Roanoke’s Christmas in the Village takes center stage this weekend

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus sing Christmas carols with children and their families during last year’s Christmas in the Village celebration in Roanoke. The two-day Christmas event returns this year on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, with many opportunities for adults to shop, multiple chances for children to meet Santa and more.
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus sing Christmas carols with children and their families during last year’s Christmas in the Village celebration in Roanoke. The two-day Christmas event returns this year on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, with many opportunities for adults to shop, multiple chances for children to meet Santa and more. TAB file photo.

Roanoke’s annual celebration of the Christmas season, Christmas in the Village, will take place Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8.
The two-day event gives children multiple opportunities to meet Santa Claus while presenting shoppers with an array of places to purchase unique Christmas gifts.

Friday’s activities are highlighted by Santa Claus’ arrival in Roanoke at 6 p.m. Deciding to give his reindeer the night off, jolly old St. Nick will cruise into town in a fire truck from the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department. His destination will be the former town hall building at 126 N. Main St., where he will listen to children’s Christmas wishes. Santa’s relaxing reindeer will be nearby and attendees will be able to meet them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The sound of Christmas carols will echo through Roanoke as carolers perform holiday classics around town. Attendees will be welcome to take part in the singing or just listen. The Roanoke Lions Club and Union Church will be serving hot cocoa, cookies and hot dogs to those gathered.

Attendees looking to do some shopping will have opportunities to do so at Seminary United Meth-0odist Church and at stores around town. The church, located at 285 N. Seminary St., will be holding its annual Country Store and Bake Sale from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Roanoke’s stores will be open until 8 p.m. At the stores, shoppers will be able to find home décor, artist-made gifts, clothing, antiques, collectibles, original art, custom framing, libations and take-and-bake pies.

Roanoke’s “Shop Small, Win Big” promotion will be in full swing. Shoppers who make a purchase at a participating store or restaurant will be entered to win a $400 shopping spree. The promotion will run through Saturday, Dec. 22, when a drawing will be held. The drawing’s winner will have one month from that date to claim four $100 gift certificates from participating stores or restaurants of their choice.

Friday’s activities will conclude with a performance by the Alicia Pyle Quartet at the Cottage Event Center, located at 9524 U.S.-24. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m.

The event will serve as a benefit for Toys for Tots, with attendees asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate.

The event is sponsored by Spokesmen Cycling and John Nelson of Edward Jones.

For ticket information, visit www.CottageEventCenter.com or call 483-3508.

On Saturday, the festivities begin with “Breakfast with Santa” at Cornerstone Alliance Church, located at 5833E-900N. Kris Kringle will be up bright and early to mingle and take pictures with children from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. During that time, a breakfast of pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs will be served, along with juice and coffee. The cost to attend is a freewill donation, which will benefit area families in need.
At 9 a.m., Seminary United Methodist will reopen its Country Store until 4 p.m. The church will relocate its Bake Sale to the old town hall and operate there from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Shoppers will also be able to find gifts at The Oak Room, which will host a craft bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items available at the event center, which is located at 4215 E. Station Rd., will include the following: holiday décor, shabby chic items, vintage décor, handmade soaps, bath bombs, dog cookies, crocheted items, baby clothes, pillow cases, jewelry, wreaths, homemade dip mixes and Ed’s Wood Shop creations.
Food and drink will be available there for shoppers.

Santa will make another appearance in town, doing so on Main Street from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to seeing Father Christmas, children will also be able to participate in free kids activities from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. These activities are sponsored by The Trove, Moose & Mollie’s, Trends Hair Studio and United Methodist Women of Seminary United Methodist Church.

While these activities are going on, the United Methodist Women will be selling cookies and hot cocoa and carolers will be performing. Additionally, there will be a toy-donation area set up for Lutheran Children’s Hospital. Donated toys must be new.

Shops on Main Street and around Roanoke will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.