Holiday Events

Festival of Lights at Chetola Resort
Nov. 23, 2018 - Jan. 27, 2019

Every winter season, Chetola features a sparkling display of
dazzling lights, free and open to the public. Take a drive or a stroll around Chetola lake and enjoy the captivating holiday scenes. The displays illuminate at dusk each evening.

Tweetsie Christmas
Nov. 23, 2018 - Dec. 29, 2018
Every Friday and Saturday night in December, starting at 5:00pm, you can enjoy the wonder of Tweetsie Christmas. Meet Santa in his own gingerbread house, take a nighttime train ride, enjoy Christmas carols and lots of Christmas lights. 

 Lighting of the Jones House Christmas Tree

December 7, 2018 5:45pm
Kick off the holiday season at the lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Jones House lawn in downtown Boone. Enjoy live music afterwards!


Boone Christmas Parade
Dec. 8, 2018 from 11:00am-12:30pm
The parade starts on West King Street at the intersection with Poplar Grove. Don't miss this small-town procession, complete with decorated floats, dance teams, music and more. Warm up with hot cider and cookies afterwards at The Jones House. 


Dec. 7- Dec. 9, 2018

A weekend of winter fun! Test drive this season's skis and snowboards, view a wintry fireworks show, and listen to live music at Sugar Mountain Resort. You can also enjoy a hot chocolate bar and North Carolina BBQ. Sugar Mountain Ski Resort features skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing and snowshoeing.

Skiing with Santa

Dec. 24, 2018 1-4pm

Spend Christmas Eve at Appalachian Ski Mountain and you'll have a chance to spot Santa on the slopes!

New Year's Eve Events:                                   

App Ski Mountain NYE Extravaganza
Dec. 31, 2018 9am-midnight
Visit App Ski Mountain for New Year's Eve and ring in 2019 with fireworks, torchlight skiing and more! Ski and ride until 11:30pm. Moonlight ice skating from 10pm-midnight. Fireworks at midnight. 

Family Night at Beech Mountain
Dec. 31, 2018 7pm-midnight
Beech Mountain Resort offers Family Night in the lodge. There will be a DJ, food and beverages, and Late Night Skate! There will also be a fantastic fireworks show at midnight.

Sugar Mountain NYE Celebration
Dec. 31, 2018 Starting at 6pm
Make your reservations today! Indoor festivities from 9pm-1am, including live music by The Rockabilly's. The public is invited to Sugar Mountain Resort to an alpine torch light parade at 11:45pm and a fireworks show at midnight. 

New Year's Day Sunrise
Jan. 1, 6:30am-9:30am
Grandfather Mountain will ring in an epic New Year with the first sunrise of 2019. This special event allows guests the rare opportunity to visit Grandfather Mountain outside of regular operating hours. Sunrise is at 7:38 am on January 1, 2019. Grandfather's gates will open at 6:30. The mountain will offer complimentary coffee, cocoa and bear claws for sunrise guests. This event is great for nature lovers, photographers of all skill levels, and anyone hoping to see the Blue Ridge Mountains in a new light.


January 24-27, 2019
The 21st Annual Blowing Rock Winterfest starts January 24th, 2019.

Events include:

The Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake: One of the highlights of Winterfest! Watch fearless contenders take the plunge into Chetola Lake! 

WinterFeast: The best restaurants of the High Country gather for a winter Restaurant Crawl under one warm and cozy roof! Enjoy small plate selections prepared by 15 of the area's best chefs. 

WinterPaws Dog Show: Sponsored by the Watauga Humane Society. Show off your four-legged best friend or just come to see the cutest dogs around! All money goes to benefit the Watauga Humane Society, our local non-profit that serves the needs of approximately 2,000 abandoned animals each year.

WinterFashion show: Blowing Rock retailers join forces to bring you the latest fashions and accessories. The newest winter and spring apparel will be featured from the areas top retail stores. Mimosas, spritzers and great prize giveaways and gift bags for all attendees!

Other events include ice carving, Winter Beer Garden and much more! 

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