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Posted on: December 14, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Top things to do in Danville this weekend

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The weekend offers two new events and several ongoing events. One of the new events is Christmastime Storytime, which will feature local children’s authors reading their books to the kids at Brewed Awakening on Craghead Street.

The other new event is the latest party in the Cabin Fever Music Series, with the Roanoke-based band Hardrive playing its mix of classic rock, hard rock and metal Saturday night at the Community Market.

The ongoing events include the River District On Ice at the Crossing at the Dan, the Community Holiday Lights Show at Ballou Park, and the Chrismons Tree viewing at Ascension Lutheran Church.

Read below for details.


When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Brewed Awakening, 610 Craghead St.

Join Brewed Awakening for Storytime. Local children's authors will read their books to kids of all ages. The authors will also sign and sell their unique works. There will be holiday activities and FREE hot chocolate. For more information, call (434) 483-2138


When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Community Market, 629 Craghead St.

Danville Harvest Jubilee’s Cabin Fever Music Series continues with the Roanoke-based band Hardrive playing classic rock, hard rock and metal. Doors open at 7 p.m. Hardrive goes on stage at 7:30 and will play until 10:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8 and are only available on site. Food is allowed to be brought in at the door. No outside drink is allowed. Beer, wine and soft drinks available. There will be "Happy Hour" during the evening. The Cabin Fever Music Series is sponsored by Big Sky Rents and Events, Natural Light, City of Danville, Coca-Cola and URW Community Federal Credit Union. For more information, visit or call (434) 799-5200.


When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, 975 Main St.

The Danville Art League’s annual fall juried exhibition show, “Nature’s Pallet,” is on display through Dec. 23. “Nature’s Pallet” is a play on words attempting to capitalize on the colors and the beauty of nature. Cost: $10 adults, $8 for seniors age 62 and older, $4 students. Free to members. For more information, visit the art league’s Facebook page or call the museum at (434) 793-5644.


When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday-Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Where: Crossing at the Dan, 629 Craghead St.

Enjoy this new event in the River District. Skate on a 30-foot by 40-foot outdoor, synthetic ice rink. The rink simulates real ice and is great for both beginners and experienced skaters. The rink is open daily until Jan. 2 on the following schedule: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Cost: $2 per person for a 20-minute session (cash only). Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


When: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday

Where: Ballou Park, 760 West Main St.

Danville Parks and Recreation presents the fourth annual Community Holiday Light Show. The show is a drive-through event that is open nightly through Monday, Dec. 25, (closed on Christmas Eve). On Sundays through Thursdays, the event opens at 6 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m. On Fridays through Saturdays, the show opens at 6 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Last year, 2,517 cars and 31 buses carrying an estimated 9,600 people visited the park for the light show. The show is made up entirely of displays created by the community. The event also includes the Children's Village, which is included in the price of admission, and will be open until 9 p.m. through Dec. 23. Snacks and beverages and free photos with Santa Claus are part of the village. During the two-week event, the public will be given the opportunity to vote on their favorite display. A donation will be made to the winner’s choice of non-profit. The show itself is manned by volunteer groups, who earn a portion of the gate the night in which they work directing traffic through the park. Cost: $7 per car, $15 for buses and 15-passenger vans. Discount nights ($5 per car and $10 per bus and passenger van) will be held on Monday, Dec. 18, and Tuesday, Dec. 19. For more information, call the Danville Welcome Center at 793-4636 or visit


When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Saturday, Dec. 24, also Sundays 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Ascension Lutheran Church, 314 West Main St.

Chrismons ornaments were originated and first made for use on the Christmas tree of Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville in 1957 by Mrs. Frances Kipps Spencer, a church member. Today, the tradition continues. See the 20-foot tree and hear the story of Christ as told through the uniquely beautiful ornaments. Groups may schedule day visits by calling 792-5795 or sending an email to Parking is available in the lot on the left side of the church at the back. Front entrance is accessible. Cost: Free. For more information, call 792-5795 or visit

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