Do Downtown for the Holidays

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Our Favorite Roanoke Winter Events

There is no more magical place than Roanoke during the holiday season (in our humble opinion). There’s so much to do and see around town, it’s sometimes difficult to know where to begin. With that in mind, we’ve compiled some of our favorite wintertime events, all of which take place just steps from your Gramercy Row home in ever-festive downtown Roanoke. It may be a bit nippy out, but this is the perfect time to get out of the house and into the holiday spirit!

Elmwood on Ice

Dust off your ice skates, and head to Elmwood Park—the rink is open! Get skates and admission for the rink and slide for just $10. That gets you unlimited time for the whole day of your purchase! Why aren’t you there, NOW?
Details: Open now at Elmwood Park
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Fashions for Evergreens

Visit the Hotel Roanoke to view 34 professionally designed Christmas trees at the 17th annual Fashions for Evergreens contest. Vote for your favorites with cash donations of any amount (which go to United Way of Roanoke Valley)—the tree that raises the most money will be the People’s Choice winner!
Details: Now through January 1 at the Hotel Roanoke
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Dickens of a Christmas

This seminal Roanoke event is back for it’s 35th year! Taking place over the first three Fridays in December, each evening features all sorts of fun: roasted chestnuts and other goodies, carriage rides, street performers, and more! December 1st features the Roanoke Christmas Tree Lighting, and December 8th is packed full of amusement at the Dickens Winter Carnival. The Roanoke Christmas Parade will be on Saturday December 9th (for this year only), and The Coca Cola Snow Zone and RVSPCA Pet Costume Contest is December 15th!
Details: December 1, 8, & 15 at Market Square
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A Christmas Story

Laugh your way into the holidays with this seasonal favorite, brought to you by Mill Mountain Theatre. Adapted for the stage from the beloved film, you won’t want to miss Ralphie’s hilarious quest for the gift he’s been longing for all season long.
Details: December 6 – 23 at Mill Mountain Theatre
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Holiday Pops with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

Okay, this one technically isn’t downtown, but it’s a classic Roanoke event you won’t want to miss…. Surround yourself with the sounds of the season at Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s most popular concert of the year! This year’s lineup features American Idol finalist Michael Lynche, as well as the Roanoke Symphony Chorus, the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir, and members of Virginia Tech’s choirs. Hurry and buy your tickets for this one-night-only event!
Details: December 8, 7:30 PM at the Salem Civic Center
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2017 Roanoke Jingle Bell Run

Run, walk, or run/walk through beautiful downtown Roanoke…while wearing your jingle bells and favorite holiday costumes! This event is a fun way to get a workout in before the holidays, as well as to raise money for a good cause—100% of the registration fees and fundraising efforts go to The Arthritis Foundation.
Details: December 9 at Patrick Henry Hotel
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The Nutcracker

This classic holiday performance is back, for two nights only! Roanoke Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker is a wintry treat you won’t want to miss. Act fast…this performance is bound to sell out.
Details: December 15 and 16 at the Jefferson Center
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Making it with Mimosas: Hand Lettering + Holiday Cards

There’s still time to finish up your holiday cards! Grab a pen with one hand and a mimosa with the other, and learn a few timeless techniques to make your holiday cards true works of art.
Details: December 16 at the Taubman Museum of Art
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Big Lick Downtown Countdown

Join Virginia’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration and ring in 2018 in true downtown Roanoke fashion! Market Square will be full of music, food, craft brews, and all sorts of merriment leading up to the signature Star Rise at midnight…you absolutely must be there! This event has sold out every year since it started, though, so be sure to buy your tickets now!
Details: December 31 at Market Square
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