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Arts & Culture Events

  1. A Christmas Carol

    November 30, 2:00 PM - December 23, 7:30 PM @ Wells Theater

    It wouldn't be the holidays without Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Wells Theatre. Experience the childlike wonder of this heartwarming story that follows the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of redemption where he learns the power of kindness and compassion. This play is recommended for all ages and, in our opinion, is better the more kids you bring.

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  2. The Santaland Diaries

    December 6, 7:30 PM - December 16, 10:00 PM @ The Wells Theatre

    Based on the memoir of award-winning comedic author David Sedaris, this hilarious one-man-show takes us back to ye olden days when he was one of Santa's Elves at Macy's Department Store. In this one-act play the struggling writer, who chooses the elf name "Crumpet," weaves an unbelievable tale of drunken Santas, lascivious actors, and combative parents. Come laugh, drink and be merry with your friends at the Wells Theatre. This late night holiday treat for adults is sure to make your spirits bright!

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  3. The Nutcracker

    December 7 - December 9 @ Chrysler Hall

    Tchaikovsky's brilliant ballet score comes to life for this magical collaboration between Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra! Heralded as "perfect" by The New York Times, Stoner Winslett's The Nutcracker returns to Chrysler Hall for the 6th consecutive year. From a battle beneath the branches of a mystical Christmas tree, to a winter white forest, and then off to a far-off kingdom of delectable sweets, this dazzling production is sure to bring joy to everyone’s December.

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  4. Hurrah For The Holidays

    December 7, 2:00 PM - December 9, 7:00 PM @ The Hurrah Players

    Guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit is the annual production of HURRAH FOR THE HOLIDAYS; a joyful celebration featuring all the best music of the season - from your favorite classic standards to popular modern day hits. With the renowned Lisa Wallace kick-line dancers, a 6 foot dancing snowman, and a few festive surprises - it's an event for the entire family. Click below for tickets.

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  5. Offsite Gallery exhibition opening "Knotworks"

    December 7, 5:00 PM, 2018 - January 18, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Offsite Gallery, 1st Floor, World Trade Center

    "Knotworks" is the most recent iteration of a 5-yr. collaboration between Cuba native Jorge Benitez, an Asst. Professor in the Communication Arts Dept. at VCU & Reni Gower, a Professor in the Painting & Printmaking Dept. at VCU. Through complex patterning & laborious processes, their works reveal the universal language of sacred geometry. Gower's work resonates with geometric constructs intrinsic to Islamic tilework motifs that reflect the mathematical & geometric basis of weaving. Whether woven, cut, or tied, "Knotworks" resonates with ancient observations, discoveries, & traditions consequential & far-reaching throughout the visual arts & the sciences.

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  6. Cards for Veterans

    December 8, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ MacArthur Memorial

    As we salute our men and women of the Armed Forces this holiday season, what better way to do so than through a family friendly activity? Come on down to the MacArthur Memorial Visitors Center and create a card to send to a veteran. All materials will be provided onsite and the cards will be delivered to local installations and veterans hospitals before the holidays. Family friendly and FREE! Supplies will be available each day during normal opening hours. (Tues-Sat. 10:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm)

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  7. Boys Choir of Hampton Roads presents a Christmas Concert

    December 8, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Olive Grove Baptist Church

    The Boys Choir of Hampton Roads is an excellent performing chorus of outstanding young men from various schools throughout the Hampton Roads area. They perform songs in many different genres, from traditional gospel to contemporary Broadway. The Christmas Concert is sure to be a well attended crowd-pleaser.

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  8. Million Bulb Walk 2018

    December 8, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Norfolk Botanical Garden

    Walk through 2-miles of spectacular holiday light displays with family and friends. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season… with a few new surprises. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

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  9. Best Christmas Pageant Ever

    December 8, 7:00 PM @ The Hurrah Players

    Based on the popular book by Barbara Robinson, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER is the funny, heartwarming, and mildly irreverent story of what happens when a church play is hijacked by six of the 'absolutely worst kids in the history of the world'. A holiday tradition for 27 years, this event is presented with Happy Hanukkah, My Friend; a short program celebrating the Festival of Lights."The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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Community/Neighborhood Event

  1. Million Bulb Walk

    November 9, 4:00 PM - December 15, 9:00 PM @ Norfolk Botanical Garden

    Walk through 2-miles of spectacular holiday light displays with family and friends. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season… with a few new surprises.

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  2. Photos with Santa in the Ice Palace

    November 10 - December 24 @ MacArthur Center North Garage

    Visitors are transported to a winter wonderland when they step inside the spectacular holiday Ice Palace, featuring a 30-foot ice dome with falling snow, a light show and interactive fun for all ages. Visitors can also marvel at the larger-than-life snow globes, leave an icy handprint and sit on the chilly Ice Throne. The adventure culminates with a visit to Santa and a special gift.

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  3. Dickens Christmas Towne

    November 17 - December 31 @ Decker Half Moone Center, Next to Nauticus

    Celebrate family, art and literature during six magical weeks in this delightful holiday village. In recognition of the 175th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this season will feature the first-ever U.S. exhibition of original book sketches by Christmas Carol illustrator P.J. Lynch. Let your imagination soar with magical fairies, carousel horses, weekend tea parties, a second giant train display, carolers, new entertainment, shops and more! Every child will receive a FREE copy of A Christmas Carol. Returning to this year’s experience will be Father Christmas, Geoffrey “the Talking Christmas tree”, puppet shows, magicians, a children’s crafts corner, and lots of free family activities! PLUS, special programming returns the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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  4. MacArthur On Ice

    November 17, 2018 - January 14, 2019 @ The ice skating rink is located just outside MacArthur Center, at the corner of Monticello Avenue and Freemason Street.

    MacArthur Center kicks off the fourteenth season of ice skating at the coolest place in town. Whether it’s a family tradition or a first date, the center’s 7,200-square-foot outdoor ice rink is the place for good times this winter. Throughout the season, enjoy public skating sessions, ice hockey clinics, figure skating exhibitions and more. Those new to the ice or feeling a bit rusty can sign up for private lessons or get a helping hand from skate guards on-site. The ice skating rink is located just outside MacArthur Center, at the corner of Monticello Avenue and Freemason Street

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  5. Breakfast With Santa On The Spirit of Norfolk

    December 8, All Day @ Spirit of Norfolk

    Special appearance by Santa. Breakfast buffet with kid-friendly options. DJ entertainment, dancing & festive holiday decor. Price: Adults from $34.90, child (Age 12 & Under) from $24.90. Register online

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  6. Breakfast With Santa at California Pizza Kitchen

    December 8, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM @ California Pizza Kitchen

    Santa always starts his day with a good breakfast and the kids are invited to join him at California Pizza Kitchen. Guests can meet and talk with Santa and enjoy their favorite breakfast and a jolly good time. Saturday, December 8th from 8AM - 9:30AM Saturday, December 15th from 8AM - 9:30AM Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. $7 for children/$8 for adults. Register online

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  7. The Tacky Sweater 5K

    December 8, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Smartmouth Brewing Company

    This tacky sweater Christmas-themed event has a little something for everyone with a competitive 5K race, 5K walking category, and a themed tacky sweater competition. All 5K runners & walkers will receive a race T-shirt, custom finisher medal, post-race refreshments, and festive post-race party and awards ceremony at Smartmouth Brewing Company with entertainment by DJ E. NEW this year is our new venue including running along the beautiful Elizabeth River Trail.

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