Traditional Christmas Historic Home Tours - Asheville, NC
Jan
3
to Jan 6

Traditional Christmas Historic Home Tours - Asheville, NC

November 15, 2017-January 6, 2018: Traditional Christmas Historic Home Tours
The mansion and local history museum is authentically decorated with fresh trees, garlands, ornaments and toys of the Victorian Period. Six period rooms are decked out with gold, silver and glassware from their permanent collections. 

Hours
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10-4 PM. Adult admission is $9/person.

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First Night - Raleigh, NC
Dec
31
to Jan 1

First Night - Raleigh, NC

Join us for the 26th Annual First Night Raleigh 2017! With nearly 100 performances in over 35 venues throughout downtown, First Night Raleigh is the way to ring in the New Year! Learn a new hobby for the New Year at our daytime DIY Festival from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the NC Museums of History and Sciences. Bounce around music, theatre, and other performances after the Early Countdown at 7:00 pm. Ride the First Night Ferris Wheel and the Fayetteville St Pirate Ship! Just make sure you’re on Fayetteville Street at midnight for the WRAL Countdown to Midnight and the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop with special guests Jack the Radio and Birds of Avalon!

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Traditional Christmas Historic Home Tours - Asheville, NC
Dec
27
to Dec 30

Traditional Christmas Historic Home Tours - Asheville, NC

November 15, 2017-January 6, 2018: Traditional Christmas Historic Home Tours
The mansion and local history museum is authentically decorated with fresh trees, garlands, ornaments and toys of the Victorian Period. Six period rooms are decked out with gold, silver and glassware from their permanent collections. 

Hours
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10-4 PM. Adult admission is $9/person.

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Forest City Christmas Lights - NC
Dec
22
to Dec 23

Forest City Christmas Lights - NC

November 23, 2017-January 2, 2018
For the ultimate festive small town experience to get you in the holiday spirit, drive and stroll down Main Street decked out with a million lights for Hometown Holidays in our top "Christmas Town" Forest City in Rutherford County. Wrapped around the live oak trees and hanging overhead, the displays center around the town fountain. The tradition dates back to 1930 when the town hung its first set of lights on two trees. Bundle up with a cup of hot chocolate and hop on a carriage or hayride (offered on weekends) through the magical display of holiday lights. Read more about Forest City.

While you can enjoy the lighting extravaganza free of charge every night of the week, there are some extra events:

Thanksgiving, November 23, 2017
Join the kick-off celebration from 6-9 PM with the annual lighting ceremony. Enjoy favorite Christmas songs by a local quartet. Stroll down Main Street to Santa's House for complimentary hot chocolate and cookies and visit the ice-skating rink. Stores and restaurants will be open and a DJ will play Christmas tunes at the Fountain throughout the evening. Iconic small-town America festive evening - just like a Hallmark movie!

Sunday, November 26
Starting at 3 PM, watch the much-anticipated annual Christmas parade on Main Street.

Fridays: December 1, 8, 15, 22
Visit Santa's House (6-8:30 PM), go ice skating (6 PM until) $7/person and take a hayride (6-9 PM) $2/person through the lights. Live music too.

Saturdays: December 2, 9, 16, 23
Visit Santa's House (5-8:30 PM), go ice skating (5 PM until) $7/person and take a horse drawn Carriage Ride (6-8:30 PM) $7/adult, $3/child. Live music.

Sundays: December 3, 10 & 17
Take your pets to Santa Paws for photos with Santa, 2-6 PM

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Traditional Christmas Historic Home Tours - Asheville, NC
Dec
20
to Dec 23

Traditional Christmas Historic Home Tours - Asheville, NC

November 15, 2017-January 6, 2018: Traditional Christmas Historic Home Tours
The mansion and local history museum is authentically decorated with fresh trees, garlands, ornaments and toys of the Victorian Period. Six period rooms are decked out with gold, silver and glassware from their permanent collections. 

Hours
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10-4 PM. Adult admission is $9/person.

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The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet - Raleigh, NC
Dec
17
1:00 PM13:00

The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet - Raleigh, NC

20th Anniversary Season

Join us as we celebrate Carolina Ballet’s family favorite, The Nutcracker. A holiday tradition that’s perfect for the whole family, ours is the only performance of The Nutcracker in the country with illusions created by world-renowned magician, Rick Thomas. Marvel as beloved characters levitate, disappear, and reappear before your very eyes.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Asheville, NC
Dec
16
7:30 PM19:30

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Asheville, NC

By Barbara Robinson; Directed by Elliot Weiner

December 1-December 17, 2017

Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Saturday evening performance 12/16 at 7:30 pm

Our most popular holiday show ever! When the town terrors end up as the leads in the Christmas pageant, their interesting interpretation of the story (which they have never heard before) helps everyone rediscover the meaning of the holiday.

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The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet - Raleigh, NC
Dec
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet - Raleigh, NC

20th Anniversary Season

Join us as we celebrate Carolina Ballet’s family favorite, The Nutcracker. A holiday tradition that’s perfect for the whole family, ours is the only performance of The Nutcracker in the country with illusions created by world-renowned magician, Rick Thomas. Marvel as beloved characters levitate, disappear, and reappear before your very eyes.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Asheville, NC
Dec
16
2:30 PM14:30

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Asheville, NC

By Barbara Robinson; Directed by Elliot Weiner

December 1-December 17, 2017

Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Saturday evening performance 12/16 at 7:30 pm

Our most popular holiday show ever! When the town terrors end up as the leads in the Christmas pageant, their interesting interpretation of the story (which they have never heard before) helps everyone rediscover the meaning of the holiday.

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The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet - Raleigh, NC
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet - Raleigh, NC

20th Anniversary Season

Join us as we celebrate Carolina Ballet’s family favorite, The Nutcracker. A holiday tradition that’s perfect for the whole family, ours is the only performance of The Nutcracker in the country with illusions created by world-renowned magician, Rick Thomas. Marvel as beloved characters levitate, disappear, and reappear before your very eyes.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Asheville, NC
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Asheville, NC

By Barbara Robinson; Directed by Elliot Weiner

December 1-December 17, 2017

Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Saturday evening performance 12/16 at 7:30 pm

Our most popular holiday show ever! When the town terrors end up as the leads in the Christmas pageant, their interesting interpretation of the story (which they have never heard before) helps everyone rediscover the meaning of the holiday.

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Forest City Christmas Lights - NC
Dec
15
6:00 PM18:00

Forest City Christmas Lights - NC

November 23, 2017-January 2, 2018
For the ultimate festive small town experience to get you in the holiday spirit, drive and stroll down Main Street decked out with a million lights for Hometown Holidays in our top "Christmas Town" Forest City in Rutherford County. Wrapped around the live oak trees and hanging overhead, the displays center around the town fountain. The tradition dates back to 1930 when the town hung its first set of lights on two trees. Bundle up with a cup of hot chocolate and hop on a carriage or hayride (offered on weekends) through the magical display of holiday lights. Read more about Forest City.

While you can enjoy the lighting extravaganza free of charge every night of the week, there are some extra events:

Thanksgiving, November 23, 2017
Join the kick-off celebration from 6-9 PM with the annual lighting ceremony. Enjoy favorite Christmas songs by a local quartet. Stroll down Main Street to Santa's House for complimentary hot chocolate and cookies and visit the ice-skating rink. Stores and restaurants will be open and a DJ will play Christmas tunes at the Fountain throughout the evening. Iconic small-town America festive evening - just like a Hallmark movie!

Sunday, November 26
Starting at 3 PM, watch the much-anticipated annual Christmas parade on Main Street.

Fridays: December 1, 8, 15, 22
Visit Santa's House (6-8:30 PM), go ice skating (6 PM until) $7/person and take a hayride (6-9 PM) $2/person through the lights. Live music too.

Saturdays: December 2, 9, 16, 23
Visit Santa's House (5-8:30 PM), go ice skating (5 PM until) $7/person and take a horse drawn Carriage Ride (6-8:30 PM) $7/adult, $3/child. Live music.

Sundays: December 3, 10 & 17
Take your pets to Santa Paws for photos with Santa, 2-6 PM

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Traditional Christmas Historic Home Tours - Asheville, NC
Dec
13
to Dec 16

Traditional Christmas Historic Home Tours - Asheville, NC

November 15, 2017-January 6, 2018: Traditional Christmas Historic Home Tours
The mansion and local history museum is authentically decorated with fresh trees, garlands, ornaments and toys of the Victorian Period. Six period rooms are decked out with gold, silver and glassware from their permanent collections. 

Hours
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10-4 PM. Adult admission is $9/person.

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The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet - Durham, NC
Dec
10
2:00 PM14:00

The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet - Durham, NC

20th Anniversary Season

Join us as we celebrate Carolina Ballet’s family favorite, The Nutcracker. A holiday tradition that’s perfect for the whole family, ours is the only performance of The Nutcracker in the country with illusions created by world-renowned magician, Rick Thomas. Marvel as beloved characters levitate, disappear, and reappear before your very eyes.

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The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet - Durham, NC
Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet - Durham, NC

20th Anniversary Season

Join us as we celebrate Carolina Ballet’s family favorite, The Nutcracker. A holiday tradition that’s perfect for the whole family, ours is the only performance of The Nutcracker in the country with illusions created by world-renowned magician, Rick Thomas. Marvel as beloved characters levitate, disappear, and reappear before your very eyes.

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Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries - NC
Dec
9
6:00 PM18:00

Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries - NC

December 1-2 and 8-9, 2017
The Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries illuminates this mountain village the first two weekends in December. In an era of electronic gadgetry and LED lights, Dillsboro’s celebration is a throwback. Adapted from a Scandinavian custom of lighting the way for the Christ child, more than 2,500 candles in white bags line the streets with more than a dozen shops to explore.

In addition to the luminaries, the town’s merchant “elves” trim their buildings – many of which date to the late 1800s – in traditional white lights. Shopkeepers also stay open late and serve coffee, warm cider, hot chocolate and homemade goodies to visitors. There will be sing-alongs throughout town, horse-and-carriage rides, WCU students strolling the streets in renaissance costumes, children’s art in the courtyard, plus Santa and Mrs. Claus setting up shop in Town Hall.

The Festival of Lights & Luminaries begins each evening at dusk and runs until 9 p.m. There is no admission charge. Come early to explore downtown Sylva also, just three miles away.

See our Dillsboro Guide. Dillsboro is located on the Tuckasegee River near Sylva at the crossroads of U.S. Hwy. 23/74 and U.S. Hwy 441 in Jackson County. The town is less than an hour west of Asheville.

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Asheville, NC
Dec
9
2:30 PM14:30

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Asheville, NC

By Barbara Robinson; Directed by Elliot Weiner

December 1-December 17, 2017

Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Saturday evening performance 12/16 at 7:30 pm

Our most popular holiday show ever! When the town terrors end up as the leads in the Christmas pageant, their interesting interpretation of the story (which they have never heard before) helps everyone rediscover the meaning of the holiday.

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The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet - Durham, NC
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet - Durham, NC

20th Anniversary Season

Join us as we celebrate Carolina Ballet’s family favorite, The Nutcracker. A holiday tradition that’s perfect for the whole family, ours is the only performance of The Nutcracker in the country with illusions created by world-renowned magician, Rick Thomas. Marvel as beloved characters levitate, disappear, and reappear before your very eyes.

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Santa on the Chimney - Hickory Nut Gorge, NC
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Santa on the Chimney - Hickory Nut Gorge, NC

Saturday, December 2 & 9, 2017
Watch Santa Claus ready himself for clambering down chimneys across the world as he practices climbing one of the most famous chimneys of all, Chimney Rock! Watch him scale the 315-foot Chimney Rock before climbing down millions of much shorter chimneys all around the world on Christmas Eve. USA Today named Chimney Rock one of the top 10 places to catch up with Santa. Come and see why!

From 11 AM to 2 PM, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, complimentary hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities and see live critters. Annual Passholders are invited to a special holiday sale at Cliff Dwellers Gifts, which will be providing entertainment, artist demonstrations and refreshments. There is no additional cost with paid Park admission.

Mr. Claus will rappel from the top of Chimney Rock about every 30-45 minutes from 11 AM to 2 PM while spectators gather in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts (parking area) for live holiday music, refreshments and kids’ activities. Santa will be available in front of Cliff Dwellers Gifts for photo opportunities. Mrs. Claus will serve delicious cookies and hot cocoa. Park mascot Grady the Groundhog or other live critters will make an appearance, and an educational display of animal skins and skulls will be on display by a State Park Ranger.

This Santa on the Rock event is included in regular park admission, $13/adults and $6/youth 5-15. 

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Cinderella Holiday Musical - Raleigh, NC
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Cinderella Holiday Musical - Raleigh, NC

Cinderella

December 1 - 17, 2017

Cantey V. Sutton Theatre (Reserved Seating)

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This musical comedy is a holiday sugarplum for the whole family. Just the right mixture of comedy and romance can add the sparkle of magic to your holiday season. This visually stunning musical combines elegant costumes and scenery with singing, dancing, conniving step relatives, and resourceful fairy folk.

Based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault. Adaptation and lyrics by Jim Eiler. Music by Jim Eiler and Jeanne Bargy.

Ticket Information

Tickets available now. Buy them online or from the box office at 919-821-3111. Group sales are also available from the box office.

Seating is Reserved Seating.

Show times:

  • Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30pm
  • Saturdays at 1:00pm & 5:00pm
  • Sundays at 1:00pm & 5:00pm

Ticket prices (including taxes):

  • Members: $27
  • Opening weekend: $28
  • All other tickets: $33
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Asheville, NC
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Asheville, NC

By Barbara Robinson; Directed by Elliot Weiner

December 1-December 17, 2017

Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Saturday evening performance 12/16 at 7:30 pm

Our most popular holiday show ever! When the town terrors end up as the leads in the Christmas pageant, their interesting interpretation of the story (which they have never heard before) helps everyone rediscover the meaning of the holiday.

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Main Street Christmas - Holly Springs, NC
Dec
8
6:00 PM18:00

Main Street Christmas - Holly Springs, NC

Friday December 8, 2017, 6-8 p.m.


Holly Springs Town Hall and Cultural Center
This is a free event!

Celebrate the holidays with Holly Springs! Event highlights include:

  • Visit with Santa at Town Hall until 7:15 p.m. (Please plan to visit Santa early)
  • Hayrides downtown
  • Free refreshments at the Cultural Center
  • Live entertainment at Town Hall and the Cultural Center
  • Stories with Mrs. Claus at the Cultural Center
  • Crafts at the Cultural Center
  • The annual Town tree lighting on the Cultural Center lawn at 8 p.m.
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Forest City Christmas Lights - NC
Dec
8
6:00 PM18:00

Forest City Christmas Lights - NC

November 23, 2017-January 2, 2018
For the ultimate festive small town experience to get you in the holiday spirit, drive and stroll down Main Street decked out with a million lights for Hometown Holidays in our top "Christmas Town" Forest City in Rutherford County. Wrapped around the live oak trees and hanging overhead, the displays center around the town fountain. The tradition dates back to 1930 when the town hung its first set of lights on two trees. Bundle up with a cup of hot chocolate and hop on a carriage or hayride (offered on weekends) through the magical display of holiday lights. Read more about Forest City.

While you can enjoy the lighting extravaganza free of charge every night of the week, there are some extra events:

Thanksgiving, November 23, 2017
Join the kick-off celebration from 6-9 PM with the annual lighting ceremony. Enjoy favorite Christmas songs by a local quartet. Stroll down Main Street to Santa's House for complimentary hot chocolate and cookies and visit the ice-skating rink. Stores and restaurants will be open and a DJ will play Christmas tunes at the Fountain throughout the evening. Iconic small-town America festive evening - just like a Hallmark movie!

Sunday, November 26
Starting at 3 PM, watch the much-anticipated annual Christmas parade on Main Street.

Fridays: December 1, 8, 15, 22
Visit Santa's House (6-8:30 PM), go ice skating (6 PM until) $7/person and take a hayride (6-9 PM) $2/person through the lights. Live music too.

Saturdays: December 2, 9, 16, 23
Visit Santa's House (5-8:30 PM), go ice skating (5 PM until) $7/person and take a horse drawn Carriage Ride (6-8:30 PM) $7/adult, $3/child. Live music.

Sundays: December 3, 10 & 17
Take your pets to Santa Paws for photos with Santa, 2-6 PM

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Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries - NC
Dec
8
6:00 PM18:00

Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries - NC

December 1-2 and 8-9, 2017
The Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries illuminates this mountain village the first two weekends in December. In an era of electronic gadgetry and LED lights, Dillsboro’s celebration is a throwback. Adapted from a Scandinavian custom of lighting the way for the Christ child, more than 2,500 candles in white bags line the streets with more than a dozen shops to explore.

In addition to the luminaries, the town’s merchant “elves” trim their buildings – many of which date to the late 1800s – in traditional white lights. Shopkeepers also stay open late and serve coffee, warm cider, hot chocolate and homemade goodies to visitors. There will be sing-alongs throughout town, horse-and-carriage rides, WCU students strolling the streets in renaissance costumes, children’s art in the courtyard, plus Santa and Mrs. Claus setting up shop in Town Hall.

The Festival of Lights & Luminaries begins each evening at dusk and runs until 9 p.m. There is no admission charge. Come early to explore downtown Sylva also, just three miles away.

See our Dillsboro Guide. Dillsboro is located on the Tuckasegee River near Sylva at the crossroads of U.S. Hwy. 23/74 and U.S. Hwy 441 in Jackson County. The town is less than an hour west of Asheville.

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Traditional Christmas Historic Home Tours - Asheville, NC
Dec
6
to Dec 9

Traditional Christmas Historic Home Tours - Asheville, NC

November 15, 2017-January 6, 2018: Traditional Christmas Historic Home Tours
The mansion and local history museum is authentically decorated with fresh trees, garlands, ornaments and toys of the Victorian Period. Six period rooms are decked out with gold, silver and glassware from their permanent collections. 

Hours
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10-4 PM. Adult admission is $9/person.

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Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Selma Christmas Parade - NC

Selma Christmas Parade

Here's the perfect way to begin the holiday season and create a fun family and friends tradition. Join as Selma presents the Christmas parade, lighting up the night sky with twinkling lights. Of course that most important visitor of all will join the lineup; Santa Claus.

Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Parade Time: 7:00 p.m.

Line Up: 6:00 p.m. at Selma Elementary School

Entry Fee: Free

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Asheville, NC
Dec
3
2:30 PM14:30

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Asheville, NC

By Barbara Robinson; Directed by Elliot Weiner

December 1-December 17, 2017

Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm; Additional Saturday evening performance 12/16 at 7:30 pm

Our most popular holiday show ever! When the town terrors end up as the leads in the Christmas pageant, their interesting interpretation of the story (which they have never heard before) helps everyone rediscover the meaning of the holiday.

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A Small Town Christmas - Banner Elk, NC
Dec
3
8:30 AM08:30

A Small Town Christmas - Banner Elk, NC

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, Dec. 1
10am-4 pm – Christmas at Apple Hill Alpaca Farm (hourly guided walking tours)
7:00 p.m. – Performance of “A Christmas Carol” by Ensemble Stage (click for tickets)
Saturday, Dec. 2
8:30 a.m. – YMCA 5K Reindeer Run (Tate-Evans Park)
9:30 a.m. – Breakfast with Santa (Dunn’s Deli)
10am-4pm – Christmas at Apple Hill Alpaca Farm (hourly guided walking tours)
10am-6pm – Waggin’ Wassail & Paw-licious Hot Cocoa (My Best Friend’s Barkery)
11am-2pm – Storytelling with Santa (Banner Elk Book Exchange)
1:00 p.m. – Candy Cane Hunt (Tate-Evans Park)
1pm-3pm – Christmas Ornament Making (Bayou Smokehouse)
3pm-4pm – Decorate Christmas Cookie (Banner Elk Cafe)
6:00 p.m. – Parade of Lights (Main Street & Shawneehaw Avenue)
6:30 p.m. – Train Rides, Luminaries, Light Shows & Visits with Santa (Tate-Evans Park)
Sunday, Dec. 3
All day – Choose & Cut Christmas Trees at local tree farms: http://www.averycountychristmastrees.org/members/

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Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries - NC
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries - NC

December 1-2 and 8-9, 2017
The Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries illuminates this mountain village the first two weekends in December. In an era of electronic gadgetry and LED lights, Dillsboro’s celebration is a throwback. Adapted from a Scandinavian custom of lighting the way for the Christ child, more than 2,500 candles in white bags line the streets with more than a dozen shops to explore.

In addition to the luminaries, the town’s merchant “elves” trim their buildings – many of which date to the late 1800s – in traditional white lights. Shopkeepers also stay open late and serve coffee, warm cider, hot chocolate and homemade goodies to visitors. There will be sing-alongs throughout town, horse-and-carriage rides, WCU students strolling the streets in renaissance costumes, children’s art in the courtyard, plus Santa and Mrs. Claus setting up shop in Town Hall.

The Festival of Lights & Luminaries begins each evening at dusk and runs until 9 p.m. There is no admission charge. Come early to explore downtown Sylva also, just three miles away.

See our Dillsboro Guide. Dillsboro is located on the Tuckasegee River near Sylva at the crossroads of U.S. Hwy. 23/74 and U.S. Hwy 441 in Jackson County. The town is less than an hour west of Asheville.

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