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Blowing Rock NC Christmas 2021 Parade, Lights, Shopping

Blowing Rock NC Christmas 2021 Parade, Lights, Shopping

Like stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting, Blowing Rock is the destination if you want to experience a picturesque small town Christmas. Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Blowing Rock is a great place to make holiday memories while shopping, dining and taking in the lights and music of the season. Blowing Rock NC Christmas 2021


  • Choose & Cut Farms Open
    Open November 13- December 24
    For a list of Choose & Cut Farms in Blowing Rock, Click HERE
    For a list of NC Choose & Cut Farms, Click HERE

  • Blowing Rock NC Christmas Festival & Lighting of the Town
    November 26, 2021
    Held in Memorial Park in Blowing Rock, this event features visits with Santa, games & activities for children, hayrides around downtown Blowing Rock, a bounce house in the town park, free hot chocolate and cider to keep you warm, live Christmas music and the lighting of the town tree!  For more information, CLICK HERE

  • Blowing Rock NC Christmas Parade
    November 27, 2021
    Held on Main Street in Blowing Rock, this small town parade in one of the longest in the state and features community floats, music, antique cars and much more!

  • Blowing Rock Art & History Museum Holiday Concert & Craft
    Enjoy free admission to the museum all day to explore the new winter exhibits.  After the Christmas parade, walk down Main Street to BRAHM for a free concert and kids holiday crafts.  For more information, click HERE

  • Chetola Resort Winter Festival of Lights
    DAILY Nov 26-Blowing Rock Winterfest: Dusk
    Chetola Resort becomes a Winter Wonderland with over 50,000 dazzling lights around Chetola lake and its surroundings.  The festival is free and open to the public, with more information available at the gatehouse. 
    TIP: Visit during the week for less crowds

  • Saturday's with Santa at The Blowing Rock
    November 27- December 18, 1-3pm
    Enjoy a special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy the clear winter views from North Carolina's Oldest Attraction. Free admission for one child and accompanying adult.

  • Oh, Christmas Tree!
    Mystery Hill would like to welcome everyone to the first gathering of our Christmas light show. On November 27th as soon as dusk hits we will gather for hot chocolate and light up our property in awe.
    Every day until the first of the new year we will have our lights running for everyone to come to see! This will be a free event for everyone to come and enjoy with your family!

    December 4, 4-8pm
    Shop in Downtown Blowing Rock on December 4th as stores stay open late spreading Holiday Cheer. Stroll through the lights displayed in Memorial Park and enjoy the holiday season.
  • An Appalachian Christmas at the 1903 Dougherty House
    No visit with Santa is complete without a good story, and this year the big man in red is thrilled to share with you some tales of his favorite child in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Jack. During the Holiday season, we’re offering complimentary cider, hot cocoa, and cookies to all 1903 Dougherty House visitors. Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting upstairs to read Appalachian Christmas stories to all the good little boys and girls. This family-friendly event is free of charge from Dec 16th-24th



  • App Ski Mtn
    For "all things snow" head to the High Country's first ski area. The resort features 12 slopes with choices for all ages and abilities, 3 terrain parks, outdoor ice skating and the French Swiss Ski School. View details HERE
  • The Blowing Rock
    North Carolina's Oldest Tourist Attraction is a must see when in Blowing Rock.  Enjoy the endless winter views and read the legend. **The "rock" is closed Tuesday & Wednesday in the winter, call ahead during inclement weather. View details HERE

  • Glen Burney Falls Trail
    The trail to these falls is said to be an ancient Native American pathway and descends steeply through John’s River Gorge.  The trail is less than 2 miles long and offers several mini falls along the way that make for good photographs. The trailhead is located in the heart of Blowing Rock at Annie Gannon Park on Laurel Lane, just two blocks from Main Street.

  • Moses Cone Park Trails
    These trails located in the Moses Cone Memorial Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway are ideal for winter hiking.  They are well maintained with gravel, so are less likely to be muddy and slick!  The trail system can also be accessed from multiple points even when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed for winter travel. View detailed trail maps HER
  • Blowing Rock Sledding- Blue Ridge Parkway Entrance MP 294
    The hills seen at this locations are a favorite place for locals to sled on a nice snow day! (And since the parkway is usually closed when it snows, you can just park to the side of the road.) 

  • High Gravity Adventures
    This aerial adventure park features a three-person giant swing, aerial course with 75 different challenges and a 1,000 foot zipline. While the park is closed for the winter, they do open on holiday weekends such as MLK and Valentine's Day.  View details HERE



  • Mystery Hill
    Fun for all ages, the gravitational anomaly has been fascinating visitors since 1948. While you are there, visit the hands on science activities, bubblerama, Professor Finnegan's Old Time Photo and the Dougherty House featuring a large arrowhead collection and Appalachian history. Click HERE

  • Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM)
    This free museum will open winter exhibitions in time for the holiday season. Open Tues-Sun, 11-4.

  • Docs Rocks Gem Mine and Fossil Museum
    Located at the entrance of Tanger Outlets, Docs Rocks features an indoor heated flume for sluicing ore mined locally. Above the Gem Mine, the Appalachian Fossil and Dinosaur Museum features thousands of fossils from the region along with replica dinosaurs. Click HERE

  • Tanger Outlets
    The Tanger Outlets feature national brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren and Vera Bradley and Talbots along covered sidewalks. Find a full list of stores HERE