Happenings: The Only Roanoke Events Calendar You’ll Ever Need. Week of 12/1 to 12/8.

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

A view of a foggy Mill Mountain from the balcony of the Taubman Museum of Art in 2018. PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNIFER BERRY. 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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Wednesday, Dec. 1

  • 7:30 to 10 a.m. —30th annual legislative meeting and breakfast sponsored by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Roanoke Regional Home Builders Association and Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd., Salem). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Gingerbread house competition preview at the Salem Museum & Historical Society (801 East Main St., Salem). For more information, visit this link.
  • 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. — Yoga at the Taubman Museum of Art. For more information, visit www.taubmanmuseum.org/calendar or contact info@taubmanmuseum.org or (540) 342-5760 ($)
  • 5:30 p.m — Roanoke Valley chess club in the community room of the Raleigh Court Branch Library (112 Grandin Rd. SW, Roanoke). More information at www.roanokechess.com.
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m. — The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — A Christmas Story, adapted from the classic 1983 movie, plays at the Mill Mountain Theatre Trinkle Main Stage (1 Market Square., Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit https://millmountain.org/. ($)

Thursday, Dec. 2

  • Noon — Ladies Who Launch Speaker Series featuring Lauren Ellerman, who shares the story of Turn the Page, a nonprofit aimed at creating free personal libraries for all children born in Roanoke, at The Shenandoah Club (24 Franklin Rd. SE, Roanoke). Registration is limited. For more information, visit https://ladieswholaunch.theshenandoahclub.com. Contact: Tammy Epes at (540) 345-1576x221 or tammy@theshenandoahclub.com. ($)
  • 5 to 6:30 p.m. — Elderberries and flowers: From mythology to revered health benefits held at the Main Library of the Roanoke Public Libraries (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.
  • 6 p.m. — Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 2021 Christmas Parade Past and Present. Tree lighting at 6 p.m. and parade at 7 p.m. in downtown Vinton.
  • 6 to 10 p.m. — Elmwood on Ice presented by WDBJ7 at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 6:30 p.m. — Roanoke City Equity and Empowerment Advisory Board meeting at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke), Room 159. For meeting information, contact the city manager’s office at (540) 853-2333.
  • 7 p.m. — Virginia Children’s Theatre presents Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella in Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center (541 Luck Ave. SW, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — A Christmas Story, adapted from the classic 1983 movie, plays at the Mill Mountain Theatre Trinkle Main Stage (1 Market Square., Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit https://millmountain.org/. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Miss Tess brings an eclectic array of vintage blues, country and jazz to The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave SW). Tickets and more information at www.thespotonkirk.org. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Attic Productions presents ‘Welcome to Mitford” by Robert Inman at Botetourt County’s community theater (7490 Roanoke Rd., Fincastle). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • Until 8 p.m. — Holiday Nights in Grandin Village. Retailers will extend their hours the first three Thursdays of December. Cider donuts and balloon twisting on site.

Friday, Dec. 3

  • 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.
  • 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Holiday craft and vendor show with SAVVY EVENTS at the Berglund Center (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.
  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Elmwood on Ice presented by WDBJ7 at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 5 to 9 p.m. — Art by Night, held on the first Friday of each month. Downtown Roanoke art galleries are open late and feature live music and demonstrations. For more information, visit this link.
  • 5 to 9 p.m. — Flames of Memory, honoring those killed on D-Day, held at the National D-Day Memorial (3 Overlord Circle, Bedford). For more information, visit this link.
  • 5:30 p.m. — The Roanoke Times Dickens of a Christmas opens downtown, with tree lighting at 6:20 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Plaza. Vendors and live stage performances. For more information, visit this link.
  • 6 p.m. — Salem Christmas Tree lighting and Christmas parade. Lighting begins at 6 p.m. at the Salem Farmers Market (3 East Main St., Salem) with parade at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street. For more information, visit https://www.visitsalemva.com/.
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Live Nativity at the Shenandoah Baptist Church (6520 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.
  • 6 to 10 p.m. — Elmwood on Ice presented by WDBJ7 at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7 p.m. — SOLD OUT, per online ticket booking: Virginia Children’s Theatre presents Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella in Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center (541 Luck Ave. SW, Roanoke). For information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — A Christmas Story, adapted from the classic 1983 movie, plays at the Mill Mountain Theatre Trinkle Main Stage (1 Market Square., Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit https://millmountain.org/. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Attic Productions presents ‘Welcome to Mitford” by Robert Inman at Botetourt County’s community theater (7490 Roanoke Rd., Fincastle). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops Spectacular, featuring the symphony’s chorus, Virginia Tech chorus and Roanoke Valley Children’s Chorus at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 8 to 9:30 p.m. — Joe Bonamassa, blues and rock guitarist, at the Berglund Center (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)

Saturday, Dec. 4

  • 9 a.m. to noon. — Public Skate at the Berglund Center Coliseum (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Holiday craft and vendor show with SAVVY EVENTS at the Berglund Center (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.
  • 9:30 a.m. to noon — Peaks of Otter Christmas Classic 5K organized by and benefiting the Bedford Area YMCA, held at the Bedford Baptist Church (1516 Oakwood St., Bedford). For more information, visit this link.
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Salem Crafty Christmas featuring crafts, artisan items, baked goods and more at the Salem Farmers Market (3 East Main St., Salem). For more information, visit https://www.visitsalemva.com/.
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Candy Cane Express presented by Grand Home Furnishings at the Virginia Museum of Transportation (303 Norfolk Ave. SW, Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — 2021 Winterfest and the Festival of Trees hosted by the Floyd Center for the Arts (220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd.) Event features artisan vendors, kids’ activities, silent auction and more. For additional information, visit this link.
  • 11 a.m. — SOLD OUT, per online ticket booking: Virginia Children’s Theatre presents Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella in Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center (541 Luck Ave. SW, Roanoke). For information, visit this link. ($)
  • 11 a.m. to noon — Bedford Christmas Parade in downtown Bedford featuring the theme “A Storybook Christmas.”
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Downtown Food & Cultural Tour, starting at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center (106 Shenandoah Ave.) Tickets and more information at www.roanokefoodtours.com. ($)
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — An Old Virginia Christmas at the Booker T. Washington National Monument (12130 Booker T. Washington Hwy, Hardy). Step back to the 19th-century with a costumed guided tour. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Elmwood on Ice presented by WDBJ7 at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 2 p.m. — A Christmas Story, adapted from the classic 1983 movie, plays at the Mill Mountain Theatre Trinkle Main Stage (1 Market Square., Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit https://millmountain.org/. ($)
  • 2:30 p.m. — Attic Productions presents ‘Welcome to Mitford” by Robert Inman at Botetourt County’s community theater (7490 Roanoke Rd., Fincastle). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 3 p.m. — Virginia Children’s Theatre presents Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella in Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center (541 Luck Ave. SW, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 5 to 9 p.m. — Flames of Memory, honoring those killed on D-Day, held at the National D-Day Memorial (3 Overlord Circle, Bedford). For more information, visit this link.
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Live Nativity at the Shenandoah Baptist Church (6520 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.
  • 7:30 p.m. — A Christmas Story, adapted from the classic 1983 movie, plays at the Mill Mountain Theatre Trinkle Main Stage (1 Market Square., Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit https://millmountain.org/. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — The Bureau, a sci fi-rock band, Orange Culture, an alternative rock band and The Flops, an American rock band, come to The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave SW). Tickets and more information at www.thespotonkirk.org. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Marble Eyes, a soulful, energetic rock band, plays at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave. SW, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 8 to 10 p.m. — Rocker George Thorogood and The Destroyers at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 9 p.m. — Lyfe Jennings live in concert at St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church (4730 Cove Rd., Roanoke). Thirty-plus to attend. For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)

Sunday, Dec. 5

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — 2021 Winterfest and the Festival of Trees hosted by the Floyd Center for the Arts (220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd.) Event features artisan vendors, kids’ activities, silent auction and more. For additional information, visit this link.
  • Noon to 4 p.m. — Candy Cane Express presented by Grand Home Furnishings at the Virginia Museum of Transportation (303 Norfolk Ave. SW, Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • Noon to 7 p.m. — Elmwood on Ice presented by WDBJ7 at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke), featuring Skate with Santa (1 to 3 p.m.). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 2 p.m. — A Christmas Story, adapted from the classic 1983 movie, plays at the Mill Mountain Theatre Trinkle Main Stage (1 Market Square., Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit https://millmountain.org/. ($)
  • 2 to 5 p.m. — Tacky-Christmas-sweater-themed murder mystery at Beliveau Farm Winery (3899 Eakin Farm Rd., Blacksburg). For tickets and information, call (540) 961-0505 or visit this link. ($)
  • 2:30 p.m. — Attic Productions presents ‘Welcome to Mitford” by Robert Inman at Botetourt County’s community theater (7490 Roanoke Rd., Fincastle). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 3 p.m. — SOLD OUT, per online ticket booking: Virginia Children’s Theatre presents Roger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella in Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center (541 Luck Ave. SW, Roanoke). For information, visit this link. ($)
  • 4 p.m. — Handel's Messiah performed by the Roanoke College Choir at St. Andrew's Catholic Church (631 N. Jefferson St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.
  • 5 to 9 p.m. — Flames of Memory, honoring those killed on D-Day, held at the National D-Day Memorial (3 Overlord Circle, Bedford). For more information, visit this link.
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Live Nativity at the Shenandoah Baptist Church (6520 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.
  • 8 p.m. — Star City Swag, performing classics from a bygone era, with jazz and vocals honoring Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and more, at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave SW). Tickets and more information at www.thespotonkirk.org. ($)

Monday, Dec. 6

  • 9 a.m. — Roanoke City Council work session meeting at City Council chambers in the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 2 p.m. — Roanoke City Council regular agenda meeting at City Council chambers in the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 6 to 7:15 p.m. — Holiday cafe night with Star City SWAG at the Melrose Branch of the Roanoke Public Libraries (2607 Salem Turnpike NW, Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.
  • 6:30 p.m. — Roanoke County annual Christmas Tree lighting at the South County Library (6303 Merriman Rd., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

  • 6 p.m. — Line Dance Night at Sidewinders Steakhouse and Saloon (16 W. Campbell Ave., Roanoke). More information at www.sidewindersaloon.com.
  • 6:30 p.m. — Book launch: “Living Queer History: Remembrance and Belonging in a Southern City” with author Gregory Samantha Rosenthal and guests, at the Main Roanoke Public Library (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). More information and book pre-order available at Book No Further at this link.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

  • 11 a.m. to noon — Santa Claus visits the Main Library of the Roanoke Public Libraries (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.
  • 1 p.m. — Roanoke City Board of Zoning Appeals electronic meeting. For meeting information and access, contact Tina Carr at (540) 853-1330 or tina.carr@roanokeva.gov.
  • 7:30 p.m. — A Christmas Story, adapted from the classic 1983 movie, plays at the Mill Mountain Theatre Trinkle Main Stage (1 Market Square., Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit https://millmountain.org/. ($)