Holiday Charm And Special Events Abound In Blowing Rock (2018-11-16 16:35:55)

The small-town charm of Blowing Rock has a distinctive appeal all year, but during the holiday season the village has an almost magical quality.

Twinkling lights, crisp air, cozy spaces, extravagantly decorated shop windows, and special events all combine to bring holiday cheer to each and every visitor. Shop for that perfect gift, and perhaps even watch as it’s created by one of the makers on Main Street.

Over the two days following Thanksgiving, November 23 and 24, the holiday spirit takes over the town with the annual Christmas celebration.

Friday brings Christmas in the Park with games, Santa in the park gazebo, hayrides, live music, and the Lighting of the Town Tree. Free hot chocolate and apple cider will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Christmas Parade on Main Street starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday. 

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Chetola Resort will host more merry-making with its Thanksgiving Weekend Events, including carriage rides around the lake, cookie decorating, and holiday movies that Friday and Saturday night. All events are open to the public, and the carriage rides must be reserved in person on the preferred night of the ride.

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Tweetsie Railroad reprises its Tweetsie Christmas this season. Every Friday and Saturday night from November 23 through December 29, visitors can enjoy the wonder of the park dazzlingly lit for the holidays and a nighttime train ride, a Christmas show, caroling, Santa and more.

Advance tickets are recommended as a limited number of guests are admitted nightly and the event has proven to be immediately popular. The train cars are open, so guests are encouraged to dress warmly.

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Chetola Resort hosts the fourth annual Festival of Trees from November 29 through December 2. The indoor event, a benefit for Western Youth Network (WYN), features more than 75 decorated trees and wreaths.

Attendees are invited to bid on the trees and wreaths and take one (or more) home after the event. Each one will have a theme and many even have gifts included.

Festival attendance is free, but donations are encouraged. The four-day Festival also features gift baskets and raffle items, and a calendar of more special events.

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On Friday, December 7 from 5 to 8 p.m., local businesses and organizations present the Holiday Stroll, a town-wide holiday open house that’s a celebration of winter and the Christmas season.

Activities and events include sing-alongs with strolling carolers, a Christmas Concert in the Park, strolls with Santa, the Snow Belles dance group, and holiday shopping with special offers and tasty snacks.

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And before any of this starts, Appalachian Ski Mountain's tentative opening day is November 16, weather permitting. Don’t miss the Mountain’s Anniversary Weekend, where they roll back the lift tickets to 1962 prices on December 1 & 2.

Appalachian Ski Mountain is also open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Skiing, with a special slope visit from Santa on December 24th. Later, the resort hosts its New Year’s Eve Extravaganza!

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For more details on all of these events during the holiday season, go to