Q99 Holiday Events 2013
The 2013 Holiday events in Roanoke, Salem and Lynchburg that
Q99 will be a part of this year will be listed here with
detailed information on the event so check back often for this season's updates!
Dickens of a Christmas
SunTrust Dickens of a Christmas is a free street festival full of fun for the whole family on the Roanoke City Market that takes place the first three Friday nights in December from 6:00-10:00 PM except on December 7th when the festivities begin at 5:30 PM. Admission is free. This festival includes a McDonald's Kids' Zone on Wall Street, Horse-drawn Carriage Rides, Christmas Carolers, Strolling St. Nicholas, Santa's Workshop at Center in the Square Atruim, Photos with Santa, Chestnut Roasting, Entertainment including jugglers, sword swallower, street actors, balloon Dude, silt walkers, magicians, face painters, carolers or Christmas Past, ballet, dance, street actors, fireeaters, a community stage with live entertainment and much more. The Laser Light Show presented by Gentry, Locke, Rakes & Moore will take place on Salem Avenue. Also, Carriage ride tickets will be sold at all SunTrust Bank locations. For more information on Dickens of a Christmas visit them online at http://www.downtownroanoke.org.
December 6th-City of Roanoke's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
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. 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!
December 13th-Haley Toyota's City of Roanoke Christmas Parade
The 2013 SunTrust Dickens of a Christmas continues in downtown Roanoke starting at 6:00 PM on Friday, December 14th. The main event is Haley Toyota's City of Roanoke's Christmas Parade starting at 6:30 PM. The parade route begins at the corner of Elm Avenue and Jefferson Street (Elmwood Park) and continues north on Jefferson Street to Campbell Avenue, then east on Campbell to Market Street. The Q99/Gwaltney Cafe' will be set up from 5:30-10:00 PM on Wall Street with Q-Bear. Come by and register to win a Christmas Feast that includes a mini-fridge stuffed with food. 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, stilt walking, a fire eater, a sword swallower, a magician, a face painter, juggler and Balloon Dude, photos with Santa, a living nativity scene on Campbell Avenue, McDonald's Kid Zone, Santa's Workshop presented by SunTrust at Center in the Square Atruim and more! 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! For more information on 2013 Dickens of a Christmas CLICK HERE!
December 20th-SPCA Pet Costume Contest
SunTrust Dickens of a Christmas' final night is Friday, December 20th beginning at 6:00 PM. The SPCA of the Roanoke Valley Pet Costume Contest will begin at 6:30 PM with registration starting at 6:00 PM on Salem Avenue. All judging and awarding of prizes will occur in Market Square. Dick Daniels and David Page will host the SPCA's Pet Costume Contest with Q-Bear. The festivities will continue into the night until 10:00 PM including live stage and street performances, activities in the Historic Market area, carriage rides, live carolers, magicians, fire eaters, sword swallowers, photos with Santa, living nativity scene and more. Be sure to check out the Coca-Cola Snow Zone!
The Q99-Gwaltney Cafe will be set up downtown all three nights so be sure to stop by and register to win a refrigerator stuffed with holiday food courtesy of our friends from Budweiser.
The 2013 Gingerbread Festival
2013 Gingerbread Festival is Saturday, December 7th on Longwood Park on East Main Street in Salem from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. The festival will feature activities that include a Gingerbread House Competition, live holiday entertainment on the stage, arts & craft vendors, food vendors, local business displays, children's craft activities and a bonfire with marshmallows for roasting. The Gingerbread Festival is a free event with free parking. Kids of all ages are welcome to sing along, enjoy hot chocolate and tour the beautiful Gingerbread houses located at the Carriage House in Longwood Park. This is a fundraiser for the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce Foundation's scholarship program and the Carriage House Restoration Fund. For more information on the Gingerbread Festival visit them online at http://www.s-rcchamber.org.
Ye Olde Salem Christmas
Ye Olde Salem Christmas is Saturday, December 7th on Main Street in Salem from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. This festival includes merchant open houses, hot cider and roasted chestnuts all in downtown Salem. There will be activities at the Salem Library that include photos with Santa (bring your camera), Story time with Mrs.Claus, children's activities and mail letters to Santa. The Salem Farmer's Market will have market vendors with crafts, wreaths, baked goods, carriage rides, Model-T Car rides around town and to the Gingerbread Festival at Longwood Park.Ye Olde Salem Christmas is sponsored by the Salem Parks & Recreation-Special Events. Get additional information at 375-3057.
Holiday Traditions is a signature event in downtown Lynchburg brought to you by Lynch's Landing and take place the first three Saturdays in December (December 7th, December 14th and December 21st from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Admission is free. This street festival includes photos with The Grinch at The Galleria on Main Street, free carrriage rides (10AM-1PM from 10th & Main and the Community Market), Mistletoe Market at the Community Market will be open from 7AM-4PM. The Mistletoe Market includes Heritage Crafter's Gallery that offers an array of handcrafted items, Santa & Mrs.Claus at the Market (10A-1PM) and seasonal greenery. For more information on Holiday Traditions visit them online at http://www.lynchslanding.com.
Saturday, December 14th-Riverfront Challenge Frosty Footrace at Percival's Island trail starting at 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. For more information CLICK HERE!
Saturday, December 14th-Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra presents JOY!JOY!JOY! at the Academy of Fine Arts Warehouse Theatre at 7:00 PM. For more information or to buy tickets CLICK HERE!
Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a Saturday, December 14th in downtown Roanoke from 9:00-11:00 AM. Get in the spirit this holiday season by being one of the thousands of runners and walkers who hit the pavement, pathway and parks this winter to fight arthritis. Arthritis is the nation's most common cause of disability. This Run/Walk is a fun way to kick off the Holidays by wearing holiday themed costumes, tieing jingle bells on your shoelaces and running or walking a 5k route with team members to celebrate the season. Registration opens in downtown Roanoke at 7:30 AM and the 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk begins at 9:00 AM with post event celebrations starting at 10:00 AM. Be there with bells on Saturday, December 14th! For more information on the 2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk visit them online at http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1072294.