Roanoke Holiday Events

Christmas & Holiday Events 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. 

Holiday Parades

Roanoke Christmas Parade - Dickens of a Christmas

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.

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Light Shows | Tree Displays | Tree Lightings | Decorations

Illuminights - Explore Park - Roanoke County, Virginia

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 >

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Holiday Festivals

A red NW train car draped in lights stands behind a photo op with Santa

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

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Concerts | Performances | Shows

Roanoke Ballet Theatre - The Nutcracker

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.

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Holiday Open Houses | Christmas Markets | Shopping

Christmas Shopping - Ikenberry Orchards & Country Store - Botetourt County, VA

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 >

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Holiday Food & Drink Fun

Gingerbread Festival - Salem, Virginia

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 >

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Historical Holiday Events & Tours

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest - Candlelight Tours

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

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Fun Runs, Rides, Races, Sporting Events

Holiday Lights Tour - Grandin Village, Roanoke

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.

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New Year's Eve Events

Downtown Roanoke Event

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!

New Year's Eve Celebrations in Virginia's Blue Ridge >

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Other Holiday Activities

Elmwood On Ice - Elmwood Park - Downtown Roanoke

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.

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For a complete list of upcoming events in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, check our Calendar of Events. You can also sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter and follow us on social media.

Visit our Holidays section for more resources to help you plan your next visit!

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