Dickens of a Christmas
December 1 - 15
Be a part of the memories for the Roanoke Valley's premiere holiday celebration, The Roanoke Times Dickens of a Christmas. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Dickens occurs on the first three Fridays in December. This year's schedule: Dec. 1, 5:30–10 p.m., featuring Christmas tree lighting at 6:15 p.m.; Dec. 8, 6–10 p.m., Dickens Winter Carnival. All-you-can-ride wrist bands $5. An adult accompanying a child (12 and under) ride free. Cash and credit cards accepted. Dec. 15, 6–10 p.m., featuring Coca Cola Snow Zone and RVSPCA Pet Costume Contest, 6:30 p.m. Registration for the pet costume contest starts at 5:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Plaza. Event includes favorites like roasted chestnuts, carriage rides, street performers and more. Free. Downtown Roanoke Market Square, 213 Market Street, Roanoke. (540) 342-2028.
Elmwood on Ice
December 1 - 31
WDBJ7’s Elmwood on Ice is coming back for a third season of downtown ice skating and sliding. $6 skate admission; $2 skate rentals; $3 ice slide; or $10 for everything. Season passes available, $75 as well as daily pass gift cards for $10. Elmwood runs through January 28, 2018. Downtown Roanoke, Inc., 213 Market Street, Roanoke. (540) 342-2028.
Fashions for Evergreens at The Hotel Roanoke
December 1 - 31
Now in its sixth year raising monetary donations for The United Way of Roanoke Valley, Fashions for Evergreens celebrates the holidays with a unique tree competition featuring more than 34 professionally designed trees. The event has raised more than $20,000 for the United Way of Roanoke Valley. The public is being asked to vote monetarily for their favorite tree (only U.S. currency and checks accepted) and at the end of the public voting, the tree that raises the most money will declared winner of the People’s Choice Award. Fashions for Evergreens is open to the public. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see daily #hotelroanoke updates. Share your experience on social media by tagging the hotel or using #hotelroanoke. 6 a.m.–midnight Free. The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, 110 Shenandoah Avenue, Roanoke. (540) 985-5900.
DJ Jonny's Tropical Latin Dance Party
December 2 - 30
The hottest dance party in Roanoke by far. Enjoy the hottest classic and new hits from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Miami, Dominican Republic and Colombia. 10:30 p.m.–3 a.m. Cancun Mexican Restaurant, 215 Market Street, Roanoke. Downtown Roanoke, Inc., 213 Market Street, Roanoke.
NCAA DIII Stagg Bowl
The NCAA Div III Championship Football Game, the Alonzo Amos Stagg Bowl, returns to the Salem Stadium. 7 p.m. Adult (in advance) – $12.50; Student – $7. Adult (game day), $15. Salem Civic Center, Salem Football Stadium, 1001 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem. (540) 375-3004. Tickets, Salem Civic Center Box Office (Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (800) 745-3300. Ticketmaster.com. No umbrellas, please.
Dickens of a Christmas: Third Friday with Roanoke Valley Children's Choir
It's the third and final night of Dickens of a Christmas! Be a part of the festivities as four choirs from the Roanoke Valley Children's Choir lead us in a lively round of carols. It's one of Roanoke's most beloved holiday traditions! Performances will take place from 6–7 p.m. Art Venture, our hands-on creativity center for kids, will be FREE and open for all to enjoy during the evening. 5:30–8:30 p.m. Free. Taubman Museum of Art, 110 Salem Avenue, Roanoke. (540) 342-5760.
Roanoke Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker
December 15 - 16
The sensational sold out performance returns. From adorable angels to scurrying mice, a sweet sugar plum and a stilt-walking gingerbread doll, Roanoke Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker is a treat for classic ballet lovers of all ages. Roanoke Ballet Theatre will have two performances of The Nutcracker at the Jefferson Center on December 15, 7 p.m. and December 16, 2 p.m. Premium Loge: $45; Gold: $35; Silver: $31; Bronze: $27. Jefferson Center, Shaftman Performance Hall, 541 Luck Avenue, Suite 221, Roanoke. (540) 343.2624.
Monster Indoor Flea Market
It is time to clean out your closets, garages, basements and under your bed. Booths are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. You are NOT guaranteed your booths until you have completed the attached application and you have paid. You will then be allowed to select your booth(s). Please do not ask us to hold booths without payment. Mail the application to the address on the form or bring it to our box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or Saturday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. We accept cash, money orders and debit/credit cards ($2 fee for credit and debit card transactions). NO CHECKS PLEASE. 7 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE to the public and free parking! Berglund Center, 710 Williamson Road, Roanoke. (540) 853-2241.
THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL
December 20 - 23
The worst kids in the world have just found out that there are free snacks at Sunday school. They insist on playing all of the good parts in the annual Christmas pageant. They have never heard the Christmas story and have no idea who Mary, Joseph or the wise men are. Will the pageant be canceled? Will the other kids even show up to participate? Will this be the worst pageant ever? Full of hijinks, laughs and plenty of holiday cheer, this brand new musical comedy makes its Virginia premiere at Roanoke Children’s Theatre just in time for the holidays. Dec. 20, 7 p.m.; Dec. 21, 7 p.m.; Dec. 22, 3 & 7 p.m.; Dec. 23, 3 & 7 p.m.; $15 kids; $20 adults, $15 seniors. Roanoke Children's Theatre, 541 Luck Avenue, Roanoke. (540) 345-2550.