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Holiday events and special celebrations make your mountain time even more interesting and exciting. Peanuts characters come to life for Easter and Halloween excursions on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Biltmore displays its "flower carpet" in spring and Candlelight Christmas events in December. July 4th fireworks light up the mountain skies from Lake Lure to Boone after picnics and family activities. Memorial Day Weekend offers fishing tournaments and outdoor fun for the entire family.
Nationally known festivals such as Merlefest and the Wooly Worm Festival draw 1000s of visitors every year.  The Southern Highland Craft Guild offers two annual 4 day craft fairs with 100s of exhibitors, heritage craft demonstrations and good old mountain music.
 
There are year around events held on the same day of each week as well as varying schedules each year. You can listen to the best in local music, see live theatre, attend art walks and show openings, buy produce and handmade goods from tailgate markets or participate in nature programs and hikes.
 
Tailgate and Farmers Markets
There are dozens of markets throughout the mountains offering local produce, foods, handmade products and crafts. Hours and days vary so check locally for details. 
Asheville Area
Asheville City Market Sat 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, April - December
Public Works Building lot,  S. Charlotte St.  Asheville, NC 
French Broad Food Coop Sat 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, April - October
76 Biltmore Ave.   Asheville, NC 
Greenlife Tailgate Market
Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, May  - October 
At Greenlife Grocery, N. Merrimon Ave.   Asheville, NC 
North Asheville Tailgate Market
Sat 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM April - December 20 UNCA, take Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC  
Riceville Tailgate Market
Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May  - September parking lot of the Riceville Community Center Asheville NC  
Wed PM Downtown Tailgate Market
Wed 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM, April  - December 23 76 Biltmore Avenue, next to the French Broad Food Coop, Asheville, NC  
West Asheville Tailgate Market
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - October 28 grassy area at parking lot for West End Bakery and Haywood Road Market. Asheville, NC  
Bryson City
Bryson City Market
Friday 9AM - 1 PM,
May  - October 29 You'll find locally grown produce and other edibles, plants, flowers, crafts and more at the market.
Parking lot next to Fred's, Bryson City NC  
Black Mountain
Black Mountain Market Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May  - October 31
First Baptist Church, 130 d Black Mountain, NC  
Weaverville
Weaverville Market
Wed 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - late October Behind the community center at Lake Louise Weaverville, NC   
Barnardsville
Big Ivy Tailgate Market Sat 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, May 5 - October 24
At the Old Fire Station, center of town Barnardsville, NC  
Sparta
Alleghany County Farmers' Market
Sat  8:00 AM-12:00 PM
County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 21 North, Sparta, NC  
Andrews
Andrews Farmers Market
Sat  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM First Street,
Andrews, NC
West Jefferson
Ashe Farmers Market Wed and Sat
8:00am-1:00pm
108 Backstreet
West Jefferson, NC
Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock Farmers Market
Thursday  4-6 PM
Wallingford Street
Blowing Rock NC
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Date:      November 29 - December 1, 2019
NC City:  Chimney Rock
Event:     Family Animal Encounters   
   2 PM daily. The Park is lucky to have incredible Animal Educators to help us spread the word on the important roles they play in the Park. Join one of the Park naturalists for an informal program where your family will love meeting some of the wilder teammates! Kids of all ages are sure to take home some fun facts and special memories. Program held daily on the Outcroppings Deck. Don’t forget your camera! 
Date:      September 23 - December 20 , 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Fall Foliage Photo Contest     Capture photos of your friends and family members enjoying the vivid hues of fall and enter them into our photo contest. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park or at Old Rock Cafe. GREAT PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS: First Place – An overnight getaway to Hickory Nut Gorge with a stay at the historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, two passes to Chimney Rock, brunch for two at the 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours Second Place – A Chimney Rock prize package including two passes to Chimney Rock, lunch for two at the Old Rock Café and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours. Get more details at the site.
Date:      November 23 - December 24, 2019
NC City:  MARION
Event:     Blue Ridge Artisans Show and Sale 
 f
eatures crafts from local artisans, including woodwork, paintings, photography and various Christmas ornaments. The Show is held at the McDowell Arts Council Association Gallery, Main Street in Historic Downtown Marion.
Date:      November 29 - December 24, 2019
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad 
The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.
Date:      November 22 - December 28 2019 (Friday and Saturday nights 5 - 10)
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Tweetsie Christmas  
Tweetsie Railroad will be open Friday and Saturday nights, for Tweetsie Christmas, 5:00 - 10:00 PM. Come enjoy the holiday fun.
Date:       November 29 - December 30, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     The Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour 
The Tour embarks from Biltmore Village on a festive 75 minute trip through the lights and sights of the season. Anyone and everyone up for a jolly good time is warmly invited to pick a date to see the prettiest scenes around town: sidewalks, storefronts, B&Bs and inns, parks and churches, all decked in their merry finest. You'll travel through Biltmore Village, Historic Montford, Grove Park and the Grove Park Inn, Pack Square and downtown Asheville. Enjoy stories of local holiday traditions, singing of classic carols and popular Christmas songs along the way. Departs 7 PM.
Date:      November 28 - January 1, 2020
NC City:  GALAX VA  in Felts Park  (just north of Boone)
Event:     High Country Lights  
Northwest North Carolina's premier animated light show features over 100,000 lights choreographed to your favorite Christmas tunes on 96.5 FM. This free light show  can be seen nightly starting at 6 PM Thanksgiving through New Year's Day.
Date:      November 20, 2019 - January 4, 2020
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    The National Gingerbread House Competition and Display  
Contestants from across the country bring their architectural masterpieces to The Grove Park Inn for display over the holidays. Delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations, strolling through the competition is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit. There is no admission charge to view the entries to the National Gingerbread House Competition. In addition to the gingerbread overload, see the beautiful holiday displays throughout and warm by the giant fireplaces in the grand lobby. Pick up a map in the lobby to find the various areas where the entries are displayed.
Date:      November 22, 2019 - January 4, 2020
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum   
6 PM - 10 PM nightly.  Experience Asheville’s BRIGHTEST holiday tradition at Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum. Walk through the Arboretum’s gardens and enjoy unique displays and landscapes dressed in more than half-a-million holiday lights. Perfect for the entire family, Winter Lights includes interactive games, a model train exhibit, free crafts, a nature-themed animatronic children’s program and more! As the Arboretum’s largest fundraising event, proceeds generated from Winter Lights help support the Arboretum’s educational programs, exhibits and year-round.
Date:      November 1, 2019 - January 4, 2020
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore
   Explore Biltmore House during holiday evenings when candles and fireplaces fill the grand home with a warm glow, accenting delicate ornaments and priceless treasures with metallic shine and sparkle, and music warms the heart. Your evening admission includes:  a Reserved evening visit of Biltmore House, Daytime access to Biltmore Gardens and Antler Hill Village & Winery on the same day or next day as your evening visit, Free parking.
Date:      November 1, 2019 - January 5, 2020
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Christmas at Biltmore
   The celebration that began on Christmas Eve in 1895 when George Vanderbilt introduced his family and friends to the newly completed Biltmore home, continues today.  This wonderful celebration allows all visitors to enjoy America's largest home decorated with dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows, and poinsettias, miles of evergreen garland, and thousands of ornaments.
Date:      November 8, 2019 - April 7, 2020
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Downton Abbey: The Exhibition    Free with Admission. 
Showcased in two estate locations, this interactive exhibition connects you with the characters, fashions, and historic events depicted in the global hit television show and new feature film. At Amherst at Deerpark, multimedia presentations enhance the experience of exploring such sets as Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen and the gossip-fueled servants’ quarters; at The Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village, a stunning display of more than 50 costumes from the series’ six-year run awaits you.
Date:      Now - ? to be announced
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     19th Century Carolina Christmas at the Smith-McDowell House  
Asheville's oldest surviving dwelling is now a National Register property and a window into how life was lived here in the 19th century. Celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way. The Smith-McDowell House Museum's timeline of authentically decorated period rooms showcases the evolution of Christmas celebrations and decorations. This yearly exhibit, began in 1981, is a tradition for many regional families and tour groups. The mansion and local history museum will again be authentically decorated with fresh trees, garlands, ornaments and toys of the Victorian Period.
Date:      December 1, 2019
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:    Annual Christmas Parade  
An Annual event in downtown Franklin. Events begin at 3 PM and include free cider, cookies and music.
Date:      December 1 - 2, 2019
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:    Annual Cataloochee Ski & Snowboard Swap Shop   Say goodbye to your old gear and welcome the new by selling your "gently used" equipment and clothing from 8 AM to  5 PM on Saturday, 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM  Sunday. Registration and equipment drop off is 3:00 - 7:00 PM Friday December 5 and 7:00 - 9:00 AM on Saturday morning. More information is available online. 12/2 - Give back to the local community by bringing 24 cans of food or 2 warm winter jackets of good quality and receive your lift ticket on that Sunday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM for free.
Date:      December 1 - 23, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE (Arden)
Event:     Lake Julian Park light Festival
 The drive through show is open nightly from 6 - 9 PM. The park is brightly lit with thousands of colored lights and over 50 animated and stationary light displays. The road circling the park becomes a magical journey through tunnels of dazzling lights.
Date:      December 1 - 31, 2019
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     ALL through the TOWN    
Seasonal events “all through the town” during the month of December.
Date:      December 5 - 7, 2019
NC City:  WEAVERVILLE
Event:    
Vance Birthplace Appalachian Christmas Carol    This Christmas the Vance Birthplace will partner with the American Myth Center to present one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but with the Vance family and enslaved people smack dab in the middle. Through the theatrical magic of toy and shadow theater, the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future will explore the life of Venus, an enslaved woman that live on the Vance property.
Date:      December 6 - 9, 2019
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Waynesville Holly Days     
Beginning Friday night at 6 pm ring in the season as the community Christmas tree is lit. Then  Indulge in hot cocoa, music and  more holiday fun. Continue the holiday happenings through the weekend, ending with the Waynesville Christmas Parade, Monday evening,  “Candy Cane Christmas” 2019 theme, Main Street at 6 PM.
Date:      December  7, 2019
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE (Stecoah Valley)
Event:     Indoor Holiday Arts and Crafts Show   Christmas in the Mountains Held at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Gallery from 9 AM to 2 PM, just in time for your Christmas gift shopping. The Center's cafe will be open all day.  Have breakfast with Santa for 9 - 11 AM and enjoy Pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee for only $5.
Date:      December 7, 2019
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    
Christmas Parade and Celebration  
See Historic Downtown Hendersonville come alive with Santa lighting the community Christmas tree and ushering in the Christmas Season. Featuring entertainment, storytelling, and holiday good cheer.
Date:      December 6, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Holiday Stroll     
Hit the streets of Blowing Rock and finish (or start) your holiday shopping. Enjoy a visit from Santa, carolers, seasonal music from the Community band and much more! Stores will be open later. After the Holiday Stroll head to the Tanger Outlets for more great holiday deals,
Date:      December 6, 2019 
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:     Christmas Crawl  
from 5pm to 8pm, the “ arts district” of downtown West Jefferson will come alive with folks strolling the streets.  Join your friends and neighbors for Gallery Crawl and experience the arts in West Jefferson! Admission to Gallery Crawl is free and is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council in cooperation with the West Jefferson Business Association and the West Jefferson TDA. Maps will be available at the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson and at other participating galleries and shops.
Date:      December 6 - 7, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Tweetsie Christmas   
Tweetsie Railroad will be open nights, for Tweetsie Christmas, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays, with a nighttime train and more!
Date:       December 7, 2019  (also December 14)  
NC City:   ASHEVILLE  
Event:      Holiday Makers Sale   Held on two consecutive Saturdays at The Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 on The Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. There will be a different group of craftspeople participating each Saturday. Find handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, fiber, wood and more by members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild with 10 - 50% off regular retail prices.
Date:       December 6, 2019   
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk   
The Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) invites you to visit the more than twenty galleries that contribute to Asheville's reputation as a vibrant arts community and "The Paris of the South." Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.  A complete  Downtown Gallery Guide and map is available at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place.
Date:      December 6, 2019
NC City:  MURPHY
Event:    
Murphy Art Walk      5 PM - 8 PM. Presented by The Valley River Arts Guild. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exceptional visual, culinary, and performing arts experience. Galleries, restaurants, and many other businesses will feature art, demonstrating artisans, live performances, music, and fine dining. Visit the juried Artist Market locations where you can meet local and regional artists and there will be something for everyone. Free and open to the public.
Date:      December 6 - 7, 2019  
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN  
Event:    
Black Mountain Holly Jolly Christmas Celebration    "Go Tell It On The Mountain" is this year's theme.  Downtown Black Mountain shops are open Friday night 5 PM - 8 PM with refreshments, music, Santa and more. On Saturday the Christmas parade begins at 4 PM. After the parade head for Lake Tomahawk and the Circle of Lights with lights, bonfire, hayrides, music, Santa and more all in a beautiful lakeside setting.
Date:      December 6 - 7, 2019  (also 12/13-14)
NC City:  DILLSBORO
Event:     Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries 
Journey back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night from 5-8 pm (cost + tips). Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa at Town Hall.
Date:      December 6 - 8, 2019
NC City:  BANNER ELK
Event:     A Small Town Christmas in Banner Elk  
Enjoy Family Friendly activities all weekend long including: An Ensemble Christmas at Ensemble Stage, The Parade of Lights, train rides in the park, a synchronized light show, cookie and ornament decorating and  more. Meet Santa and browse local crafts and artisan goods. Shop local shops, Choose and Cut Christmas Trees and relax in the cozy town of Banner Elk.
Date:      December 6 - 7,  2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Tweetsie Christmas   
Take a nighttime train ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains on a crisp winter’s night, as you enjoy Christmas carols and the tracks dazzlingly lit for the holidays.  Step into a snow globe filled with swirling (synthetic) snow, peek through a Christmas present, feel dwarfed by nutcrackers, toy soldiers, candy canes, toy drums, and more. Roast s’mores over an outdoor fire pit and enjoy freshly baked cookies, warm funnel cakes, and other handmade items from Tweetsie Railroad’s famous Fudge Shop. Meet Santa in his own house - made of gingerbread filled with candied furnishings. Imagine sitting on a chocolate truffle or resting on a piece of ribbon candy just before you meet Santa and have your picture taken with him on his gingerbread bench.
Date:      December 6, 2019
NC City:  WEAVERVILLE
Event:     Candlelight Stroll   Celebrate the spirit of the holiday season in a small town way. Main Street will be lined with luminaries and alive with music and entertainment. Stroll through the shops and restaurants and see for yourself the “art of small town hospitality”. Take a horse and carriage ride though town, enjoy performances by Weaverville Dance Academy and the Southern Connection Cloggers, strolling carolers, and a special performance by the Weaverville Baptist Handbell Choir. The kids will enjoy story time with Jill Totman, the local librarian, and a visit with Santa.
Date:      December 6, 2019
NC City:  BOONE 
Event:     Festive First Friday    Enjoy wine tastings, refreshments, art shows, music jams, the annual Christmas tree lighting, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Children of all ages can meet and greet a Snowman, The Grinch, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy holiday dancers, performers, and carolers on King Street and at various shops and other stops, including the county library, the Historic Post Office, the Jones House, and the Appalachian Theatre. Bring a bag of marshmallows and join in on a marshmallow "snowball" fight to cap off the evening.
Date:      December 13 - 15, 2019
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:     SugarFest 2019      Two-time Olympic Super G medalist, Andrew Weibrecht heads up the three days preseason ski clinic and 1992 Olympic figure skating silver medalist Paul Wylie performs an amazing show on-ice followed by an ice skating clinic, a meet and greet session, and a chance to hold real Olympic medals. Consumer ski/snowboard equipment demos, live music performed by the Glen Harlow & North Fork Band, fireworks, preseason adult ski clinic, EDGE of the WORLD mini games, appearances by Sweetie and Sugar Bear and lodging specials. 
Date:      December 7, 2019
NC City:  SALUDA
Event:     Hometown Christmas   Enjoy the Hometown Christmas Stroll in historic downtown Saluda from 6 PM - 8 PM sponsored by the Saluda Business Association. Events include live music.
Date:       December 7, 2019
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     Winter Wonderland Nights   
Merchants will be open late with free refreshments and great gift ideas for the kick-off of the official start to the holiday shopping season on Small Business Saturday.  Meet Santa and Characters from "Frozen"; take a wagon ride around town; enjoy Historic Franklin's Tree Lighting Ceremony and a special candlelight service at 7 PM.
Date:      December 7, 2019
NC City:  HIGHLANDS
Event:     Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade   
Held on Main Street in downtown Highlands from 11 AM - 12 PM
Date:      December 7, 2019
NC City:  BURNSVILLE
Event:     Holly Jolly Christmas Craft Show in Town Center  
The Holly Jolly Christmas Craft Show features one of a kind gift items all 100% handmade by local crafters and artisans. Shop items such as paintings, quilted sheep, teddy bears, wooden bowls, stained glass, painted signs, glass ornaments, beeswax candles, baked goods and much more. Free Admission, located at the Burnsville Town Center from 9am-2pm.
Date:      December 7, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Santa on Chimney Rock   
 How is Santa able to climb down millions of chimneys around the world in a single night? He practices, of course. Witness Santa’s daring stunt as he practices on one of the world’s largest chimneys with multiple 200-foot rappels! Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities, plus meet live critters. Sponsored by Coffee on the Rocks in Chimney Rock Village. Buzzfeed recently ranked our rappelling Santa as one of the “8 Most Extreme Santas in the World.” Win a Free Climb with Santa’s Elves! Each day, one lucky guest will win free two-hour rock climbing lessons for two with Santa’s professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides. Must be present to win the drawing. Included in Park admission.
Date:      December 7, 2019
NC City:  BOONE 
Event:     Annual Downtown Boone Christmas Parade   Join Santa Claus and all your friends and neighbors on King Street in Downtown Boone for the Annual Boone Christmas Parade. 11 AM - 12:30 PM.
Date:      December 7, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Annual Monford Holiday Tour of Homes   Montford, Asheville's most historic neighborhood, showcases another offering of homes and holiday cheer this year. Explore eclectic architecture that has been lovingly restored or carefully constructed to reflect the neighborhood's historic past. Enjoy homes both old and new, and experience all the Holiday warmth and hospitality that Montford has to offer. Festive treats and entertainment will be on offer throughout the tour. This is a self-guided tour. With your ticket you will receive a map to all tour locations & information about the individual properties.
Date:      December 7 - 24, 2019
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:     Skiing with Santa on Sugar Mountain   Santa will be skiing, riding and talking with all the good boys and girls who enjoy the slopes on Sugar Mountain.
Date:      December 13 - 14,  2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Tweetsie Christmas   
Take a nighttime train ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains on a crisp winter’s night, as you enjoy Christmas carols and the tracks dazzlingly lit for the holidays.  Step into a snow globe filled with swirling (synthetic) snow, peek through a Christmas present, feel dwarfed by nutcrackers, toy soldiers, candy canes, toy drums, and more. Roast s’mores over an outdoor fire pit and enjoy freshly baked cookies, warm funnel cakes, and other handmade items from Tweetsie Railroad’s famous Fudge Shop. Meet Santa in his own house - made of gingerbread filled with candied furnishings. Imagine sitting on a chocolate truffle or resting on a piece of ribbon candy just before you meet Santa and have your picture taken with him on his gingerbread bench.
Date:      December 13 - 14, 2019
NC City:  DILLSBORO
Event:     Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries 
Journey back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night from 5-8 pm (cost + tips). Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa at Town Hall.
Date:      December 13 - 14, 2019
NC City:  MARSHALL
Event:     Madison County Arts Council's Annual Holiday Sale   Held at at 31 N Main Street, this annual event includes a crawl preview on Friday night and a parade and market on Saturday
Date:      December 13 - 24, 2019
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     “The Twelve Days of Christmas"   
Enjoy dozens of magical moments and memories that will fill the downtown district for 12 days.
Date:      December 14, 2019
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     “A NIGHT before CHRISTMAS"      
6 – 9  PM. . Shops, Galleries and restaurants remain open. Enjoy Live Music, Caroling, Bethlehem Market Place, Live Nativity, Old-fashioned Wagon Rides, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Storytelling, Luminaries and more. This event is sponsored by Downtown Waynesville Association and  the Town of Waynesville
Date:      December 14, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:   
  Thomas Wolfe Memorial Holiday Open House - An Angel Christmas   Free admission to guided tours of Old Kentucky Home is planned for children throughout the day. Make holiday ornaments in the visitor center, see Thomas Wolfe’s boyhood home and learn about Victorian holiday traditions. Dramatic Reading: The World of Thomas Wolfe. Children will be admitted to house tour free.
Date:      December 14, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Santa on Chimney Rock   
 How is Santa able to climb down millions of chimneys around the world in a single night? He practices, of course. Witness Santa’s daring stunt as he practices on one of the world’s largest chimneys with multiple 200-foot rappels! Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities, plus meet live critters. Sponsored by Coffee on the Rocks in Chimney Rock Village. Buzzfeed recently ranked our rappelling Santa as one of the “8 Most Extreme Santas in the World.” Win a Free Climb with Santa’s Elves! Each day, one lucky guest will win free two-hour rock climbing lessons for two with Santa’s professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides. Must be present to win the drawing. Included in Park admission.
Date:       December 14, 2019  (also December 7)  
NC City:   ASHEVILLE  
Event:      Holiday Makers Sale   Held on two consecutive Saturdays at The Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 on The Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. There will be a different group of craftspeople participating each Saturday. Find handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, fiber, wood and more by members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild with 10 - 50% off regular retail prices.
Date:      December 14 - 22, 2019 (select dates)
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Gingerbread House Tea at Vanderbilt Room at The Inn     
$95 per person, plus tax (gratuity included).  Make the kind of holiday memories that last a lifetime—gather friends and family for the fun-for-all-ages tradition of creating a gingerbread house! Seating is family-style and The Inn's pastry chef will be on hand to assist you as you decorate your house with a wide selection of colorful candies. Enjoy assorted tea sandwiches and desserts from our Holiday Tea menu. Seasonal cocktails are also available for an additional charge. Available on December 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22.
Date:      December 15, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Swannanoa Solstice   A tapestry of joyful and thoughtful seasonal reflection beautifully woven from the mountains' Appalachian, Scots-Irish and world influences. Celebrate winter's allure at a special 10th anniversary edition of this beloved holiday tradition. Bring family and friends to delight in each moment, from sharing a cup of wassail, to enjoying an enormous breadth of acoustic performers gathered on one stage. Award-winning recording artists Al Petteway, Amy White, and Robin Bullock are joined by the talents and voices of special guest musicians, storytellers, dancers, and host and founder of The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College,. Performed at the Diana Wortham Theatre.
Date:      December 18, 2019 - January 1, 2020
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    
Iceless Skating Rink   at the Visitors Center  
Enjoy ice-skating in Downtown Hendersonville this holiday season. The new larger and improved iceless rink is located at the Visitor Center on South Main Street. The new surface is faster and makes for easier gliding. Two curling  areas are available to try your skills. Skate rental us included in the  admission price. This is a Fundraiser fir the Henderson County America in Bloom Program.
Date:      December 20 - 21,  2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Tweetsie Christmas   
Take a nighttime train ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains on a crisp winter’s night, as you enjoy Christmas carols and the tracks dazzlingly lit for the holidays.  Step into a snow globe filled with swirling (synthetic) snow, peek through a Christmas present, feel dwarfed by nutcrackers, toy soldiers, candy canes, toy drums, and more. Roast s’mores over an outdoor fire pit and enjoy freshly baked cookies, warm funnel cakes, and other handmade items from Tweetsie Railroad’s famous Fudge Shop. Meet Santa in his own house - made of gingerbread filled with candied furnishings. Imagine sitting on a chocolate truffle or resting on a piece of ribbon candy just before you meet Santa and have your picture taken with him on his gingerbread bench.
Date:      December 21 - 23, 2019
NC City:  HENDERSONVILLE
Event:    
Main Street Holiday Hayrides   
Take a magical hayride through Historic Downtown Hendersonville among its twinkling lights and festive decorations. Board the tractor-drawn wagon ride at the Visitor Center, located at 201 South Main Street. Reservations are not accepted, first come, first serve basis.
Date:      December 21, 2019 - March 19 , 2020
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:   
Rockin’ Winter Photo Contest     Winter can be the most beautiful time of the year at Chimney Rock. Leafless trees make for expansive views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. The sky is clear; you’re likely to find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the peacefulness. You may even see a critter scamper by you in the forest. Capture that special moment or scene on your camera, enter it in our Winter Wonders Photo Contest and tell us about it. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.
Date:      December 26 - 29, 2019
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Winter Break Family Fun  
Winter is the perfect time for exploring the Park. Leafless trees make for more places enjoy the views and picture taking. Chimney Rock celebrates this winter break by offering our popular Family Animal Encounters for this one week, too. Join the event daily at 2 PM to hear what the Animal Educators would be doing if they were still living on the wilder side during these chillier months ahead.
Date:      December 26, 2019 - December 31, 2019
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.  
Date:      December 27 - 28,  2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Tweetsie Christmas   
Take a nighttime train ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains on a crisp winter’s night, as you enjoy Christmas carols and the tracks dazzlingly lit for the holidays.  Step into a snow globe filled with swirling (synthetic) snow, peek through a Christmas present, feel dwarfed by nutcrackers, toy soldiers, candy canes, toy drums, and more. Roast s’mores over an outdoor fire pit and enjoy freshly baked cookies, warm funnel cakes, and other handmade items from Tweetsie Railroad’s famous Fudge Shop. Meet Santa in his own house - made of gingerbread filled with candied furnishings. Imagine sitting on a chocolate truffle or resting on a piece of ribbon candy just before you meet Santa and have your picture taken with him on his gingerbread bench.
Date:      December 31, 2019
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:     New Year's Eve Celebration  Held at the Buckeye Recreation Center this is a family-friendly celebration with food, games, jamming music, a bounce house, a kid-friendly New Years Eve count down and more. Activities  run from 5 PM-8 PM, and are FREE.
Date:      December 31, 2019
NC City:  MARION
Event:     New Year's Eve Celebration   The celebration begins  in historic downtown Marion at 8:30 PM and continues through midnight to ring in the New Year.  The event features a scavenger hunt, a costume contest, music for street dancing, the Resolution Run 5K, miniature train rides, a sparkler display after the midnight gold nugget drop, and beer and wine sales.
Date:      December 31, 2019
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK 
Event:     New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Appalachian Ski Mountain   Fireworks, torchlight skiing and more, Moonlight ice skating from 10 PM to midnight. Restaurant Specials also available from 9 PM to midnight.
Date:      December 31, 2019
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:    New Year's Eve Celebration at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort   A New Year’s Eve celebration mountain style! The general public is invited, free of charge to an alpine torch light parade at 11:45 p.m. and the fireworks show at midnight. A fee, as well reservations for the indoor festivities from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. featuring live music by The Rockabilly’s, are required and should be made by calling 828-898-4521 x261.
Date:      December 31, 2019
NC City:  TRYON (MILL Spring)
Event:    New Year's Eve Celebration at Tryon Resort    Two venues, two bands, delicious food, and a glamorous way to welcome in the New Year awaits you at Tryon Resort. Enjoy dinner, drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, and more. Tickets will be available for pairs and singles or as part of lodging packages in cozy onsite cabins.
Date:      December 31, 2019
NC City:  TRYON
Event:     Tryon Midnight   Join the residents of the historic town of Tryon as they close off Trade Street to traffic and have an evening street festival. Watch the ball drop from the clock tower in the center of town. It takes place at "Tryon Midnight," aka 10:00 pm, so everyone can stay up to watch.  Often, the ball will be dropped a few more times just for fun. Children's activities, warm drinks, live music, and food for sale.  FREE event
Date:      December 31, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     New Year's Eve Celebration at The Grove House Entertainment Complex - 37th Epic Nye Bash    8 PM - 3 AM    Enjoy 3 dance floors, DJs , Balloon Drops, Heavy hors d'oeuvres, Eight Themed areas, Midnight Champagne Toast and free party favors. Three clubs for only one price: $30 - $35 (18 and up only).
Date:      December 31, 2019
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Pack's New Year's Countdown to 2020   Downtown Asheville's Pack's Tavern celebrates the New Year. Live music, Drink Specials. Three bars. Cover charge at the door beginning at 8 PM.  Pack's New Year's Eve Buffet begins at 6:30 PM
Date:      December 31, 2019
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     Uncorked - a Unique Rail Line and Wine Experience  
Passengers will enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride in our First Class cars with a private attendant and plush, well-appointed dining seating. A narrator will accompany the ride to present each pour to guests and share knowledge and history of the wines selected. Passengers on this specialty car will enjoy an exclusive sampling of cheeses and a surf and turf meal prepared fresh. The wine samples have been carefully selected to accompany the meal. All passengers will receive a GSMR souvenir stemless wine glass, four samples of selected wine, and a dessert that’s perfect for the season.
 
 
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Holiday and Christmas Events:
11/1-1/4 Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore
11/1- 1/5 Christmas at Biltmore
11/20- 1/4 The National Gingerbread House Competition and Display
11/22- 1/4 Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum
11/23- 12/24 Blue Ridge Artisans Show and Sale    Marion
11/24-12/28 Tweetsie Christmas    Blowing Rock
11/28-1/1 High Country Lights   Galax VA (N of Boone)
11/29- 12/22  A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas 
11/29 - 12/24 The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
11/29-12/30 The Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour 
TBA 19th Century Carolina Christmas at the Smith-McDowell House 
12/1 Annual Christmas Parade   Franklin
12/1-23 Lake Julian Park light Festival
12/1-31 ALL through the TOWN   Waynesville
12/5-7 Vance Birthplace Appalachian Christmas Carol    Weaverville
12/6 Christmas Crawl   West Jefferson
12/6 Festive First Friday in Boone
12/6-7 Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries 
12/6-8 A Small Town Christmas in Banner Elk 
12/6-9 Waynesville Holly Days  
12/7 Christmas Parade and Celebration   Hendersonville
12/7 Candlelight Stroll  in Weaverville
12/7 Winter Wonderland Nights    Franklin
12/7 Holiday Makers Sale  Folk Art Center Asheville
12/7 Brevard Christmas Twilight Tour  
12/7 Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade  Highlands
12/7 Indoor Holiday Arts and Crafts Show   Robbinsville
12/7 Santa on Chimney Rock
12/8 Hometown Christmas 
12/8 “A NIGHT before CHRISTMAS” 
12.8 Holly Jolly Christmas Craft Show in Town Center 
12/8 Santa on Chimney Rock 
12/7 Holiday Makers Sale   Folk Art Center in Asheville
12/7 Christmas in the Mountains - arts and crafts Show   Robbinsville
12/8 Annual Downtown Boone Christmas Parade
12/8 Annual Monford Holiday Tour of Homes 
12/8-24 Skiing with Santa on Sugar Mountain 
12/13-24 TWELVE DAYS of CHRISTMAS
12/14-15 Madison County Arts Council's Annual Holiday Sale 
12/14 Santa on Chimney Rock
12/14 Holiday Makers Sale
12/15 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Holiday Open House - An Angel Christmas
12/15 Swannanoa Solstice  Asheville
12/20-21 Tweetsie Christmas  Blowing Rock / Linville
12/21-23 Main Street Holiday Hayrides    Hendersonville
12/26-31 The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
12/27-28 Tweetsie Christmas   Blowing Rock
12/31 New Year's Eve Celebration   Beech Mountain
12/31 New Year's Eve Celebration    Marion
12/31 New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Appalachian Ski Mountain    Blowing Rock
12/31 New Year's Eve Celebration at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort    Sugar Mountain
12/31 New Year's Eve Celebration at Tryon Resort   Tryon/Mill Spring
12/31 Tryon Midnight   Tryon
12/31 Pack's New Year's Countdown to 2020    Asheville
 
Year Around & Season-long Events
Music and Live Theatre:
When:  Various Times
Where: NC Mountains and Foothills
What:   Blue Ridge Music Trails  
A guide to the traditional music of the NC Mountains and Foothills.
When:  Saturday 7 PM, June - Oct
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
What:   Music in the Mountains 
Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue located in the heart of historic downtown. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. 828-488-3681
When:  Friday 7 PM, all year
Where: Old Fort NC
What:    Old Time Mountain Music -
for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody’s paid, everyone’s welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter!
When:  Saturdays 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Tracks Music and Dance -  
music and dancing at the Tracks Event Center located just outside Old Fort. The house band is, Rewind, playing a mix of 50s, 60s, 70s, a little country and bluegrass plus special requests! Free line dancing classes from 6:00 - 7:00 PM
When:  Sundays, 2 PM - 4 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Informal Jam on the Porch -
Bring an instrument or bring an ear! Happening each Sunday on the porch at the Mountain Gateway Museum in downtown.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Diana Wortham Theatre 
A variety of professional and touring music, dance and theatrical performances. Dining discounts and special performances offered.
When:  First Monday, Oct - May
Where: Brevard NC
What:   Brevard Music Center First Mondays 
Classical music performances by local and touring professionals.
When:  June-August
Where: Brevard
What:   Brevard Music Center  
An annual festival of classical, chamber and opera performances by students, faculty and guest musicians.  The Center is considered one of the premier summer training programs and festivals in the US.
When:  May-August
WWhere: Brevard
WWhat:   Sounds of Silvermont 
Local musicians in a jam session playing bluegrass, country, gospel and more.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville
What:   North Carolina Stage Company

Professional productions, with the best actors, directors and designers from Asheville and across the country.
When:  7-9 PM,  Thursdays, All year
Where: Marion NC, downtown Depot
What:   Bluegrass Music Jam 
Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors, bring chairs or blankets. Free
When:   7 PM Fridays
Where:  Marion
What:    Woody's Original Mountain Music 
An ever changing line up of musicians and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends.
When:   7 PM Fridays, June - August
Where:  Downtown Hendersonville
What:     Music on Main 
Concert series featuring " oldies rock, beach music, variety and top 40 music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music, admission is free
When:   Feb - Dec, various dates
Where:  Flat Rock, Hendersonville
What:    Flat Rock Playhouse
 The theatre season includes world premieres and standard Broadway musicals, comedy, and drama. Music on the Rocks concert series with pop to country.
When:  Most Saturday nights
Where: Saluda NC
What:   The Party Place and Event Center&  
LLive music with country, top 40's, oldies, beach, southern rock and a variety of good party music for listening and dancing.The facility and grounds are available for special events.
When:  All year
Where: Franklin NC
What:   Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts 
A 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns.
When: Thursdays, 6:30 PM, 6-23 to 9-1
Where: Banner Elk NC
What:   Concerts in the Banner Elk Town Park 
Gathers in the town park for a summer concert. Performers range from bluegrass to beach, to country, to top 40, to blues, to jazz, to Motown, to big band
When:  Thursdays, 7:30 PM, June-Aug
Where: Black Mountain NC
What:   The Park Rhythms Outdoor Concert 
A variety of musical groups from throughout the region provide live music in the picturesque setting of Lake Tomahawk
When:  2nd Sun., 7-9 PM, April - Oct
Where: Blowing Rock NC
What:    Jazz Concerts 
Blowing Rock Jazz Society performs. General Admission is $20 for non-members, $5 for students and FREE to BRJS Members
When:  Fridays, 7-9 PM, June - August
Where: Canton NC
What:    Pickin' in the Park. 
Free concerts with Live bands and clogging groups at the Canton Recreation Park.
When:  Fridays, 7PM, June - August
Where: Newland NC
What:   Friday Night Free Concert.
(Weather-permitting) held at the Riverwalk Bandstand local musicians perform. Food vendors available.
 
 
NC Parks, Nature Programs:
When:  All year, some closings
Where: Northwest NC Mountains
What:   Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  Events throughout the year. View the full calendar online.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   North Carolina Arboretum
   Touring and permanent exhibits, events and educational programs.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Western North Carolina Nature Center  
Special events and programs, wild walks, Junior Naturalist program, wildlife workshops and more.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Grandfather Mountain
 Special programs with naturalists, Habitat tours, Special kids events, Junior Ranger programs, walks and hikes
When:  All year
Where: Chimney Rock NC
What:  Chimney Rock Park Nature
Programs and hikes  Learn the secrets and wonders of nature, attend photography or dulcimer workshops or enjoy special events and campouts.
When:  All year, Mon-Sat
Where: Brevard NC area
What:  Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education  
Exhibits, special programs, fishing, Nature Nuts and Eco Explorers
When:  All year, various times
Where: Nebo, near Marion NC
What: Lake James Park Programs  
Ranger conducted hikes, nature programs, boat trips and special events. Free to the public.
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Art and Crafts:
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   The Folk Art Center
  Touring exhibits, craft demonstrations, special events, educational opportunities and workshops.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   North Carolina Arboretum
   Touring and permanent exhibits, events and educational programs.
When:  5 PM 4th Friday, May - Oct
Where: Brevard NC
What:   4th Friday Gallery Tour
An evening of Art, Wine and Food in Downtown Brevard
When:  All Year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   River Arts District 
daily open studio tours and special events.  Over 120 artists in an historic setting with restaurants and a brewery.
When:   May - Nov, 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: Blowing Rock NC
What:    Craft demonstrations 
Members of the renowned Southern Highland Craft Guild demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts.
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Miscellaneous activities:
When:  All year, Mon - Sat
Where: Bryson City NC
What:   Marianna Black Library 
Special events, classic movies, Anime Club, Music programs, Artisan displays
When:  May - October
Where: Between Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland on Parkway
What:   The Orchard at Alta Pass
  Live mountain  music and mountain dancing, storytelling and hayrides, monarch butterfly raising, naturalist tours and birding walks, arts and handwork demonstrations, book signings and more.
When:  6 PM, 1st Fridays, May - Dec
Where: Sylva NC
What:   Sylva After Dark
   A night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more.
When:  All year
Where: Mount Airy NC
What:   The Surry Arts Council
 Performing and visual arts events
When:  last Saturdays, 9-11 AM
Where: Black Mountain NC
What:  Cruz-N Black Mountain.
Classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles in downtown at the visitor center.
 
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