ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — It’s back in its traditional form! Dickens of a Christmas will take place in downtown Roanoke on the first three Fridays in the month of December.

On Dec. 3, the lighting of the Christmas Tree will take place, with the ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. and the tree lighting taking place at 6:20 p.m. on the Plaza behind the Market Building on the Freedom First Main Stage. The William Byrd High School Choir will perform live.

Then, on Dec. 10, the annual Christmas Parade takes place starting at 6:30 p.m. on the same route as previous years starting on Jefferson Street at Elm Avenue, turning onto Campbell Avenue, past Market Square, and ending on Williamson Road.

On Dec. 17, the Roanoke Valley SPCA will have its Pet Costume Contest taking place at the Plaza behind the City Market Building on the Freedom First Main Stage. Pet owner may register their pets starting at 5:30 p.m. on the night of the event. The contest will officially begin at 6:30 p.m.

Also on Dec. 17, the Coca-Cola Kids Carnival takes place on Wall Street and Market Street. It features children’s rides and a rock-climbing wall. This is a free event for all children in attendance.

In addition, the Elf on the Shelf Adventure is back again this year.

Starting on Friday, Nov. 26, downtown stores will have 18 Scout Elves that will be hiding around. If you can find all 18 of them, you will be entered to possibly win $1,000.

Another popular event is the Elmwood on Ice, which will be open at Elmwood Park.

Other activities will be taking place throughout the Historic Market area, including the Kids Zone, carriage rides, vendors, live carolers, a fire-eater, sword swallower, photos with Santa, and much more.

Get more details about this year’s Dickens of a Christmas by clicking here.

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