November 24th – 30th

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ALL Month…

At the Science Museum.  Visit the Mindbender (check out our review here) and Boost Exhibits.  Or see Polar Express, Rocky Mountain Express, Great White Shark at The Dome.

At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Illuminations, Tree Lightings and more!   &   Ice Skating Fun

Today – Saturday, January 3rd

Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village.   Nightly 5:30pm – 10:00pm.   The Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Virginia.  A dazzling 1.5 mile drive-through synchronized light show. Guests will turn their radio to a special frequency and watch as the lights dance along with the music. At the conclusion of the drive, guests can visit Santa’s Village, which will include opportunities for photos with Santa, children’s activities and holiday treats for purchase.  Santa’s Village Dates: November 14, 2014 – December 24, 2014.  Open rain or shine, including all holidays.  Fee.

Tuesday, November 25th

“Toddler Time”.  10:30-11am.  Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227.  FREE Interactive early literacy storytime with music and movement for ages 18-36 months with an adult. Indoor playtime and crafts at the conclusion. For questions and info. Call Miss Tori at 804.646.1236.

Friday, November 28th

Legendary Santa Arrives.  Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central Location.  Through December 24th.  A visit with Santa is free.

Santa’s Christmas Miracle opens at The Children’s Theatre of Virginia.  Through December 28th.  Fee.

GardenFest Illumination. Doors open: 5 pm. Illumination ceremony: 5:30 pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.   Featuring Mike Steidley, an 11-time National Champion and Professional Trials, Freeride, and Stunt Rider. Also, the GardenKeeper, Butterfly Fairy & historic characters from the Garden’s past.  For more details and to win tickets, click here.

Mr Dickens’ Christmas Carol.  8pm.  Grace Street Theater.  The classic story of transformation and redemption.  Through Dec 21st.  Fee.

Friday, November 28th to Sunday, November 30th

37th Annual Model Railroad Show.  9:30am to 5:00pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Featuring all the bells and whistles, guests enjoy unique and traditional model train displays from across the state. Learn how trains work, conduct experiments, check out special demonstrations and enjoy a holiday weekend filled with fun for the whole family.  Free with museum admission.

Free Skate Weekend. Stony Point Fashion Park. Complimentary sessions begin every hour on the hour. Each one hour session consists of 45 minutes of skating with 15 minutes in-between sessions to condition the surface.  Capacity of rink is 30 individuals per session. Skaters must have a wrist band prior to entering the rink.  All participants skate at their own risk. In the event of inclement weather during free skate weekend, Stony Point Fashion Park will distribute 100 free skating passes per day at the Center’s discretion.

Friday, November 28th – Monday, January 12th

Dominion GardenFest of Lights 2014.   Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. (closed Dec. 24 & 25).  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Holiday tradition features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. Visit often to fully experience Dominion GardenFest of Lights — the region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza!   Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a “rain or shine” event and is only closed for extreme inclement weather.

Saturday, November 29th

Virginia’s Thanksgiving of Feast and Prayer at Henricus.  10am-5pm.    Henricus Historical Park.  What was the real meaning of Thanksgiving when first acknowledged by the English Colonists before the “Pilgrims” ever landed in America? Come join the Henricus interpreters and volunteers for a first-person living history experience where visitors will get to see how the English gathered; and discover why and how they gave thanks for their survival; why they enjoyed the comfort of an eight year peace with the Powhatan people; and the joys of beginning a successful tobacco industry. Come meet Sergeant Thomas Harris at his cabin with his fellow soldiers, also meet Mistress Alice Proctor at the tobacco plantation, and Master John Rolfe and his new wife, Rebecca, previously known as “Pocahontas” at Rocke Hall,  as they are visiting the new Reverend. See what they would give thanks for and how they would eat well during special occasions. Cost:  $8 Adults, $6 Children age 3 – 12; Henricus Patrons free.

Paws To R.E.A.D. Program.  10am – 12:30pm.  Ginter Park Library: 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227.  Do you love dogs? Come and read to Harvey, our resident Greyhound! Parents, this is a wonderful program that allows children to read aloud, increase their self-esteem, and learn about the human-animal connection. Call for times and registration to read to Harvey or to one of his canine buddies @ 646-1236. Every Saturday.  Free.

Shop Small.  Sweet Spot, West Broad Village. Receive 10% off your total purchase.

Make your reservations for the December 6th Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Characters at the Short Pump Mall today.  Breakfast is 8-9:30am.  Free for Short Pump Pals members 6 and under.  Must have a valid membership card.  Call 360-1700.  Free.