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“Dirty Dancing in Concert” might be sensory overload for the biggest fans of mambos, Catskills resorts and the climatic “Lift” from the 1987 cult classic. The Jennifer Grey- and Patrick Swayze-led flick will be played on the big screen at Altria Theater, and a band and dancers will be there to bring the drama and romance to life. Prediction: You’ll have the time of your life — even if you’re sitting in the corner. 7:30 p.m. 6 N. Laurel St. From $44. (800) 514-3849 or


Watch downtown Richmond get lit! WRIC anchors, DJ Lonnie B and Kelli Lemon will plug in the RVA skyline’s night lights and official holiday tree. Join the countdown, check out live performances and sample the food trucks — all under the lights! 4-7 p.m. Kanawha Plaza, 801 E. Canal St. Head down to 17th Street Market, 100 N. 17th St., afterward for holiday carolers, food trucks and more festive lights, 5-8 p.m. Free entry; pay as you go.

Friday and Saturday – MERRY MARKET AT MAYMONT

The holidays are the ideal time to think outside the big-box store and patronize local artisans and merchants. You’ll find 40-plus such shopping stops at Maymont’s Carriage House, where parents can work through their lists while the kiddos get crafty. With a holiday bar, food vendors, fire pits, live music and an opportunity to get photogenic with St. Nick, everything you need to jump-start the season is at your fingertips. Times vary. Carriage House Lawn, 1700 Hampton St. $5-$10; free for members. (804) 358-7166 or


Few experiences draw people from all walks of life with honest, unbridled enthusiasm. They include food truck doughnuts, getting pummeled by a litter of puppies, and parades. Richmond’s Christmas Parade is a holiday buffet of fun that features floats, balloons, bands, local mascots and even the Big Guy himself: Santa Claus. Arrive early to stake your claim to a strategically located slice of sidewalk on West Broad Street. Beginning at 10 a.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., and heading east to Seventh Street. Free. (804) 788-6470 or

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