RICHMOND, VA, (RADIO ONE): Miracle Of Christmas, Live At The Metro Richmond Zoo is a live rendition of the birth of Christ. The 15 minute pageant features live animals from the Zoo, musical performances from local groups. December 21-23 at 7pm, 7:45 and 8:30pm with a special Spanish Program Sunday, December 23 at 9pm at The Metro Richmond Zoo, 8300 Beaver Bridge Road in Moseley. Performances and parking are free and organizers ask a donation of non-perishable foods for FeedMore. Details www.metrorichmondzoo.com or call 804-739-5666.
The Richmond Nativity Pageant, one of the oldest public Christmas traditions in Richmond, a live out-door presentation with a cast and choir of more than 200 people. The Pageant is Sunday, December 23, 7pm, at The Carillon in Byrd Park, Larry Robinson will perform a concert of Bells at 6:30, this event is free and open to the public, www.richmondnativity.com or 804-358-8481.
Richmond Ballet The Nutcracker, performances at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage through Sunday, December 23, featuring Russian Bear, giant Mouse King, Chinese Dragon dancers, rabbits and a cast of professional dancers as well dancers from the School of Richmond Ballet and the Ballet’s Education Outreach Program and Minds In Motion. Details www.etix.com or 800-514-3849.
FruitCake Science at the Science Museum of Virginia, December 26-30; December 31, Noon Year’s Eve powered by Radio Disney, 10am-1pm, at 1pm, a performance on stage in Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, a performance by George Dennehy, 18-year-old Ashland internet phenom, details www.smv.org or 804-864-1400.
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.