Dickens’ Returns Christmas in Downtown Roanoke | Entertainment
Highlights include acrobatic dog-loving duo Circus Stella, performing rope, juggling and balancing acts tonight, sometimes accompanied by their team of rescue dogs. On December 17, the Coca-Cola Kids Carnival features rides and a mini Ferris wheel downtown. Downtown Roanoke has also been decked out with new lighting and holiday decorations over the past two seasons, Clark said.
Even though the planners of Dickens of a Christmas are happy to return to a normal vacation schedule, they are still following the recommendations of the Virginia Department Health because a new variant of the coronavirus appears to be spreading around the world.
“Because it’s all on the outside, we feel better about keeping everyone safe,” Clark said. “Of course, if you have symptoms or have had a positive test, please stay home. We want everyone to stay conscientious. If anything changes, we will adapt to stay on top.
Other holiday events will be unpacked this weekend. Salem and Blacksburg will be holding their parades tonight, both of which were canceled last year due to bad weather.
The Roanoke Hotel’s popular Fashions for Evergreens returns, albeit with about a third of the usual number of trees. Visitors can still vote for their favorite tree at the hotel or online in a contest that raises funds for United Way of Roanoke Valley.
The Elf on the Shelf Adventure, a downtown scavenger hunt that was introduced last year to bring people to local stores who were struggling due to the pandemic, has returned from the North Pole. People are encouraged to hunt Santa’s “scout elves” in downtown stores and receive stamps for each find. Those who locate the 18 Elves are eligible to participate in a downtown Roanoke Inc. raffle for $ 1,000.