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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 8-9, 15-16, 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

Lights and Luminaries • Dillsboro • December 8-9
More than 2,500 luminaries will line downtown streets during this light display, which will also feature decorated shops. You can sip hot cider courtesy of kind shopkeepers or bundle up with your sweetheart on one of the carriage rides offered each night.

Learn more: (828) 586-1439 or

Santa on the Chimney • Chimney Rock • December 9
Don’t mistake Santa’s cookie addiction for a lack of physical fitness. For proof, head to Chimney Rock State Park to see him take on one of the world’s largest chimneys: Chimney Rock. Enjoy watching Santa’s rapelling technique while you eat his favorite cookies and sip hot cocoa.

Learn more: (828) 625-9611 or

Lake Junaluska’s Appalachian Christmas • Lake Junaluska • December 7-10
Get in the Christmas spirit at this weekend-long event. Enjoy performances by the Lake Junaluska Singers and The Cockman Family; browse arts and crafts handmade by local artisans at the Appalachian Christmas Craft Show; and enjoy filling, festive treats along the way.

Learn more: (800) 222-4930 or

Holiday Sip and Shop • Asheville • December 8-9, 15-16
Shop for holiday gifts handcrafted by local and regional artists at Grovewood Gallery. Enjoy craft demonstrations and complimentary wine, warm cider, and cookies. All gallery merchandise will be 10 percent off.

Learn more: (828) 253-7651 or

Transylvania County Handcrafters Guild Holiday Show • Brevard • December 8-9
Observe skilled artisans as they tackle projects ranging from woodwork to jewelry, and buy unique gifts for family and friends (or yourself).

Learn more: (828) 862-8122 or

Downtown Boone Christmas Parade • Boone • December 9
This annual parade down King Street features decorated floats and smiling Santas galore. Don’t miss out on hot apple cider at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center following the festivities.

Learn more: (828) 268-6280 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


Weihnachtsmarkt • Charlotte • December 8-9, 15-16
Experience a festive German Christmas market right in North Carolina. This signature holiday event at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery features an open-air craft market, craft beer, and comfort food.

Learn more: (704) 525-5644 or

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever • Fayetteville • December 1-18
In this comedic Christmas play, which has been performed by the Cape Fear Regional Theatre for more than 25 years, a couple struggling to produce a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the most “inventively awful” kids in history.

Learn more: (910) 323-4233 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

Weymouth Christmas House • Southern Pines • December 7-9
Teams of designers, garden clubs, and community organizations will dress up the historic Boyd House, grounds, and stables for Christmas. This year’s theme, “A Love Story a Century Old,” will honor what would have been James and Katharine Boyd’s 100th wedding anniversary.

Learn more: (910) 692-6261 or

Charity Ball • Enloe • December 9
Each year, Enloe High School students raise funds and awareness for a local nonprofit leading up to this annual dance, where they present a check. For the 13th annual dance, they are hoping to raise $150,000 for The Raleigh-Wake Partnership to End Homelessness.

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Holiday Lights • Fayetteville • December 9-10, 14-17, 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 Candlelight Christmas Tour of Mendenhall Homeplace • Jamestown • December 9
Tour two 1800s-era homes decorated for the holidays and lit by candlelight. Stop by the old barn to see Santa’s sleigh full of gifts, enjoy hot cider and homemade cookies, and listen to live music and carolers.

Learn more: (336) 454-3819 or

Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour • Raleigh • December 9-10
Take a cheery self-guided tour of some of Raleigh’s grandest 19th-century homes during this 46th annual event in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood. Here, immaculately preserved and restored Victorian homes range in style from Queen Anne cottages to Neoclassical Revival. Learn about the history of each home’s architecture while taking in the holiday decor. Tickets required.

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Carols by Candlelight • Winston-Salem • December 10
The Piedmont Chamber Singers, celebrating their 40th season, will perform two free concerts full of traditional holiday carols in the 18th-century Germeinhaus in Historic Bethabara Park.

Learn more: (336) 722-4022 or


Winterfest • Southport • December 1-9
Holiday celebrations will include a Nutcracker Tea Party, cookie contest, movie night, parade, craft festival, book sale, tour of homes, costumed history tour, the Southport Christmas Flotilla, and Santa’s workshop.

Learn more: (910) 457-7927 or

Star of Wonder, Star of Night • Wilmington • December 8-9, 15-16
Candlelight tours will be offered through the eight rooms of the Manor House at Poplar Grove Plantation, which will be decorated by theme and color with natural flora and greenery inspired by the Foys’ colonial-through-Victorian family history — with a few contemporary flourishes to represent the family’s four centuries in coastal North Carolina.

Learn more: (910) 686-9518 or

Enchanted Airlie • Wilmington • December 8-10, 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

Christmas Candlelight Tour • Edenton • December 8-9
Take a tour of private homes adorned with natural Christmas decorations in this 36th annual event sponsored by the Edenton Historical Commission.

Learn more: (252) 482-7800 or

A Christmas Carol • Goldsboro • December 8-10
Watch Scrooge’s transformation from “Bah! Humbug!” to “Merry Christmas!” at the Center Stage Theatre’s 10th annual production of Dickens’s classic tale, performed at the Paramount Theatre.

Learn more: (919) 429-9278 or

Candlelight Christmas Tour • Murfreesboro • December 8-9
This 32nd annual event will include stops at 12 different historic sites downtown, as well as food and drinks along the way.

Learn more: (252) 398-5922 or

A Queen Street Christmas • Kinston • December 9-10
A 50-voice choir and a 30-piece orchestra will perform traditional holiday carols at this 16th annual Christmas concert at Queen Street Church.

Learn more: (252) 527-2119 or

A Wacky Wonderful Life • Mount Olive • December 9
This performance will take the 1946 Frank Capra classic and turn it on its head with an array of quotes and characters from other classic Christmas tales.

Learn more: (919) 658-7861 or

A Merry Little Christmas Festival • Wilmington • December 9-10
Head to Poplar Grove Plantation for an outdoor arts, crafts, and gift show; there will be appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus, a petting zoo, Santa’s workshop, Christmas movie showings, and marshmallow roasting.

Learn more: (910) 686-9518 or

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