Your guide to the best of the holiday season in Virginia's Blue Ridge!
We love the holiday season in the Roanoke Region in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains!
It’s a special time of year for making memories with family and friends, and there are many exciting 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 2023 holiday events and festivals in the region. Remember, many events will incorporate multiple items, such as food & drink, live music, and family fun. Check all the categories to find fun things to do during your holiday visit to Virginia’s Blue Ridge!
NOTE: This list is regularly updated as more events are announced and added to the calendar. All info is subject to change. Please check event websites and social media pages for the most updated information.
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.
As home to a mountain with a giant neon star on top of it that was initially 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!
Learn More: Christmas Lights & Decorations in VBR >
Chestnuts are roasting, carolers are singing, and other classic traditions are part of the popular holiday festivals throughout the region.
Singing along to your favorite Christmas songs and enjoying performances of timeless holiday stories are exciting ways to enjoy the arts & culture of Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
Historic homes and museums are beautifully decorated for the holidays. There are some great local holiday markets for shopping and finding the perfect gift.
Learn More: Christmas & Holiday Shopping in VBR >
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.
Learn More: Holiday Flavors in VBR >
Step back in time at the historical sites and attractions in the region that offer a unique holiday twist on the experience.
We stay active throughout the year in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, including during the holiday season, with various holiday-themed bicycle rides, races, and other sporting events.
Ring in the new year at the 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!
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.
Visit our Holidays section for more resources to help you plan your next visit!
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