There’s a lot going on in Blowing Rock, North Carolina’s Prettiest Small Town, between Thanksgiving and Christmas: It’s a fun, festive and family-friendly holiday destination. The Norman Rockwell-esque downtown sparkles with thousands of holiday lights, eclectic shops emit a welcoming glow and visitors smile warmly in the invigorating chill of the scenic High Country.
Holiday season events and activities are too numerous to list in full, but here are a few highlights:
Thanksgiving Day Dining: Several restaurants and eateries will be open; reservations required for those with seating times. blowingrock.com/thanksgiving-day-dining/
Choose & Cut Christmas Trees: All area tree farms will be open starting the first weekend after Thanksgiving. blowingrock.com/choose-cut-christmas-trees/
Events at Chetola Resort: Carriage rides on Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend; Festival of Trees, December 1 – 4; Festival of Lights, Thanksgiving through the end of January. chetola.com
Downtown Blowing Rock: Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town, including free hot chocolate and cider, Santa, hayrides and live music, Friday, November 25; blowingrock.com/christmas-park/ Holiday Stroll, a town-wide open house, Friday, December 9, 5 – 8 p.m. Carolers, movie, Christmas concert. blowingrock.com/holidaystroll
Wood-Fired Kiln Opening at Traditions Pottery: Saturday, November 26. One of only two wood-fired kiln events at Traditions; special pieces include Santa-faced jugs and other holiday-themed pottery. blowingrock.com/wood-fired-kiln-opening
An Ensemble Christmas: A holiday musical variey show put on by Blowing Rock’s professional theater company, Ensemble Stage. The show is based on the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby television shows of the ‘60s and ‘70s. December 17 and 18 at Appalachian State University. For tickets and info, ensemblestage.com
For a full listing of events during the holiday season and details, go to blowingrock.com/blowing-rock-holidays.
Blowing Rock is only two hours from Charlotte and Greensboro, three hours from Knoxville, 3.5 hours from Raleigh, five hours from Atlanta and six hours from Charleston.
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For information: Tracy Brown, Executive Director
Blowing Rock Tourism Development Authority