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This Weekend in North Carolina events are pulled from December’s Dates & Events section in Our State magazine.
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Deck the Trees • Black Mountain • December 1-31
The Monte Vista Hotel’s seventh annual Christmas tree display will celebrate the hotel’s 80th anniversary: Each hand-decorated tree will follow the theme “80 years of Christmas.”

Learn more: (828) 669-8870 or

Tweetsie Christmas • Blowing Rock • December 22-23, 29-30
At this exclusive evening event, the entire family can hop aboard Tweetsie’s signature black locomotive and experience the steam-powered ride along with a dazzling display of lights.

Learn more: (877) 893-3874 or

Art in the Hall • Morganton • December 11-January 8
The work of talented artist Jeanne Schlumbohm will be featured in City Hall for this month-long exhibit. Schlumbohm works in various mediums, including graphite, which allows her to capture as much detail as possible.

Learn more: (828) 438-5362 or


Gingerbread Lane • Charlotte • December 7-27
See an enchanting display of gingerbread houses at this free, monthlong event. Make a donation to vote on your favorites — all proceeds will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital.

Learn more: (704) 248-4055 or

Holiday Lights • Fayetteville • December 21-23, 26-30
Bundle up for this mile-long stroll through the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, where you’ll enjoy a synchronized light-and-music show with thousands of lights. Take pictures with Santa, make s’mores over a fire, and partake in kids’ crafts.

Learn more: (910) 486-0221 or

A Christmas Carol • Chapel Hill • December 19-23
Don’t be a Scrooge: Go see a performance of Dickens’s Christmas classic at the PlayMakers Repertory Company.

Learn more: (919) 962-7529 or

The Nutcracker • Raleigh • December 15-24
Take part in a holiday tradition by going on a journey to the Land of Sweets: This performance of the classic ballet will have elaborate sets and costumes, plus live music.

Learn more: (919) 996-8709 or

Christmas in the Park • Burlington • December 22
Wear your coziest coat to City Park for hay rides, a live Nativity, Santa and Mrs. Claus, amusement park rides, face painting, games, and crafts.

Learn more: (336) 513-5469 or


Enchanted Airlie • Wilmington • December 13-22
Take a half-mile, self-guided walking tour through Airlie Gardens’ light display, which includes local food and beverage vendors, plus a visit from Santa.

Learn more: (910) 798-7717 or

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