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There are lots of annual Christmas festivals across the High Country! Check out these fun events and round up your whole crew to enjoy. Bear in mind that the routes to most of these festivals can get heavy with traffic, so it’s best to go very early in the day to have the easiest ride and to get the best parking.
If you happened to miss one this year, be sure to make a note for next time. Dates change, but in general, each festival is held the same weekend in each year.



Meet Santa in his own home — 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.  Take a night-time 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. Remember to dress warm, the cars have open windows!  Christmas Lights. Lots of them — thousands to be exact! Holiday lighting professionals have created a winter wonderland of lights not only along the three-mile track but also throughout the open areas of the park. Look for the tunnel of lights and the 40’ LED interactive Christmas tree. Enjoy the sounds of Christmas during a 15-minute variety show in the Tweetsie Palace.  Step into a snow globe filled with swirling (synthetic) snow, peak through a Christmas present, feel dwarfed by nut crackers, 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.






Join us for the annual lighting of the Jones House Christmas Tree!

This annual event kicks off with at 5:00 with performances  by local choruses and musical groups and a tour of the Mazie Jones Gallery.

At 6:00, we’ll officially start the holiday season by lighting the  Christmas tree on the Jones House lawn with the help of the Appalachian State University Sustainable Energy Society. Then enjoy live music with the annual singer-songwriter presentation by Split-Rail Records.

Hope to see you there!



Boone Christmas ParadeBoone Christmas Parade

Celebrate the holiday season in Boone! The parade will travel down King Street with lots of treats and surprises for everyone.

Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Christmas elves may even make a special appearance!

After the parade, head up to the Jones House to warm up with hot cider and cookies.




Christmas in the ParkChristmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town

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 free hot chocolate, caroling, and visits with Santa. The festival is always the Friday after Thanksgiving, and is the perfect time to kick off your holiday and Christmas celebrating! Bring the whole family, or enjoy the romance of the lights and fun, jovial atmosphere with your significant other.





A Small Town ChristmasA Small Town Christmas 

Soak up a season full of holiday cheer with “A Small Town Christmas in Banner Elk” the first weekend in December. Escape the rush of the season and enjoy an authentic small town holiday Dec. 1-3 in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Festivities start Friday evening with an Ensemble Stage performance of “A Christmas Carol” at the Historic Banner Elk School. Saturday’s schedule of activities starts early and stretches well into the evening, while Sunday is reserved for visiting choose & cut Christmas tree farms throughout Avery County. Weekend lodging packages include a choose & cut Christmas tree.