The holidays are a special time in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. The exciting events on the calendar put everyone in the holiday spirit, and it’s time to celebrate with family and friends.

From tree festivals and parades to concerts and home tours, there are fun upcoming events for everyone in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

As you make your holiday plans, consider all the great things you can check out during the holiday season in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Here’s a helpful guide to our 2016 Holiday Events.


Holiday Parade

Santa is on his way to Virginia’s Blue Ridge, and there’s a good chance you’ll see him making the rounds at the local parades in the area.

Shows | Performances | Concerts


Catching a holiday show is the perfect way to energize your holiday cheer, and tickets to an upcoming performance can also serve as a fantastic gift or way to spend time with loved ones.

Holiday Festivals

Dickens of a Christmas

You can’t be festive without having exciting holiday festivals! With roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate, caroling, carriage rides and more, this has to be part of your Blue Ridge Day.

Historic Holiday Events

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Our historic sites and attractions put their own unique twist on the holidays with tours and special events, offering visitors the opportunity to experience the combination of history with holiday fun.

Tree Lightings

Dickens of a Christmas in Downtown Roanoke

Gather round and get your camera ready for the various tree lighting celebrations that will be happening throughout the communities in the region! 

Holiday Home Tours & Open House Events


Find inspiration for your holiday decorations by visiting open house events or taking part in a holiday home tour in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, which features amazing historic homes and neighborhoods.

Tree & Light Displays

Fashions for Evergreens at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

Enjoy the beauty of these stunningly decorated trees. You’ll have the opportunity to vote for your favorite tree and the proceeds raised through the competitions go to support local charities in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

Holiday Fun Runs

Drumstick Dash

Get your steps in and keep off those extra holiday pounds by registering to participate in one of the holiday fun runs in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

Other Holiday Events

Ice Skating in Elmwood Park

Because we just can’t get enough of the holiday fun!

Keep up with more of what’s happening in Virginia’s Blue Ridge by bookmarking our full Calendar of Events and remember to subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.

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