Happenings: The Only Roanoke Events Calendar You’ll Ever Need. Week of 11/30 to 12/7.

We scoured 17 disparate community calendars (yes, 17) so you didn’t have to.

Illuminights, Explore Park’s Winter Walk of Lights, in 2021. PHOTO BY LINDSEY HULL. Want to see your photo in our Happenings events calendar? Send us your best recognizably-Roanoke shots to editor@roanokerambler.com.

We scoured 17 disparate community calendars (yes, 17) so you didn’t have to. Want to know when the next City Council meeting takes place? Curious about what there’s to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered. We list events chronologically. Want to see different formatting/information? Let us know! This weekly listing is accessible to non-subscribers. Especially with pandemic uncertainty, we strongly encourage folks to contact the venue directly to learn of any last minute changes or cancellations.

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Ongoing

  • Through Saturday, Dec. 3 — Gingerbread House Competition at the Salem Museum & Historical Society (801 E Main St., Salem). Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Visit this link for more information.
  • Through Dec. 16 — The Elf on the Shelf Adventure in Downtown Roanoke, presented by Downtown Roanoke, Inc. Sixteen elves are hidden in stores in downtown Roanoke. Find them all, turn in your adventure passport, and be entered to win $1000. Visit this link for more information, including full contest rules.
  • Through Dec. 25 — Land of Lights presented by Franklin County Parks and Recreation at Franklin County Recreation Park (2150 Sontag Rd., Rocky Mount, VA). Open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Drive the half mile loop and enjoy over 50,000 Christmas lights with your whole family.  For more information, visit this link.
  • Through Dec. 30 — Illuminights, Explore Park’s Winter Walk of Lights opens at Explore Park (56 Roanoke River Parkway Rd., Roanoke), open 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Nov. 25-27; with some adjusted hours Dec. 1 through Dec. 30. Closed Dec. 24 and 25. Half-mile wooded path has more than 600,000 lights. Santa visit, marshmallow roasting and more are part of the experience, depending on the day. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • Through Jan. 1 — Fashions for Evergreens presented by the United Way of Roanoke Valley and the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (110 Shenandoah Ave., Roanoke). Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Features more than 25 trees throughout the property, the event’s public vote raises money for the United Way of Roanoke Valley. For more information, visit this link.
  • Through Jan. 2 — Parade of Christmas Trees at the Vinton War Memorial (814 E. Washington Ave., Vinton). Trees are donated and decorated by Vinton businesses. For more information, visit this link.
  • Through Jan. 29 — Elmwood on Ice, presented by WDBJ (Channel 7) comes to Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Find hours and ticket information at this link.

Wednesday, November 30

  • 7:30 a.m. — 31st Annual Legislative Meeting & Breakfast presented by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). Registration is required. Find more information at this link.
  • 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. — Yoga at the Taubman Museum of Art. For more information, visit www.taubmanmuseum.org/calendar or contact info@taubmanmuseum.org or (540) 342-5760. ($)
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Views and Brews presented by Roanoke Mountain Adventures, starting at 806 Wasena Ave., Roanoke. This guided e-bike tour will lead you on a cycling adventure along the Roanoke River Greenway and up Mill Mountain, and through two of Roanoke’s loveliest neighborhoods. You’ll have the opportunity to stop at breweries and local eateries during your three hour tour. Equipment rental is included in the ticket price. For more information and to book your tour, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Opening Night: Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” at Mill Mountain Theatre (1 Market Sq., Roanoke). Celebrate the holiday season with this joyous musical featuring thrilling tap-dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Live music: Nikki Lane at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Ben Trout Band at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413  St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Thursday, December 1

  • 3 to 4 p.m. — Architectural Review Board meeting at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building  (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 4 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. — Chris’s Cocoa & Cookies with Santa at Chris’s Coffee & Custard (1824 9th St. SE, Roanoke) to benefit LovABLE Services. Features hot cocoa and cookies, photos and a visit with Santa. Tickets are limited for this event. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 6 to 10 p.m. — Vinton Tree Lighting Christmas Parade. The tree lighting is at 6 p.m. at the Vinton Municipal Building (311 S. Pollard St., Vinton). The parade steps off at 7 p.m. at the Vinton War Memorial (814 E. Washington Ave., Vinton). Find more information at this link.
  • 6:30 p.m. — Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board Public Hearing at the Melrose Library (2502 Melrose Ave. NW, Roanoke).
  • 7 to 9 p.m. — Paddling Film Festival World Tour presented by the Creek Freaks of Franklin County at Living Proof Beer Co. (50 W. Court St., Rocky Mount). Six films will be featured. Visit this link for more information.
  • 7:05 p.m. — Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs vs. Knoxville Ice Bears at the Berglund Center Coliseum (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Author Event: Winter Harvest Reading at Hollins University’s Visual Arts Center Auditorium (8009 Fishburn Dr., Roanoke). Hollins faculty writers read from their work to raise money for the hungry. Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” at Mill Mountain Theatre (1 Market Sq., Roanoke). Celebrate the holiday season with this joyous musical featuring thrilling tap-dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Into The Fog at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413  St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Friday, December 2

  • 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. — Free Yoga for the People at the main Roanoke Public Library (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke.) More information can be found at this link.
  • 9 a.m. — Friday Coffee Club Ride starting at Sweet Donkey Coffee (2108 Broadway Ave., Roanoke). Meet local road cyclists at this weekly coffee club ride.
  • 4 to 8:15 p.m. — Chris’s Cocoa & Cookies with Santa at Chris’s Coffee & Custard (1824 9th St. SE, Roanoke) to benefit LovABLE Services. Features hot cocoa and cookies, photos and a visit with Santa. Tickets are limited for this event. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 5 p.m. — Grand Opening: Emerging Artists presented by Art On 1st (300 1st St. SW, Roanoke). This new art space is kicking things off with a show featuring emerging artists. Artists hail from all walks of life with a wide range of experience, art education, and styles. A mix of media includes paintings in watercolor, acrylic and oils, drawings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, textiles with beading, and more. Visit this link for more information.
  • 5 to 8 p.m. — Artist Reception: Mary Zompetti at the Alexander/Heath Contemporary Gallery (109 Campbell Ave., Roanoke) to spotlight her new solo exhibition, “The Lost Garden.” For more information, visit this link.
  • 5 to 9 p.m. — Flames of Memory at the National D-Day Memorial (3 Overlord Circle, Bedford). As twilight deepens and obscures the Blue Ridge, the Memorial will honor the 4,415 men killed on D-Day.  Arranged throughout the Memorial's grounds, thousands of luminarias will shine in recognition of Overlord's fallen and in tribute to the ultimate sacrifice each made to relight the lamp of freedom.  For more information, visit this link.
  • 5 to 10 p.m. — Dickens of a Christmas presented by Downtown Roanoke, Inc. in Downtown Roanoke featuring the City of Roanoke Christmas Tree Lighting (on Salem Ave., in the plaza behind the Market Building, Roanoke). The ceremony begins at 5:30 with the tree lighting at 6:20. Includes live stage performances.
  • 5:30 p.m. — 3rd Annual First Bank Tinsel Trail Opening Night at the Fincastle Courthouse (3 West Main St., Fincastle). The Christmas tree lighting will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a self-guided walk through the festive lights. Find more information at this link.
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Art By Night Reception for December Featured Artists: Pat Carr & Sindy Scalfi at Market Gallery (22 Market Sq., Roanoke). Find more information at this link.
  • 5:30 to 9 p.m. — Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas in Downtown Rocky Mount (320 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). Featuring the Biggest Little Parade, live music, dance performances, and vendors. Find more information at this link.
  • 6 p.m. — Christmas tree lighting and parade presented by the City of Salem Parks & Recreation at the Salem Farmers Market (Main St., Salem). The tree lighting begins at 6 p.m, with the parade to follow at 6:30. Find more information at this link.
  • 7 p.m. — “Beauty and the Beast” presented by Virginia Children’s Theatre at the Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” at Mill Mountain Theatre (1 Market Sq., Roanoke). Celebrate the holiday season with this joyous musical featuring thrilling tap-dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Roanoke Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Pops Spectacular at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). RSO Chorus & Guest Choruses, Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir with David Stewart Wiley, conductor. Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” at Showtimers Theatre (2067 McVitty Rd., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. — Live music: Rachael Hester & The Tennessee Walkers at Olde Salem Brewing Co. (315 Market St., Roanoke).
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Lazy Man Dub Band at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Saturday, December 3

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — 7th Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Show at the Berglund Special Events Center (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Wear a tacky sweater or shirt for a chance to win a prize. Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Community Healing Workshop: How to be a H.O.O.D. Healer presented by Total Action for Progress at the Roanoke Higher Education Center (108 N. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Short for Health, Optimism, Ownership, Discipline, H.O.O.D. Healers are community leaders who are passionate about holistic wellness, self-empowerment, and serving people. Training topics include meditation, yoga, self-care techniques, and the power of daily affirmations. Register in advance by email: lateefah.trent@tapintohope.org.
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Candy Cane Express at the Virginia Museum of Transportation (393 Norfolk Ave. SW, Roanoke). Features train rides, balloon animals, face painting, a magic show, and vendors. Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 11 a.m. — Downtown Roanoke food and cultural tour, starting at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (110 Shenandoah Ave. NE, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Author Event: Saturday Signings with local authors featuring Amanda Cockrell and Brook Allen at Book No Further (112 Market St. SE, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information.
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — An Old Virginia Christmas at Booker T. Washington National Monument (12130 Booker T. Washington Hwy, Hardy). Learn about the sights, sounds, and fragrances of a mid-19th century Christmas as Dr. Booker T. Washington described it in his 1907 article written for both Suburban Life and Tuskegee Student magazines, “Christmas Days in Old Virginia.” Gingerbread and hot cider will be available. Find more information at this link.
  • 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  — “Beauty and the Beast” presented by Virginia Children’s Theatre at the Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 2 to 4 p.m. — Author Event: Saturday Signings with local authors featuring Todd Marcum and Sally Jameson Bond at Book No Further (112 Market St. SE, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information.
  • 2 and 7:30 p.m. — Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” at Mill Mountain Theatre (1 Market Sq., Roanoke). Celebrate the holiday season with this joyous musical featuring thrilling tap-dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 3 to 7 p.m. — Grandin Village Winterfest with live music from the Boogie Woogie Christmas Band in the Historic Grandin Village (1320 Grandin Rd., Roanoke). Find more information at this link.
  • 4 to 8:15 p.m. — Chris’s Cocoa & Cookies with Santa at Chris’s Coffee & Custard (1824 9th St. SE, Roanoke) to benefit LovABLE Services. Features hot cocoa and cookies, photos and a visit with Santa. Tickets are limited for this event. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 5 to 9 p.m. — Flames of Memory at the National D-Day Memorial (3 Overlord Circle, Bedford). As twilight deepens and obscures the Blue Ridge, the Memorial will honor the 4,415 men killed on D-Day.  Arranged throughout the Memorial's grounds, thousands of luminarias will shine in recognition of Overlord's fallen and in tribute to the ultimate sacrifice each made to relight the lamp of freedom.  For more information, visit this link.
  • 7 p.m. — Steve-O: The Bucket List Tour at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). This show is for adult audiences only. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” at Showtimers Theatre (2067 McVitty Rd., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. — Live music: Rarely Available Band at Olde Salem Brewing Co. (315 Market St., Roanoke).
  • 8 to 11 p.m. — Hoppie Vaughan & The Ministers of Soul at 2 Chill Restaurant (312 2nd. St. SW, Roanoke).
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Litz at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Sunday, December 4

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — 7th Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Show at the Berglund Special Events Center (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Wear a tacky sweater or shirt for a chance to win a prize. Find more information at this link. ($)
  • Noon to 4 p.m. — Foodie Gift Market at Gatewood Rose (422 Salem Ave., Roanoke). View the vendor list and find more information at this link.
  • Noon to 4 p.m. — Candy Cane Express at the Virginia Museum of Transportation (393 Norfolk Ave. SW, Roanoke). Features train rides, balloon animals, face painting, a magic show, and vendors. Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 2 p.m. — Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” at Mill Mountain Theatre (1 Market Sq., Roanoke). Celebrate the holiday season with this joyous musical featuring thrilling tap-dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 2 p.m. — Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” at Showtimers Theatre (2067 McVitty Rd., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 3 p.m. — “Beauty and the Beast” presented by Virginia Children’s Theatre at the Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 3 to 5 p.m. — First Draft: A Generative Writing Workshop and Community Potluck presented by War on Books and Ursula’s Cafe at Ursula’s Cafe (511 Jefferson St., Roanoke). Everyone is welcome. Take food, something to write with, or just yourself. Find more information and reserve your spot at this link.
  • 5 to 9 p.m. — Flames of Memory at the National D-Day Memorial (3 Overlord Circle, Bedford). As twilight deepens and obscures the Blue Ridge, the Memorial will honor the 4,415 men killed on D-Day.  Arranged throughout the Memorial's grounds, thousands of luminarias will shine in recognition of Overlord's fallen and in tribute to the ultimate sacrifice each made to relight the lamp of freedom.  For more information, visit this link.

Monday, December 5

  • 9 a.m. to Noon — Roanoke City Council meeting briefings in City Council Chambers at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 2 p.m. — Roanoke City Council regular agenda meeting in City Council Chambers at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Free Yoga for the People at the main Roanoke Public Library (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke.) More information can be found at this link.
  • 7 to 8 p.m. — Holiday Jubilee presented by Winds of the Blue Ridge at William Fleming High School (3649 Ferncliff Ave. NW, Roanoke). Find more information at this link.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Wonderful Christmastime! presented by the Mill Mountain Ringers community handbell choir at Raleigh Court United Methodist Church (1706 Grandin Rd., Roanoke). Find more information at this link.

Tuesday, December 6

  • Noon to 1 p.m. — Business & Public Affairs Speaker Series: The Future of News presented by the Public Relations Society of America’s Blue Ridge Chapter at the Shenandoah Club (24 Franklin Rd., Roanoke) with guest speakers Luanne Rife and Dwayne Yancey. Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 6 p.m. — Fleet Feet Pub Run & Walk at Big Lick Brewing Co. (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). Walk or run with the Fleet Feet family; 1, 3, and 5 mile routes are available, and participants can scale the distance or pace to their own needs. Check in at the Fleet Feet tent when you arrive. Visit this link for more details.
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Seph Custer & The Flatbreaks at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413  St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Wednesday, December 7

  • 7:30 to 9 a.m. — State of the County 2022 presented by Appalachian Power and the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce at Green Ridge Recreation Center (7415 Wood Haven Rd., Roanoke). Topics covered include education, innovation, and economic development projects around Roanoke County. Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. — Yoga at the Taubman Museum of Art. For more information, visit www.taubmanmuseum.org/calendar or contact info@taubmanmuseum.org or (540) 342-5760. ($)
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Views and Brews presented by Roanoke Mountain Adventures, starting at 806 Wasena Ave., Roanoke. This guided e-bike tour will lead you on a cycling adventure along the Roanoke River Greenway and up Mill Mountain, and through two of Roanoke’s loveliest neighborhoods. You’ll have the opportunity to stop at breweries and local eateries during your three hour tour. Equipment rental is included in the ticket price. For more information and to book your tour, visit this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Ben Trout Band at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413  St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.