North Carolina's Christmas and Holiday Event Guide!

This December, enjoy various festive activities from the NC Chinese Lantern Festival to a Skiing outing on Christmas Day! Attend a Christmas Parade, enjoy some holiday fun farm tours with Santa, join in the Festival of Lights and more.

NC Chinese Lantern Festival, Cary, NC

December 6, 2023 at 4:30pm
Discover a dazzling display of art and culture this holiday season with the return of the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival! For eight years, the Koka Booth Amphitheatre has been transformed by artisans crafting over 40 new displays featuring hundreds of parts and thousands of LED lights - truly captivating visitors with its amazing craftsmanship and exceptional beauty. Enjoy cultural performances each night on the main stage, perfect for a remarkable winter experience.

Heart Of The Holidays Celebration: Annual Gingerbread House Competition, Cary, NC

December 7, 2023
This December, head to Downtown Cary for the Heart of the Holidays Celebration! Get a glimpse of the creative gingerbread houses that local participants have worked hard to design and display. Wander the walking gallery of amateur gingerbread houses, culminating at the Cary Arts Center, where the winners will stay on display all through December. Come discover the creative talents of your community and be sure to bring the whole family!

Jingle Mingle, Washington, NC

December 7, 2023 at 5:00pm
Come join the Washington Harbor District Farmers and Artisans Market for a festive Jingle Mingle. Enjoy holiday shopping and dining with friends while supporting local small businesses. Experience Yuletide cheer and spread holiday cheer in Washington, NC on December 7th.

Boone Holiday Parade, Boone, NC

December 9, 2023 at 2:00pm
Come down to Downtown Boone this December to feel the holiday cheer and take part in the annual Boone Holiday Parade. Join the locals and find a spot along King Street to witness all the creative floats, cars, marchers, and performers. Don't forget to stay and catch Santa Claus himself!

Annual Carolina's Holiday Lights Spectacular, Charlotte, NC

December 13, 2023 at 5:30pm
This December, the Annual Carolina's Holiday Lights Spectacular is coming to Ballantynes Backyard, 11611 N Community House Rd. Featuring over a million lights displayed on a half-mile walking trail, plus interactive experiences, snow tube sliding, an alpine avalanche snow tube slide and more, it promises to be a spectacular event for the whole family! Get your tickets before they sell out.

Holiday Fun Farm Tours with Santa Visit, Waynesville, NC

December 17, 2023
Visitors to Winchester Creek Farm in Waynesville, NC can get into the holiday spirit with Farm Tours with Santa Visit. Enjoy holiday decor, interact with and learn about the animals, visit with Santa, receive a decorated cookie and a candy cane, and make family memories with great photo opportunities.

Lu Mil Vineyard Festival of Lights, Elizabethtown, NC

December 18, 2023 at 6:00pm
Experience the wonder of the season at Lu Mil Vineyard's Festival of Lights! Enjoy a 30-45 minute tour through its beautiful Drive thru Lights or indulge in a Country Buffet. Get your free pictures with Santa and don't miss the Candy Shop. All this and more can be found at Lu Mil Vineyard, 438 Suggs-Taylor Rd on December 18, 2023 at 6:00pm!

S'mores with Santa, Beech Mountain, NC

December 19, 2023 at 5:00pm
Come join the festivities at the Beech Mountain Brewing Company on December 19 and 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy complimentary s'mores and a visit from Santa to hear all your Christmas wishes! It's the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

A Very Merry Pop Up Market, Pineville, NC

December 22, 2023 at 9:00am
Head over to Carolina Place Mall on December 22nd for a weekend of local holiday shopping! Shop the Shop Local QC x QC Socialite Pop Up Market and find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Meet the makers behind the products and support Charlotte's local businesses.

Christmas Day Skiing, Blowing Rock, NC

December 25, 2023 at 1:00pm
Celebrate the season at Appalachian Ski Mountain on Christmas Day! Come enjoy a day of skiing while helping raise funds for the ski patrol. Customers who buy tickets online before midnight on December 24 get a 50% discount!

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