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Roanoke Times Dickens of a Christmas - City of Roanoke Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Dates: December 3, 2021
  • Times: 5:30pm - 10pm; Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:20pm
  • Admission: Free (Carriage tickets $5)
  • Historic Roanoke City Market
    Location: Downtown Roanoke/Market Area
    Wells Fargo Plaza
    Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Phone: (540) 342-2028
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The Roanoke Valley’s largest holiday celebration, The Roanoke Times Dickens of a Christmas, returns to it's original format this year, taking place on the first three Friday nights in December.

We're celebrating the 39th year of this community favorite event with loads of free activities. View the event details below with more information to follow. 

Night 1 - December 3 - City of Roanoke Christmas Tree lighting on Salem Avenue in Wells Fargo Plaza. The ceremony begins at 5:30pm with tree lighting at 6:20pm and will include live stage performances.

Night 2 - December 10 - The City of Roanoke Christmas Parade begins on Jefferson Street at Elm Avenue, turning onto Campbell Avenue, going past Market Square, and ending at Williamson Road. This year’s parade will start at 6:30pm.

Night 3 - December 17 - The Roanoke Valley SPCA brings back its beloved Pet Costume Contest December taking place on Salem Avenue at Wells Fargo Plaza. Pet owners may start registering their pets at 5:30pm the night of the event. Contest begins at 6:30pm.

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Roanoke Times Dickens of a Christmas - City of Roanoke Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Wells Fargo Plaza
  • Roanoke, VA 24011
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  • Downtown Roanoke/Market Area
  • Free (Carriage tickets $5)