Holiday Lights in Roanoke and Salem

Looking to see some brilliant light displays in Roanoke and the surrounding area?  There are many neighborhoods that put up huge Christmas light displays.  You may even have some homes on your own block that do so, or maybe you like to make your house a bright tribute to the holidays.  If you enjoy driving around checking out Christmas light displays, here are some places you might want to check out. There’s a special section on the Roanoke Times website that lets you look up homes in the area that have light displays.  You can even submit your own address to add your home to the list.  There are several dozen houses in the Roanoke area with some incredible light displays.  Some of these amazing displays are set to music, while others feature over 10,000 lights!  You don’t want to miss out on these awesome set ups. If you want to check out the lights but don’t want to drive yourself, you can take the Fork cab driving tour.  This cab usually makes stops at each of the Fork Restaurants, but for the holiday season, the cab will take you around town to look at various light displays.  The rides take place on Thursday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. If you love looking at Christmas lights, use the Roanoke Times website to draw up a map.  You can drive or, if you’re in the neighborhood and want to get some exercise, go out walking.  Let these displays get you in the holiday mood! We can bring the holiday spirit inside with some of our amazing Christmas flowers in Roanoke,...

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Decorate Your Tree With Flowers

Are you looking for a different way of decorating your tree?  There are many different themes you could go with.  Some people decorate all in one color, while others go with all round ornaments or religious-themed ornaments.  But here’s a fun idea:  how about decorating your Christmas tree with flowers?  While it may be difficult to do the whole tree in live flowers, you can do a combination of live flowers, silk flowers, and flower-related ornaments to create a really amazing tree. Starting at the bottom of the tree, you can put down a tree skirt with a flower pattern on it (you might have to make this yourself, but that just means you can find the perfect fabric).  This is one of the best places for live flowers since weight isn’t a factor.  You can put a beautiful potted poinsettia under the tree.  You can also surround the tree with flowers in beautiful holiday vases. You might wonder how exactly you can put live flowers on your tree.  It is a challenge, especially if you want the tree to look beautiful for several days.  Weight is obviously an issue.  You can’t really put vases on your tree, after all.  What you can do is find small plastic or glass tubes, such as test tubes used in science labs, and fill them with water.  These will serve as your small vases.  If they’re not too heavy, you can clip them to a branch with a clothespin, but you’ll want to make sure they hang straight down.  You could also use wire to tie them around the branch.  To help against spills, cover the top with plastic wrap and poke a small hole large enough for the stem of the flower to fit through. You can also clip or tie cut flowers to the tree without putting them in water, but of course, they won’t last as long.  This is a nice decorating touch for the day of your party, but you won’t want to...

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Holiday Celebrations for the Whole Family

There are many different events held each holiday season.  While most are Christmas-related, there are some more generic events.  Many of these activities are designed with the entire family in mind, too, so you can take the little ones, teens, and adults.  Here are some different events your family may enjoy this holiday season. Everyone enjoys a parade!  There are a number of holiday parades in the Roanoke/Salem area, plus there are some great Christmas parades on television. Another activity everyone enjoys is looking at Christmas lights.  One of the best parts about this activity is that there’s no set day or time.  You can go driving any time after dark.  In some neighborhoods, you may even be able to walk. A trip to the local mall or department store to see Santa has to be on your activities list if you have young children.  This is one of the activities that may drop off your list as your kids get older. Holiday concerts are fun, but they may not be for the younger group.  This activity really depends on how old your children are and how well they sit through long performances.  If they love music, they may really enjoy these shows, especially the ones that take into account the fact that children may be in the audience. Performances like The Nutcracker and The Christmas Carol are great for families with older children and teenagers.  Another unique performance activity is the live nativity.  Many churches put together these live scenes.  Some live nativity scenes include short plays and other activities. If your family enjoys doing more active events, you may enjoy ice skating.  There may be an outdoor rink near you, or you may want to go to an indoor one, especially if the weather is bad. What holiday activities and celebrations does your family enjoy? Don’t forget to celebrate the holidays in your own home.  We have some incredible Christmas flowers in Roanoke, VA, that will help turn your house into a...

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