Memories...will be made to last a life time as you journey at your own pace 

through a dazzling half mile wooded trail of over 500,000 lights. 

Celebrate...the magical sights and sounds of our interactive color changing orbs, maze of lights,

and beautifully lit displays inspired by nature, fantasy, adventure and Christmas traditions. 

Discover...the natural beauty of Explore Park with a horse drawn carriage ride on select nights, or 

enjoy the taste and smells of S'mores, roasted marshmallows, hot chocolate, and other treats.

Families...will enjoy shopping for artisan crafts, and there's even a magical place for children only in our Santa's Work Shop where they can secretly shop on their own and decorate cookies on select nights. 

Gift of Giving...All proceeds support the valuable missions of Center in the Square and Explore Park.

Don't miss this SPECTACULAR event!

Click the link below to buy advance tickets on-line at a discounted rate, view calendar of events, hours of operation and fun facts. 


Volunteer's Make Us Complete!


For Center in the Square and it's 11 beneficiary organization's, volunteer's mean more to us than someone just donating their time. Volunteer's help to reaffirm the value of our mission that's endured for 35 years, and we look forward to continuing our mission with you for many more years to come. 

Please click the link below to sign-up to volunteer, or for more details on how you can contribute, please contact Cathalene 'Cat' Turi.  

540-342-5719  ~

Illuminight's ~ Winter Walk of Lights


Center in the Square and Roanoke's Explore Park have partnered together for the last 2 years to create the first ever holiday walk through light show in this region of Virginia. While we have raised the money to bring this spectacular show to life, this huge event would not be a success without the valuable help of volunteer's like you. 

For details about visiting Explore Park to experience Illuminight's or on how you can volunteer, please click the link below. When Roanoke County's Park & Rec page appears, just scroll mid-way down to "Volunteers".

New Year's Eve ~ Big Lick Celebration


The 7th annual Downtown Countdown is a fundraising event taking place on CITS's 1st and 2nd floors, Market Square and The City Market Building. We need dedicated volunteer's to help make this a safe and fun event for all. Proceeds support Center's beneficiary organizations:

* Harrison Museum of African American Culture

* History Museum of Western Virginia

* Kids Square Children's Museum

* Mill Mountain Theatre

* Opera Roanoke

* O. Winston Link Museum

* Pinball Museum

* Roanoke Ballet

* Roanoke STARCADE

* Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

* Science Museum of Western Virginia



Become involved to show our region that educational 

opportunities matter. That arts and culture have value.



There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line.