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 16 through Saturday, November 17
The season begins with the Holiday Open House. This is a great time to kick start your holiday shopping as many of the downtown retailers offer deals and discounts for two days full of shopping, discounts, and holiday cheer.
Saturday, November 24
Continuing the celebration on November 24 will be the 9th annual Small Business Saturday® - a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our community, sponsored by American Express.
Saturday, December 1
Join the Heart of Danville and the Boyle County Public Library for Pictures with Santa on Saturday, December 1 from 2-4 at the Boyle County Public Library. As always this event is free and is a great opportunity to avoid the mall traffic.
In addition, library patrons that check out an item or attend a program the week of November 26 will be given a 10% off coupon good for participating businesses. The Library is an incredible asset to our community, and we are excited to partner with them during the holiday season.
Saturday, December 8
On the evening of Saturday, December 8 downtown will be filled with joy and laughter during the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony and the 38th Annual Danville Christmas Parade.
The Danville-Boyle County Christmas Parade is the longest-running public event in downtown Danville, and the Heart of Danville is proud to continue this community tradition. Now coordinated by the Heart of Danville, the Downtown Danville Merchant Association started the parade in 1978 to make the holiday shopping season more festive and to thank the community for supporting their businesses. This family-friendly occasion showcases holiday-themed floats, Santa Claus and well-known local figures as they make their way down Main Street.
The theme for the 2018 Christmas parade is: “Christmas Movies” and we encourage entries to bring their favorite Christmas movie to life.
The Heart of Danville is still accepting entries for the 2018 parade. Please consider entering your business, church, or organization in the parade. Floats, in particular, are encouraged. You can fill out an application here, the entry deadline is Friday, November 30th.
Prior to this year’s parade, The Mayor’s tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6:00 PM in Weisiger Plaza. A reception following the tree lighting, will take place at the Community Arts Center. The parade will begin at 7:00 PM.
Friday, December 21
Join us for the kick-off of Skate on Main, an open-air synthetic ice rink, in Weisiger Plaza from Friday, December 21, through Saturday, January 12. The rink’s operating hours are:
Monday-Friday 11am-8pm when schools are closed,
Monday-Friday 4pm-8pm when schools are in session,
Saturdays 11am-8pm and Sundays 1-6pm.
Christmas Tree Bingo
Starting November 24 and running through December 21, the Heart of Danville will reward Holiday Shoppers that direct a portion of their shopping budget to the local community of Danville in the Christmas Tree Bingo shopping promotion. Shoppers that make qualified purchases can light up their Christmas trees and enter to win VISA gift cards. Get rewarded just for choosing to shop local.
The Heart of Danville wishes everyone a very happy and safe holiday season!