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Thank you to everyone who came out to 2017 The Roanoke Times Dickens of a Christmas!

Stay tuned for 2018 information and take look at this past year's information below to learn more about this event.

December 1, 8 and 15, 2017

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. We're looking for volunteers to help us out on the 3 nights of Dickens. Sign up here!

This year's schedule is:

  • Friday, December 1, 5:30pm - 10:00pm - featuring the City of Roanoke Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:15pm
  • Friday, December 8, 6:00pm - 10:00pm - For our 35th year, we’re having a Dickens Winter Carnival! All-you-can-ride wrist bands are $5.00. An adult accompanying a child (12 and under) can ride for free. Cash and credit cards accepted. (See below note about parade date change)
  • Friday, December 15, 6:00pm - 10:00pm - featuring Coca Cola Snow Zone and RVSPCA Pet Costume Contest at 6:30pm
    • Registration for the pet costume contest starts at 5:30pm in Wells Fargo Plaza. Register, get a number for your pet, and be ready for the contest starting at 6:30pm

****This year's City of Roanoke Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 9 at 6:00pm. This is a one-year-only change due to Franklin Rd Bridge construction and detour route along Jefferson St. If you're interested in applying to participate in this year's parade, please complete and return the Parade Application.

This free, family-friendly event happens annually in Downtown Roanoke and includes favorites like roasted chestnuts, carriage rides, street performers, and more! Full schedule and details coming soon!

Interested in becoming a 2017 Dickens Vendor? Download and complete the vendor application. 

Click the image below to see our insert with full celebration details! Thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible!


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