For the 38th consecutive year, downtown Roanoke will ring in the holiday season with the annual Dickens of a Christmas festival.
Although things will certainly look a little bit different this year. Dickens is an event that typically brings around 40,000 people downtown over the course of Fridays in December.
The Downtown Roanoke Foundation has been hard at work looking for ways to accommodate so many holiday makers in a safe manner adhering to all Covid-19 precautions.
We are happy to share their solution, The 25 Days of Dickens. Every evening starting Tuesday, November 24th until December 18th, downtown will come alive with Christmas cheer.
There will be something new and exciting for the whole family every day. Highlights include the Elf on the Shelf Adventure, Santa's Workshop, ice sculpting, and performances by the Southwest Virginia Ballet, Opera Roanoke, and Mill Mountain Theater.
In addition, the beloved downtown tree lighting will be broadcast virtually this year on the 24th to make sure everyone can enjoy safely and responsibly.
As a new feature this year, downtown Roanoke will be lit up for Christmas. To add extra incentive for folks to come see downtown, there will be hundreds of lights including many different hand crafted illuminated stars in place of the usual greenery. Come see the magic for yourself!
For a full calendar of events visit https://www.downtownroanoke.org/events/signature-events/25-days-of-dickens to see what's lined up for every night of the season.
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