Get in the spirit with holiday events, light displays, and celebrations throughout Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Join the celebration of the new year in Virginia’s Blue Ridge!
There are lots of fun ways to spend New Year’s Eve in the Roanoke region, including family-friendly activities for those who’ll be in bed long before midnight, as well as fun galas and parties where you can party the night away.
Here is a preview of 2022 New Year’s Eve events in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
NOTE: All info is subject to change. Please check event websites and social media pages for the most updated information.
Historic Fincastle | Time: 11:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
The ringing of the bells on New Year’s Eve in Historic Fincastle is a classic holiday tradition in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. In a ceremony that has taken place for over 150 years, the town pays its respects to the end of the dying year and celebrates the arrival of the new year. The following is an excerpt from the Town of Fincastle website, describing the various parts of the tradition:
"At fifteen minutes until midnight the tolling begins. The bell in the Court House is struck and afterwards, at twelve second intervals, bells of the churches ring in a clockwise order about the town: Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, and Episcopal. This continues until the bell at the Court House strikes twelve. Taps are played to signify respect for the dying year. The bell-ringers in the Court House then strike the digits of the New Year - for example, one, nine, nine, eight. Then, three shotgun blasts indicate that it is time for bells to joyously welcome the New Year by ringing for an additional ten minutes."
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center | Time: 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
The annual New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration will be a festive party to wrap up 2022. Tickets are available at the price of $250 per couple ($125 - single) and this includes a buffet dinner for two, live music by The Kings & Uptown Trio, and participation in a balloon drop & champagne toast at midnight.
Market Square - Downtown Roanoke | Time: 8:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Take part in the 9th annual Big Lick Downtown Countdown on Market Square in Downtown Roanoke! The festivities will include live music by Low Low Chariot, The Jared Stout Band, Harvest Blaque, and DJ Flex. There will also be gaming fun at Center in the Square along with cocktails, craft beer, food and the signature Roanoke Star Rise at midnight!
The Regency Room & The Pine Room at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center | Time: Seatings available from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Ring in the new year with an elegant dinner and celebration in The Regency Room, featuring a 4-course prix-fixe plated dinner, as well as party favors. Reservations are strongly recommended - call (540) 985-5900 to reserve your table.
If you're looking for a lighter celebration, The Pine Room and 1882 Lobby Bar will be offering a more informal celebration. Reservations are required in The Pine Room (service from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.) and can be made by calling (540) 853-8280.
The River & Rail Restaurant
Spending the last night of the year enjoying an amazing dinner and cocktails at The River & Rail is the perfect way to wrap up 2022. The award-winning restaurant will be offering a prix fixe menu ($105 per person), featuring an amuse + three courses, as well as a la carte snacks, shareables, and wine pairings that are also available for purchase.
There will be seatings from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and reservations are strongly recommended.
5 Points Music Sanctuary | Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.
You can always count on 5 Points Music Sanctuary to host a fun concert on New Year's Eve, and this year's show features Sexbruise? - a satirical pop band from Charleston, SC, that combines improvisation, electronic music, poppy hooks, and audience participation to provide an unforgettable live experience.
Twisted Track Brewpub | Time: 7:00 p.m.
Twisted Track Brewpub & RunAbout Sports Roanoke are partnering together to present Adult Prom Night! They'll be ringing in the new year with music by The Grand Total and DJ Jack Carter.
Prom attire and running shoes are strongly encouraged, but not required.
Golden Cactus Brewing | Time: 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
The Electric Pickle Co. takes over Golden Cactus Brewing in New Year's Eve for a spectacular New Year's Eve party and celebration! Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy music by DJs Tomas C and DJ Boomerang.
There will be a giant disco balloon ball drop at midnight and late night eats provided by Food Hut.
Purchasing tickets in advance is highly encouraged as this event will likely sell out.
bloom | restaurant & wine bar | Seatings from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m.
The team at bloom | restaurant & wine bar in Roanoke's charming Wasena neighborhood is hosting a special New Year's Eve Dinner that will feature a four course + amuse prix fixe meal. It'll also include a sparkling toast and optional wine pairing.
The menu will showcase products and ingredients from local farms, presenting the best of locally grown produce and protein.
Mountain Lake Lodge
Welcome the new year under the starry skies at Mountain Lake Lodge by taking advantage of the resort's special New Year's Celebration Package. The special getaway package includes overnight accommodations, a New Year's Eve farm-to-table dinner at Harvest Restaurant, Hollywood dance party in the Grand Ballroom with a DJ & party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, and a New Year's Day breakfast in Harvest.
Elmwood Park - Downtown Roanoke | Time: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
WDBJ7’s Elmwood On Ice (pictured above) will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, providing plenty of time to enjoy some ice skating in the park with family & friends! Skate rentals are available for $2 or you’re welcome to bring your own skates at no charge. Admission to the ice skating rink is $6.
Berglund Center | Time: 6:05 p.m.
The puck drops early as the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs take the Berglund Center ice for the final time in 2022 in a game where they'll host the Huntsville Havoc. Cheer on the Dawgs as they look to close out an exciting year with a victory.
Historic Fincastle | Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m.
It’ll be the final night to experience the 2022 First Bank Tinsel Trail in Historic Fincastle! You can see the trees on display and also head over to 1772 Rooftop on Main for a cocktail before making your way to the courthouse for the ringing of the bells at midnight.
Tinsel Trail Details >
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
The beloved Fashions for Evergreens display at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center is one of the best traditions of the season in Virginia's Blue Ridge. It's a fun celebration of the holidays with amazing holiday trees and decorations throughout the hotel & conference center spaces, which make for fantastic family photos.
Cast votes for your favorite trees and help raise money for the United Way of Roanoke Valley.
The Regency Room | Time: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Start 2023 off right with The Regency Room's Grand Buffet Breakfast and Brunch Celebration at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. The breakfast will be offered from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m., followed by an enhanced brunch celebration from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Call (540) 853-8280 to make your reservations.
Virginia State Parks
Start the new year with a hike in one of the amazing Virginia State Parks in Virginia's Blue Ridge! Parking fees are waived at Virginia State Parks on January 1, offering families the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the trails on the first day of the year.
First Day Hikes is an initiative of America's State Parks, and hikes are offered in state parks across the country.
The following state parks are great options to check out in Virginia's Blue Ridge:
Visit our Holidays section for more holiday resources and fun.