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Cedar Grove: Brownie & Cider Pairing
What: Celebrate National Brownie Day (honestly, what could be better?!) at Botanist & Barrel, where a pastry chef’s legendary brownies will be paired with four ciders and wines.
When: December 8
Where: 105 Persimmon Hill Lane, Cedar Grove, NC 27231
For more information, visit shop.botanistandbarrel.com.
Hendersonville: Holiday Tour of Historic Inns & Cookie Caper
What: Take a self-guided tour of local inns dressed up for the holidays; after touring each inn, you’ll be given a delicious treat.
When: December 8
Where: 201 South Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792
For more information, visit exploreasheville.com.
Murfreesboro: Candlelight Christmas Tour & Dinner
What: Enjoy a classic Southern Christmas dinner and take a candlelight carriage tour — complete with a holiday music soundtrack! — through downtown.
When: December 6-7
Where: Downtown Murfreesboro
For more information, visit murfreesboronc.org.
Elizabeth City: Art Walk & Lighted Boat Parade
What: See decorated boats cruising the Pasquotank River and browse locally made artwork at this holiday celebration in downtown.
When: December 6
Where: Mariners’ Wharf Park, 200 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909
For more information, visit visitelizabethcity.com.
Banner Elk: A Small-Town Christmas
What: Celebrate the start of the season with a tree-lighting ceremony, ornament decorating, and breakfast with Santa in downtown.
When: December 6-8
Where: Corner On Main Park, Banner Elk, NC
For more information, visit bannerelk.com.
Star: Holiday Ornament Sale
What: Add to your Christmas ornament collection at STARworks Gallery, where there will be more than 2,500 handcrafted glass and ceramic ornaments to beautify your tree.
When: December 7
Where: 100 Russell Drive, Star, NC 27356
For more information, visit starworksnc.org.