Roanoke Does December Right

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Roanoke residents know that the fun doesn’t stop all year long in this special city and the holidays are no exception. The line up this year includes a variety of great traditions sure to please everyone in your group. Whether you are looking to spend a little extra time with friends or ready to get your December guest out of your kitchen for a bit, you’ve got options!

Outdoor Lovers

Driving around to look at lights is great fun but getting out and walking through them is even more of an adventure. Bundle up and immerse yourself in the glow of over 500,000 lights at Explore Park during Illuminights. This self-guided walking tour will wind you past a wonderland of scenes and delight. Stay around for nightly marshmallow roasting or do a little shopping at the Artisan Market.

Classic is as Classic Does

Prepare to be swept away to the Land of Sweets with Clara courtesy of the Southwest Ballet at the Berglund Center this season. A long-standing tradition for families across the nation, this show never fails to charm and delight audiences from young to old. With a cast of 150 including community members and students you might even see a familiar face on stage this year.

History Buffs

What could be better than pairing a little history and wine? Take a drive to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest for stories of how the family would have spent the holidays and enjoy festive period music as you dine. There is a variety of dates and programs, be sure to check out their schedule and plan your chance to step back in time.

Family Fun Day Enthusiasts

Family fun awaits at the Roanoke Time’s Dickens of a Christmas. Held the first 3 Fridays of December your family can enjoy tree lighting, carriage rides, roasting chestnuts and more. There’s even a pet contest to enjoy with your furry family members. If you are looking to enjoy the festivities in a volunteer capacity, positions are open!

Brave Athletic Souls

When everyone needs to get out of the house for fresh air and activity look no further than Elmwood Park. Strap on your own rental skates or bring your own and enjoy ice skating with other cold-weather enthusiasts. If you find that standing on a quarter-inch blade is not your thing, take a seat and slide down the ice slide, no coordination required! Elmwood on Ice has special hours when school is out and throughout the season, make it a part of your week.

Enjoy the memory-making and fun times. A quiet January is right around the corner, now is the time to live it up!