The Heart of Danville Main Street Program is once again preparing to welcome a series of festive events this holiday season. Gather with friends, family and loved ones to experience old, and new, holiday traditions in downtown Danville.
Friday, November 17 through Saturday, November 18
The season begins with the Holiday Open House. The downtown stores and restaurants will offer two full days of shopping, discounts, and holiday cheer, complete with roaming carolers.
Saturday, November 25
A new tradition in Danville will begin with the first-ever Skate on Main Ice Rink in Weisiger Plaza from Saturday, November 25, through Saturday, December 23. Skate on Main will include a full calendar of joyful events including holiday music. The rink’s operating hours ar Monday-Thursday 4pm-9pm and Friday 4pm-10pm when schools are in session, Monday-Friday 10am-10pm when schools are closed, and Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 12-8pm. There will be a $10 charge to skate, which will include the cost of your skates and 60 minutes of skating time. People looking to make reservations or to host a party on the rink can contact the Heart of Danville or visit our new online store, here.
Continuing the celebration on November 25 will be the 8th annual Small Business Saturday® - a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities, sponsored by American Express. From 1-4 community organizations will be at Weisiger Plaza for Santa’s Workshop full of activities for all ages.
After a festive day of shopping downtown, grab a bite to eat at one of the favorite dining options found in downtown Danville, or stop by the annual Danville Fire Department’s Chili Supper at the Main Street fire station as they collect toys, or monetary donations, for their Toys for Tots Christmas drive.
Small Business Saturday does not end when the stores close, the evening of Saturday, November 25 will be filled with joy during the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony and the 37th Annual Danville Christmas Parade.
The theme for the 2017 Christmas parade is: “Danville’s Christmas Treasure” and we encourage entries to celebrate why Christmas is special to them.
The Heart of Danville is still accepting entries for the 2017 parade. Entry submissions are extremely low this year, so please consider entering your business, church, or organization in the parade. Floats, in particular, are encouraged. Applications can be picked up at City Hall or the Danville-Boyle County Visitors Center or downloaded here. The entry deadline is Friday, November 10th.
Saturdays in December
A special treat for the children, Santa will be available Saturdays throughout December (December 2, 9, 16, 23) for Pictures with Santa. More information will be available here and on Facebook as details are confirmed.
Holiday Gift Giving
The holidays are a great time to introduce new friends and family to the shops and restaurants of downtown Danville. The Heart of Danville is selling Downtown Dollars Gift Certificates in $5, $10, and $20 dollar increments spendable at any Heart of Danville member business. Holiday Shoppers interested in purchasing Downtown Dollars can visit downtowndanville.com.
"Shift Your Shopping" Shop Local Challenge
Join the Heart of Danville and build a tradition that strengthens our economy, expands employment, nurtures a sense of community, and provides a more relaxed, fun, and rewarding holiday experience. Holiday shopping customers spend a large portion of their annual shopping budget in November and December and by making it a habit to direct a portion of those dollars to locally owned businesses, a better, more prosperous, downtown Danville is built.
Starting November 17 through Christmas Eve the Heart of Danville will reward Holiday Shoppers that direct a portion of their shopping budget to the local community of Danville in the first ever “Shift Your Shopping” Shop Local Challenge. Shoppers that spend $300 between a minimum of 3 local businesses will be entered into a drawing for 10 $100 Visa Gift cards. Complete details for the event can be found here.
The Heart of Danville wishes everyone a very happy and safe holiday season!