The Top Christmas & Holiday Events in Western NC

Although it feels like fall was only here for a short time, it’s already on its way out and winter is around the corner. But that’s not all bad—it also means it’s almost time to celebrate the holiday season!

Over the next few weeks, communities all over Western NC will come alive with festive happenings, from tree lighting ceremonies to dazzling displays of lights. If you’re wondering what there is to see, make sure you check out these 5 holiday events!

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

A lamp decorated with a red bow surrounded by Christmas lights for one of the holiday events.

When: November 15th – January 5th

Where: Tryon International Equestrian Center

What: Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is a holiday light show with a handful of locations primarily in Western NC and Tennessee. Drive through the display, and you’ll find millions of twinkling lights hanging all around you, each orchestrated to follow along to a holiday music.

The Tryon location stretches for 2.5 miles and features the brand new Santa’s Mountain display. On the weekends, you can stick around for the Winterfest Village to take a few photos with Santa, ride on the carousel, roast some s’mores, and take in live music.

Forest City Christmas Lights

Blurry lights at one of the holiday events.

When: November 28th – January 1st

Where: Forest City

What: Every year since 1930, Forest City has been decking the halls and trimming the tress for their massive Christmas Lights display. Put on your winter coat, grab a steaming cup of hot chocolate, and hop on a hay ride or horse-drawn carriage as you tour the totally transformed Main Street. You may even catch a glimpse of Santa cruising in his Mustang!

While taking in the lights is free every night of the week, there are also a few special holiday events that you should check out throughout month, including ice skating and free holiday movie showings.

Hendersonville Christmas Parade

A Christmas parade.

When: December 7th, 10AM

Where: Main Street Hendersonville

What: Kick off the first Saturday in December with a day full of Christmas and holiday events! The festivities start with the annual Christmas parade, which features tons of floats, live music, and holiday cheer. After the parade, you can spend the day visiting Santa, listening to the story of the Polar Express at the Train Depot, head to the annual cookie sale, then finish the day off at Christmas in the Park!

Tryon Christmas Stroll

A small town decorated for the holidays with white lights and ornaments.

When: TBD

Where: Downtown Tryon

What: Every year, the Town of Tyron hosts their Christmas Stroll, where downtown businesses offer special deals and refreshments, live music fills the streets, and the town Christmas tree is lit. Although the date hasn’t been announced for this year, stay tuned—it usually happens on a Friday night in early December!

Christmas Craft Show

Christmas decor at a craft show.

When: December 14th, 9AM – 3PM

Where: The National Guard Armory, Flat Rock

What: Still searching for a perfect gift for that special someone or a last-minute stocking stuffer? The Christmas Craft Show in Flat Rock features handmade items from local vendors and artwork from juried artists. Plus, not only will you find plenty of one-of-a-kind gifts, but the craft show also has tons of Christmas-themed goodies, including ornaments, decorations, and trinkets.

Find Your Home for the Holidays in Western NC

There’s nothing quite like spending the holidays in the mountains! Whether you’re looking to relocate or just take a vacation, there are tons of amazing homes for sale and for rent in the communities of Western NC.

Feel free to explore our resources for buyers, use our specialized search tool to find properties, and check out a few of our guides to the area. Once you’re ready to get started, just give our team a call!

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