The Roanoke Times Dickens of A Christmas kicks off December 3rd in downtown Roanoke at the Wells Fargo Plaza. This is the 39th year of the Roanoke Valley’s largest holiday celebration that is filled with free activities, free performances and much more!
- Night 1: December 3 – City of Roanoke Christmas Tree lighting on Salem Avenue in Wells Fargo Plaza. The ceremony begins at 5:30 pm with the tree lighting at 6:20 pm and will include live stage performances.
- Night 2: December 10 – The City of Roanoke Christmas Parade begins on Jefferson Street at Elm Avenue, turning onto Campbell Avenue, going past Market Square, and ending at Williamson Road. This year’s parade will start at 6:30 pm.
- Night 3: December 17 – The Roanoke Valley SPCA brings back its beloved Pet Costume Contest taking place on Salem Avenue at Wells Fargo Plaza. Pet owners may start registering their pets at 5:30 pm the night of the event. The contest begins at 6:30 pm. There will also be the Coca-Cola Kids Carnival from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm along Market Street and Wall Street. The carnival will feature amusement rides for children 12 and under, free of charge!
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