the learn the basic techniques in coding. Choose between blocky or JavaScript for coding needs!!! Free.

Home Alone (Rated PG).  2pm & 7pm.  Henrico Theatre. Tickets just $1 per person and can be purchased at the door.

How to Choose the Telescope that’s Right for You.  3:30 to 5pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Are you considering buying your first telescope? With so many options, holiday sales and so much information available, making a decision can be daunting. Join the Richmond Astronomical Society for a presentation that will start with the basics (Why do some telescopes look so different? Do I even really need a telescope?) and how the type of telescope can dictate what objects you can see in the night sky, and more. This informative workshop is hosted by our friends at the Richmond Astronomical Society.  Free but space is limited.

Holiday Lantern Tours.  5pm – 8pm.  Meadow Farm.  Christmas was a popular time to get married during the 19th century. You will meet interpreters portraying family and friends of the happy couple as they prepare for the big day. Free, but please register at (804) 652-1455.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll – Midlothian location. Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do the parents! Parent’s get an evening to themselves while the children, ages 2 to 5, get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner! To reserve your space call 804.364.6363. Fee.

Sunday, December 9th

Animal Presentations.  Various Times.  Maymont Nature Center.  Enjoy these free presentation with nature center admission.

Santa Cares Event.  Chesterfield Towne Center.  Families with special needs can experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa during an event created just for them on December 9th. Reserve your one on one time with Santa at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chesterfield-town-center-129-santa-cares-tickets-51351857789

Sensory Friendly Santa. 6-8pm.  Regency Mall.  Bring your kids to this special Sensory Friendly Santa event created especially for those who need softer lighting, less noise and shorter lines. There will be a designated calm area for coloring and crafting. It is free to visit with Santa, professional photos are available for purchase. No personal photography is allowed.

Monday, December 10th

Teen Study Break. 2:00pm. Libbie Mill Library. For Grades 6-12. Stressed about exams? Stop by the Teen Room to take a break! Color, make bath bombs and enjoy some snacks! Pick up some books with study tips and learn how to relieve stress. Free.

Busy Hands. 3:30pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Make Stained Glass Snowpeople. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for children ages 3-5 with an adult.   Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Krafty Kids. 3:30pm. Glen Allen Branch Library. Celebrate winter. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for children from preschool to grade 5 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Tuesday, December 11th

Weekly Storytime.  11am.  Pottery Barn Kids, Short Pump Mall.  Kids can enjoy some of their favorite books read aloud. Free.

Krafty Kids. 11:00am. Sandston Branch Library. Create a craft related to our storytime theme or letter of the day! Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for toddlers and preschoolers with an adult.   Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Wednesday, December 12th

Mommy and Me and Daddy, too. 10am.  The Square at Willow Lawn.  Join Willow Lawn on the second Wednesday of EVERY month from 10am to 11:30am as they  host a free morning out with live entertainment and activities designed to enhance parents´ interaction with their children.  This month – Chris Campbell.  Free.

Tween STEM Club. 6:30pm. North Park Branch Library. For Grades 4-7. Hands-on learning and experimentation featuring a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math topics for tweens presented in a fun and challenging way. Each month the club will feature a different topic such as coding, edible experiments, paper airplanes, candy science, lava lamps and more! Free.

Teen STEM Club. 7:30pm. North Park Branch Library. For Grades 8-12. Hands-on learning and experimentation featuring a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math topics for teens presented in a fun and challenging way. Each month the club will feature a different topic such as coding, edible experiments, paper airplanes, candy science, lava lamps and more! Free.

Thursday, December 13th

Stories ‘n’ Such. 3:30pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Make a craft.  Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for grades K-5 with an adult.   Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Oreo Taste-Off Challenge. 7:00pm. Fairfield Area Library. For Grades 6-12. Need a break from exam week? Drop in and for the great Oreo taste off challenge! Without seeing the flavor, would you be able to guess what flavor Oreo you are eating? Come to this challenge and see if you can! We will also rank the best Oreo flavor to the worst.   Oreos (and milk) will be provided. Free.

Friday, December 14th

THE NUTCRACKER. December 14th – December 23rd.  The Richmond Ballet with the Richmond Symphony.    Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Energy Center, 600 East Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219.  Visit the website for showtimes and fees.

International Monkey Day. 10:30am. Twin Hickory Area Library. Children ages 3-5 with an adult are invited to celebrate International Monkey Day with songs, books, and activities. Free.

CarMax $1 Dollar Night.  5pm-7:30pm.  CMoR Downtown, 2626 W Broad St.  Museum admission is only $1 per person for the entire family!

The Wizard of Oz.  December 14th – 16th.  Altria Theater.  Visit the website for showtimes and fees.

Saturday, December 15th

Animal Presentations.  Various Times.  Maymont Nature Center.  Enjoy these free presentation with nature center admission.

Boot Camp for New Dads.  9am-Noon.  Varied locations.  Facilitated by the Relationship Foundation of Virginia.    This unique father-to-father community-based workshop prepares and equips expectant dads to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates, and navigate their transformation into dads.  Suggested donation.

THE SHOEMAKER AND THE CHRISTMAS ELVES.  11am and 1pm.  The Cultural Arts Center.  The fun begins when the poor shoemaker and his wife are visited by Christmas elves on assignment from Santa. You won’t believe what happens next! Bring the whole family to delight in this magical story as we all learn the true meaning of Christmas.  Presented by VA Rep on Tour. $15 advance tickets or call 804-261-ARTS (2787) today to claim your preferred seats!

Stories at the Museum.  11am.  Virginia Museum of History & Culture, formerly the Virginia Historical Society.  Enjoy a group reading of a history-themed book and a craft activity during Stories at the Museum.   Included with admission.

Make a Gingerbread House – Saturday.  Noon-2pm.  VMFA Art Education Center.  Recommended for children ages 5 – 12. Construct an architectural — yet delectable — structure out of gingerbread, royal icing, and lots of colorful candies! Note: This class is not recommended for anyone with food allergies. For questions, email youthstudio@VMFA.museum.  $25 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $20)

Super Snowflakes. 2:00pm. Libbie Mill Library.  Make super snowflakes. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for grades K through 5. Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Minecraft for Tweens. 2:00pm. Varina Area Library. Play Minecraft! Join in with other kids on the  dedicated server in the same Minecraft world. Creative or survival? You decide! Online registration is required. Event is best suited for ages 8-12. Registration is not required if you bring a laptop with your own copy of Minecraft. Free.

Christmas with KOS and Susan Greenbaum.  4pm and 7pm.  Come join us for an evening filled with holiday favorites from Richmond’s own KOS and Susan Greenbaum. Listen to their unique arrangements of the seasonal songs you know and love.  All tickets $10.

Kids Night Out.  6pm.  Romp n’ Roll – West End location.  Every kid deserves a special night out—and so do you!  Ages 2 through 5, no need to be potty-trained.   Children get to run, play, dance, and create their own masterpieces with our energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with our famous bubble dance party.  To reserve your space call 804.364.6363.  Fee.

The Wizard of Oz.  December 14th – 16th.  Altria Theater.  Visit the website for showtimes and fees.

Sunday, December 16th

Animal Presentations.  Various Times.  Maymont Nature Center.  Enjoy these free presentation with nature center admission.

The Wizard of Oz.  December 14th – 16th.  Altria Theater.  Visit the website for showtimes and fees.

Monday, December 17th

Shark Attack. 3:30pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Grades 2-4 are invited to investigate the world of sharks, as inspired by Lauren Tarshis’ book I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916. Free.

Video Game Tournament. 6:00pm. Sandston Branch Library. For Grades 6-12. This goes out to all the gamers in the world! They will set up a different gaming system, PS4, Xbox or Wii U, for tournament play in the teen department. Snacks and controllers will be provided! Free.

Cookie Decorating. 7:00pm. Fairfield Area Library. For Grades K-5. Decorate some delicious cookies for the Holidays. Enjoy a visit from Santa Claus himself!  Free.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, December 18th

Play, Learn, and Grow. 10:00am. Libbie Mill Library. An open play time that will encourage young children to make discoveries and build early learning skills that prepare them for kindergarten. This event is best suited for children up to age 36 months. Free.

Weekly Storytime.  11am.  Pottery Barn Kids, Short Pump Mall.  Kids can enjoy some of their favorite books read aloud. Free.

3D Printing Ornaments Workshop for Kids. 2:00pm. Varina Area Library. For Grades K-5. Use the power of Tinkercad, a 3D CAD design tool, to design unique holiday decorations for friends and families! Please bring a USB thumb drive so you can save your designs. Free.

Busy Hands. 3:30pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Enjoy a story, then make Stained Glass Snowpeople.  Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for children ages 3-5 with an adult.   Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Teen Writers Guild for Grades 6-8. 6:00pm. Libbie Mill Library. Play with your words! Do writing challenges, talk about writing techniques and problems, do some more writing and then share what we’ve done (if you want). There will be snacks.  Bring a pen or pencil. Free.

Teen Writers Guild for Grades 9-12. 7:15pm. Libbie Mill Library.  Play with your words! Do writing challenges, talk about writing techniques and problems, do some more writing and then share what we’ve done (if you want). There will be snacks.  Bring a pen or pencil. Free.

Wednesday, December 19th

Minecraft Club. 6:00pm. Libbie Mill Library. Play Minecraft!  Join in with other kids on the dedicated server in the same Minecraft world.  Creative or survival?  You decide!  Online registration is required.  Event is best suited for ages 8-12. Registration is not required if you bring a laptop with your own copy of Minecraft. Free.

Anime Club. 6:30pm. Varina Area Library. For Grades 6-12. Watch and discuss new and classic Anime in the Teen Department! Free.

Anime Club. 7:00pm. Libbie Mill Library. For Grades 6-12. Watch and discuss new and classic Anime in the Teen Department! Free.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.  7:30pm.  Richmond Coliseum.  Fee.

Thursday, December 20th

What a Disaster! 3:30pm. Glen Allen Branch Library. Best for grades 3-5. If you enjoyed the “”I Survived”” series, come learn about Popeii’s disaster of 79AD and the science of volcanoes. Free.

The Nutcracker – Presented by Central VA Dance Academy.  Dec 20th – 23rd.  Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen.  Visit the website for showtimes and ticket prices.

Winter Break – Break Out! 2:00pm. Varina Area Library. For Grades 6-12. Exercise your brain power by participating in a Christmas Break -Break Out. By solving puzzles and clues you will get the “”key”” to escape or “”Break Out””!!! This is a physical adventure game so bring your friends and family and strengthen your mind by solving all the puzzles and clues. Free.

Harry Potter Trivia for Grades 6-12. 2:30pm. Libbie Mill Library. For grades 6-12. Are you a Harry Potter expert? Put your knowledge to the test and compete with other fans at this Harry Potter trivia event! Free.

Holiday Cheer: Caroling and Cookies for Christmas5-6pm.  Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive.  For Ages 6+.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and a great time to spread holiday cheer. And what better way than through music?! Kids ages 6+ are invited to join this FREE event. They will “rehearse” a bit, then carol, and finish off with some cookies! Festive attire is welcome, as are families! Reserve your free spot in advance, as space is limited! FREE.

Video Game Tournament. 6:00pm. Varina Area Library. The library will set up a different gaming system, PS4, Xbox or Wii U, for tournament play in the teen department. Snacks and controllers will be provided! Free.

Paws to R.E.A.D. 6:30pm. Varina Area Library. Ages 6+. Read a story aloud to a trained therapy dog. Improve your reading confidence and make a new friend! Time slots will be assigned when you arrive. Free.

Twilight Tales. 6:30pm. Glen Allen Branch Library. A Teddy Bear storytime. Bring your teddy bear or favorite stuffed animal and listen to stories, participate in activities, and make a special hat for you and your toy friend.   Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits at storytimes.  Free.

Tween Tech. 7:00pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Students in Grades 4-6 will enjoy guided activities in the Digital Media Lab. Free.

Friday, December 21st

Bubbles For Babies. 10:00am. Libbie Mill Library. For Infants & Toddlers (birth-3).  Bring your little one and enjoy a morning of music and bubbles. Free.

The Nutcracker – Presented by Central VA Dance Academy.  Dec 20th – 23rd.  Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen.  Visit the website for showtimes and ticket prices.

Polar Express (Rated G).  10am, 2pm & 7pm.  Henrico Theatre. Tickets just $1 per person and can be purchased at the door.

Escape from Snape: A Harry Potter Escape Room for Grades 6-12. 10:00am. Libbie Mill Library. Calling all riddle lovers and puzzle solvers! This winter break work together with other teens to crack the code and break out of a very special Harry Potter-themed escape room! Sessions will run on the hour and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free.

Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Zoo.   December 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.  Metro Richmond Zoo.  A live nativity pageant at the Metro Richmond Zoo, celebrating the birth Jesus Christ, through a live re-enactment of the Christmas story featuring animals from the zoo.  The twenty minute pageant will be presented 3 times each evening.  Live musical performances before and after each pageant will be provided by local churches and performing arts groups. Three shows each evening at 7:00, 7:45, and 8:30.The Zoo gates open at 6:15 p.m. for the first show.  The twenty minute pageant takes place outdoors just inside the Zoo’s entrance. Admission and parking are FREE, overflow parking is available.

Wintorigami. 3:30pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Friday Fun for grades 2-5 only. Festive papercrafts to celebrate the first day of winter. Free.

Saturday, December 22nd

Animal Presentations.  Various Times.  Maymont Nature Center.  Enjoy these free presentation with nature center admission.

Christmas Movie Marathon. Sandston Branch Library.  For Grades K-5. Watch family favorite Christmas movies on the big screen, and enjoy some holiday treats!  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.    Morning Marathon 10:00 a.m. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983, NR, 26 min.) 10:30 a.m. Beauty and the Beast: An enchanted Christmas (1997, NR, 80 min.)  12:00 p.m. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966, NR, 26 min.)  Afternoon Marathon 2:30 p.m. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966, NR, 26 min.) 3:00 p.m. The Polar Express (2012, PG, 90 min.)  4:30 p.m. Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983, NR, 26 min.)

Anime Club. 2:00pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Bring your friends, and celebrate Japanese animation together. Free.

Tween Anime Club. 2:00pm. Tuckahoe Area Library. Ages 9+. Love anime and manga? Join us for a fun craft, Japanese snacks, a movie, or some anime shorts! Free.

Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Zoo.   December 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.  Metro Richmond Zoo.  A live nativity pageant at the Metro Richmond Zoo, celebrating the birth Jesus Christ, through a live re-enactment of the Christmas story featuring animals from the zoo.  The twenty minute pageant will be presented 3 times each evening.  Live musical performances before and after each pageant will be provided by local churches and performing arts groups. Three shows each evening at 7:00, 7:45, and 8:30.The Zoo gates open at 6:15 p.m. for the first show.  The twenty minute pageant takes place outdoors just inside the Zoo’s entrance. Admission and parking are FREE, overflow parking is available.

The Nutcracker – Presented by Central VA Dance Academy.  Dec 20th – 23rd.  Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen.  Visit the website for showtimes and ticket prices.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll – Midlothian location. Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do the parents! Parent’s get an evening to themselves while the children, ages 2 to 5, get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner! To reserve your space call 804.364.6363. Fee.

The Richmond Community Nativity Pageant.  7pm.  Carillon in Byrd Park.  The oldest public Christmas tradition in Richmond. The “Nativity” is a live presentation out of doors with a cast and choir of approximately 200 persons.  Raindate: Dec 23rd.

Sunday, December 23rd

Animal Presentations.  Various Times.  Maymont Nature Center.  Enjoy these free presentation with nature center admission.

Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Zoo.   December 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.  Metro Richmond Zoo.  A live nativity pageant at the Metro Richmond Zoo, celebrating the birth Jesus Christ, through a live re-enactment of the Christmas story featuring animals from the zoo.  The twenty minute pageant will be presented 3 times each evening.  Live musical performances before and after each pageant will be provided by local churches and performing arts groups. Three shows each evening at 7:00, 7:45, and 8:30.The Zoo gates open at 6:15 p.m. for the first show.  The twenty minute pageant takes place outdoors just inside the Zoo’s entrance. Admission and parking are FREE, overflow parking is available.

The Nutcracker – Presented by Central VA Dance Academy.  Dec 20th – 23rd.  Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen.  Visit the website for showtimes and ticket prices.

Wednesday, December 26th

Fruitcake Science.  December 26th through Sunday, December 30th. 9:30am to 5pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  During this quirky, annual holiday event, the Museum will conduct unconventional experiments on everyone’s least favorite holiday treat, the fruitcake! Watch in amazement as Museum educators burn, drop and freeze fruitcakes – in the name of science, of course. Celebrate the season with a memorable week chockful of science!

Little Red & the Gingerbread Man ​by Barefoot Puppets.  Performances at 10:30am and 1pm. Richmond Triangle Players’ Robert B. Moss Theatre.  Part of the 5th Annual RVA Winter Puppetfest. Two tales rolled into one wintry treat! What happens when a gingerbread cookie escapes from a red-headed little girl headed to her grandmother’s house?  All tickets are just $10 each with no extra fees. 

Anime Club. 6:30am. Sandston Branch Library. Watch and discuss new and classic Anime. Free.

Thursday, December 27th

Fruitcake Science.  December 26th through Sunday, December 30th. 9:30am to 5pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  During this quirky, annual holiday event, the Museum will conduct unconventional experiments on everyone’s least favorite holiday treat, the fruitcake! Watch in amazement as Museum educators burn, drop and freeze fruitcakes – in the name of science, of course. Celebrate the season with a memorable week chockful of science!

The Magic of Hans Christian Andersen by Applause Unlimited.  ​Performances at 10:30am and 1pm.  Richmond Triangle Players’ Robert B. Moss Theatre.  Part of the 5th Annual RVA Winter Puppetfest. A classic!This award-winning show shares three of Hans Christian Andersen’s best loved stories. All tickets are just $10 each with no extra fees.

Black Panther Film Screening. 1:30pm. Glen Allen Branch Library. For Grades 6-12. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of Glen Allen Branch Library. (2018, PG-13, 135 min.) Free.

Video Game Tournament. 2:00pm. Varina Area Library. For Grades 6-12. The library will set up a different gaming system, PS4, Xbox or Wii U, for tournament play in the teen department. Snacks and controllers will be provided! Free.

Adobe Photoshop Basics for Grades 5-12. 2:30pm. Libbie Mill Library. For Grades 6-12. Learn Adobe Photoshop! Photoshop is powerful, image-editing software with infinite possibilities. This class will provide a basic overview of tools and concepts that are fundamental for getting started in Photoshop. Prerequisite: Familiarity with keyboard & mouse, beginner experience with photography encouraged but not required. Free.

Friday, December 28th

Fruitcake Science.  December 26th through Sunday, December 30th. 9:30am to 5pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  During this quirky, annual holiday event, the Museum will conduct unconventional experiments on everyone’s least favorite holiday treat, the fruitcake! Watch in amazement as Museum educators burn, drop and freeze fruitcakes – in the name of science, of course. Celebrate the season with a memorable week chockful of science!

MILO THE MAGNIFICENT!  Performances at 10:30am and 1pm.  Richmond Triangle Players’ Robert B. Moss Theatre.  Part of the 5th Annual RVA Winter Puppetfest. Meet Milo, an aspiring magician! Using stunningly innovative puppetry, Milo presents a variety of magic tricks that don’t always go as planned. Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Grant. All tickets are just $10 each with no extra fees.

Holiday Music. 10:30am. Twin Hickory Area Library. For ages 3-5 yrs with an adult. A holiday music program that develops early literacy skills through books, songs, instruments and movement. Free.

Karate Kid Film Screening. 1:30pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. For Grades 6-12.  Celebrate Winter Break by joining us for a classic teen movie about a boy’s first steps into the world of karate. Snacks will be provided. (1984, PG, 127 min.) Free.

Escape Room. 2:00pm. Tuckahoe Area Library. For Grades 6-12. Work together to crack the code and break out of Tuckahoe’s very own escape room! Space is limited. Free.

Saturday, December 29th

Animal Presentations.  Various Times.  Maymont Nature Center.  Enjoy these free presentation with nature center admission.

MILO THE MAGNIFICENT!  Performances at 10:30am and 1pm.  Richmond Triangle Players’ Robert B. Moss Theatre.  Part of the 5th Annual RVA Winter Puppetfest. Meet Milo, an aspiring magician! Using stunningly innovative puppetry, Milo presents a variety of magic tricks that don’t always go as planned. Recipient of a Jim Henson Foundation Grant. All tickets are just $10 each with no extra fees.

Fruitcake Science.  December 26th through Sunday, December 30th. 9:30am to 5pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  During this quirky, annual holiday event, the Museum will conduct unconventional experiments on everyone’s least favorite holiday treat, the fruitcake! Watch in amazement as Museum educators burn, drop and freeze fruitcakes – in the name of science, of course. Celebrate the season with a memorable week chockful of science!

Harlem Globetrotters.  1pm & 6pm.  Richmond Coliseum.  Fee.

Sunday, December 30th

Animal Presentations.  Various Times.  Maymont Nature Center.  Enjoy these free presentation with nature center admission.

“Squirrel Stole My Underpants” with Bonnie Duncan & the Gottabees!  Performances at 11am and 1:30pm.  Richmond Triangle Players’ Robert B. Moss Theatre.  Part of the 5th Annual RVA Winter Puppetfest. Sneaky squirrel robs girl!  All tickets are just $10 each with no extra fees.

Fruitcake Science.  December 26th through Sunday, December 30th. 9:30am to 5pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  During this quirky, annual holiday event, the Museum will conduct unconventional experiments on everyone’s least favorite holiday treat, the fruitcake! Watch in amazement as Museum educators burn, drop and freeze fruitcakes – in the name of science, of course. Celebrate the season with a memorable week chockful of science!

Monday, December 31st

Noon Year’s Eve.  10am-1pm. Science Museum of Virginia.  Count down to noon to see a dramatic and quirky version of the traditional ball drop! Kick off the New Year with science on your side – watch 2,019 bouncy balls, paper streamers and confetti bring the Rotunda to life for a special ball drop to celebrate the New Year. Noon Year’s Eve is included in Museum admission and is open to the first 2,500 guests. The Museum will open at 9 am that day to begin selling tickets. Tickets must be purchased in person at Guest Services on December 31; advance ticket purchases and online ticket purchases are not valid for this event.

New Year’s Eve Tabletop Gaming Celebration. 3:00pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. For Grades 6-12.  Board games and group games on New Year’s Eve! Free.

Teen Art Studio. 6:00pm. Varina Area Library. Drop by Teen Art Studio (in the Teen Department) for some fun, hands-on creativity! Discuss different styles of art and do a variety of art, craft and drawing projects. All artistic skill levels are welcome! No registration required. Free.