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High Country NC Mountain Christmas Events 2021

High Country NC Mountain Christmas Events 2021
We have compiled a (printable) list of all the Holiday events in the NC High Country Region for your use!  

  • Apple Hill Farm Christmas Celebration
    Wednesdays to Sundays through Jan 3
    Take a guided walking tour of a working alpaca farm! The tours are 45 to 60 minutes in length, and advanced tickets are REQUIRED.   Apple Hill Farm is home to many animals including alpacas, llamas, angora goats, donkeys, and more! Everyone has a job and a story. After the tour you can visit the gift shop and find unique gifts made from alpaca fiber, plus lots of local artisan crafts and foods. For more information, CLICK HERE


  • Crazy Christmas at Mystery Hill in Blowing Rock
    Daily, November 19- December 24
    For details, CLICK HERE
    • Elf Hunt throughout the Park
    • Christmas Crafts at Lillie’s Craft Cabin
    • Christmas Themed Photos at Professor Finnegan’s Old Time Photos
    • Gem Mining for Christmas Jewels at Prospector Hill
    • Snowball Fights
    • Historic Appalachian Christmas at the Dougherty House Museum

    All of the above but also features:

    • YETI Encounter– Can you and your team beat the fearsome Yeti before he makes off with Santa’s elves?
    • Roaming Carolers
    • Christmas Light Walk
    • Santa’s Landing – At the end of the light walk meet up with Santa as he collects his elves!
    • The Spirit of Christmas – a 21 and up experience at the Dougherty House looking at holiday traditions of yesteryear featuring Yuletide adult libations.


  • Light up Downtown
    Friday, November 19th, 6-9pm in downtown North Wilkesboro
    Late hours for stores, Christmas lights and music and a visit from Santa Claus are planned on the night of Nov. 19th in downtown North Wilkesboro. Both downtowns are being decorated for Christmas, including a large Christmas tree on the Wilkes Heritage Museum front lawn in Wilkesboro. Horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown North Wilkesboro will be offered Nov. 19 and 20. Celebrate the season with family and friends and enjoy twinkling lights and festive window displays. Be sure and bring a comfy blanket to keep you and yours warm for the ride. 


  • West Jefferson Holiday Parade & Light up the Town
    November 20th, 3pm
    Come to the Downtown West Jefferson NC 2021 annual holiday parade! Local bands, dance groups, churches, businesses, fire/rescue trucks, police cars & more participate in the parade each year.-- And of course, Santa will be there to welcome in the holiday season. 


  • Ashe County Holiday Farmer's Markets
    Saturdays, November 20- December 4, 10am-2pm, West Jefferson Backstreet
    Come to the West Jefferson NC 2021 Holiday Farmers Market and find unique gifts and holiday decorations. Featured at the Holiday Market will be locally grown and handcrafted Christmas wreaths, trees, roping, crafts, baked goods, crafts and much more. For more information, click HERE


  • Beech Mountain Sledding Hill
    Nov 25-Feb (weather permitting) M-F: 1-5pm; Holidays & Weekends: 9am-5pm
    Children under 12 can enjoy free sledding on this sledding hill with on-site snow making! Call for conditions: 800-468-5506


  • Blowing Rock NC Christmas Festival & Lighting of the Town
    November 26, 2021, 12-6:30pm
    Held in Memorial Park in Blowing Rock, Christmas in the park features:
    12-3: Pictures with Santa
    1:30-4:30: Kids Carnival Games
    Live Music: 2-6:30
    Lighting of the Town: 5:30ish


  • Annual Hometown Christmas 
    November 26, 5-7pm, Downtown West Jefferson
    Watch the official lighting of the Downtown West Jefferson NC Christmas tree.  Stay for a while and visit Santa, join carolers, sip hot chocolate, have your picture made at the caboose, and take ride on the 1947 fire truck with your family and friends.


    November 26, 5:30pm
    Downtown Sparta
    The courthouse Christmas tree and displays around town will be lit up for the season!  Enjoy a stroll through town after dinner.


  • West Jefferson NC Tree Fest
    November 26- December 30, Ashe County Arts Council
    See 8 thematically decorated Christmas trees (starting Nov 24), Holiday gift shop with locally-made art and crafts onsite as well.


  • Beech Mountain Holiday Market
    November 27, 10-4pm @ Buckeye Recreation Center, Beech Mountain
    Get a jump start on holiday arts and crafts at the Holiday Market held at Buckeye Recreation Center. Start your holiday shopping with locally made crafts, jewelry, food and art. Live music from 12-3pm, kids activities, Mrs. Claus and a Parade of Wreaths add to the fun! For more information, CLICK HERE


  • Blowing Rock NC Christmas Parade
    November 27, 2021, 10am-12pm
    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!


    November 27 @ 2pm
    Homemade floats, marching band, old cars, Boy & Girl Scouts, fire trucks, horseback riders and others parade down Main Street in this traditional small-town event. Bring your own blankets and chairs to set up along the parade route.


  • 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.


  • Chetola Resort Festival of Lights
    DAILY November 28-Blowing Rock Winterfest: Dusk
    Chetola Resort becomes a Winter Wonderland with over 50,000 dazzling lights around Chetola lake. Free to public


  • Banner Elk Small Town Christmas
    December 3-5
    Banner Elk Lighting of the Town
    December 3, 6:30 pm- Christmas Tree Lighting & Caroling at Corner on Main Park

    Banner Elk Christmas in the Park
    December 4, All Day
    9:00 am – 5K YMCA Reindeer Run in Tate-Evans Park
    9:00 am – Pancake Breakfast with Santa at Stonewalls Restaurant (through 10:30 a.m.)
    10:30 am – Story time with Santa, plus a firetruck tour, at Banner Elk Fire & Rescue
    11-4pm. – Holiday market and kids crafts activities at the Cultural Arts Center at Historic Banner Elk School
    3:00 p.m. – Community Carol Sing at Banner Elk Presbyterian Church. 
    6:00 p.m. – Festivities in Tate-Evans Park including: luminary-lighted train rides, synchronized Christmas light show, Christmas movie at the amphitheater, hot chocolate and more


  • West Jefferson NC Christmas 2021 Crawl
    December 3, 5-7pm, Downtown West Jefferson
    Downtown West Jefferson will be decked out in Christmas Joy for the evening Holiday Gallery Crawl. Galleries, shops and more will be open with holiday artwork, refreshments, music and more!! Stop by the Ashe County Arts Council off main street for a map of the crawl.  For more information, click HERE


    December 3, 5-8pm
    Enjoy an evening of Holiday shopping in downtown Blowing Rock with winter lights, Santa Clause, and Carolers!


  • Boone NC Festive First Friday & Solar Tree Lighting
    December 3, 5-8pm, Jones House, Downtown Boone
    Help the Town of Boone and the Jones House usher in the holiday season at the annual Festive First Friday and Solar Tree Lighting. Head to Downtown Boone for carriage rides, marshmallow snowball fights, carolers, holiday treats, and more!

  • A Banner Elk Christmas
    Dec 3 (7pm), 5 (2pm) 17-18 (7pm), 19th (2pm), Ensemble Stage, Banner Elk
    Enjoy a holiday musical variety show patterned after the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby television Christmas specials with women in beautiful dresses, men in tuxedos, lots of singing, dancing, comedy sketches and more!  To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE


  • Saturday with Santa & Tree Fest Open House
    December 4, 8am-11am, Ashe Arts Council
    Come visit the Ashe County Arts Council in Historic Downtown West Jefferson and see eight thematically decorated Christmas trees and miniatures art exhibit. Holiday gift shop with locally-made art and crafts onsite as well. Across town at the Ashe Civic Center will be a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. This event is free, space is limited so reservations are required.  For more information, click HERE


  • Wilkesboro NC Christmas 2021 Parade 
    December 4, 3pm, Main Street, North Wilkesboro
    The 2021 Christmas Parade will start at the CBD Loop. The Theme this year will be "A Patriotic Christmas"


  • Christmas in the Commons
    December 4th, 4:30-8:30, Community Commons & Wilkes Heritage Museum
    At 6 p.m. in front of the Wilkes Heritage Museum, the lighting of the Heritage Square Christmas Tree will take place. A music performance, kids activities, and movie will follow. The Wilkes Heritage Museum Christmas open house will also take place with tours, music, and refreshments offered throughout the day.


  • Christmas with Darin & Brook Aldridge
    December 5, 3-5pm, Appalachian Theatre, Downtown Boone
    Darin & Brooke Aldridge draw on the traditions of their native North Carolina, their young, gifted band and their own dedication to ingenuity to create their latest critically acclaimed release, Inner Journey. Both highly acclaimed vocalists in their own right (Brooke is the 4-time reigning IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year), they combine rich harmonies with impeccable musicianship to create the unmistakable sound that has made them one of the hottest young acts in acoustic music.


  • Cinema Classics: It's A Wonderful Life
    December 10-11, 7-9pm, Appalachian Theatre, Downtown Boone
    Frank Capra's classic stars Oscar nominee James Stewart as George Bailey, a decent small-town banker who learns what life would have been like if he'd never been born after he unwittingly becomes involved in a mistaken case of bank fraud, which threatens his spirit and tests his will to live until a wise angel compels him to see how his presence has made an incredible impact on the people of Bedford Falls.


  • Boone NC Christmas Parade
    December 11, 2pm, King Street, Downtown Boone
    The annual Town of Boone Christmas Parade proceeds east on King Street through Downtown Boone. Local businesses and organizations show off their holiday best with floats, marchers, costumes, and performances for this annual holiday tradition - with Santa Claus himself making an appearance at the finale!


  • Christmas with Elvis: Matt Lewis and the Long Live the King Orchestra
    December 17, 7:30-9:30pm, Appalachian Theatre, Downtown Boone
    Come enjoy holiday hits from the one & only King of Rock & Roll delivered by Matt Lewis, the Elvis tribute artist USA Today called "The Best in Las Vegas!". He will be backed by the 12 piece Long Live the King Orchestra, aka, Big Ray & the Kool Kats. There is no better talent than Matt Lewis to pay tribute to the great legacy of Elvis Presley.


  • Mountain Home Music Holiday Concert
    December 18, 7:30-9:30pm, Appalachian Theatre, Downtown Boone
    Featuring Zoe and Cloyd and the Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys! Part of the proceeds from this concert will go to support The Hospitality House and Santa’s Toy Box non-profits.
  • Beech Mountain Christmas Parade
    December 22, 4pm, "Downtown" Beech Mountain Parkway
    Join us for our second Christmas Parade! The parade will go from the Beech Mountain Ski Resort up to the Beech Mountain Sled Hill. Be sure to arrive at a spot to watch the parade by 3:45pm. When the parade ends at the top of the mountain join us on the kite field for photos with santa, bonfires, game/activities, and more! Questions? Please call us at 828-387-3003.