Downtown businesses prepare for Dickens of a Christmas

Published: Dec. 5, 2019 at 10:28 PM EST
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The ice is down. The decorations are up. And the Christmas season is coming alive in downtown Roanoke.

People who make their living in Market Square are hoping

will provide a welcome boost to their bottom line.

"We're looking forward to having the thousands of people here and hopefully hundreds in the store."

This will be the first Dickens of a Christmas since Book No Further moved to the City Market, and owner Doloris Vest said she's excited.

"We were up on Church Avenue for two years and got a little of the Dickens excitement up there," Vest told WDBJ7, "but we're really glad to be right down here in the middle of it. I've been down here with my kids before and it's just a wonderful time."

Downtown Roanoke Incorporated Events Manager Scott Arbogast has a long history with Dickens, first serving as a volunteer in middle school and high school.

"I enjoy seeing all the vendors come down, all the families come down having a great time," Arbogast said. "I really enjoy seeing the retailers and restaurants also jump on board. This is their event too."

Last year, rain affected the turnout on two of the three weekends, but organizers are hoping the weather cooperates for the next three Fridays.

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