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2018 Holidays


The holiday season is one of the best times to visit Viriginia's Blue Ridge. Below is just a sampling of the different ways to get into the festive spirit this season. The Jefferson Center, The Berglund Center, Downtown Roanoke, Roanoke Outside, and Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge also feature a plethora of daily events and activities occuring during the holidays.

Make your Virgina's Blue Ridge holiday experience complete by booking The Holiday Package!

Dickens of a Christmas

Head across the Market Square Pedestrian Bridge and be a part of the memories at one of the Roanoke Valley's premiere holiday celebrations; The Roanoke Times Dickens of a Christmas! Celebrating it's 35th anniversary, Dickens occurs on the first three Fridays in December.

This year's schedule is:

Friday, December 7 from 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday, December 14 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday, December 21 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Afterwards, join us back at the hoteland visit STEAM Coffee + Eatery, while enjoying the sight, scents and sounds of the season, complete with performances.

To learn more about Dickens of a Christmas, visit Downtown Roanoke, Inc.

Spectacular Saturdays at The Taubman Museum of Art

Spectacular Saturdays take place every Saturday from 10:00am - 5:00pm in Art Venture, the Taubman Museum's interactive gallery. Art Venture is an innovative exploratory gallery for youth and families. Visitors to Art Venture can paint, draw, build, connect music with art, investigate 3D printing and printmaking, create sculptures, display artwork, and much more. This interactive hands-on learning environment includes continuously changing programming that engages children ages 12 months to 17 years and connects to our exhibitions and permanent collections.

$5 Per Child, Free for Children Covered by Family Membership
Free for Adults and Chaperones

Elmwood on Ice

100% chance of ICE in Downtown Roanoke's Elmwood Park! Head downtown to skate! Opening November 21st, 2018! 

Valley Star Credit Union Elmwood on Ice, brings an exciting entertainment option to Downtown Roanoke. 2018 features an ICE SLIDE at Elmwood on Ice for even more fun!

  • Monday & Tuesday - Closed
  • Wednesday & Thursday 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Friday & Saturday 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Sunday 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Hockey is Back!

Professional and collegiate hockey are in town throughout the month of December at The Berglund Center. Cheer on Roanoke's team, The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (SPHL) and the Virginia Tech Hokies! To learn more or purchase tickets, visit The Berglund Center. 

A Christmas Story

Adapted by Philip Grecian; Based upon the motion picture A Christmas Story, copyright 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, Bob Clark, and In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd

Comedy | December 6 – December 23

Kick off your holiday season with the adaptation of the classic Christmas movie we all know and love! For Christmas, all 9-year-old Ralphie Parker wants is one thing: a genuine Red Ryder BB gun. But mother, teacher, and even the Santa Claus at Higbee’s Department Store tell him the same thing: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” Follow Ralphie’s quest for the gift of his dreams, all while enjoying the favorite elements from the movie: Scut Farkas, the school bully, the Bumpus hounds and the turkey, Flick’s tongue on the lamppost, and the Old Man’s leg lamp.

Rated: G for Families

For tickets and information, please visit Mill Mountain Theatre.

Candy Cane Express

December 1 & 2

Build your family's holiday memories at the Virginia Museum of Transportation! Train rides! Bring your own camera and take your picture with Santa. Make an ornament for your holiday tree. Hear a special presentation of "The Polar Express" by the Roanoke County Children's Library. Holiday music. Facepainting. Model Train displays. Scavenger hunt throughout the Museum and more!

To learn more, visit the Virginia Museum of Transportation!

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

Holiday Pops!

Dec 7, 2018   7:30 p.m.
Salem Civic Center

Featuring holiday favorites! Learn more through the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra


The Nutcracker

December 8 & 9 at 2:00 pm & 7:00pm

Southwest Virginia Ballet's annual production of the Nutcracker is a Roanoke holiday tradition. Featuring a cast of 150 performers that represent over 15 dance schools from the Roanoke Valley and beyond, the ballet continues to delight audiences of all ages year after year.

Tickets:    Box Office (877) HTB-TIXNow

Learn more about the Southwest Virginia Ballet at http://www.svballet.org/nutcracker.html

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

December 20 - 23, 2017

Virginia Premiere!

The worst kids in the world have just found out that there are free snacks at Sunday school. AND they insist on playing all of the good parts in the annual Christmas pageant. They’ve never heard the Christmas story, and have no idea who Mary, Joseph or the wise men are. Will the pageant be canceled? Will the other kids even show up to participate? Will this be the worst pageant ever? Full of hijinks, laughs and plenty of holiday cheer, this brand new musical comedy makes its Virginia premiere at Roanoke Children’s Theatre just in time for the holidays.

Approximate run time:  1 hour - Various Times

For more information, please visit www.roanokechildrenstheatre.org