(WFXR) — Thanksgiving trips may last all weekend, but across southwest Virginia, Christmas celebrations start soon after the turkey dinner is done.
Dickens of a Christmas will kick off its 37th anniversary in Wells Fargo Plaza on Friday, Dec. 6 from 5:30-10 p.m.
Besides the lighting of the City of Roanoke Christmas tree at 6:30 p.m., the celebration will feature performances from the Salem Choral Society, Divine Dance Center, and the William Byrd High School Vocal Ensemble.
Downtown Roanoke will also celebrate Dickens of a Christmas on Friday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 20.
On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Town of Vinton kicks off the holiday season with its annual Christmas parade.
The parade immediately follows the tree lighting at the Municipal Building at 6:30 p.m. Afterward, families can visit Santa Clause at the Vinton Farmers Market until 9:30 p.m.
The citizens of Salem will ring in the holidays starting on Friday, Dec. 6.
The Salem Farmers Market will continue the tradition of allowing local children to light the community Christmas tree and enjoy the Christmas carolers at 6 p.m.
The Christmas parade through downtown will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature a very jolly special guest at the end.
From Thursday, Dec. 12 through Christmas Day, Ballou Park will host the Community Holiday Light Show every day at 6 p.m.
For the cost of $10 per car and $20 per large van or bus, guests can drive through the park and enjoy the displays created by local businesses, organizations, and families.
At the end of the show, guests can visit the Children’s Village for hot chocolate, cookies, crafts, and quality time with Santa Claus.
Residents can visit Historic Centertown Bedford from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 to enjoy trackless train and carriage rides, professional ice carving, custom ornament decorating, live music and dance performances, hot chocolate and cider, visits with Santa, and more.
The festivities will wrap up with the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6 p.m.
Downtown Blacksburg will host its annual Winter Lights Festival on Friday, Dec. 6.
From 3-8 p.m., numerous performances and activities will take place across downtown. Local merchants will also offer holiday specials, snacks, and gift wrapping to customers in their annual Open Houses and the Holiday Gift Market on College Avenue.
The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 5:45 p.m. with Blacksburg Children’s Chorale, Mayor Hager-Smith, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Holiday Parade will follow at 7 p.m.
The Craddock Terry Hotel and Event Center will host this year’s Deck the Hills celebration.
From 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, the Craddock Terry will host vendors, community performers, an ugly sweater contest, and storytime with Santa.
Deck the Hills is not only free, but it will end with the illumination of their 20 foot tall Christmas tree.
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