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The first weekend of December offers four big holiday events, beginning Friday with Christmas on the Plaza and the Luminaria Trail Walk, and followed on Saturday by the Holiday Market and Riverview Rotary Christmas Parade.
Here are the details:
Christmas on the Plaza
Friday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Main Street Plaza
Hosted by the River District Association, Christmas on the Plaza is an annual holiday tree lighting event. Also, this year’s event features entertainment from community groups; hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn; selfies with Santa; a coat drive for Coats for Kids; freshly made snow; and entertainment from two popular local bands: Boule’ and League of Ordinary Gentlemen.
The Danville Office of Economic Development is hosting a community input session on design renderings of potential uses of the property at 231 Main St. from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Visit www.riverdistrictassociation.com for more information.
Luminaria Trail Walk
Friday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Main Street Plaza to the Community Market
This free event is hosted by Danville Parks and Recreation. Celebrate the season with a candlelit stroll along the Riverwalk while listening to holiday music from local carolers and musicians. The walk will begin at the Danville Community Market and end at Main Street Plaza trailhead.
Call (434) 793-4636 for more information.
Saturday, Dec. 4, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Market, 629 Craghead St.
Visit the Farmers’ Market for a special Holiday Market featuring everything you need to get ready for your holiday get-togethers, including:
• Handmade crafts, jewelry, artwork, and other unique gifts
• Delicious baked goods and other homemade foods
• Handmade wreaths and centerpieces
Admission is free.
Riverview Rotary Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec. 4, 5 p.m., Main Street.
The Riverview Rotary Christmas Parade is back for 2021 and will be held at night for the first time in five years. The parade route begins at the intersection of Main Street and Broad Street. This year’s theme will be “Bright Lights and Holiday Nights.”
Six organizational leaders will serve as grand marshals for this year’s parade. They are Dr. Scott Spillmann, director of the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District; Police Chief Scott Booth; Fire Chief Dave Coffey; Danville Life Saving Crew Executive Director Robbie Woodall; Billy Wooten, director of Averett University’s Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness; and Sovah Health System President Alan Larson.