Holiday Events in the High Country
Snow is falling and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. The North Carolina High Country, including the towns of Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk, is an ideal place to enjoy the holidays. We have put together a list of local holiday events.
BLOWING ROCK CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK & LIGHTING OF THE TOWN
Nov 23, 2018
TIMES: From: 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Held in Memorial Park in Blowing Rock, this event features Santa, hot chocolate and apple cider, caroling, and live music.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT CHETOLA RESORT
Nov 23, 2018 – Jan 27, 2019
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.The “Festival of Lights” begins Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, Nov. 24 and remains up through Blowing Rock WinterFest till Sunday, January 28, 2018. The displays illuminate at dusk each evening.
Nov 23, 2018 – Dec 29, 2018
TIMES: From: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays, with a nighttime train ride and attractions to celebrate the Christmas season.
FESTIVAL OF TREES
Nov 30, 2018
TIMES: From: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
PRICE: Admission by donation
The Festival of Trees is a magical holiday event sure to please all who walk through the door!The Appalachian/Blue Ridge Room at Chetola Resort is transformed into a Christmas spectacle for this annual event.You can buy a fully decorated tree for your home. No need to buy a tree or decorations–just come to Chetola and bid on your favorite fully decorated tree that even comes with PRESENTS!
BLOWING ROCK CHRISTMAS PARADE
November 24, 2018
TIMES: Starting: 2:00 PM
Held on Main Street in Blowing Rock, this small town parade is one of the longest in the state and features community floats, music, antique cars and much more!
A CELTIC CHRISTMAS
Nov 24, 2018
TIMES: Starting: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $18-Adults $5-Student
Mountain Home Music presents this annual holiday performance. Doors at 7pm. Show at 7:30pm
JONES HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Dec 07, 2018
TIMES: From: 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM
Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at the Jones House with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting!Starting at 5:45 PM, the Watauga High School Honors Choir and the Women's Chamber will perform a medley of holiday music on the Jones House porch.Following their performance, Mayor Rennie Brantz and Town Council members will officially begin the holiday season in Boone by lighting the Jones House Christmas Tree at 6:30 PM with the help of the Appalachian State Sustainable Energy Society.At 6:45 PM, Split Rail Records, Appalachian State's student-run record label, will host the Christhanakwanzika singer-songwriter showcase in the Mazie Jones Gallery featuring Jack Marion, Mairead Wyatt, Logan Hefner, and the High Country Jazz Collective.
BOONE CHRISTMAS PARADE
Dec 08, 2018
TIMES: From: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Experience small-town America at its finest with a procession down King Street complete with decorated floats, local celebrities, dance teams, theatre troupes, music and more. Stop by The Jones House Cultural and Community Center at 604 W. King St. (next to Mast General Store's Old Boone Mercantile) after the parade to warm up with hot cider and cookies with Santa Claus from 12 - 4 PM.
AN APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS
Dec 14, 2018
TIMES: Starting: 7:00 PM
PRICE: Free (Donation Suggested)
This annual Appalachian Christmas Concert is a gift to the people of the High County in and around Boone and Blowing Rock, NC. We celebrate the giving spirit of Mountain Home Music's founder, Joe Shannon, to wind up our 25th Anniversary Season in honor of Joe's vision for preserving our traditional mountain music, singing, dancing and storytelling. The performers all donate their talents to present this JSMHM special holiday concert that serves as a fundraiser for two worthy non-profit charities - The Hospitality House and Santa's Toy Box.
SKIING WITH SANTA
Dec 24, 2018
TIMES: From: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Appalachian Ski Mountain guests will have a chance to spot Santa on the slopes from 1pm - 4pm on Christmas Eve!
APPALACHIAN SKI MOUNTAIN - NEW YEAR'S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA
Dec 31, 2018
TIMES: From: 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Visit Appalachian Ski Mountain for New Year’s Eve and ring in 2019 in style! Fireworks, torchlight skiing and more!Ski & Ride until 11:30pm. Fireworks at midnight. Moonlight ice skating from 10 pm to midnight.Festive Restaurant Specials also available from 9pm to midnight.
SUGAR MOUNTAIN RESORT - NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION
Dec 31, 2018
TIMES: Starting: 6:00 PM
A New Year’s Eve celebration mountain style! The general public is invited, free of charge, to an alpine torch light parade at 11:45 p.m. and the fireworks show at midnight. A fee, as well reservations for the indoor festivities from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. featuring live music by The Rockabilly's, are required and should be made by calling 828-898-4521 x261.
The Village of Sugar Mountain
Courtesy Shuttle Bus will operate until 1:30am.