The Christmas List: The many places and times you can see Santa and other family Christmas fun

Parades, light shows, character meet-n-greets, gift-wrapping parties and more. Check out all the many things happening around our area!


Martinsville-Henry County Christmas Parade

The 2015 parade theme is “Ringing in the Holiday Season,” and will kick-off with a performance by the PHCC Patriot Players. Spectators can start their holiday season to the sounds of prancing ponies, motors rumbling and cool breezes blowing the tinsel on the festive floats. Get that first glimpse of Santa before he slides down your chimney. Come early to do some shopping, grab dinner, and get a good spot on the parade route.
Saturday, November 21 at 5:00 p.m. in Uptown Martinsville, VA.
Cost: Free

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Reidsville Christmas Parade

Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday, November 21st, during the 2015 Reidsville Christmas Parade!
The parade kicks off at 2:00 p.m. from the Pennrose Mall on South Scales Street and makes its way north to beautiful Downtown Reidsville! Homemade floats, professional floats, dance groups, marching bands, and much, much more! Of course, Santa Claus will be here too.
For more information, including entry forms, contact Matt Smith or Debbie Moore at (336) 342-2668
Saturday, November 21 at 2:00pm
South Scales Street, Reidsville, NC, 27320
Cost: Free

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Owen Farm Tours: Christmas Down on the Farm

Santa will arrive on Nov. 28 at 11 am. Enjoy the fire pit, hayrides, pony rides, and Santa at the cabin.
Cost is $8 for kids and $6 for adults. Under 2 is free. No reservations needed, but call ahead for group reservations: 434-685-4123
Fresh-cut, Virginia-grown frasier fir Christmas Tree will be for sale.
Owen Farm at 1668 Silver Creek Rd, Danville, Virginia 24540
Saturday, November 28 at 10:00am – 11:00am

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Meet Olaf, Meet a Minion

Olaf and a Minion character will make a joint appearance at Karen’s Hallmark at the Danville Mall.
Friday, November 27
Saturday, November 28
2 – 4pm


Holiday Craft Night

Come out and make a book-page wreath!
December 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Mt. Hermon Branch Library
2725 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, VA 24540

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Dinner with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be joining us for pictures, and we will be making Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake Ornaments!
Tuesday, December 1 at 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Chick-fil-A of Danville, VA
3535 Riverside Dr, Danville, Virginia 24541

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‘Twas the Night Before

A holiday-themed show that celebrates the season with three stories that weave together the spirit and tradition of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza. Recommended audience: Grades K-5.
10 am and 12:20 show times on December 2
Caswell Council for the Arts
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Triangle Tree Contest in Durham, NC
Triangle Tree Contest in Durham, NC

Tower Lighting Show at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham NC

The countdown to the start of the holidays with the annual American Tobacco Tower Lighting celebration includes sensational community choral groups and other surprises:

Cast from the Sound of Music, Club Boulevard Elementary Chorus, Barriskill Dance, Lucas Middle School Chorus, Duke Rhythm & Blue, Elevate, and Santa Claus. The first 750 people receive a Light Wand. At the conclusion of the event the Triangle Tree Challenge comes to life and the voting begins! Santa Selfies available near the Trosa Tree Lot. And there will be a “Tree of Bikes” on the Burt’s Bees Patio.
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Greensboro Holiday Parade

The parade averages over 90,000 – 100,000 people annually.
December 5, 2015 at 12 pm
Cost: Free

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Make holiday stacking blocks

Join our hands-on workshop and build fun holiday stacking blocks. Then, decorate your project with fun stickers and different paint colors.
All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
Home Depot, Danville
Saturday, December 5, 2015: 9 AM – 12 PM
Cost is free, but reservations are required.

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Book Signing and Stories with Santa

Brewed Awakening Coffeehouse at 610 Craghead Street, Danville
1 pm until 3 pm on Saturday, December 5

Book Signing with Mary Clark Dalton and Illustrator Stacy Moody
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Christmas on the Plaza, Danville

ChristmasPlazaCome celebrate the upcoming holidays on Main Street Plaza, by JTI Fountain. Meet (and take a selfie!) with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Enjoy music by Dulci Jubilo (Christmas carolers in Victorian garb), Epiphany Episcopal School & Church Children’s Choir, and Brandon Meadows & Allison Shelton.
Donate a new, unwrapped toy to the Salvation Army during the event to receive a commemorative Main Street Plaza ornament., AND to be entered into drawings for a $100 gift certificate to Golden Leaf Bistro, and other prizes from Commonwealth Silver & Goldsmiths, Dell’Anno’s Pizza Kitchen, and Jackie’s Beauty Supply.
Saturday, December 5 at 4:00pm – 6:00pm
209 Main Street, Danville, VA 24541

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Candy Cane Express – Roanoke, VA

December 5, 10 am to 5 pm
December 6, 1 to 5 pm

Discounted admission: $5 per person, members and children 2 and under free
Train rides are $3 per person per ride in addition to admission, children 2 and under are free
The biggest event of the year for the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Join us for… Train rides pulled by a historic diesel locomotive; The cab of the famous Class J 611 steam locomotive will be open: meet a member of the crew! Take pictures with Santa. Enjoy storytelling by Evvy the Grandma Elf and the Roanoke County Library Children’s Department (Saturday only). The Roanoke Valley Model Engineers hold an open house in the Museum’s basement, with a layout that lets children operate the train.
Craft station, food available for purchase, and free parking.
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Riverview Rotary Christmas Parade, Danville

Sunday, December 6
3 p.m.

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Holiday Craft Night

Come out and decorate trees!
December 8, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
Mt. Hermon Branch Library
2725 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, VA 24540

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Christmas Gift Wrapping Party

Danville Public Library
Thursday, December 10

Bring boxed presents and wrapping paper to the library and share a little holiday cheer! Enjoy light refreshments while watching demonstrations on present-wrapping and creative bow-making skills. Each present you wrap will receive a handmade decoration. Demonstrations at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. All ages welcome.
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Martinsville Speedway Toy Drive

December 12, 10am – 2pm
Donate a new toy valued at $10 and drive your own car around the historic speedway. Visit with Santa Claus 11am – 1pm. For additional information, call 1-276-956-7200.

Light Show in Ballou Park, Danville

2015 Community Holiday Light Show
Children’s Village will be open nightly until 9pm through December 23.
Free pictures with Santa, children’s activities and hot chocolate for everyone in attendance!
Gates close 15 minutes prior to end of show. $7 per vehicle, cash only.
December 12-27, 2015 (Closed December 24)
Monday – Thursday: 6pm – 9pm
Friday – Sunday: 6pm – 10pm

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