Date announced for Roanoke County's annual Christmas tree lighting

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Roanoke County will kick off a festive holiday season with the illumination of Roanoke County’s beautifully decorated 25 foot Christmas Tree on Monday, December 4, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at South County Library, located at 6303 Merriman Road.

This free, family-focused evening will begin with an official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. It will be highlighted by Christmas carols performed by the students from Penn Forest Elementary School “After School for Kids” (ASK) program.

This year’s theme, “A Magical Musical Christmas” will feature entertainment, crafts, and performances that bring back Christmas memories of old to share with family and friends. Throughout the evening there will be strolling Christmas carolers as well as other musical entertainment.

Children can create winter crafts and decorations such as Jingle Bell Bracelets, Frosty’s Magic Snowman Mask, Rudolf Puppets and Magic Reindeer Food. Also back by popular demand is an American favorite, marshmallow roasting and s’mores, which will add to the light holiday refreshments being served during the evening. Children will also have the opportunity to ride on the Christmas Barrel Train again this year!

The most magical event of the night, will be a personal visit with Santa! Santa will once again arrive by fire truck and will visit with children to discuss their special Christmas wishes. Children will also have a photo opportunity in Santa’s sleigh! Don’t forget the camera to capture all the wonderful smiling faces and Christmas cheer created during the evening.

This free event is sponsored by Roanoke County’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism in collaboration with South County Library. For more information, call Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 540-387-6078 ext. 0 or visit their website here.