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Beary Scary Halloween at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Visit Grandfather Mountain for a day of nature programs about animals that some consider creepy and crawly! This fun-filled celebration includes an opportunity to trick-or-treat on the mountain and then watch special Halloween enrichments be given to the animals.

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival & Monster March

Main Street 1094 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC, United States

Join Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation for tons of FREE fun with a full afternoon of spooky activities! From downtown trick-or-treating to the famous Monster March, this is among the best Halloween events for kids of ALL ages. Memorial Park, located right in the middle of downtown, is the center for all the fun!

Free
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Tweetsie Railroad: Ghost Train

Tweetsie Railroad 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock, NC

The spooktacular season of Tweetsie’s Ghost Train® Halloween Celebration, a popular fall family tradition, begins Friday, September 22, and continues every Friday and Saturday night through October 28.

Trunk-or-Treat at Amorem

Amorem is partnering with Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living to host a Trunk-or-Treat!

It is located at 287 Bamboo Rd. in Boone and goes from 6-7:30pm. 

Free

Keeping Time: Fiddles, Banjos, Ballads, & Place-keeping at BRAHM

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum 159 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock, NC, United States

Join App State’s Trevor McKenzie to learn more about Appalachia’s music traditions as a form of creative place-keeping within the region. Place-keeping is the active care and maintenance of a place and its social fabric by the people who live and work there, according to the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.

Registration Required

Artisan Market at Shoppes on the Parkway

Shoppes on the Parkway 278 Shoppes on the Parkway Rd., Blowing Rock, NC, United States

Head over to Shoppes on the Parkway for a local artisan market as well as great deals.

Free Entry

Contra Dance at the American Legion

American Legion 333 Wallingford Rd, Blowing Rock, NC, United States

Stephanie Marie calling, M Mueller, Art Shuster and Georgie Donovan playing

Contra Dancing is American Folk Dancing and is both similar to and different from Square Dancing. Contra Dancing is always done to live music, and progesses in lines instead of squares. There is a new dancers workshop at 7:30 pm and the dance goes from 8-11 pm. So don't be shy! Learn how to Contra Dance!

$10

The Gibson Brothers at The Appalachian Theatre

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

There’s a reason why Ricky Skaggs pulled Eric and Leigh Gibson off the stage at the Ryman two decades ago and offered to produce their debut record.

$17

17th Annual Veterans Day Commemoration at Boone Mall

Boone Mall 1180 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, NC

Your High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will conduct a 17th Annual Veterans Day Commemoration at the Boone Mall. The ceremony will include participation of the Watauga Community Band offering a prelude concert commencing at 10:30. At 11:00, Watauga High School Marine Corps JROTC Color Guard will present the Colors.

Free

ARS POETICA Reception at BRAHM

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum 159 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock, NC, United States

Head over to BRAHM and celebrate the artists and poets of their inaugural ARS POETICA exhibition! The reception will include an awards ceremony to announce the recipients of the two Judges' Choice Awards as well as the People's Choice Award. Light refreshments will be available. Free and open to the public.

Free

A Gallery of Appalachian Culture at Lees McRae

Lees-McRae College 191 Main Street, Banner Elk, NC

the Stephenson Center for Appalachia will be presenting “A Gallery of Appalachian Culture” on Friday, Nov. 17. The walk-through exhibition will be set up in the Hayes Auditorium lobby following the end of Friday’s 2 p.m. matinee.

Free

An Evening with Pam Tillis at The Appalachian Theatre

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

Pam Tillis’ star continues to shine brightly in the 3rd decade of her career and is currently touring extensively on her own & with others. As the child of Country Music Royalty, Pam Tillis was determined from a young age to find her own way in music as a singer and songwriter.

$38 – $45
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“Language of Angels” at Lees McRae Theatre

Lees-McRae College 191 Main Street, Banner Elk, NC

An eerie cycle of ghost stories, set in the cave country of North Carolina. After a young girl is lost in a cave on the edge of town, there is a Rashomon-like investigation of her disappearance and the fate of those who survive her.

$15

Thanksgiving Meal at Cupcrazed Cafe

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

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Cupcrazed Cafe. Let them do the cooking while you relax with family and friends in their cozy dining room.

$90.00

Black Friday Sales Weekend at Shoppes on the Parkway

Shoppes on the Parkway 278 Shoppes on the Parkway Rd., Blowing Rock, NC, United States

Head over to Shoppes on the Parkway for your Black Friday & After Thanksgiving Sales shopping. There will be live music and deep discounts! 

Free Entry

Sip & Shop with J. McLaughlin

J. McLaughlin 1081 Main St, Blowing Rock, NC

Blowing Rock JMcLaughlin will be hosting a sip and shop benefitting the New Direction Mustard Seed, which work extensively with single mothers and children, the majority of whom were once victims of domestic violence.

Free Entry

Christmas in the Park

Blowing Rock Memorial Park 1036 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC, United States

Blowing Rock’s Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town celebration is an annual holiday event that you are sure to love. Join us for hot chocolate, caroling, and visits with Santa.

Free

Sunrise at the Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC

Enjoy the rare opportunity to visit Grandfather Mountain outside of regular operating hours and see a sunrise from the top of the mountain. Sunrise is at 7:14 a.m. Nov. 25, 2023, and park gates open at 6:15 a.m.

$40

Blowing Rock Christmas Parade

Main Street 1094 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC, United States

The best small-town parade you'll find anywhere! Celebrate the Christmas season with us as Main Street hosts a parade of decorated vehicles, dancing, costumes, and more. A 10am start time gets you in the holiday spirit for the rest of the day!

Free

Annual Thanksgiving Kiln Opening at Bolick & Traditions Pottery

Traditions Pottery Studio 4443 Bolick Road, Blowing Rock

Always the Saturday after Thanksgiving! Bolick and Traditions Pottery will host their Annual Thanksgiving Wood Kiln Opening on Saturday November 25. The groundhog style wood kiln will be unloaded at 10am on Saturday morning. Guests are encourage to be present at that time to watch the items being taken from the kiln and then make their selection.

FREE

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.

Free

Christmas with The Embers at The Appalachian Theatre

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

The holiday season gets started with Christmas With The Embers featuring Craig Woolard! A great evening for the whole family, The Embers bring their signature sound to all your favorite holiday tunes. 

$20

California Impressionism in an iPhone World at BRAHM

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum 159 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock, NC, United States

Dr. Will South, author of numerous books on both California Impressionism and Modernism, asks the question: How can more than 100-year-old, simple landscape paintings, however pleasant, be relevant in a world where humans are glued to their phones and consume hundreds of images per day?

Registration Required

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.

Anniversary Weekend at Appalachian Ski Mountain

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

Join App Ski Mountian the first weekend in December for our Anniversary Celebration, where they roll back ticket prices and offer both Saturday & Sunday Day Sessions for only $10!

$10

Contra Dance at the American Legion

American Legion 333 Wallingford Rd, Blowing Rock, NC, United States

Band: George Paul
Caller: Terry Doyle
Location: Legion Hall in Blowing Rock
Time: 7:00 - 10:00 PM, New Dancers Workshop at 6:30 PM

$10
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A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas at The Appalachian Theatre

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

The Carolina Snowbelles Christmas made its debut in Washington DC at the world renowned Kennedy Center's Millennium Stages and is now the High Country's newest holiday tradition for the whole family. A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas is certain to feature something for everyone!  From beloved classics like "Merry and Bright", "Sing" and "Like This" by The Carolina Snowbelles director Cheryl Cutlip.

$18 – $30

Conquistadors in North Carolina at BRAHM

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum 159 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock, NC, United States

Join us for an interesting lecture with Mike Carpenter of the Exploring Joara Foundation.
He will talk about:
the expeditions of De Soto (in NC in 1540) and Pardo (1567-1568)  (routes and goals);

$8
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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!

$5.00

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. 

Free

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

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. 

$120.00

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! 

Free

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". 

$24.50

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

Free

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.

$25

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.

$40

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!"

$35
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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!

Free

Story Time at The Blowing Rock Community Library

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

Local storyteller, Tom Boyd, will be hosting a children's story time on Saturday, December 23rd at 11:00 am. Head over to the Blowing Rock Community Library to enjoy a story. 

Free
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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

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.

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Tunes at the Trout- Thursdays

The Speckled Trout Restaurant and Bottle Shop 922 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC

Come enjoy live music in from 6 – 8 pm, no cover!

No Cover