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 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 2021 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 42nd annual New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration will be a festive party to wrap up 2021. Tickets are available at the price of $225 per couple ($110 - 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.
5 Points Music Sanctuary | Time: Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the dawn of a new year with The Dead Reckoning and 5 Points Music Sanctuary. They’ll be jamming into 2022 with the honorary house band, lots of friends, and plenty of champagne - celebrating with those who mean the most.
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!
Berglund Center | Time: 6:05 p.m.
The puck drops early as the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs take the ice for the final time in 2021! The Dawgs will face a tough challenge in its New Year’s Eve game, hosting the Huntsville Havoc, who currently sit atop the standings of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
Twisted Track Brewpub | Time: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Spend New Year’s Eve with the crew at Twisted Track Brewpub in Downtown Roanoke! There will be great craft beverages and food on tap, as well as live music by local artists Charissa Joy and the High Frequency with special guest Daniel Burton.
The Regency 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 dancing 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.
The Floyd Country Store | Time: Dinner: 6:00-7:30 p.m. | Dancing: 8:00-Midnight
Join the Floyd Country Store for dinner and dancing on New Year’s Eve with live music by Twin Creeks Stringband & The New Macedon Rangers. Dinner will be served from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. followed by dancing from 8:00 p.m. until midnight.
Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill | Time: 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Martin's Downtown Bar & Grill will host a special New Year's Eve concert by The Ambassador, a reggae artist who lives in California but is originally from Virginia. The show is scheduled to go from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Hammer & Forge Brewing Company | Time: 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Franklin County's Hammer & Forge Brewing Company will be hosting its first ever New Year's Eve Party! Craft beer will be flowing throughout the afternoon, evening, and early-morning, and there will be live music from 9:00 p.m. until midnight.
The Manor House at Beliveau Farm | December 30 through January 1
Beliveau Farm Winery is offering a special New Year’s Eve package that includes a 2-night stay at its on-site accommodations - The Manor House. The package includes a welcome reception on Thursday, December 30 with wine & appetizers, as well as a New Year’s Eve Dinner on December 31 that will feature a pre-dinner specialty wine cocktail, wine-paired dinner, and midnight toast.
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.
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church | Time: 6:00-9:00p.m.
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church will be hosting its nightly drive-thru Christmas display from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. - a great opportunity to enjoy some holiday lights & decorations before ringing in the new year.
Historic Fincastle | Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m.
It’ll be the final night to experience the 2021 First Bank Tinsel Trail in Historic Fincastle! You can see the trees on display and also head over to 1772 Rooftop on Main to enjoy s’mores kits for roasting and try the event’s signature cocktail - the Tinsel Trail Toddy!
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
The beloved Fashions for Evergreens display at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center is back for an in-person viewing experience this year! 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.
Franklin County Recreation Park | Time: 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Land of Lights is an amazing drive-thru light experience at the Franklin County Recreation Park. You can drive the 1/2 mile loop and enjoy over 50,000 Christmas lights and unique displays with your entire family.
The event is free to attend, but cash donations are accepted.
The Regency Room | Time: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Start 2022 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: