GayRVA’s Holiday Guide
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We’ve made our list and checked it twice. At least one of these events is a little naughty, but they all will make you feel nice. We weren’t able to find the 12 gays of Christmas for our first holiday guide, but these are welcoming events hand-picked to get you in the spirit.
Richmond Varietease presents Jingle Belles
We’ve got visions of sugarplums and pasties dancing in our head. The burlesque beauties of Richmond Varietease take off their Christmas wrapping on Saturday, December 5 at the Canal Club. Has Boo Boo Darlin been naughty this year? Jonathan Austin joins in as this month’s guest variety act and that Southern socialite, Miss Magnolia Jackson Pickett Burnside, is sure to have some Christmas goodies of her own. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. The Canal Club is at 1545 E. Cary St. 21+, $10
Ginter Park Presbyterian Church is host to two weekends worth of holiday performances from The Richmond’s Men’s Chorus and the brand new Richmond Women’s Chorus. First up, the men perform “Love & Laughter” on Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, December 6 at 4 p.m. Come back again for the ladies and “Sounds of the Season” on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. It’s their debut concert featuring holiday favorites from classical to jazz. Ginter Park Presbyterian is at 3601 Seminary Avenue. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here and here.
Scrooge in Rouge
Add a little camp to your cup of Christmas cheer with The Richmond Triangle Players’ “Scrooge in Rouge.” It’s a Victorian-era music hall version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with a lot of sass and some punchy double entendres. Members of the Royal Music Hall Variety Players have taken ill, leaving only three characters to play and sing all the parts in the show. The show is running now until Dec. 12 at the Little Theater in the Empire Theatre at 114 W. Broad St. For tickets and show times, visit http://www.rtriangle.org/.
Fan Holiday House Tour
Richmond’s nosey and loves a house tour. You’ve want to take a peek into those grand homes on Monument Avenue and now’s your chance. Fulfill that curiosity and tour historic homes decked out and trimmed up for the holidays. This year, the tour is two days on December 12 and 13. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased online or at select venues around town. For more information, visit the Fan District Assocation’s website here.
Diversity Thrift Christmas Selection
Decorate on the cheap or find the perfect white elephant gift (you know, that talking Christmas tree) with a few holiday hand-me-downs. Wrapping. Lights. Ornaments. Some of these items are brand new and still in original packaging. Diversity Thrift has taken all of their holiday merchandise out of storage and put it front and center at the main entrance. There’s some great finds here. Plus, if you’ve got a tacky sweater party to go to, they may have you covered too. Hurry though…the ones with the jingle bells sewn on always go fast! Proceeds from purchases made at Diversity Thrift help fund the Gay Community Center of Richmond and their programs. Diversity Thrift is at 1407 Sherwood Avenue.
Richmond Craft Mafia Handmade Holiday
Those indie crafters are at it again with a holiday market featuring special handmade gifts. The show features the work of the Richmond Craft Mafia, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and some of Richmond’s most talented crafters and designers. Take a sneak peek with the preview party on Friday, Dec. 11 from 7-10 p.m. There’s a suggested donation of $10 benefiting the Visual Arts Center. On Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the event is free and open to the public. Have a first look at some of the items up for grab at the Richmond Craft Mafia’s blog. The Visual Arts Center of Richmond is at 1812 W. Main St.
Gardenfest of Lights
It’s the perfect date night! Now in its 14th year, be prepared to experience a lot of sparkle. With 600,000 LED lights that have been put into place since the end of August, it’s a feast for your eyes. “When people come to Gardenfest, they’re seeing something beautiful,” says Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter. “We use as much water as possible so the lights reflect and shimmer.” Jonah recommends viewing the lights from one of her favorite spots – in the tree house at the Children’s Gardens. While you’re there, grab some hot cider or cocoa and take a look at the garden shop for some holiday gift ideas. The Gardenfest of Lights runs nightly through January 11 (except Dec. 24 & 25). Lewis Ginter Botantical Gardens is at 1800 Lakeside Avenue. $10.
Richmond Triangle Players’ photo by John MacClellan. Boo Boo Darlin’ photo from Richmond Varietease.
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