Roanoke Holidays - Christmas Parade 

Updated: 11/13/14

Holiday Happenings 2014

Dickens of a Christmas - Downtown Roanoke - the first three Friday's in December 

  • December 5 th: Tree Lighting
  • December 12th: Parade
  • December 19th: Roanoke Valley SPCA Pet Costume Contest 

Fashions for Evergreens - The Hotel Roanoke - November 27th thru January 1, 2015

Buchanan Festival of Trees - Downtown Buchanan - November   thru January 1, 2015

"Holidays at Smithfield" - Historic Smithfield Plantation - December 5th-7th

"An Old Virginia Christmas of 1863" - Booker T. Washington Nat'l Monument - Saturday, December 6th

Gingerbread Festival - Longwood Park, Salem - Saturday, December 6th

Flames of Memory and Christmas in Wartime Presentation - Nat'l D-Day Memorial - Friday, December 12th - Sunday, December 14th: 6pm-10pm 


Holiday Shopping

Annual Stocked Market - Berglund Center - November 14-16

RIOT Rooster - 16 West Marketplace - November 22nd-23rd

Dickens of a Christmas - Downtown Roanoke - the first three Friday's in December, shops are open until 10pm 

  • December 5th: Tree Lighting
  • December 12th: Parade
  • December 19th: Roanoke Valley SPCA Pet Costume Contest 

Buchanan Late Night  Fridays - November 29th, December 6th and 13th and Saturday, November 30th  

  •  Shops stay open until 9pm
Ye Olde Salem Christmas - Saturday, December 6th - 11am-4pm

Fincastle Marketplace - Saturday, December 13th: 9:30am-3pm


Hometown Parades

Holiday Children's Parade - Historic Grandin Village - November 22nd    11:00am

The 2014 Flotilla For Toys Boat Parade of Lights: Saturday December 6  7:00pm-9:00pm

Franklin County Christmas Parade - Downtown Rocky Mount - December 7st 3pm

Vinton Christmas Parade - Downtown Vinton - December 4th 7pm

57th Annual Salem Christmas Parade - Salem - December 5th 6:30pm

Come Home To A Franklin County Christmas - Franklin County - December 5th 5pm

Fincastle Christmas Parade -Historic Fincastle - December 6th 2pm

Craig County Christmas Parade - New Castle - December 6th 6pm

Dickens of a Christmas - Downtown Roanoke - December 12th 6pm

Buchanan Christmas Parade - Main Street Buchanan - December 13th 4pm


Tree Lighting Ceremonies

Roanoke City Christmas Tree Lighting - December 5th 5:30pm

Salem Tree Lighting Ceremony - December 5th 6:30pm

Roanoke County Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony - December 8th 6pm-8pm

Westlake Holiday Tree Lighting - Thursday, December 11th  5:30pm-8pm

Holiday Home Tours 

Old Southwest Holiday Parlor Tour of Homes - Historic Old Southwest 

  • Saturday,  December 6th    5pm-9pm
  • Sunday,  December 7th  1pm-5pm 

Historic Fincastle Holiday Home Tour and Marketplace - Saturday, December 13th 10am-4pm

Buchanan Candlelight Christmas Home Tour - Sunday, December 14th 1pm-5pm


Santa Spottings 

Breakfast with Santa - Tanglewood Mall - November 15th 10am-11:30am

Santa by Rail - O. Winston Link Museum - November 29th - 5pm-8pm

Breakfast with Santa - Longwood Park, Salem - December 6th - 9am-11am 

CHIP's Breakfast with Santa - Hotel Roanoke - December 13th 8:30am and 11:30am

Candy Cane Express - Virginia Museum of Transportation : 

  •  Saturday, December 6th 10am-5pm
  •  Sunday, December 7th 1pm-5pm 

Santa at the Zoo - Mill Mountain Zoo - December 13th  12pm-4pm

Santa & the Alpacas! - Smith Mountain Lake Farm - December 13th-14th and 20th  11am-5pm

Fantasyland - History Museum of Western Virginia: 

  • Friday, November 28th: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
  • Saturdays, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20: 11a, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
  • Wednesday, 12/17 - Friday 12/19:  1pm, 2pm, 3pm 

Santa Sing-a-long @ Fantasyland History Museum of Western Virginia:

Saturday's November 29-December 20 at 10am (geared towards children 3 and under)

Roanoke Public Libraries - Santa will be there, all children will receive a book! 

  • Williamson (Saturday) 12/6, 10 AM- Noon
  • Melrose (Saturday)  12/6, 2-4 PM
  • Jackson Park (Thursday) 12/11, 10 AM-Noon
  • Main (Wednesday) 12/17, 10-11 AM
  • Gainsboro (Thursday) 12/18, 5:30-7:30 PM


Drumstick Dash - Downtown Roanoke - November 27th

Jingle Bell Run - Downtown Roanoke - December 13th 9am

Christmas Eve Fun Run/Walk - Vic Thomas Park (behind Black Dog Salvage) - December 24th 12pm

Resolution Run - Roanoke Valley Greenway - January 1st 10am


Sporting Events!

Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl NCAA Division III Football - Salem Football Stadium -December 19th 7pm


Holiday Performances

Children of Eden - Mill Mountain Theatre - December 3rd-21st

Madeline's Christmas - Roanoke Children's Theatre - December 4th-21st

Scrooge - Berglund Performing Arts Theatre - December 4th-6th

Special Holiday Show - Showtimers - December 5th-7th

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops 

  • Salem Civic Center - December 5th
  • Moss Arts Center -December 6th 

The Nutcracker -Southwest Virginia Ballet - Berglund Center - December 13th-14th

Songs of the Season - Roanoke Valley Children's Choir/Jefferson Center - December 14th

The Magic Toy Shop - Roanoke Ballet - Jefferson Center - December 20st