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Christmas Celebrations in Western North Carolina

It’s that time of the year! The time where friends and family gather together, traveling far to visit their loved ones. Some of the best parts of Christmas are watching movies on the couch or baking holiday goodies, but celebrations are taking place all around, so why not explore a new tradition? Flat Rock, Hendersonville and all of the neighboring towns have their own unique celebrations for the holiday. If you’re looking for inspiration to bring holiday cheer to your visitors this year, here are a few options!

The Polar Express- Bryson City

Based on the beloved holiday film, this excursion will bring the magic of Christmas to life. Its the perfect activity for you and your children or grandchildren. You’ll climb aboard The Polar Express and take a ride through the mountains and all the way up to the North Pole. Along the way, enjoy warm hot cocoa and music from the classic movie while listening to the story red aloud. The kids will get a visit from Santa they wont forget. Choose from one of four packages, depending on what kind of experience you and your party want to have.

Christmas at Biltmore

A daytime excursion or an evening out for the adults, the Biltmore will not disappoint. The halls have been decked and the estate is absolutely stunning. This winter wonderland is filled with Towering Christmas trees, garland, ribbon, bows and lights. Experience the true beauty of Christmas at the Biltmore Estate, indulging in seasonal foods, complimentary wine tastings and unforgettable views. In the evening, find an elegant scene of the candlelit estate, admiring all of the intricate details involved in the making of Christmas at Biltmore.

Holidays in Highlands

Highlands is a special place to be during the Christmas season, with lots of excitement and activity around the holiday. Watch each night as the town is lit up by Christmas lights, strap on your skates and glide around the ice skating rink, listen to the Christmas story and make so many memories you’ll cherish. Santa’s mailbox is located in the park in Highlands, so be sure to bring the kids so they can mail their letters up north before the holiday.

Home for the Holidays in Hendersonville

Christmas with the charm of a small town. The Peppermint Bear Scavenger Hunt runs throughout the season, with businesses around town participating to enhance the Christmas magic. Head to Hendersonville to pick up your Christmas tree and make a stop along the way to explore the local shops, done up for Christmas as they compete for the best holiday window display. For an evening out, join in on the fun at Flat Rock Playhouse, while their limited-time Christmas show runs.

Make this Christmas one to remember and start a new tradition. Whether it’s on this list or not, you might just find an event that brings you back for years to come. Simple Life residents, what are you doing to celebrate the holidays? Send your photos to As always, don’t forget to like us on Facebook  and follow us on Instagram.