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Christmas in North Carolina: Resident-Favorite Events

People decorating Christmas trees inside a room with large windows. One person stands with a small decorated tree, while others are placing ornaments and a star topper on larger trees.

Christmas in North Carolina offers a world of festive traditions in and around the charming town of Flat Rock. In this article, we will share with you the seasonal tapestry our Simple Life’s North Carolina residents have woven with experiences of local events and festivities. Neighbors in our close-knit communities come together to share joy, create memories, and illuminate the spirit of the holidays. From twinkling lights to time-honored traditions, the magic that transforms western North Carolina into a winter wonderland is like no other.

Old Fashioned Christmas in Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Immerse yourself in holiday cheer at Downtown Hendersonville’s Old-Fashioned Christmas! This annual event offers an olde fashioned open house with a delightful array of destination shops, family-friendly entertainment, and fantastic eateries. Take a magical horse-drawn carriage ride through historic downtown Hendersonville adorned with twinkling lights and festive decorations.

Christmas in Hendersonville offers a classic holiday experience.

The serpentine street adds a leisurely pace, allowing you to savor each moment. Join Santa on the Square in front of the Historic Courthouse, presented by Henderson County Parks and Recreation. This enchanting evening includes selfies with Santa, hot cocoa, games, crafts, special guests, and more.

The Book & Bee Christmas Tea

Experience the warmth of the holiday season at The Book & Bee Christmas Tea. Nestled in the heart of Hendersonville, this festive gathering at the beloved local tearoom brings residents together for a delightful celebration. Simple Life residents savor the rich flavors of herbal brews while indulging in an array of cakes and pastries. The cozy ambiance of The Book & Bee sets the stage for the joyous occasion, where laughter and conversation flow freely.

Christmas in North Carolina at the Biltmore

Biltmore Estate in Asheville hosts a renowned Christmas celebration in which The Biltmore transforms into a winter wonderland. Enjoy dazzling lights, festive wreaths, and decorations as far as the eye can see. Visitors can explore the opulent rooms adorned with holiday splendor in the daytime, or attend special evening events like candlelight Christmas tours. Both events showcase the magic of the season on the estate grounds.

Biltmore estate is adorned with lights and decorations for all to admire around the holidays.

A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas

Celebrate the holiday season at ‘The Rock’ with the enchanting A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas. Enjoy captivating dance performances by Pat’s School of Dance, melodious serenades by the Flat Rock Playhouse Chorus, and other talented vocalists presenting cherished Christmas carols. The stage transforms into a festive wonderland, capturing the essence of Christmas. Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit and kick off the season with this magical event that promises to transport you into a real-life holiday dream.

Christmas Light Show at the North Carolina Arboretum

The annual Christmas light show at the North Carolina Arboretum is a breathtaking spectacle of holiday magic. Illuminating the serene landscape, thousands of twinkling lights create a mesmerizing display, turning the arboretum into a festive wonderland. Visitors stroll through enchanting garden paths adorned with vibrant colors and themed light installations, fostering a joyful and immersive experience.

Christmas in North Carolina wouldn't be complete without the North Carolina Arboretum lights!

The dazzling showcase often includes synchronized light and music displays for an extra layer of enchantment to the holiday festivities. The Christmas light show at the North Carolina Arboretum has become a beloved tradition, captivating visitors of all ages with its radiant charm.

Christmas in North Carolina at The Farm: Tours and a Visit with Santa

Celebrate the season at Johnson Family Farm’s inaugural Village Nights. Located at 1202 Kanuga Road in Hendersonville, the festivities feature Fresh Fraser Fir trees, wreaths, garlands, and a bow and ribbon bar. All tours also include hot chocolate and cookies!

A delightful stop on the Henderson County Holiday Light Trail, the farm will be adorned with festive decorations. If you enjoy old-fashioned Christmas experiences, this event is for you. Connect with the community, enjoy an ole timey Christmas, and explore local artisan crafts and gift baskets.

National Gingerbread House Competition

The National Gingerbread House Competition at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville is a culinary masterpiece showcase that elevates holiday cheer. Held annually, this prestigious competition attracts pastry artists nationwide to craft intricate, edible works of art. Entrants skillfully construct elaborate gingerbread houses, ranging from whimsical to architectural marvels.

The gingerbread house competition in Asheville brings pastry experts from all over the country.

The event transforms the Omni Grove Park Inn into a sugary spectacle, enchanting visitors with the creativity and precision displayed in these delectable creations. As a festive tradition, the competition has become a symbol of the holiday season, celebrating the artistry and sweet spirit of the most wonderful time of the year.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by Ashville Contemporary Dance Theatre (ACDT)

Don’t miss the ACDT’s enchanting twist on “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” You haven’t seen The Nutcracker like this! Revealing E.T.A. Hoffmann’s originally creepy and wildly imaginative novella, this adaptation of the popular holiday performance goes back straight to the original source of the story. In its thirteenth year, ACDT and the New Studio of Dance bring forth a contemporary ballet that captures the essence beautifully. This year boasts new music, choreography, and costumes with long-beloved elements.

Christmas in North Carolina includes showings of The Nutcracker and The Mouse King.

The show features audience favorites Sky and Jamie McDowell as the comical King and Queen of Sausages. Overall, ACDT’s playfulness and professional ambition, coupled with old-fashioned storytelling ensures a magical experience for all ages.

We hope you’ll explore some of these wonderful festivities for yourself! Some of these events are considered annual traditions. Others change from year to year. But one thing is for certain: you won’t be at a loss for holiday spirit around western North Carolina.

Christmas in North Carolina at The Hamlet and The Village

The Hamlet and The Village share an equal measure of fun within their bounds, fostering a sense of togetherness that resonates throughout the holiday season. Simple Life takes pride in hosting unique events for residents, and the annual Chili Cookoff is a standout seasonal kickoff! Simple Life communities across the board come together for this friendly competition, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere and delicious chili that perfectly complements the cooling weather.

The holiday cheer continues with our community-wide Christmas party—a cherished tradition that brings residents together for an evening of connection, gift exchange, and shared joy. Surrounded by festive decorations, this event embodies the true spirit of the season.

At Simple Life, we also believe in giving back. Residents of The Hamlet and The Village generously donated to our 2023 winter coat drive. Altogether, two full boxes of winter clothes were donated to Upward Elementary School in Flat Rock. It’s heartening to see our community come together to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

As we wrap up this season of celebration and giving, we extend an invitation to you. Explore the warmth, camaraderie, and festive spirit that defines life within The Hamlet and The Village. We look forward to welcoming you to our community and sharing in the joy of future celebrations. Cheers to a season filled with warmth, laughter, and the spirit of togetherness!


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