The Roanoke Times 25 Days of Dickens

November 24 - December 18, 2020

Dickens of a Christmas has been a holiday tradition for the past 37 years. It’s an event that the community enjoys together and one that our downtown businesses rely on to bring a large audience to their doorsteps to shop and eat local. 

It's clear our businesses need us to move forward with Dickens and work to bring the boost in business they hope can help sustain them through what we expect to be a challenging winter. Bringing 35,000 – 40,000 people together over 3 Friday nights cannot happen but we will celebrate in a new, more spread out way. 

With this in mind, we’re excited to share 2020 Dickens of a Christmas, reimagined as 25 Days of Dickens. This 100% FREE event will bring fun, festive activities and events to Downtown Roanoke.

Event highlights include: The Elf on the Shelf® Adventure sponsored by Gentry Locke, Kids Pass for free admission into museums and attractions, Festive Downtown Lighting, Friday Entertainment & ShopingSanta’s Workshop featuring live Zoom with Santa, and much more

COVID Guidelines:

  • Masks are required during all Dickens activities (children under 2 are excluded per CDC guidelines).
  • While inside, maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more between parties.
  • Stay home if you are experiencing a fever, symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have a known exposure to someone who has COVID-19.

Take a look at the event calendar highlights below. Full event details can be found these pages: The Elf on the Shelf® AdventureKids PassFestive Downtown Lighting, Friday Entertainment & ShopingSanta’s Workshop & Saturdays, Even More Fun