Santa at the Visitors CenterI love Roanoke, I love living in Roanoke!   It is such a family friendly city and their holiday celebrations are no exception.   My kids love the Annual Christmas parade!   Roanoke’s parade is so much more than just a parade!   There are floats of course, and my kids love collecting candy, but they equally look forward to the train rides, bounce houses, carolers, storytellers and more.   The parade starts on Oak Street, lights the Christmas tree at Oak and Austin and then winds over to the Roanoke Recreation Center where they serve complimentary Hot Coco and cookies.   Such a treat after standing outside in the cold!   There are crafts, a few vendor booths, and Santa is there for photo opportunities with your kids. Before the parade, participating downtown restaurants and businesses are offering special Christmas treats.   Twisted Root, Babes and Tortilla Flats are among the restaurants in the “parade path” – there is also a new sushi place a block over, One Fish Two Fish.   Enjoy dinner before or after the parade.     And if you want to participate with a float, it is not too late to sign up!   A   donation of canned goods to benefit the Roanoke Food Pantry is the only requirement.   Click here for parade registration form.   Any questions, call the City of Roanoke at 817-491-2411. Ho Ho Hope to see you there! Rachel is a mommy to three, a fan and a resident of Roanoke.   She blogs regularly at QuirkyMomma and did not receive any compensation for sharing this event with the world, well, besides the satisfaction of seeing a crowd there!

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