It Was a Dickens of a Christmas in Roanoke

These children were seriously discussing how Santa was going to get down that small hole and what happens when he lands in the fire.

Carriage rides are obligatory and the horses are cool.

Last night’s finale of Roanoke’s annual Dickens of a Christmas drew a huge, active, laughing, busy crowd into downtown Roanoke and it was all infused heavily with the good cheer of our best holiday.

My pal Susan and I went down to see what was going on and there was plenty, from the Hotel Roanoke’s annual Christmas tree competition to ice skating, Christmas pop by a small church band, La De Da’s annual candy dress, kettle corn popping, people dressed in late 19th Century garb, a live nativity scene and a good bit more–especially in the food category.

We planned to eat at Alejandro’s, the best Mexican restaurant in the region, but the crowd was so big, we ended up at the City Market Building’s new Mexican restaurant. Big mistake. But the night’s only mistake.

We had a grand time, full of the cheer and warmth of the season. And I got some pretty good photos.

Loved the little girl and the penguin ice skating.

The family that skates together …

The ice nearly was worn out from the skating.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph and some animals on a flatbed truck.

Inside the Market Building, seating was optional.

Merry go round and round.

Trees in the Hotel Roanoke lobby downstairs.

More from the Hotel Roanoke.

Susan and me at a pickup truck Christmas tree.

A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Is it fair to call this a “girly tree”?

The City Christmas tree with the Market Building and merry-go-round.

She said her partner was the fire eater, but he wasn’t here. So she ate the fire.

The little family band from a Roanoke Valley church.

La De Da outdid itself with this marvelous hard candy dress in its display window. This was worth the trip down.

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