Christmas starts big in Roanoke with Christmas in Village Dec. 6-7

Kaytlin Barry (right), 7, of Roanoke, gets a high-five from Santa Claus for being a good girl during the past year, as Mrs. Claus watches during Breakfast with Santa at Cornerstone Alliance Church last year. The church will again hold the event as part of Roanoke’s Christmas in the Village celebration, on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Kaytlin Barry (right), 7, of Roanoke, gets a high-five from Santa Claus for being a good girl during the past year, as Mrs. Claus watches during Breakfast with Santa at Cornerstone Alliance Church last year. The church will again hold the event as part of Roanoke’s Christmas in the Village celebration, on Saturday, Dec. 7. TAB file photo.

Christmastime will officially begin in a big way in downtown Roanoke, starting Friday, Dec. 6, with Christmas in the Village from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bringing the entire family to Main Street is highly encouraged, as villagers welcome the arrival of Santa Claus at 6 p.m., atop his new-fangled “sleigh,” a fire truck courtesy of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department. He’ll stroll to the former Town Hall, where children can meet with him and visit with reindeer from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Following Santa’s arrival, Christmas in the Village offers the following events to welcome in the season:

Friday, Dec. 6
• Carolers will fill Main Street, inviting everyone to join them in singing Christmas carols. More holiday cheer will be provided with hot dogs, hot cocoa and cookies.

• Various shops will also stay open late, until 8 p.m., offering shoppers a variety of unique and specialty merchandise, including home décor, artworks, clothing, antiques, collectibles, custom framing, craft beer, fine wine and take-and-bake pies.

In addition, from now until Dec. 21, every time shoppers visit a participating merchant or restaurant in Roanoke they can qualify to enter a drawing to win a $400 shopping spree. The drawing will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, with the winner receiving four $100 gift certificates from the merchants or restaurants of their choice.

• Seminary United Methodist Church will open the doors to its annual Country Store and Bake Sale from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., located at 285 N. Seminary St. Pre-owned and repurposed treasures that can be found include Christmas decorations and ornaments, dishes, baskets, books and home décor. The bake sale features a variety of Christmas cookies.

• Stay in town for a holiday concert featuring The Aleena York Quartet, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at The Cottage Event Center, U.S.-24 at Locust. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

There is a cost for the concert, which will benefit Toys For Tots. Those going to the concert are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to share. Tickets are available at John’s Meat Market or call 483-3508 or email cottageevents@aol. com.

Saturday, Dec. 7
• The jolly elf returns, bright and early, for Breakfast with Santa, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Cornerstone Alliance Church, 5833E-900N. Santa will interact with children and pose for plenty of pictures.
The menu consists of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Cost is a free will donation that will benefit area families in need.

• The Seminary Youth Group will sell hot cocoa and peanut brittle from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• A craft bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oak Room Event Center, at the corner of U.S.-24 and Station Road. Items for sale include holiday décor, shabby chic, vintage décor, handmade soaps, bath bombs, dog cookies, crocheted items, baby clothes, pillowcases, jewelry, wreaths, homemade dip mixes and Ed’s Wood Shop creations. Food and drink will also be available.

• Kids can work on a craft at Paper Moon from 10 a.m. to noon. The store is located at 188 E. 2nd St.

• Decorate a Christmas cookie across the street at Moose and Mollie’s Café and Gelato, 171 E. 2nd St.

• The Trends Hair Studio will create kids’ “elf hair” from 10 a.m. to noon, located at 191 S. Main St.

• The Country Store and Bake Sale will continue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seminary United Methodist Church.

• Santa will return to listen to children’s Christmas wishes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the old Town Hall.

• Roanoke merchants will celebrate “Shop Small Saturday” throughout the village. Shoppers can receive a canvas tote and enter for the $400 shopping spree.