Winter Lights Festival in Downtown Blacksburg

A Jolly December Gathering

TubaChristmas carol sheet

Want to sing along with the tubas tonight? Well we have you covered- download the carol sheet with words right here!
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Winter Lights Festival- Friday, December 7, 2018

Downtown Merchants annual Open Houses- 4-8pm, late night shopping, free gift wrap, snacks and beverages, holiday specials.

All Day- Vote for your favorite Holiday Tree & Micah’s Backpack Gingerbread House in Kent Square
3-8pm- Holiday Gift Market
3:30-5:30pm-Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Lyric (bring your own camera)
5:15pm Blacksburg Children’s Chorale sing on Henderson Lawn Stage
5-7pm-Holiday Art Walk
5:45pm-Tree Lighting Ceremony with Blacksburg Children's Chorale, Mayor Hager-Smith, Santa, Mrs Claus & WSLS 10
6pm-TubaChristmas co-sponsored by the Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. and the Department of Music at Virginia Tech on Henderson Lawn Stage
7pm- Holiday Parade co-sponsored by Blacksburg Parks and Recreation Department & Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.

More details coming soon!

Holiday Gift Market

The Holiday Gift Market will be located on College Avenue from 3-8pm

About Blacksburg Children's Chorale

The Blacksburg Children's Chorale was established in 2006 as part of the Blacksburg Master Chorale's educational outreach. The Children's Chorale is under the direction of Patrice Yearwood, Artistic Director, and Kaye Gilliam, Assistant Director.
https://www.blacksburgmasterchorale.org/blacksburg-childrens-chorale/

Holiday Trees in Kent Square

Kent Square lobby is transformed to a Winter Wonderland with decorated trees provided by downtown merchants and community groups.

Park in Kent Square Parking Garage and bring the family to enjoy this spectacular new addition to the holidays in Downtown Blacksburg.
Voting for your favorite tree takes place from November 24- December 20

• Collect your ballot from Kent Jewelers
• Visit the trees in Kent Square and choose your favorite
• Return your completed ballot to Kent Jewelers & be entered to win Downtown Gift Certificates
• The winning tree will be announced Saturday Dec 22 at 10am at the Free Family Film Fest in the Lyric Theatre, movie "The Lego Movie"

Prize Drawing will take place - random voters will win Downtown Gift Certificates!

Trees decorated by:

Blacksburg Junior Women's Club
The Blacksburg Partnership
Bookholders
Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.
Energy Check
Kent Jewelers
Micah's Backpack
Montgomery County Christmas Store
Moss Arts Center
Mount Tabor Ruritans
Nest Realty
New River Fiber Co
Ozmo
Real Life Smiles
Sideline Orthopedics
Tuck Chiropractic

Gingerbread Houses at Kent Square

To benefit Micah's Backpack

Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

All proceeds from sale of house decorating kits go to Micah's Backpack.
Micah's Backpack is a weekend backpack feeding program for hungry children in the Blacksburg community.

Park in Kent Square Parking Garage and bring the family to enjoy this spectacular addition to the holidays in Downtown Blacksburg.
Voting for your favorite Gingerbread House takes place from November 24- December 20

• Collect your ballot from Kent Jewelers
• Visit the Gingerbread Houses in Kent Square and choose your favorite
• Return your completed ballot to Kent Jewelers
• Votes are $1 each- all money goes to Micah's Backpack
• The winning Gingerbread House will be announced Saturday Dec 22 at 10am at the Free Family Film Fest in the Lyric Theatre, movie: "The Lego Movie"

Holiday Parade

Friday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.
(A rain date has been scheduled for Saturday, December 8, at 1:00 p.m.)
This year’s theme is "Good Tidings of Great Joy!!"
The parade will begin on Stanger St
It will turn right on Price's Fork Rd
It will turn right onto North Main St
The parade will proceed down Main Street, ending at Eheart St.

TubaChristmas

ATTENTION ALL TUBA AND EUPHONIUM PLAYERS

All ages and ability levels!

Conductor – Dave Ball

TubaChristmas is coming to Blacksburg to join in the Winter Lights Festival. Join in the fun as the town celebrates with the annual lighting of the tree, parade, and Farmer's Market happenings. TubaChristmas will make this the best holiday celebration ever! Bring your tubas, euphoniums and all of your friends to downtown Blacksburg on Friday, December 7th, 2018. Participants, please RSVP to ecrone@vt.edu

Schedule and Details:
Parking: Kent Square Parking Garage – 207 Draper Rd, Blacksburg, VA 24060.
Registration: $10 due at the door - 3:45 to 4:15pm - (Department of Music, rm. 243, Squires Virginia Tech)
Rehearsal: 4:15 to 5:15pm (Department of Music, rm. 243, Squires Virginia Tech)
Break: 5:15pm to 6pm (Dinner will be provided for the musicians.) Pizza, hot chocolate, coffee and water.
Performance: 6pm to 7pm, (Henderson Lawn Square, Warm weather dress and plastic mouthpieces are in order.) Chairs provided as needed.
Available for purchase: TubaChristmas hats and/or scarves – $20.00, Music ‘Carols for a Merry TubaChristmas - $20.00, Commemorative buttons - $5.00.

TubaChristmas is sponsored by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc, The School of Performing Arts Music | Theatre | Cinema and the Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech.

About TubaChristmas

MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS is celebrating its 44th Anniversary (1974-2018)

Created by Harvey Phillips, MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS 2018 concerts will be presented in over 280 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Phillips was inspired to create TUBACHRISTMAS as an annual event honoring his mentor/teacher, the late great tubist William J. Bell (born Christmas Day, 1902). Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages, from specific geographic areas, gather to pay respect - through William J. Bell - to all the great artists/teachers who represent their heritage. Every TUBACHRISTMAS performance features traditional Christmas carols especially arranged (for the first TUBACHRISTMAS, December 22, 1974 on "The Rink at Rockefeller Center") by American composer Alec Wilder (died Christmas Eve, 1980). Through Wilder, TUBACHRISTMAS concerts pay grateful tribute to composers who have embraced these noble instruments with solo and ensemble compositions. Depending on the population of any given geographic area, TUBACHRISTMAS ensembles may attract multiples of 100 participants aged 8 to over 90 years! The warm, rich organ-like sound of the tuba-euphonium choir has won the ears and hearts of every audience. It is no wonder that TUBACHRISTMAS has become an established Christmas tradition in cities throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS is a property and presentation of the HARVEY PHILLIPS FOUNDATION, INC

P.O. Box 933 • Bloomington, IN 47402-0933

(812) 824-8833 • FAX (812) 824-4462

e-mail: coord@tubachristmas.com Web site: www.tubachristmas.co

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