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Roanoke Holiday Events

Christmas & Holiday Events in Virginia's Blue Ridge

We love the holiday season in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains!

It’s a special time of year for making memories with family and friends, and there are lots of great events, activities, and annual traditions & celebrations to include in your experience.

We invite you to enjoy the magic of the holidays in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

Here is your guide to 2019 holiday events and festivals in the region.

Holiday Parades

Santa - Roanoke Christmas Parades

Take part in the parades that showcase our vibrant neighborhoods and communities, as well as local organizations and companies that create impressive floats and holiday decorations.

  • 41st Grandin Village Holiday Children’s Parade & Mini Float Contest | Grandin Village | November 23
  • Vinton Christmas Parade | Town of Vinton | December 5
  • Salem Christmas Parade | Downtown Salem | December 6
  • Fincastle Christmas Parade | Town of Fincastle | December 7
  • Craig County Christmas Parade | Town of New Castle | December 7
  • Franklin County Christmas Parade | Downtown Rocky Mount | December 8
  • City of Roanoke Christmas Parade | Downtown Roanoke | December 13
  • Buchanan Christmas Parade | Town of Buchanan | December 14

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Light Shows | Tree Displays | Tree Lightings

Fashions for Evergreens Hotel Roanoke

As home to a mountain with a giant neon star on top of it that was originally built as a holiday decoration (Learn More: Roanoke Star), you know we make light shows and tree displays a big part of the holiday celebration in Virginia’s Blue Ridge!

  • Fashions for Evergreens | The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center | November 28 - January 1 | Event Website >
  • Festival of Trees | Natural Bridge State Park | November 28 - January 1 | Event Website >
  • Buchanan Festival of Trees | Buchanan Library | November 29 - January 1 | Town of Buchanan Website >
  • Illuminights (pictured at the top of this page) | Explore Park | November 29 - January 1 (Select Dates) | Event Website >
  • Buchanan Tree Lighting | Town of Buchanan | November 30
  • Christmas Tree Lighting | Chateau Morrisette Winery | November 30
  • Roanoke County Tree Lighting | South County Library | December 2
  • Smith Mountain Lake Christmas Celebration & Tree Lighting | Westlake Towne Center | December 5
  • City of Roanoke Christmas Tree Lighting | Downtown Roanoke | December 6
  • Salem Christmas Tree Lighting | Salem Farmers Market | December 6
  • Luminary Nights | Natural Bridge State Park | December 14-15 & 21-22 | Event Website >
  • Buchanan Christmas Eve Luminaries | Downtown Buchanan | December 24 | Event Website >

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Holiday Festivals

Roanoke Dickens of a Christmas

Chestnuts are roasting, carolers are singing, and other classic traditions are part of the popular holiday festivals throughout the region.

  • Dickens of a Christmas | Downtown Roanoke | December 6, 13, 20 | Event Website >
  • Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas | Downtown Rocky Mount | December 6
  • Candy Cane Express | Virginia Museum of Transportation | December 7-8
  • Grandin Village Winterfest | Historic Grandin Village | December 7

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Concerts | Performances | Shows

Southwest Virginia Ballet Nutcracker Roanoke

Singing along to your favorite Christmas songs and enjoying performances of timeless holiday stories are wonderful ways to enjoy the arts & culture of Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

  • Moscow Ballet presents Great Russian Nutcracker | Jefferson Center | November 27
  • Mannheim Steamroller | Berglund Center | November 29
  • Cirque Dreams Holidaze | Berglund Center | December 2
  • Miracle on 34th Street | Attic Productions | December 5-14 (Thursday - Saturday)
  • A Christmas Carol | Ferrum College | December 5 & 7
  • Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops Spectacular | Salem Civic Center - December 6 | Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech - December 7 
  • Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir - “Songs of the Season” | Jefferson Center | December 8
  • Sharing the Light: A Holiday Celebration in Story & Song | Hollins University | December 8
  • Kwanzaa: Bringing Forth Good Fruit | Harrison Museum of African American Culture | December 8
  • Exchange of Gifts: A Touring Production of a New Christmas Play | Beliveau Farm Winery | December 8
  • The Neverending Story: A Reflection of Jesus' Teachings & His Birth | Ferrum College | December 8
  • The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays | Salem Civic Center | December 12 | Event Website >
  • Roanoke Symphony Orchestra - Holiday Brass | Cave Spring United Methodist Church | December 13
  • Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir - Community Sing-A-Long | Taubman Museum of Art | December 13
  • Roanoke Ballet Theatre - The Nutcracker | Jefferson Center | December 13-14
  • Southwest Virginia Ballet - The Nutcracker | Berglund Center | December 14-15
  • Free Screening of It’s A Wonderful Life | Grandin Theatre | December 14
  • Blacksburg Master Chorale - Messiah | Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech | December 15
  • Holiday Songfest | Beliveau Farm Winery | December 15
  • Roanoke Symphony Orchestra - Handel’s Messiah | Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church | December 17
  • Free Screening of Elf | Grandin Theatre | December 20 | Facebook Event >
  • The Kind: Christmas Biscuits & Jam | 5 Points Music Sanctuary | December 21 | Event Website >

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Holiday Open Houses | Markets | Home Tours

Santa - Salem VA

Historic homes and museums are beautifully decorated for the holidays, and there are some great local holiday markets for shopping and finding the perfect gift.

  • Holiday Gift & Craft Show | Lord Botetourt High School | November 16
  • Monster Indoor Holiday Flea Market | Berglund Center | November 23
  • Christmas Market | Explore Park | November 29 - January 1 | Illuminights Website >
  • 4th Annual Mistletoe Market | Holiday Inn Tanglewood | November 30
  • Holiday Candlelight Tours | Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest | December 5-20 (Thursday & Friday)
  • Ferrum College's Annual Holiday Bazaar 2019 | Ferrum College | December 6
  • Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair | Berglund Center | December 6-7
  • 40th Anniversary Old Southwest Historic District Holiday Parlor Tour | Old Southwest Roanoke | December 7-8
  • Christmas Open House | Blue Ridge Institute & Museum at Ferrum College | December 12
  • Historic Fincastle Inc. Holiday Home Tour & Marketplace | Historic Fincastle | December 14
  • Salem Crafty Christmas | Salem Farmers Market | December 14
  • Salem Holiday Market | Salem Civic Center | December 14
  • Candlelight Christmas Tour | Fishburn Mansion | December 14
  • "A Christmas Past" Open House | Fishburn Mansion | December 15

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Holiday Food & Drink Fun

Salem Gingerbread Festival

Calories don’t count during the holidays, right? We’re pretty sure that’s a rule. Indulge in delicious celebrations at these local holiday events centered around food & drink.

  • Grand Thanksgiving Buffet | The Inn at Virginia Tech | November 28
  • Thanksgiving Buffet | Holiday Inn Roanoke-Valley View | November 28
  • Thanksgiving Buffet | Holiday Inn Tanglewood | November 28
  • Holiday Spirits Tree Lighting & Cocktail Party | City Market Building | November 29
  • Kids Happy Hour with Santa | Three Notch'd Brewing Company | November 29 & December 20 | Facebook Event >
  • Live! Gingerbread House Competition | The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center | December 4
  • Gingerbread Festival | Salem Public Library | December 7
  • Holiday Candlelight Wine Reception | Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest | December 7
  • Make Something Saturday: Gingerbread House | Crafteria: Handmade Food & Goods | December 7
  • Breakfast with Santa | The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center | December 7
  • Ugly Sweater & Holiday Movie Party | Twin Creeks Brewing Company | December 7
  • The Black Dog Christmas Weekend | Chateau Morrisette Winery | December 7-8
  • Southwest Virginia Ballet - Clara’s Tea Party | Star City School of Ballet | December 8
  • Ugly Sweater Christmas Party | Three Notch'd Brewing | December 11
  • Holiday Candlelight Wine Dinner | Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest | December 14
  • Big Lick Ugly Sweater Holiday Party | Big Lick Brewing Company | December 14
  • Holiday Murder Mystery Afternoon | Parkway Brewing Company | December 15
  • Festivus for the Rest of Us | Three Notch'd Brewing Company | December 23 | Facebook Event >
  • Christmas Day Buffet | Mountain Lake Lodge | December 25 | Buffet Menu >

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Historical Holiday Events

Old Virginia Christmas - Booker T. Washington

Step back in time at the historical sites and attractions in the region that offer a unique holiday twist on the experience.

  • Fantasyland | History Museum of Western Virginia | November 29 - December 21 (Select Days) | Event Website >
  • An Old Virginia Christmas | Booker T. Washington National Monument | December 7
  • Flames of Memory | National D-Day Memorial | December 13-15
  • Christmas in Wartime | National D-Day Memorial | December 14
  • Yuletide | Historic Museum of Western Virginia | December 22 | Event Website >

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Fun Runs, Rides, Races

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We stay active throughout the year in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, including during the holiday season, with a variety of holiday themed bicycle rides, races, and other sporting events.

  • Roanoke Cranksgiving 2019 | Downshift Bikes & Beer | November 16
  • Drumstick DASH Family 5K Walk & Run | Downtown Roanoke | November 28
  • Holiday Lights Tour Bicycle Ride | Grandin Village | December 11
  • 2019 Jingle Bell Run | Patrick Henry Hotel | December 14
  • 4th Annual Holiday Lights Run/Walk Tour | Historic Grandin Village | December 18

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New Year's Eve Events 

New Year's Eve Roanoke

Ring in the new year by taking part in our New Year's Eve parties & celebrations in Virginia's Blue Ridge. There are formal events where you can put on your finest attire and celebrate in style, or more casual, family-friendly parties that don't even require staying up late! We also feature one of Virginia's largest New Year's Eve celebrations with a party in Downtown Roanoke that includes a Roanoke Star rise at midnight!

Guide to New Year's Eve Events in Virginia's Blue Ridge >

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Other Holiday Activities

Elmwood Park Ice Skating

It’s hard to contain the holiday excitement and cheer with so many fun things on the calendar during this time of year. Here are some other fun things to do during the holiday season in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

  • Elmwood on Ice | Elmwood Park | November 27 - February 2 (Select Days) | Event Website >
  • Jungle Bells | Mill Mountain Zoo | November 30
  • Santa at Bridgewater Plaza | Smith Mountain Lake | November 30
  • Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus | Blue Ridge PBS - WBRA Studios | December 7
  • Live Nativity Celebration | Shenandoah Baptist Church | December 7-15 (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Christmas Edition of Jump Into Mystery | Holiday Inn Tanglewood | December 10
  • RVSPCA Pet Costume Contest (Dickens of a Christmas) | Downtown Roanoke | December 20 | Dickens of a Christmas Website >

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