Home for the Holidays
The holidays will look a little different in 2020, but that doesn't mean they can't be just as festive and fun! The Town is offering a variety of virtual and contactless ways to celebrate this year. Please see below for more details and keep checking back as additional events and activities are added.
Virtual Tree Lighting, Dec. 2
The Town will stream the lighting of the tree in Town Square. The live stream will occur at dusk on the Town's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cburgvagov.
Calls from the North Pole, Dec. 2, starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Christiansburg Parks and Recreation Department has been in contact with the North Pole, and everyone, including Santa is very busy! Santa has agreed to call children 8 years old and younger on Dec. 2, starting at 5:30 p.m. For Santa to call, you need to fill out a form located at the Christiansburg Recreation Center or online (here) and return it by Tuesday, Dec. 1, by 5 p.m. Depending on how many forms he receives, Santa may need additional time to call all the children, so if you do not receive a call on Dec. 2, you will be called on Dec. 4. Keep the phone lines open!
Virtual Christmas at the Market
Christmas at the Market is going virtual! You can still support all of your favorite vendors and find everything on your Christmas list by visiting www.christiansburg.org/marketshop on Dec. 3-10.
Santa's Coming to Town, Dec. 7-10 & Dec. 12, starting at 6:30 p.m. each day
Santa's sleigh is in the shop, getting fixed up before his big night. In the meantime, he's borrowing one of Christiansburg Volunteer Fire Department's trucks to visit our town!
Santa will start cruising through Christiansburg at 6:30 p.m. each night from Dec. 7–10 and on Dec. 12 and will drive until the route is complete. Just step outside your home to give him a wave as he drives by! He'll be periodically sounding his siren so you know when he's on his way.
Remember Santa is very busy, and though he'd love to travel down every road in town, he just can't make it fit into his schedule. He tried to incorporate as many areas of town as he could, taking into consideration his very large firetruck sleigh and making sure he could easily navigate down each street. He encourages families to find the nearest street to them that he will be riding down and walk over to it to wave hello to him. He'll be driving very slowly through these neighborhoods, so just keep an ear out for sirens to know when he'll be making his way through. Santa would like to remind everyone to watch their distance and wear a mask if needed when walking over to see him or if coming into contact with other groups.
Click here for a map of where Santa will be visiting each day. Unlike last year, he won't be making stops, but he'll drive through neighborhoods slowly so that you have a chance to see his decorated fire truck and greet him from your doorstep or yard!
*In the case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled and not rescheduled. If this happens, an announcement will be posted on this page.
Reverse Christmas Parade, Dec. 11, 7-9 p.m. at Uptown Christiansburg
This year, in place of its traditional Christmas Parade, the Town will be offering a reverse parade at Uptown Christiansburg (formerly NRV Mall) on Dec. 11 from 7-9 p.m. Floats will be stationary (parked) in the New River Community College (NRCC) section of the Uptown Christiansburg parking lot while spectators slowly drive by on New River Road. This year's parade theme is "Light up the tree, it's Christmas you see."
Floats will be spaced to adhere to social distancing guidelines, and there is a limit to the number of participants on each float dependent on its size. Click here for a map of the event layout.
In case of inclement weather, the decision to reschedule the parade will be made by noon on Dec. 11, and the decision will be posted on this page. The inclement weather date is Dec. 14.
Light Up Your Home for the Holidays
The Christiansburg Parks and Recreation Department took applications for its residential holiday decorating contest throughout early December. Staff members visited each destination to determine the top 10 entries. The top 10 entries were placed on the Town's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cburgvagov) for voting by the community. Voting runs through 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 21.
Decorated homes who gave permission are included on the map below. Take a self-guided tour through town to check out the cheer!