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Get Your Holly On!

December means it's time to fight the chill and dark with plenty of lights, laughter and fun and the New River Valley is one of the best places to do just that. Check out these great events coming up on the calendar.

NOVEMBER 22

Fashions for Evergreens on Display The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg November 22, 2018 through January 1, 2019 Free

Fashions for Evergreens, the Inn’s annual competitive decorated-tree display, features 18 professionally designed trees that present awe-inspiring decorating ideas and concepts in an extraordinary display of holiday cheer. The holiday trees are designed by local businesses and organizations from throughout the New River Valley.

After you take in all of the dazzling trees, be sure to cast a vote for your favorite. Voting ends on Sunday, December 10, 2018.

https://www.innatvirginiatech.com/event_calendar/

NOVEMBER 24

2018 Four-Course Holiday High Teas

Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston

Saturdays Nov. 24 - December 22, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Cost: $16.95 (Call 540-626-2828 for reservations)

Palisades Restaurant presents their 2018 Four-Course Holiday High Teas. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a four-course Holiday Teas complete with scones, pastries, cookies and finger sandwiches. Select from dozens of specialty teas including our exquisite Buckingham Palace black tea. Seating is limited, so we do encourage you to get your reservation in advance before we sell out! https://www.facebook.com/ThePalisadesRestaurant

NOVEMBER 30

Inaugural Holiday Spirits Tree Lighting & Cocktail Party Roanoke City Market Building, Roanoke November 30, 2018, 6:00 - 10:00 PM General Admission: Free/VIP Tickets: $15.00

Celebrate the first tree lighting of the season at the City Market Building's inaugural Holiday Spirits Tree Lighting & Cocktail Party. Fork in the Market is slinging the drinks and Empty Bottles is playing the tunes. We'll light the tree at 7:00 pm and Santa may make an appearance. We're going all out for the most entertaining holiday party around and admission is free! Kick off the season with us!

Got an ugly sweater? A Christmas suit or dress? Don your best holiday attire to enter the Best Dressed Contest.

https://www.facebook.com/events/379082009331417/

Holiday Carolers The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg Fridays November 30 - December 21, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 PM Free Cozy up with a complimentary mug of hot cocoa for live entertainment by Blacksburg Master Chorale's own Ad Hoctet on November 30th, December 14th and December 21st and the Blacksburg High School Madrigal Singers on December 7th.

https://www.innatvirginiatech.com/event_calendar

Holiday Magic - A Theatre Performance Adults: $25.00 Children: $10.00

The New River Valley Regional Theatre presents "Holiday Magic - A Theatre Performance"

• Friday, November 30th at 7:00 pm • Sunday, December 2nd at 2:00 pm • Sunday, December 9th at 2:00 pm • Friday, December 14th at 7:00 pm • Saturday, December 15th at 7:00 pm • Friday, December 21st at 7:00 pm

Join us for this seasonal offering of song, comedy, and moments to touch your heart. Holiday magic is a gift for all ages!

https://www.facebook.com/New-River-Valley-Regional-Theatre-542498039455589/. DECEMBER 1

Breakfast with Santa Christiansburg High School, Christiansburg December 1, 2018, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Adults 13 & Over: $6.00, Children Under 12: $3.00, tickets at the door

Christiansburg High School's Music Department presents their 2018 Breakfast with Santa in Christiansburg High School Cafeteria. The family friendly breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, fruit, and drinks. Additional activities include pictures with Santa, meet with elves, balloon animal creations, games, crafts and live music!

This is a fundraiser for both the Christiansburg Choral Department and Band. Support our music students and join us for lots of holiday family fun!

https://www.facebook.com/CHSchoraldepartment/  

Winterfest and Festival of Trees The Floyd Center for the Arts, Floyd December 1 and 2, 2018, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Free The Floyd Center for the Arts presents the 24th Annual Winterfest and Festival of Trees.

This year’s event features more than 30 artisan vendors selling their wares, kids’ holiday-themed art activities, our ever-popular Art Cafe offering breakfast, lunch, beverages and snacks, and more than 50 trees and wreaths decorated by local businesses and organizations available in a silent auction.

The first Winterfest was designed as a year-end showcase of local artisanship and creativity, in time for local residents’ holiday shopping, many of whom have a policy of buying locally made handcrafted gifts for friends and family. Twenty-three years later, Winterfest remains the best opportunity for shoppers to find a wide variety of handmade, local, unique gifts all offered at one place, allowing shoppers to connect with makers and learn the stories behind the gifts.

https://www.facebook.com/FloydArts/. Holiday Cooking Demo with Chef Watson

Preston's (Inn at Virginia Tech), Blacksburg

December 1, 2018 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Cost: $9.00

Preston's, located within The Inn at Virginia Tech, presents Holiday Cooking Demo with Executive Chef Watson. Sample stollen French toast served with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. Each guest will receive a stollen bread treat along with recipes to bring home and enjoy later.

Space is limited and reservations are required. For reservations and more information, please call Preston's Restaurant at 540-231-0120.

https://www.innatvirginiatech.com/event_calendar/

City of Radford Holiday Parade

Downtown Radford, Radford

December 1, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Free

The City of Radford presents their 2018 Holiday Parade. The theme for the 2018 Holiday Parade is "Radford Hometown Holidays Past, Present, Future". The parade route will line-up on East Main Street between Tyler Avenue and University Drive Bridge and proceed westward along Main Street to the Central Square Shopping Center.

http://www.radfordva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=312

The Nutcracker presented by The Blacksburg Ballet

Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg December 1, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 PM Students: $15.00, Adults: $24.00 The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition for the entire family, capturing your imagination and transporting you to a magical world of toy soldiers and dancing snowflakes. The audience follows Clara on her journey as she meets colorful characters in the Land of the Sweets, from the captivating Sugar Plum Fairy to Mother Ginger's Bon Bon children. This iconic classical ballet enthralls audiences of all ages. http://www.dance-techperformingarts.com/the-nutcracker/

Scrooge The Musical

Warm Hearth Village Center, Blacksburg

Weekends December 1 - 9, 2018 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Cost:Adults: $15.00 Students/Children: $10.00 Seniors (Ages 55+): $12.00

New River Stage presents Scrooge The Musical.

Performance Schedule:

• Saturday, December 1st at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm

• Sunday, December 2nd at 3:00 pm

• Saturday, December 8th at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm

• Sunday, December 9th at 3:00 pm

This timeless musical follows the plot of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", in which the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.Starring over 40 local actors from ages 5 to 60 this is the holiday show you do not want to miss. The show is family friendly. https://www.facebook.com/NewRiverStage/

DECEMBER 2

Pearisburg Christmas Parade & Pictures with Santa Downtown Pearisburg, Pearisburg December 2, 2018, 4:00 - 6:00 PM Free The Pearisburg Merchants Association presents the 2018 Pearisburg Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in downtown Pearisburg, VA. Join Pearisburg for the annual holiday tradition. Immediately after the parade, head to the Pearisburg Town Hall (located at 112 Tazewell Street) for pictures with Santa and hot chocolate. https://www.facebook.com/events/348581419302447/

DECEMBER 4

City of Radford Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa

Radford Public Library, Radford December 4, 2018, 5:00 - 7:30 PM Free

Join The Radford Public Library for an evening of cookies by Radford Coffee Company, crafts, photos with Santa, festivities, and, of course, the lighting of the Radford's holiday tree! Featuring performances by: • Blacksburg Children's Chorale with Radford Satellite Choir • Santa's Ukulele Band • Grove United Methodist Handbell Choir https://www.facebook.com/radford.public.library

DECEMBER 7

Winter Lights Fest & TubaChristmas with Tree Lighting, Santa and Parade

Downtown Blacksburg, Blacksburg December 7, 2018, 3:00 - 8:00 PM Free Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. presents the 2018 Winter Lights Fest & TubaChristmas with Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Parade on Friday, December 7, 2018 at multiple locations in downtown Blacksburg, VA. Downtown Blacksburg will be a festive, fun packed hub of activity with something for everyone! Schedule:

• All Day: Vote for your favorite Holiday Tree & Micah’s Backpack Gingerbread House in Kent Square • 3:00-8:00 pm: Holiday Gift Market • 3:30-5:30 pm: Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Lyric (bring your own camera) • 5:00-7:00 pm: Holiday Art Walk • 5:00-7:00 pm: The Wilderness Road Chorus sings around downtown • 5:15 pm: Blacksburg Children’s Chorale sing on Henderson Lawn Stage • 5:45 pm: Tree Lighting Ceremony with Blacksburg Children's Chorale, Mayor Hager-Smith, Santa, Mrs Claus & WSLS 10 • 5:45-6:00 pm: King's Post carol singers in Kent Square • 6:00 pm: TubaChristmas co-sponsored by the Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. and the Department of Music at Virginia Tech on Henderson Lawn Stage • 7:00 pm: Holiday Parade co-sponsored by Blacksburg Parks and Recreation Department & Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. The year's Holiday Parade theme is "Good Tidings of Great Joy!". The parade will begin on Stanger Street and it will turn right on Price's Fork Road, then turn right onto North Main Street and will proceed down Main Street ending at Eheart Street. In case of inclement weather, the rain date will be on Saturday, December 8, 2018. In addition, Downtown Merchants will hold their annual open houses from 4:00-8:00 pm including late night shopping, free gift wrap, snacks, beverages and holiday specials. https://www.facebook.com/DowntownBlacksburg.

The Nutcracker Bondurant Auditorium (Preston Hall), Radford December 7-9, 2018, 7:30 - 10:00 PM General Public: $7.00, Radford University Students, Faculty & Staff: Free, Children: $3.50 The Radford University College of Visual & Performing Arts presents with four performances starting on Friday, December 7, 2018 through Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the Bondurant Auditorium located in Preston Hall on the campus of Radford University.