In Partnership with Explore Park & Roanoke County Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Explore your holiday spirit!  We’re filling the park with exciting activities, crafts, music, food and more. The event is FREE, and all proceeds from concessions and retail will be shared with us to support our important mission.


December 14-16 and 20-24 
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Explore Park

 Attractions include:

• VILLAGE OF LIGHTS – Check out one of the area’s best Christmas light displays and get a preview of even bigger things to come as we unveil some exciting news about 2019.

• SANTA EXPERIENCE – Meet with Santa and tell him about your Christmas wishes, or join him on select Santa Program Nights for an extended program featuring an hour of music, songs and stories!

VISITS WITH SANTA – 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

  • Saturday, December 15
  • Thursday, December 20
  • Saturday, December 22

SANTA PROGRAMS – 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM

  • Sunday, December 16
  • Friday, December 21
  • Sunday, December 23


  • Friday, December 14 – 6:30 PM to 8:00PM

• 12 GREENS OF CHRISTMAS – Experience 12 holes of mini golf while surrounded by the music, lights and joy of the holiday season. We’re even bringing the snow to make the experience more magical! Be sure to pre-register online to avoid wait times. Course is open 6pm to 9pm. Tickets are $5 per person (under 3 free). Preregistration is suggested using our online registration portal.

• FOOD & DRINK – Have a taste of the holidays with food vendors on site, and enjoy a beverage at our wine and beer pavilion.

• ENTERTAINMENT – Your nights will be merry and bright with carolers, dance and demonstrations from local artists. Relax by the campfire for stories and s’mores. The kids can explore their crafty side with interactive art projects.

• SHOPPING– Let the kids shop on their own for small gifts under the supervision of staff in our North Pole Workshop. For adults check out our artisan event (below) going on throughout the season.

Christmas Market

November 23 through December 24
Daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Visit Explore Park during the holiday season, and you’ll be rewarded with a unique array of Christmas merchandise. Artisan Crafts from 50 vendors throughout the region will be on display and for sale! Including such items as:

• Pottery
• Jewelry
• Ornaments
• Woodwork
• Woven crafts
• Leatherwork
• Watercolor
• Oil paintings
• Essential oils
• Wreaths
• Holiday decor
• Handbags
• And More