Holidays in the high country

The vibrant colors of the autumn leaves have come and gone, and a magical time in the High Country is about to begin: the holiday season. Wintertime charm and old fashioned Christmas spirit will soon fill our small towns, and snow will eventually blanket the ground. Twinkling lights will fill our homes and line the streets, and merry sounds can be heard allover.

Holiday celebrations and winter activities are magical in the High Country, and we’ve rounded up all of our favorites to share with you!

Choose and Cut Tree Farms
Appalachian Christmas Mountain Farms | Boone, NC

C&J Christmas Tree Farm | Boone, NC

Circle C Tree Farm | Boone, NC

Appalachian Evergreens | Blowing Rock, NC

Frosty’s Choose & Cut | West Jefferson, NC

Red Barn Tree Farm | Linville, NC

Shop Local
Beech Mountain Holiday Market | November 26 | 10AM – 4PM

West Jefferson Christmas Crawl | December 2 | 5PM – 7PM

Blowing Rock Holiday Stroll | December 9 | 4PM – 8PM

Parades and Holiday Fun
Blowing Rock Lighting of the Town | November 25 | 12PM – 6:30PM

Blowing Rock Christmas Parade | November 26 | 10AM – 12PM

Chetola Festival of Lights | Daily beginning November 27

Boone Christmas Parade | December 10 | 2PM

Banner Elk Small Town Christmas | December 2 – 4

Beech Mountain Christmas Parade | December 22 | 4PM

West Jefferson’s Annual Hometown Christmas | November 25 | 5PM – 7PM

‘Snow’ Much Fun
Appalachian Ski Mountain

Sugar Mountain

Beech Mountain

Beech Mountain Sled Hill


Tweetsie Christmas
Beginning November 25, Tweetsie Railroad transforms into a winter wonderland.  Offering holiday activities the whole family will love, including kid-friendly rides, a Christmas variety show, meeting Santa in his gingerbread house, and a 20-minute nighttime train ride winding through 1 million Christmas lights. Be sure to purchase your tickets soon!

Swiss Mountain Village’s Ways To Spread Holiday Cheer
In the season of giving, here are some favorite ideas from our staff on ways to spread some holiday cheer:

  • Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food bank
  • Buy lunch for emergency workers and first responders
  • Set out gifts for your postal and sanitation workers
  • Donate nonperishable food or gently worn clothing to a charity drive
  • Pay it forward and buy coffee for the person behind you in line
  • Leave an extra large tip at your favorite local restaurant

Wishing you all a magical holiday season!

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