Living the Nativity

Living the Nativity will be held at Trinity Ecumenical Parish on Dec. 6 and 7.

Christmastime has arrived at Smith Mountain Lake. Here is a list of holiday-related events taking place in the area.

Dec. 5

Christmas Celebration and Tree Lighting. This family-oriented event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and feature live music, light refreshments, a tree lighting and a photo opportunity with Santa at Westlake Towne Center. For more information, call 721-5288.

Dec. 6 and 7

Living the Nativity. A depiction of Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth held at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. Journey with a family as they travel to Bethlehem to register and pay their taxes to Caesar. Encounter shepherds in the fields, Roman soldiers, registrars and tax collectors. Walk through a busy market to the inn to find there is no room available. Cookies and cocoa will be offered afterward. Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 from 3 to 7 p.m. (rain date is Dec. 8 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.) For more information, contact Trinity Ecumenical Parish at 721-7330.

Dec. 6

Downtown Moneta Light Up The Night. The free event includes live music, food, vendors, carriage rides and giveaways and begins at 5:30 p.m. Join in the fun and festivities that include a guest appearance by Santa.

Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas. A host of activities beginning with the “Biggest Little Parade” at 5:30 p.m. After an opening ceremony, the Christmas tree lighting follows. Also, there will be horse and buggy rides at The Early Inn, music, dancing, food and craft vendors and more. For more information, call Tara Wall at 529-7373.

Dec. 7

An Old Virginia Christmas. This free event, from 3 to 8 p.m., includes candlelight guided tours, living history interpretive programs, children’s activities and more at Booker T. Washington National Monument. Light refreshments will be served. Free admission. More information at

Bedford County Christmas Parade. The annual parade in downtown Bedford starts at 11 a.m. and will feature local businesses, antique cars, clowns, marching bands, churches and clubs.

STEP Into Christmas. Tour five of Rocky Mount’s most distinctive historic homes decorated for Christmas. This year’s tour includes a stop at the historic High Street Cemetery, a Festival of Trees and a reception at the Franklin Center. No children under 12. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Cost is $15 in advance ($20 on Dec. 7). More information is at or at 483-5142.

Dec. 8

Franklin County Christmas Parade. The annual parade, led by the Franklin County High School JROTC Color Guard, with music by the FCHS Eagle marching band, starts at 3 p.m. and travels through downtown Rocky Mount. The rain date is Dec. 15.

Dec. 14

Charity Chug. Presented by SML Model Railroad Group, visitors can see a museum-quality model railroad display and talk with experienced model railroaders at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, as well as at multiple homes in the SML area. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations go to Lake Christian Ministries’ A Child’s Christmas program. More information and directions to homes at

Santa’s Craft Corner. Join a park interpreter at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston and learn what the local wildlife does when winter arrives. Craft projects for kids, cookies, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa. The free event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 297-6066.

Dec. 20

A Bouknight and Wiley Family Christmas. The event features David Stewart Wiley, music director and conductor of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, who will host the concert at Trinity Ecumenical Parish. He will be joined by his wife, Leah, son, Misha, along with Pastor Philip Bouknight and his wife, Tara. The program will feature both traditional and classical favorites, as well as an audience singalong. Tickets are $25 ($20 SMAC members) and available at or by mailing a check, along with contact information, to: Smith Mountain Arts Council, P.O. Box 70, Moneta, VA 24121 (a confirmation notification will confirm purchase).