Winter Lights Festival in Downtown Blacksburg

A Jolly December Gathering

Winter Lights Festival

The Winter Lights Festival will take place on Friday December 1, 2017 from 3-8pm.

3-8pm- Holiday Gift Market
3:30-5:30pm-Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Lyric
4pm- The Greenwood Recorder Ensemble in Kent Square
5:45pm-Tree Lighting Ceremony with Blacksburg Children's Chorale, Mayor Rordam, Santa, Mrs Claus & WSLS 10
7pm- Holiday Parade
All day- Holiday Trees & Micah's Backpack Gingerbread Houses at Kent Square
5-8pm-Holiday Art Walk
Be sure to catch "King's Post" Carol singers all around the downtown throughout the evening

Holiday Gift Market Vendors

The Holiday Gift Market will be located on College Avenue and will include the following vendors:
Carly's Kettle Corn
Dashing Dog Studio LLC
Dream Job Crafts
Gobble de Art
George Wills Art
Weeping Willow Farms' Lost in Time Naturals
Johnson Ridge Farm
Appalachia Roots
Phil Ramsey Fine Art
Poplar Hill Alpacas & Studio
Shine Your Light Soy Wax Candles
Smith Embellishments
Stefan's Moonrise Kingdom

About the Greenwood Recorder Ensemble

The members are Betsy Davies, Marsha Hertel, Mary Rhoades. and Susan Sanders. We have played together about 4 years, but each of us has played the recorder for many years. Each of us plays other instruments as well and participates in other community music groups such as the Salem Choral Society, Blacksburg Community Band, and the Sauerkraut Band. We can be reached at

Holiday Trees in Kent Square

Kent Square lobby is transformed to a Winter Wonderland with decorated trees provided by downtown merchants and community groups.

Park in Kent Square Parking Garage and bring the family to enjoy this spectacular new addition to the holidays in Downtown Blacksburg.
Voting for your favorite tree takes place from November 24- December 23

• Collect your ballot from Kent Jewelers
• Visit the trees in Kent Square and choose your favorite
• Return your completed ballot to & be entered to win Downtown Gift Certificates
• The winning tree will be announced Saturday Dec 23 at 10am at the Free Family Film Fest in the Lyric Theatre, showing "The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe".

Prize Drawing will take place - random voters will win Downtown Gift Certificates!

Trees will be decorated by:
Mount Tabor Ruritan Club
Pointe West Management
Kent Jewelers
Sundee Best Boutique
Sideline Orthopedics
Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.
Energy Check
Habitat for Humanity Restore
Blacksburg Library
Tuck Chiropractic
Community Housing Partners
Blacksburg Children's Museum

Gingerbread Houses at Kent Square

To benefit Micah's Backpack

Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

All proceeds from sale of house decorating kits go to Micah's Backpack.
Micah's Backpack is a weekend backpack feeding program for hungry children in the Blacksburg community.

Gingerbread House Kits available for businesses and individuals for $20 at Nest Realty (400 North Main Street, Blacksburg)
Monday, Nov 13, 9am-12pm
Tuesday, Nov 14, 5-7pm
Thursday, Nov 16, 5-8pm
Friday, Nov. 17, 10am-1pm
Saturday, Nov 18, 9-11am

Houses must be delivered to Kent Jewelers in Kent Square no later than November 24th at 12pm for display and voting in the Kent Square Lobby through December 21.



All ages and ability levels!

Conductor – Dr. Jonathan Caldwell

TubaChristmas is coming to Blacksburg to join in the Winter Lights Festival. Join in the fun as the town celebrates with the annual lighting of the tree, parade, and Farmer's Market happenings. TubaChristmas will make this the best holiday celebration ever! Bring your tubas, euphoniums and all of your friends to downtown Blacksburg on Friday, December 1st, 2017. Participants, please RSVP to

Schedule and Details:

Parking: Kent Square Parking Garage – 207 Draper Rd, Blacksburg, VA 24060.
Registration: $10 due at the door - 3:45 to 4:15pm - (Department of Music, rm. 243, Squires Virginia Tech)
Rehearsal: 4:15 to 5:15pm (Department of Music, rm. 243, Squires Virginia Tech)
Break: 5:15pm to 6pm (Dinner will be provided for the musicians.) Pizza, hot chocolate, coffee and water.
Performance: 6pm to 7pm, (Henderson Lawn Square, Warm weather dress and plastic mouthpieces are in order.) Chairs provided as needed.
Available for purchase: TubaChristmas hats and/or scarves – $20.00, Music ‘Carols for a Merry TubaChristmas - $20.00, Commemorative buttons - $5.00.

TubaChristmas is sponsored by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc, The School of Performing Arts Music | Theatre | Cinema and the Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech.

About TubaChristmas

MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS is celebrating its 42nd Anniversary (1974-2015)

Created by Harvey Phillips, MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS 2015 concerts will be presented in over 280 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Phillips was inspired to create TUBACHRISTMAS as an annual event honoring his mentor/teacher, the late great tubist William J. Bell (born Christmas Day, 1902). Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages, from specific geographic areas, gather to pay respect - through William J. Bell - to all the great artists/teachers who represent their heritage. Every TUBACHRISTMAS performance features traditional Christmas carols especially arranged (for the first TUBACHRISTMAS, December 22, 1974 on "The Rink at Rockefeller Center") by American composer Alec Wilder (died Christmas Eve, 1980). Through Wilder, TUBACHRISTMAS concerts pay grateful tribute to composers who have embraced these noble instruments with solo and ensemble compositions. Depending on the population of any given geographic area, TUBACHRISTMAS ensembles may attract multiples of 100 participants aged 8 to over 90 years! The warm, rich organ-like sound of the tuba-euphonium choir has won the ears and hearts of every audience. It is no wonder that TUBACHRISTMAS has become an established Christmas tradition in cities throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS is a property and presentation of the HARVEY PHILLIPS FOUNDATION, INC

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