North Carolina Celebrates The Magic of The Holiday Season

Raleigh, NC (November 16, 2005) – The rich tapestry of holiday magic shines in North Carolina this season across the mountains, through the Piedmont and onto the Coast. From holiday tree lighting, flotillas shining brightly and caroling galore, regardless of where you wander, North Carolina offers endless holiday enticements.

Learn more about these North Carolina holiday events and many more across the state on, where you’ll find featured listings and an events calendar on the homepage as well as a detailed events search in our Travel Tools.

Family Traditions in the Mountains

Christmas in the Park, Lighting of the Town
Blowing Rock, Nov. 25
Free event. Caroling, hot chocolate/cider and a visit from Santa. Call (828) 295-5222 or visit for more information.

Downtown Hendersonville Holiday Lighting
Hendersonville, Nov. 25
Watch Hendersonville light up for the holidays. For more information, call (828) 697-2022 or visit

Victorian Christmas Celebration
Asheville, through Jan. 6
Celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way at the Smith-McDowell House Museum. Experience the museum’s timeline on how Christmas decorations have evolved. Call (828) 253-9231 or visit for more information.

Celebrating the Season in the Piedmont

Southern Christmas Show
Charlotte, through Nov. 20
Decorating ideas, vendors and more make for one of the best Christmas shows in the country. Call (704) 333-7709 or visit for more information.

Piedmont Crafts Fair
Winston-Salem, through Nov. 20
Showcases the work of over 150 southeastern craft artists. Call (336) 725-1516 or visit for more information.

Festival of Trees
Southern Pines, through Nov. 20
A holiday festival held in the Pine Needles Conference Center featuring one-of-a-kind, lavishly decorated trees, wreaths and tabletop trees. Call (910) 692-3323 for more information.

Holiday Events on the Coast

Kitty Hawk Kites with Lights
Nags Head, Nov. 26
Watch the night sky magically transform as skilled flyers maneuver their lit stunt kites to the sounds of your favorite holiday songs. Join us for hot apple cider and cookies beginning at sunset. Call (252) 441-7597 or visit for more information.

African-American Historic Downtown Walking Tour
New Bern, Nov. 20
Experience 300 years of African-American history on a walking tour of New Bern’s historic district. Call (252) 514-4900 or visit for more information.

Topsail Island Christmas Boat Flotilla
Topsail Beach, Nov. 25
Kick off the season of lights at Topsail Beach. Call (888) 576-4756 for more information.

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Natural scenic beauty, adventure and relaxation, a dining experience for every taste, rich history and warm Southern hospitality come together in North Carolina. Call 1-800-VISIT NC or go to to plan your next getaway.

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