Festival of Lights at Chetola

Chetola Resort 185 Chetola Lake Dr, Blowing Rock, NC

Chetola Resort features a sparkling display of lights each winter season! The “Festival of Lights” is free and open to the public, and you are invited to enjoy thousands of dazzling illuminations throughout the resort.  As you drive or stroll around Chetola Lake, view glittering ice skaters, “Rudolph” reeling in a big fish, strolling carolers and many more captivating holiday scenes.


Crazy Christmas at Mystery Hill

Mystery Hill 129 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock, NC

This year, some mischievous elves have been tinkering with Santa’s Vortex Generator and they accidentally set it off early! Now, 12 of santa’s elves are scattered across our mysterious hillside and santa needs your help to bring them back.


Holiday Kaleidoscope Concerts at Watauga High School

Watauga High School 300 Go Pioneers Dr, Boone, NC

Join the Band, Choral, and Orchestra programs of Watauga High School for their 3rd Annual Holiday Kaleidoscope Concerts! See performances by the WHS Band, Honors Orchestra, Treble Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and Concert Choir, along with many other chamber ensembles, followed by a grand finale that includes every student involved in the WHS Music Department!


Santa Claus at the Original Mast Store

Mast General Store Valle Crucis 3565 HWY 194 S., Sugar Grove, NC, United States

Before stockings are hung by the chimney with care… Before milk and cookies are set by the fireplace… Before the sleigh is packed full and reindeer take to the skies…
Santa must hear the Christmas wishes of all good little girls and boys!


Children’s Story Time at The Blowing Rock Community Library

Blowing Rock Community Library 1022 Main St., Blowing Rock, NC, United States

Fabulous storyteller, Tom Boyd, will be hosting a children's story time during the Holiday Stroll on December 8th from 4:00 - 5:00 PM at the Blowing Rock Community Library. 


Blowing Rock Holiday Stroll

Downtown Blowing Rock 132 Park Avenue, Blowing Rock, NC, United States

Join us in Blowing Rock for the Holiday Stroll, a celebration of winter and the Christmas season in December. It’s like a town-wide holiday open house! Shops are open late, and a number of special guests and activities will make the glowing streets even more festive.

Free Entry

Tweetsie Railroad: Tweetsie Christmas

Tweetsie Railroad 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC

Tweetsie Christmas offers holiday activities the whole family will love, including a 20-minute nighttime train ride in an open-air car behind one of the park's historic steam locomotives on a three-mile route lined with over 1 million Christmas lights,

4-Course Champagne Dinner at Cafe Violette

Cafe Violette 1132 Main St. Suite 102, Blowing Rock, NC, United States

The Holiday Season is upon us and Cafe Violette is ready to celebrate! Head over to Cafe Violette for a 4-Course Champagne Dinner on December 8 at 6:30 pm. 


Santa Visiting The Last Straw

The Last Straw 978 Main St, Blowing Rock, NC

Santa will be visiting The Last Straw on Saturday, December 9 from 12-3 pm for photo opportunities. Bring your children and your pets! 


Weekends with Santa at The Blowing Rock

The Blowing Rock 432 The Rock Road, Blowing Rock, NC

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Blowing Rock from 12:30 - 3:00 PM every Saturday from 11/26 - 12/24. Children can come visit and tell them all about their wish list. 

Free Entry

An Irish Christmas with John Doyle & Mick McAuley at The Appalachian Theatre

Appalachian Theatre of the High Country 559 West King Street, Boone, NC, United States

Internationally acclaimed Irish guitarist John Doyle and Irish multi-instrumentalist Mick McAuley playing accordion, melodeon, concertina, whistles and guitar join together for the Joe Shannon's Mountain Home Music "Celtic Christmas". 


NOSW Holiday Open House at Lees McRae

NOSW, New Opportunity School for Women, is a part of Lees-McRae, and has a mission to improve the educational, financial, and personal circumstances of low-income women in the Southern Appalachian region. The college is hosting the organization’s annual Holiday Open House to celebrate NOSW and thank all community partners and supporters


The Kruger Brothers “Holidays” at the Appalachian Theatre

Appalachian Theatre of the High Country 559 West King Street, Boone, NC, United States

Since their formal introduction to American audiences in 1997, The Kruger Brothers’ remarkable discipline, creativity and their ability to infuse classical music into folk music has resulted in a unique sound that has made them a fixture within the world of acoustic music. The honesty of their writing has since become a hallmark of the trio’s work.


Gingerbread House Decorating Class at Cupcrazed Cafe

Cupcrazed Cafe 146 Greenway Ct., Blowing Rock, NC, United States

Grab your friends and family and join Cupcrazed Cafe for a day of holiday cheer on December 16 from 3-5pm Gingerbread House Decorating Event! It's the perfect opportunity to bond, create memories, and indulge in some sweet treats.


Christmas with Elvis at The Appalachian Theatre

Appalachian Theatre of the High Country 559 West King Street, Boone, NC, United States

Come enjoy holiday hits from the one & only King of Rock & Roll delivered by Matt Lewis, the Elvis tribute artist USA Today called "The Best in Las Vegas!"


Christmas Day Skiing at Appalachian Ski Mountain

Appalachian Ski Mountain 940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock, NC

The slopes will be open from 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday, December 25. The day will serve as a fundraiser for Appalachian Ski Mtn’s ski patrol. Customers who purchase their tickets online before midnight on Dec. 24 will receive a 50 percent discount!

Holiday Midnight Blast Nights at Appalachian Ski Mountain

Appalachian Ski Mountain 940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock, NC

Appalachian Ski Mtn. offers the region’s only late night skiing with special “Midnight Blast” sessions, offered every Friday & Saturday night all season long, with bonus holiday sessions the week after Christmas, Dec 26-31. Note the slopes close at 11:30 on December 31 to prepare for our annual Torchlight show & Fireworks Celebration.

New Year’s Sunrise at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Ring in an epic New Year on Monday, Jan. 1, with the first sunrise of 2024 — atop Grandfather Mountain. This special event will provide guests with the rare opportunity to visit the mountain outside of regular operating hours and on a holiday.