The 2013 SunTrust Dickens of a Christmas kicks off in downtown Roanoke starting at 5:30 PM on Friday, December 6th. The first event is the City of Roanoke's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Wells Fargo Plaza. The Q99/Gwaltney Cafe' will be set up from 5:30-10:00 PM on Wall Street with Q-Bear and Virginia Blood Services will be joining us at Dickens of a Christmas giving out information on how you can help save local lives in our community. Come by and register to win a Christmas Feast that includes a mini-fridge stuffed with food. WSLS Channel 10 will countdown to the tree lighting starting at 5:30 PM with the actual lighting at 6:15 PM. The festivities will continue into the night until 10pm including live stage and street performances! Other activities taking place throughout the night in the Historic Market area include strolling St. Nicholas, carriage rides, street actors, chestnut roasting, live carolers of Christmas Past, a magician, a face painter, a juggler, Balloon Dude, photos with Santa, a living nativity scene on Campbell Avenue, McDonald's Kid's Zone on Wall Street, Santa's Workshop in Center in the Square Atrium presented by SunTrust and more! New this year is the Laser Light Show on Salem Avenue presented by Gentry, Locke, Rakes and Moore. The 2013 Dickens of a Christmas is presented by WSLS 10, The Roanoke Times, City of Roanoke, Haley Toyota, Gentry, Locke, Rakes and Moore, Blue Ridge Copier, Coca Cola, Downtown Roanoke, Inc. and Q99!