North Carolina events calendar; Sip & Shop in Asheville
photographs by Erin Adams

Feature Image: Holiday Sip & Shop Asheville • December 6-7

’Tis the season for handcrafted gifts. Buy one-of-a-kind presents for everyone on your shopping list while enjoying complimentary wine, apple cider, and cookies at the Grovewood Gallery.

Learn more: (828) 253-7651 or

Elkin Community Chorus • Elkin • December 1

Listen to more than 80 singers from churches all over western North Carolina perform a variety of Christmas music at Elkin First United Methodist Church.

Learn more: (336) 469-9997

Art in the Hall Presents: Pat Flachbart Paintings • Morganton • December 2-January 24

See the latest Art in the Hall exhibition, featuring works by Pat Flachbart at Morganton City Hall. This painter is proud to say she “paints outside the lines.”

Learn more: (828) 438-5362 or

A Small-Town Christmas • Banner Elk • December 6-8

Celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season in downtown Banner Elk with a town tree-lighting ceremony, a holiday theater performance, breakfast with Santa Claus, ornament decorating, a synchronized light show, and more.

Learn more: (828) 898-8395 or

Toe River Arts Studio Tour • Burnsville, Spruce Pine • December 6-8

More than 100 Toe River Valley artists will open their studios to the public. Visitors can meet the artists, see their creative spaces, and purchase their work just in time for the holidays.

Learn more: (828) 682-7215 or

Balsam Range Art of Music Festival • Lake Junaluska • December 6-8

Spend the weekend listening to some of the top bluegrass musicians, including Balsam Range, at the Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center. Admission to the festival also includes access to a variety of music workshops and other activities.

Learn more: (800) 222-4930 or

“A Slice of Life”: An Evening of Stories • Black Mountain • December 7

Join celebrated storyteller Connie Regan-Blake as she leads a workshop on storytelling at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

Learn more: (828) 669-0930 or

Hometown Christmas • Columbus • December 7

The Columbus Fire Department and Discover Columbus Committee invite you to celebrate the holidays downtown by watching the Christmas parade and participating in other activities at Stearns Park.

Learn more: (828) 894-8236 or

Holiday Tour of Historic Inns and Cookie Caper • Hendersonville • December 8

Go on a self-guided tour of local inns decorated for the holidays. After touring each inn, participants will be given a delicious Christmas treat.

Learn more: (828) 697-3010 or

Appalachian Christmas • Lake Junaluska • December 12-15

Embrace the Christmas spirit at the Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center with a concert featuring Handel’s “Messiah,” a craft show, and chapel worship.

Learn more: (800) 222-4930 or

Holiday Juried Craft Show • Brevard • December 13-15

Browse the works of artists from Transylvania County and western North Carolina at The Masonic Lodge.

Learn more: (828) 862-8122 or

“The Magic on Main” Eclectic Christmas Parade • Andrews • December 14

About 50 light displays on Main Street will compete for “Best in Show.” Enter to win or watch the competition unfold from the sidelines at this festive event.

Learn more: (828) 321-1600 or

Elizabeth Cook • Elkin • December 14

Watch Nashville-based singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook, who has been lauded as “a sharp and surprising country singer” by The New York Times, perform at the Reeves Theater and Café.

Learn more: (336) 258-8240 or

Lisa Rock: “A Carpenter’s Christmas” • Hayesville • December 14

Singer Lisa Rock will pay tribute to Karen Carpenter’s passionate voice in a festive concert at the Peacock Performing Arts Center. Listen to songs such as “Merry Christmas, Darling” and “Close to You” performed by Rock and an eight-piece band.

Learn more: (828) 389-2787 or

Enchantment in the Garden • Mount Holly • December 14

Take a stroll through the Mount Holly Community Garden, which will be covered in holiday-themed decorations and lights. Enjoy live music, free homemade cookies, cider, and food truck fare.

Learn more: (704) 689-2051 or

Tony Grant • Tryon • December 14

Grammy-nominated musician Tony Grant will perform a variety of songs from his Soulful Christmas album at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. Grant, a native North Carolinian, has appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network and in Tyler Perry productions.

Learn more: (828) 859-8322 or

Iceless Skating Rink • Hendersonville • December 18-January 1

Lace up your skates and take to the iceless skating rink, located at the Hendersonville Visitor Center, for fun during any weather. Proceeds will benefit the America in Bloom Program.

Learn more: (828) 693-9708 or

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza • Blowing Rock • December 31

Ring in 2020 at Appalachian Ski Mountain with fireworks, skiing by torchlight, moonlight ice-skating, and delicious food.

Learn more: (828) 295-7828 or

A Millstone Creek Christmas Hayride • Ramseur • December 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-23

Have a holly jolly family adventure at Millstone Creek Orchard. Take a hayride through the orchard, decorate Christmas cards and cookies, take photos with Santa, and more.

Learn more: (336) 824-5263 or

Camel City Craft Fair’s Winter Market • Winston-Salem • December 1, 8, 15

Ring in the holiday season with a visit to one of 75 local and regional vendors that will be at this year’s winter market, located at Foothills Brewing’s Tasting Room. Peruse the aisles for arts and crafts, antiques, vintage items, and special holiday treats.

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Christmas with the Embers • Randleman • December 2

Who said you can’t celebrate the holidays with beach music? Randleman Elementary will welcome the Embers, a beach music group, for an evening full of holiday cheer on a stage fully decorated with lights, trees, wreaths, and snow.

Learn more:  (336) 495-1100 or

Christmas at Linbrook Hall • Trinity • December 2-23

Enjoy the holidays by touring the three fully decorated levels of Linbrook Hall. Listen to a family’s story about success, entrepreneurship, and North Carolina agricultural history while on the tour.

Learn more: (336) 861-6959 or

Pineapple Fabrics Winter Warehouse Sale • Archdale • December 5-7

Come to this three day event to browse Pineapple Fabric’s warehouse full of 100 percent cotton, pre-cut fabrics. Sewing and quilting fanatics of all ages and guilds are welcome.

Learn more: (603) 238-2930 or

Artisans Celebrate the Holidays • Winston-Salem • December 5-7

Piedmont artisans will display a variety of gift options for everyone on your holiday list at the Masonic Center. There will be one-of-a-kind ornaments, note cards, fiber art, soaps, lotions, kaleidoscopes, glasswork, and much more.

Learn more: (336) 655-6371 or

Jacob Marley’s Christmas CarolDavidson • December 5-8, 11-15, 18-22

What happened to Ebenezer Scrooge’s mean old business partner, Marley? Watch this silly holiday show at the Armour Street Theatre to find out.

Learn more: (704) 892-7953 or

CamelotRaleigh • December 5-22

How well do you really know the story of Camelot? Bring your family to the Burning Coal Theatre and find out just how much you really know about the land of fair maidens and epic battles.

Learn more: (919) 834-4001 or

Christmas Parade • Asheboro • December 6

Head to downtown Asheboro for a Christmas parade, which will include more than 100 holiday floats, carolers, and marching bands.

Learn more: (336) 723-7395 or

Deck the Halls Preview Party • Winston-Salem • December 6-22

This preview party will celebrate the opening night of the Sawtooth School for Visual Art’s original art and craft shopping event. Partygoers will have first dibs on a curated selection of artwork from about 100 local and regional artists. Drinks, light appetizers, and live music will be included.

Learn more: (336) 626-2626 or

Christmas Holiday Shoppe Craft Show • Chapel Hill • December 7

Shop for a handmade gift from more than 65 talented artisans and crafters at St. Thomas More Catholic School. Enjoy bake sale goodies, a coffee bar, holiday music, and much more.

Learn more: (919) 929-2241 or

Christmas Treasures Sale • Clemmons • December 7

Lend a helping hand this season and purchase gently-used holiday related items, including ornaments, lights, and many other decorations. Proceeds will benefit the Clemmons Food Pantry and Clemmons Moravian Church.

Learn more: (336) 766-6273 or

Deck the Halls • Fayetteville • December 7

Start the holiday season off right by listening to traditional, seasonal music, including selections from The Nutcracker, “Joy to the World,” and “Sleigh Ride.” The symphony will be joined by the Cumberland Choral Arts, the children’s choir from Fayetteville Academy, and the FSO “Music Nerd” for the performance.

Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or

Christmas Parade • Randleman • December 7

Randleman’s old-fashioned Christmas parade, featuring bands, floats, and specialty groups, will kick off the holiday season on Main Street. Afterward, visitors can enjoy live music and watch the annual tree-lighting ceremony.

Learn more: (336) 495-7525 or

Holiday Ornament Sale • Star • December 7

More than 2,500 handcrafted glass and ceramic ornaments in all colors, shapes, and sizes will decorate the STARworks Gallery for this sale. Enjoy treats from the Smokehouse Bistro food truck on-site.

Learn more: (910) 428-9001 or

Holiday Kiln Opening • Seagrove • December 7

Join Jughead potters at the studio to share some holiday cheer, rum cake, and browse a great selection of wood and gas-fired pottery. Throughout the year, artists create and select pieces to feature in this annual celebration.

Learn more: (910) 464-3266 or

Gifts from Earth • Seagrove • December 7-8

The pottery galleries in historic downtown Seagrove will come together to host a public tour. Instead of buying department store items, purchase handmade pottery for a loved one during this event.

Learn more: (336) 707-9124 or

Artists Guild Open Studio Tour • Pittsboro • December 7-8, 14-15

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Chatham County artists’ creative processes by touring their studios and shopping for artwork made with paint, clay, wood, metal, glass, and more.

Learn more: (919) 533-9410 or

Holiday Open House • Seagrove • December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22

Take a self-guided pottery tour, which includes a variety of Seagrove potters. Experience a hearty dose of holiday cheer and feel the warmth of the fireplaces as you venture through the Seagrove community.

Learn more: (336) 571-7272 or

Christmas Open House • Seagrove • December 7, 14

Explore handmade winter scene collections, decorated Christmas trees, and woodland angels at Thomas Pottery. Both the studio and shop will be open for browsing, and will provide refreshments and a relaxing atmosphere.

Learn more: (336) 879-4145 or

Christmas Parade • Archdale • December 8

With cheery bands, floats, dance groups, tractors, and horses, everyone is sure to find something to enjoy at this parade in downtown Archdale. Grab a bite from one of the local food vendors, and keep an eye out for Santa.

Learn more: (336) 340-5541 or

Christmas on Sunset • Asheboro • December 13

Gather your loved ones for a night of carols, hot cider and cookies, a Nativity story, and horse-drawn carriage rides in downtown Asheboro.

Learn more: (336) 626-2626 or

“Follow the Star”: A Journey to the Manger • Oak Ridge • December 13-14

Oak Ridge United Methodist Church will host a seven-scene walking tour, featuring a Nativity and other biblical scenes. Following the tour, families can enjoy snacks.

Learn more: (336) 643-4690 or

St. Nicholas European Christmas Market • Raleigh • December 13-14

Experience one of the quintessential European traditions — Christmas markets — in the Holshouser building at the NC State Fairgrounds. Taste Slavic food, shop for gifts, and watch the Little German Band and Dancers perform.

Learn more: (919) 412-9919

Running of the Balls • Greensboro • December 14

This annual nighttime race features live music, hot chocolate and cookie pit stops, carolers, and festive decorations throughout the Sunset Hills neighborhood. Proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.

Learn more: (336) 510-9390 or

From the Ground Up Pottery Open House • Seagrove • December 14

Potter Michael Mahan welcomes the community to enjoy his most recently fired pieces, including wood-fired pots, tree pots, soul pots, and bells. The gratitude goes even farther with this generous craftsman, whose shop will also provide refreshments for those that come to admire the freshly crafted pottery.

Learn more: (910) 464-6228 or

Marvelous Music Family Series Presents: “The Nutcracker Suite” • Cary • December 21

During this one-hour spectacular at The Cary Arts Center, enjoy a delightful condensed, narrated version of the holiday classic The Nutcracker, and a mini-ballet demonstration staged by Cary Ballet Company’s artistic director, Mariaelena Ruiz.

Learn more: (919) 462-2055 or

Greensboro POPS: “Broadway and Beyond with Ben Crawford” • Greensboro • December 31

Broadway star Ben Crawford will ring in the New Year by performing musical numbers from Les Misérables, Shrek, Boy From Oz, and more.

Learn more: (336) 335-5456 or

Christmas Town • Ayden • December 5

Ring in the holiday season at this event in downtown Ayden, which will feature a miniature Santa’s village, food trucks, and a Christmas parade of lights, including nearly 100 festively decorated entries.

Learn more: (252) 746-2266 or

Choir of St. Paul’s Concert: “Handel’s Messiah” • Wilmington • December 5-6

Experience the start of the holiday season with a concert from the choir of St. Paul’s, featuring soloists accompanied by the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra performing Handel’s “Messiah.”

Learn more: (910) 762-4578 or

Art Walk and Lighted Boat Parade • Elizabeth City • December 6

Join Elizabeth City in a holiday celebration downtown, featuring locally made artwork, live music, holiday costumes, and decorated boats cruising the Pasquotank River.

Learn more: (252) 335-5330 or

Candlelight Christmas Tour & Dinner • Murfreesboro • December 6-7

Take a complimentary tram ride or a horse-drawn carriage by candlelight through historic Murfreesboro while enjoying some holiday music. Close out the evening with a classic Southern Christmas dinner, featuring several traditional dishes.

Learn more: (252) 398-5922 or

Kris Kringle Craft Show • Washington • December 6-7

This show at The Blind Center will feature more than 20 craft vendors and concessions. Bring your family, friends, and pets for a photo with Santa on Saturday.

Learn more: (252) 946-6208 or

Christmas Tree Lighting, Flotilla, and Parade • Edenton • December 6-7

Watch a tree-lighting ceremony, a flotilla of decorated boats along the harbor, and the Edenton Chowan Christmas Parade at this annual event downtown.

Learn more:  (252) 482-3400 or

The Nutcracker: NY Ballet for Young Audiences • Wilmington • December 6-7

Ballet for Young Audiences will present this classic Tchaikovsky ballet at Thalian Hall. Watch young Clara fight giant mice, meet the Sugar Plum Fairy, and dance with the Nutcracker Prince.

Learn more: (910) 632-2285 or

Sea Glass Salvage Market • Leland • December 6-8, 20-22

The Sea Glass Salvage Market is the only indoor/outdoor market in southeastern North Carolina. Here you can find fresh eggs, jewelry, handmade pottery, soaps, original artwork, candles, and on-site embroidery. Before you leave with your goodies, a food truck provides a snack for the ride home.

Learn more: (910) 239-7709 or

Christmas by the Sea Parade • Oak Island • December 7

In a celebration of the holidays, the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce will present a parade showcasing the businesses and organizations in Oak Island, starting at town hall.

Learn more: (910) 457-6964 or

Holly Day Celebration • Rocky Mount • December 7

Enjoy a family-friendly night filled with Christmas entertainment, country music, and fun at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts.

Learn more: (252) 985-5197 or

Christmas at Who-Seumville • Elizabeth City • December 7

Delve into the magical world of Dr. Seuss’ classic book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” during the Albemarle Museum’s annual holiday open house. Meet with characters from the book, make a Grinch-themed craft, and enjoy treats.

Learn more: (252) 335-1453 or

Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla • Carolina Beach • December 7

Fishing boats and watercraft will be decorated with thousands of lights for a spectacular display on the Intracoastal Waterway. Watch boats compete for prizes in a race from Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin.

Learn more: (910) 458-5507 or

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla • Morehead City, Beaufort • December 7

The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla features boats, yachts, oars, kayaks, and commercial vessels decorated for the season. Enjoy the lights and sights of festively decorated boats from the Morehead City waterfront and the Beaufort waterfront.

Learn more: (252) 728-1638 or

Core Sound Decoy Festival • Harkers Island • December 7-8

This 32nd annual festival will include live and silent auctions, antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, a head whittling contest, and decoy competitions for every kind of carver. There will be a variety of foods and crafts available for enjoyment at Harkers Island Elementary School.

Learn more: (252) 728-1500 or

Polar Express Day • Wilmington • December 7, 14

Experience the magic of the Polar Express at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Warm drinks and story time await all who attend as well as train rides, ornament decorating, and other arts and crafts.

Learn more: (910) 254-3534 or

Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour • Wilmington • December 7-8

This event will usher in the holiday season with a festive candlelight tour of private homes, churches, and historical sites in downtown Wilmington.

Learn more: (910) 762-0492 or

Christmas Open House • Windsor • December 8

Celebrate the holiday season with a stroll through the historic Hope Mansion and King Bazemore House. Enjoy the dazzling lights and period decorations in each home before venturing outside for live holiday music, refreshments, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Learn more: (252) 794-3140 or

Jingle Belles Holiday Tea • Wilmington • December 8-9

This formal holiday tea in the elegant parlors of the beautiful historic Bellamy Mansion is sure to charm you. Attendees will enjoy delectable catered treats, live entertainment, and more.

Learn more: (910) 251-3700 or

The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays • Wilmington • December 10-11

Ring in the holiday season with this mind-blowing Broadway spectacular that will showcase some of the most incredible illusionists at the Wilson Center, located at Cape Fear Community College. Enjoy a dazzling production featuring multiple outrageous and astonishing acts.

Learn more: (910) 362-7999 or

Fantasy Christmas Show • Kure Beach • December 13-15

Enjoy this beloved holiday tradition featuring Santa Claus and his crazy elves, glistening lights, and music and dancing at Ocean Front Park.

Learn more: (910) 707-2015 or

Danika & The Jeb • Oriental • December 13

Join Danika Holmes and Jeb Hall at The Old Theater to hear their renditions of some of your favorite holiday songs.

Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or

Historic Candlelight Homes Tour • Beaufort • December 14

Tour private homes decorated for the season, and ride on a double-decker bus with carolers from local churches between stops.

Learn more: (252) 728-5225 or

Santa Train • Selma • December 14

All aboard for a magical, seasonal journey. Passengers of all ages can enjoy juice and cookies while taking a round-trip ride with Santa from the Selma Train Depot to Raleigh and back. Riders are encouraged to wear pajamas.

Learn more: (919) 975-1411 or

Island of Lights Holiday Tour of Homes • Carolina Beach, Kure Beach • December 14

Take a self-guided tour through some of Pleasure Island’s most beautiful homes. Enjoy Southern hospitality at its best as homeowners open their doors to welcome you for this special holiday treat.

Learn more: (910) 458-5507 or

A Christmas Stroll Through the Past • Wilmington • December 14

Go back in time for an old-fashioned Christmas. Walk a candlelit path between the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens and St. James Episcopal Church to enjoy music, dancing, costumes, refreshments, and more.

Learn more: (910) 251-3700 or

Statewide Holiday Pops Concert • Wilmington • December 17

Accompany the North Carolina Symphony in a spectacular evening featuring beloved traditional and popular music from The Nutcracker and The Polar Express at the Wilson Center.

Learn more: (877) 627-6724 or

Caroling by Reindeer Drawn Trolley • Wilmington • December 20-24

Come sing Christmas carols with Santa and see holiday lights throughout historic downtown Wilmington while snuggled under warm blankets in an enclosed carriage or trolley pulled by special “reindeer.” Kids will also receive candy canes from Santa on this holiday excursion.

Learn more: (910) 251-8889 or

Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Celebration • Carolina Beach • December 31

Come celebrate New Year’s Eve at this free, family-friendly event. Enjoy dancing, refreshments, and party favors. Don’t miss the giant beach-ball drop at midnight, followed by an epic fireworks display.

Learn more: (910) 458-5507 or

New Year’s Noon • Wilmington • December 31

Count down to 2020 at noon with the Children’s Museum of Wilmington, where streamer sticks, crafts, and singing and dancing will help kids kick off the New Year with an apple juice toast.

Learn more: (910) 254-3534 or

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