There’s No Time for a Long Winter’s Nap—Holiday Happenings in the Area

December 04, 2016

Written by Stephanie Long, Member One Content Marketing Specialist

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Among all the planning, shopping, and wrapping, you’ve got to take a break to enjoy all of the wonderful events happening in our backyard. Rich, poor, young, or old, there is something for everyone this holiday season.

Dickens of a Christmas. This local event hosted by the Roanoke Times is in its 34th year and never fails to impress. It is held the first three Fridays in December and features the City of Roanoke’s tree lighting, Christmas parade, Coca Cola Snow Zone, and Pet Costume Contest. There are also live performers, carriage rides, and chestnut roasting. Here is a complete listing of events.

Mistletoe Market. Looking for unique gifts while supporting local businesses? Then this Lynchburg event is perfect for you. On Saturday, December 10, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, knock out some holiday shopping with local vendors, and cap your day off with a horse drawn carriage ride. This is located at the Lynchburg Community Market.

Fantasyland with the History Museum of Western Virginia. Being held from now through December 21 at Center in the Square, this event hosts Santa, who teaches children about kindness, helpfulness, and responsibility and who, instead of asking what children want, asks, “What can you do to be kind?” This event is a family favorite, and the culmination is Santa’s Yuletide Party on December 18, which includes refreshments and a concert by Santa’s own musical group, The Figgie Pudding Band.

The Nutcracker. There are two ballet companies performing this iconic holiday favorite in Roanoke. The Southwest Virginia Ballet is performing at the Berglund Center December 10 and 11, and the Roanoke Ballet Theatre is performing at the Jefferson Center on December 16 and 17.

Live Holiday Music. If you’re in the mood for some live holiday music, then you’ve got your pick of the litter. On December 9, the Blacksburg Master Chorale performs at the Moss Arts Center, and MercyMe is performing at the Salem Civic Center. On December 10, Christmas with the Embers is at The Harvester, and the Beford Community Orchestra performs its holiday concert on December 17. On December 20, Mill Mountain Theatre presents "Holiday Music: It's Time to be Merry," and Seussical the Musical will be performed December 20-23 by the Roanoke Children’s Theatre. If you’re in the Lynchburg area, you might want to check out Bells of the Blue Ridge on December 20. Central Virginia’s premier community handbell ensemble will be playing traditional and contemporary Christmas favorites at Heritage United Methodist Church.

D-Day Flames of Memory. On December 9, 10, and 11, the D-Day Memorial will honor the 4,413 men killed on D-Day by lighting luminaries. Admission to this event is free, but donations are welcome.

Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation. What better way to celebrate the holidays than running for a cause? Head out to the Patrick Henry Hotel on Saturday, December 10, for a fun 5k run/walk that benefits the Arthritis Foundation.

The Reindeer Run 2 Miler. For those of you in Lynchburg looking to get your run on, try out this fun, two-mile trail run. This race is on Saturday, December 10 at Hydaway Outdoor Recreation Center.

Member One FCU is a proud sponsor of Fantasyland, D-Day Flames of Memory, Southwest Virginia Ballet’s The Nutcracker, and the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk.

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