Four southwest Virginia localities kicking off Christmas season with Thursday parades

Home for the Holidays

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(WFXR) — Four cities and towns around southwest Virginia are getting ready to close down streets, line up floats, light up trees, and dress up in their favorite festive attire so they can ring in the holiday season Thursday evening with Christmas parades!

Buena Vista

The City of Buena Vista will celebrate the start of the Christmas season with multiple events on Thursday, Dec. 2, starting with the community tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. in the town plaza across from the library.

“A Family Christmas” Parade will then begin at 7 p.m., running from 23rd Street and Magnolia Avenue to 17th Street and Magnolia Avenue.

Immediately after the parade, families are invited to get some free photos with Santa Claus on his float, which will be located at 21st Street between Magnolia and Sycamore.


The Town of Pulaski’s annual Christmas Parade is set to start downtown at 7 p.m. on Thursday and then move up Main Street.


The City of Radford’s “Winter Nights and Magical Lights” takes place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, with the rout running from East Main Street at Tyler Avenue to West Main Street at Central Square.

Police expect the area of East and West Main Street will be congested with both pedestrian and vehicular traffic before and after the parade.

“We ask for your patience and plan your travels accordingly,” the Radford Police Department said. “It is the goal of the Radford City Police Department to make this event as safe and magical as it can be with minimal inconveniences to our citizens


The Town of Vinton will help Roanoke County residents get into the holiday spirit Thursday evening with the “Christmas Past and Present” parade.

The Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce says the festivities will begin at 6 p.m. at the Vinton Municipal Building, including a welcome by Mayor Brad Grose, performances by the Floyd Ward Dance Studio and the Susan Lewis Music Studio, and the children’s countdown to the tree lighting.

According to the chamber of commerce, the parade will then begin at 7 p.m. under the theme of Christmas celebrations throughout U.S. history, such as a 17th century Christmas, a Wild West Christmas, Victorian Christmas traditions, a jazz and flapper-era Christmas, a retro rockin’ Christmas, and more.

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