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Lights and Luminaries • Dillsboro • December 9-10
More than 2,500 luminaries light the streets in downtown Dillsboro. Shops will have refreshments and live music, and there will be carolers, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a live Nativity.
Learn more: (828) 586-2155 or visitdillsboro.org.
Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas • Cherokee • December 9-10
Visit the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds for visits with Santa, ice-skating, and interactive displays telling ancient Cherokee Christmas legends.
Learn more: (800) 438-1601 or visitcherokeenc.com.
Guild Artists Holiday Sale • Asheville • December 10
The Southern Highland Craft Guild’s annual holiday sale features handmade gifts by local artists, with different artists featured each day.
Learn more: (828) 298-7928 or southernhighlandguild.org.
Santa on the Chimney • Chimney Rock • December 10
Watch Santa rappel down one of the world’s largest chimneys — Chimney Rock, that is. As he takes on multiple 200-foot descents, enjoy live holiday music, refreshments, and kids’ activities.
Learn more: (800) 277-9611 or chimneyrockpark.com.
Holiday Sip & Shop • Asheville • December 9-10
For two weekends this month, holiday shoppers at Grovewood Gallery can enjoy artist demonstrations, arts and crafts sales, and complimentary wine, cider, and cookies.
Learn more: (828) 253-7651 or grovewood.com.
Appalachian Christmas • Lake Junaluska • December 9-11
Enjoy hearty meals, live music including Handel’s “Messiah,” and the Appalachian Christmas Craft Show, featuring the work of dozens of local artists.
Learn more: (800) 222-4930 or lakejunaluska.com.
Enchantment in the Garden • Mount Holly • December 9
The Mount Holly Community Garden will be decorated with lights, luminaries, and displays for the public to enjoy. Hot chocolate, apple cider, and homemade cookies will be served.
Learn more: (704) 460-0232.
A Carolina Christmas • Hendersonville • December 10
The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with South Carolina’s Greenville Chorale, performs seasonal favorites in its annual Christmas concert at Blue Ridge Community College, led by maestros Thomas Joiner and Bingham Vick Jr.
Learn more: (828) 697-5884 or hendersonvillesymphony.org.
Weihnachtsmarkt • Charlotte • December 9-10
This traditional, German-inspired Christmas market at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery features open-air booths selling gifts and baked goods from Charlotte vendors.
Learn more: (704) 525-5644 or oldemeckbrew.com.
Gingerbread Lane – Opening Weekend • Charlotte • December 8-28
See a stunning display of gingerbread creations at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. Donate a dollar to your favorite to benefit Levine Children’s Hospital.
Learn more: (704) 248-4055 or theballantynehotel.com.
Holiday Show featuring the Sights and Sounds of the Living Christmas Tree • Greensboro • December 9-11
Seventy musicians and singers perform Christmas music in the Living Christmas Tree — a 24-foot-tall tree-shaped structure decorated for the holidays — at the Four Seasons Town Centre Mall.
Learn more: (336) 686-4555 or friendlyavenue.com.
Artists in Our Midst • Greensboro • December 10
This inaugural art show and sale is composed entirely of Jewish artists from Greensboro. Complimentary refreshments and desserts will be served.
Learn more: (336) 292-7899.
Kernersville Moravian Church Candle Tea • Kernersville • December 10
Enjoy weaving, tin-smithing, and candle-making demonstrations; Moravian craft vendors; live music; and coffee and sugar bread at Kernersville Moravian Church.
Learn more: (336) 993-3620 or kernersvillemoravian.org.
Waltzing in a Winter Wonderland • Fayetteville • December 10
Enjoy traditional holiday music performed by the Fayetteville Symphony and led by guest conductor Aram Demirjian of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.
Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or fayettevillesymphony.org.
Piedmont Chamber Singers Carols by Candlelight • Winston-Salem • December 11
The Piedmont Chamber Singers will perform traditional holiday carols in the 18th-century Gemeinhaus in Historic Bethabara Park.
Learn more: (336) 924-8191 or bethabarapark.org.
Star of Wonder, Star of Night • Wilmington • December 8-10
Visit Poplar Grove Plantation for local art vendors, a food truck, marshmallow roasting, a children’s workshop in the blacksmith studio, wagon rides through the Abbey Nature Preserve, and outdoor Christmas movies.
Learn more: (910) 686-9518 or poplargrove.org.
Southport Winterfest – Closing Weekend • Southport • December 2-10
Traditional holiday celebrations include a tree lighting, cookie contest, movie night, parade, craft festival, book sale, Santa’s workshop, Old Timey Gospel Fest, tour of homes, and the Southport Christmas Flotilla to top off the week.
Learn more: (910) 457-7927 or cityofsouthport.com.
Enchanted Airlie • Wilmington • December 9-11
Take a half-mile, self-guided walking tour through Airlie Gardens’ light display, which includes local food and beverage vendors and a visit from Santa.
Learn more: (910) 798-7700, airliegardens.org.
Dickens Christmas Candlelight Tour • Edenton • December 9-10
Take a tour of private homes adorned with natural Christmas decorations from the Dickens era in this event sponsored by the Edenton Historical Commission.
Learn more: (252) 482-7800 or visitedenton.com.
Gingerbread Festival • Morehead City • December 9-11
View the entries from the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House’s annual gingerbread competition; hear live music; see decorated crab pot holiday trees; make holiday crafts; and have story time, pictures, and cookies and cocoa with Santa.
Learn more: (252) 808-2244 or crystalcoasthospicehouse.org.
Historic Murfreesboro Candlelight Christmas Tour • Murfreesville • December 9-10
Tour 14 sites, including two private homes, with musical entertainment, carriage rides, and Christmas dinner along the way.
Learn more: (252) 398-5922 or murfreesboronc.org.
Christmas in Halifax • Halifax • December 10
This colonial-inspired Christmas event features guided and self-guided tours of historic buildings, a Christmas parade, and a visit from Santa at the Colonial Tap Room.
Learn more: (252) 583-7191.
Poplar Grove Christmas Arts, Crafts, and Gift Show • Wilmington • December 10-11
Visit Poplar Grove for arts and crafts, food vendors, a bouncy house, a petting zoo, Santa’s workshop, and marshmallow roasting.
Learn more: (910) 686-9518 or poplargrove.org.