Get ready to get festive with a sleigh full of holiday events around the Tidewater area throughout December.
» 4-6 p.m. Dec. 9 — O’Night Divine, Experience the Wonder of Christmas — Dawn’s School of Dance — celebrating the 14th annual production, the show will walk you through the story of Christ’s birth through song and dance. Tickets are $3 at the door or can be purchased ahead of time at the studio, 2253 Richmond-Tappahannock Highway, Manquin. The dance school will accept new, unwrapped toys for the Christmas Dreams organization. Robinson-Olsson auditorium, 1030 Thompson Ave., West Point. Visit the Facebook event page ‘O’Night Divine, Experience the Wonder of Christmas,’ the website at www.dawnsschoolofdance.net or call 804-241-9782 for more information.
» 8-11 a.m. Dec. 8 — Breakfast with Santa Claus — King William Volunteer Fire and Rescue — Breakfast and pictures with Santa Claus. Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon, sausage, fried apples and scrambled eggs. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on a firetruck at 8:45 a.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages three through 12 and kids 3 and younger are free. King William Volunteer Fire and Rescue, 7936 Richmond-Tappahannock Highway, Aylett. Visit the Facebook event page ‘Breakfast with Santa’ or call 804-769-4311 for information.
» 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m, Dec. 8 — Paint a glass ornament — Upper King William Branch Library — For ages 13 and older, paint and take home your own glass ornament. Supplies provided, no cost to attend, call or visit the library to sign up. Upper King William Branch Library, 694 Sharon Road., Suite J. Visit the Facebook event page ‘Paint a Glass Ornament’ or call 804-769-3731 with questions.
» 5:30-10 p.m. Dec. 7 — New Kent Parks and Recreation Holiday Tacky Light Tour — Enjoy the holiday lights of Richmond with bus transportation and boxed dinner provided. Boxed dinner includes a Chick-fil-A sandwich, waffle fries and cookie with either a bottled water or soda, please note food allergies during registration. The tour departs from Quinton Park at 5:30 p.m. and returns at 10 p.m. Participants under 18-years-old must be accompanied by a paying adult. Ages 18 and up can register using the code 1336-13: $30 for residents and $35 for non-residents. Ages eight through 12 can register using code 1336-15: $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. Registration is available on the online portal, access the online portal by going to the county website www.co.newkent.state.va.us, clicking on your government tab at the top, departments, parks and recreation and online registration in the left column. Registration is also available at the New Kent Parks and Recreation office, 11809 New Kent Highway, Suite 4. Limited spots remain. Visit the Facebook event page “NKPR Tacky Light Tour” or call 804-966-8502 for more information.
» 5:30-7 p.m., Dec. 7 — Crafts, snacks and sing along songs — New Kent Heritage Public Library — Free event with Christmas crafts at 5:30-6 p.m., snacks at 6-6:15 p.m. and sing along at 6:15-7 p.m. Heritage Public Library, 7791 Invicta Lane. Visit the Facebook event page ‘Crafts, Snacks and Sing Along Songs,’ the library website at heritagepubliclibrary.org or call 804-966-2480 for more information.
» 8 a.m.-11 a.m., Dec. 8 — Breakfast with Santa — Quinton Volunteer Fire and EMS — Santa will arrive at 9:15 a.m. then enjoy a yummy breakfast with everyone. Visit the Facebook event page ‘Breakfast with Santa.’ Call 804-932-3866 for more information. Quinton Volunteer Fire and EMS, 5251 New Kent Hwy., Quinton.
» 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8 — Christmas Open House — New Kent Historical Society Museum — Music, crafts, cookies and more at the two room schoolhouse at New Kent Courthouse across from New Kent Elementary School. Call 804-510-3826 for more information.
» 3-7 p.m., Dec. 8 — Christmas Open House — Gracefield Hall Bed & Breakfast — 3351 Mount Pleasant Road, Providence Forge. For more information call 804-966-2193 or visit www.gracefieldhallbnb.com.
» 2-5 p.m., Dec. 9 — Providence Forge Christmas Parade — Parade along Route 60 (Pocahontas Trail) in Providence Forge from Carriage Road to Olivet Church Road. Horses, floats, antique cars, sports cars, tractors, golf carts, motorcycles, bands and more. No cost to attend. Entry forms and other information available at Providence Forge Hardware, entry or vendor deadline is Dec. 7. 9321 Pocahontas Trail, Providence Forge. Visit the Facebook event page ‘Providence Forge Christmas Parade’ or call 804-966-9076 for more information.
» 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9 — Brunch with Santa — Colonial Kitchen & Market — Make a reservation and have brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus; they will be available for pictures, which will be available for purchase. Call Colonial Kitchen & Market at 804-557-2131 to make a reservation. Visit the Facebook event Page ‘Brunch with Santa’ for more information.
» 6-9 p.m. Dec. 14 — Tacky Christmas Sweater Karaoke — New Kent Winery — Attendees can choose their song of choice and show off their skills in their tacky sweaters. SueRay DJ will be the karaoke hosts. The Continental Divide food truck will have food available for purchase. The Safe and Sound LLC Truckster will be at the event taking donations of toys and clothes for local families. No admission, but everyone is encouraged to bring a donation as your admission. 8400 Old Church Road, New Kent. Visit newkentwinery.com or call 804-932-8240 for more information.
» Noon-1:45 p.m., Dec. 14 — Christmas potluck bingo — New Kent Parks and Recreation — Christmas bingo and potluck for ages 55 and older. The potluck will be at noon, followed by bingo from 12:30-1:45 p.m. $2 for residents and $3 for non-residents plus a potluck side dish or dessert for entry. RSVP due by Dec. 12. Call New Kent Parks and Recreation to register 804-966-8502. At the New Kent Parks and Recreation office in the Parks and Recreation classroom, 1809 New Kent Highway, Suite 4.
» Noon-2 p.m., Dec. 17 — Holiday tea at The Jefferson — Tea at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, ages 50 and up. Sponsored by New Kent Parks and Recreation. $50 for residents, $55 for non residents. Price includes ticket, tea, tea pairings and tip/gratuity. Attendees can meet there or arrange a carpool from the Quinton Community Center. Registration is available on the online portal, access the online portal by going to the county website www.co.newkent.state.va.us, clicking on your government tab at the top, departments, parks and recreation and online registration in the left column. Registration code is 1336-16, limited spots remain. Registration is also available at the New Kent Parks and Recreation office, 11809 New Kent Hwy., Suite 4, New Kent.
» Now- until sold out (around Dec. 20 usually) – Christmas tree farm and more holiday fun — Holly Fork Farm – Pre-cut Christmas trees available for sale from $48 and up, Fraser fir trees from 5 to 12 feet. Wreath making on Dec. 8 and 9, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $50 per person for a large wreath and $40 per person for a small wreath/mailbox or mantle wreath. Complimentary cider and hot chocolate. Open Wednesday-Friday 3-8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Visit the Holly Fork Farm and Produce Facebook page to find the wreath making event pages and call 804-366-6349 for more information.
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» 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 8 — The Upstairs Downstairs All Around the House Art Show — Locust Grove Plantation — A holiday show with handmade gifts available for purchase. Fifteen artists are set up with their art and handmade items in each room. The plantation is filled with decorations and complimentary hot cider and food. Arlington Lodge No. 102 will cook and sell Brunswick Stew for $2 a bowl and $8 a quart. Actors re-enacting historical Christmas in the Camps. No admission fee. Locust Grove Plantation, 590 Locust Grove Lane, Walkerton. Visit www.locustgrove1665.com or call 804-769-8201 for more information.
» 10-11 a.m., Dec. 8 — Walkerton Christmas Parade — Mattaponi Volunteer Rescue Squad and Cub Scout Pack 351 — Parade starts at 10 a.m., free lunch and goodies, chili, hot dogs and cookies, with Santa Claus to follow. Cub Scout Pack 351 will help with food distribution. Food and craft vendors with items available for purchase. No admission cost. 6089 Canterbury Road, Walkerton. Visit the event Facebook page ‘Walkerton Christmas Parade’ or call Tammy Mason at 804-937-0764 with questions or if interested in participating in the parade or being a vendor.