Delta Dental Dickens of a Christmas December 1, 8, 15 - 2023
The Roanoke Valley’s largest holiday celebration, Delta Dental Dickens of a Christmas, returns taking place on the first three Friday nights in December.
Night 1 - December 1, 6pm - 10pm: Featuring The City of Roanoke Christmas Tree Lighting
The Christmas Tree Lighting takes place on Salem Avenue in the Plaza behind the Market Building. The ceremony begins at 5:30 pm with the tree lighting at 6:20pm and will include live stage performances.
You can watch the tree lighting live on WDBJ7, too.
Night 2 - December 8, 6pm - 10pm: Featuring The City of Roanoke Christmas Parade
The parade begins on Jefferson Street at Elm Avenue, turns onto Campbell Avenue, goes past Market Square, and ends at Williamson Road. This year’s parade will start at 6:30pm.
The parade is rain or shine!
You can watch the parade on WZBJ24.
Our parade is now FULL.
Night 3 - December 15, 6pm - 10pm: Featuring the Roanoke Valley SPCA Pet Costume Contest
The beloved Roanoke Valley SPCA Pet Costume Contest returns, taking place on Salem Avenue at the Plaza behind the Market Building. Pet owners may start registering their pets at 5:30pm the night of the event. The contest begins at 6:30pm.
PARK Roanoke Silent Disco
Immerse yourself in a world of dancing never before seen at Dickens of a Christmas. PARK Roanoke is bringing the fun to Century Plaza with a silent disco! Grab a pair of wireless headphones and groove to the beats. The only catch? People not wearing headphones won't hear the music, creating a unique disco experience from 6pm to 9pm.
Northwest Ace S'mores Station
Indulge in the delightful flavors of winter at the Northwest Ace S'mores Station. Head to Salem Avenue behind the City Market Building to roast your marshmallow to golden perfection over a firepit and warm your hands at the same time. FREE pre-made kits include all of the s'more making essentials, including chocolate, graham crackers, and a marshmallow. Kits are available 6pm to 9pm while supplies last.
There will be a Kids Zone with inflatables, games, and activities each night of Dickens.
Carriage Rides will be available on the first and third nights of Dickens for $5 per person. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children 3 and under are free.
We created a beautiful insert for Delta Dental Dickens of a Christmas in The Roanoke Times. The insert includes details about performances (singing and dancing), entertainers (fire performers, sword swallowers, balloon artists, etc.), which businesses are open late, and general event information.