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This weekend’s top picks in and around Henrico!
Experience Frank Capra’s beloved story “It’s a Wonderful Life” in a new and intimate way Dec. 19-21 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. Be in the studio of WBFR Radio on Christmas Eve, 1946, where the dozens of characters and locations of the classic movie will be brought to life by the long-lost radio formula of five actors, a live sound effects artist, and your imagination. Tickets are $8 to $10. Reservations are required. For details, call 501-5859 or visit www.henrico.us/rec.
Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale will perform “Sing Glory” featuring Vivaldi’s “Gloria” at 7:30 p.m. at River Road Church, Baptist, 8000 River Rd. Tickets are $5 to $15. For details, call 800-838-3006 or visit www.cvamc.org.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will present the Dominion GardenFest of Lights nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 12 (closed Dec. 24-25). This holiday tradition features more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. Admission is $8 to $12. For details, visit www.lewisginter.org.
The Virginia Repertory Theatre will present “Santa’s Christmas Miracle” through Dec. 28 at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn. This musical comedy is set in Broken-Bone, Montana on Dec. 24, 1883, where the sheriff has outlawed Christmas. The story emphasizes love and the holiday spirit to the accompaniment of foot-stompin’ country and western music. The performance is one hour and suggested for ages four and up. For tickets and a schedule, visit www.va-rep.org.
Regency Square Mall will host the new Winter Wonderland, an indoor holiday display of lights. The walk-through display is intended for kids and families and features a Christmas town, polar bears, Santa's workshop and a reading room with Santa's elf. Admission is $5; children age two and under are free. For details, visit www.shopregencysqmall.com/events.
Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd., will offer the class “Tabletop Christmas Tree” at 1 p.m. Make your own 12-inch tabletop Christmas tree with fresh greens and herbs collected from around the farm. Materials are provided. Cost is $30. To register, call 262-7167 or visit www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com.
Theatre IV on Tour will bring its production of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” to The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The show is family-friendly and open to all ages. Tickets are $12. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit www.artsglenallen.com.
Watch the popular Disney film “Frozen” at 2:30 p.m. at Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Dr. Admission is free. For details, call 290-9100 or visit www.henricolibrary.org.
The Hope at Christmas Soul and Line Dance Affair will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Holiday Inn off I-64, 2000 Staples Mill Rd. Teams will compete for cash prizes. There will be door prizes, a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. Music by DJ Party Boizz. Tickets are $15. Proceeds benefit the 24 Hours Children’s Foster Care Center, Inc. and the Roses and Wings Girls Mentoring Program. For details, call 873-1202 or email email@example.com.
Chabad of Virginia will host the 14th annual Chanukah on Ice, a community event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at SkateNation Plus, 4350 Pouncey Tract Rd. There will be latkes, donuts, a giant candy menorah, arts and crafts, raffles, an arcade, skating ($10) and lazer tag ($5). An Israeli falafel and drink are $5. For details, call 740-2000 or visit www.chabadofva.org.