The High Country Holiday Event Bucket List

High Country Holiday Events

While many of us may have not yet written our New Year’s Resolutions, that does not mean that we cannot make a last-minute bucket list to make the most out of the 2017 holiday season. With light displays brighter than you can imagine, the sweetest hot cocoa to warm you up on a cold winter’s night, and jovial music (from carolers and funk bands alike) that will surely lift spirits, read our guide to learn what makes the High Country shine in the wintertime.

Christmas in Linville

Christmas Village at Linville Land Harbor

Linville Land Harbor

December – First Week of January 2018, Anytime after dark
Experience the 12 Days of Christmas with a wonderfully festive and interactive lights display brought to the public by the maintenance crew and community of Linville Land Harbor. There will be polar bears dancing, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus,  color lights, Christmas trees and so much more. The tour is completely DIY, free, and open to the public. You can RSVP to the Facebook event and invite friends and family to come.

Yule Log Bonfire & Hayride

Beech Mountain
December 22, 2017 5:30 pm – December 22, 2017 8:00 pm

Gather your friends and family around the Yule Log bonfire for an evening of cheer. After getting toasty from the warmth of the fire, head to Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria to enjoy fresh hot cocoa, cider, and s’mores. Don’t forget to pack your blankets and hats. You will not want to miss the holiday lights tour hayride, which conveniently departs from the Bonfire (free of charge!). Here’s to toasting to the holidays and the New Year.

Chetola Resort Lights Display

Blowing Rock
Nov 24, 2017 – Jan 28, 2018

Make the holidays merry and bright by visiting the mesmerizing display of lights at Chetola Resort mesmerizing display of lights. You choose your mode of transport: The Resort welcomes those who prefer to drive in the comfort of their car, as well as those who choose to stroll around Lake Chetola by foot. All will have the chance to be serenaded by the carolers by the lake. What could make this event even more stellar? The festival is free and open to the public! The displays illuminate each evening at dusk.

Tweetsie Christmas

Blowing Rock
November 24th – December 30th, 2017 (WEEKENDS ONLY)

Want to meet Santa in his home built of gingerbread? Take a night-time train ride through the Blue Ridge mountains on a crisp winter’s night? Step into a snow globe filled with swirling (synthetic) snow? You will have the chance to do all that and more at Tweetsie Christmas. Get ready to satisfy your appetite with freshly baked cookies, warm funnels cakes, and other handmade items from Tweetsie Railroad’s famous Fudge Shop. Hurry—tickets are on sale now and advance tickets are recommended. See what makes Tweetsie Christmas a storybook winter wonderland brought to life.

Sugar Mountain New Years Eve

December 31st, 2017

A New Year`s Eve celebration mountain style! Come listen to live music by The Johnson Brothers, an American funk, Motown, and R&B group. For the 21 and over crowd, go to the Last Run Lounge to mingle with other revelers, sip champagne, and munch on delectable d’oeuvres. Note: Reservations for both of these events are required.


Baby, it’s cold outside, but who said you can’t embrace that cold mountain air? These idyllic towns of western North Carolina are hosting events indoors and out to delight folks of all ages (What s’more could you want?). Start your engines and prepare to spend this holiday season in the High Country! If you’re looking for more ways to spend your winter break in the High Country, you’ve made your trip easy with our top winter activities blog post.