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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 2021 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.

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Light Shows | Tree Displays | Tree Lightings

Illuminights - Roanoke County Explore Park

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!

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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.

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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.

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Holiday Open Houses | Markets | Shopping

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.

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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.

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Historical Holiday Events & Tours

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.

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Fun Runs, Rides, Races

Christmas Lights - Grandin Village

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.

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New Year's Eve Events 

Downtown Roanoke Event

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!

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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.

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For a complete list of upcoming events 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!

Roanoke Valley Spotlight

The holidays are the perfect time to plan a getaway to Virginia's Blue Ridge!


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