Home for the Holidays
Home for the Holidays
November 1, 2020 – January 1, 2021
Check the Home for the Holidays event calendar at the bottom of the page for times and locations of a variety of events or click on the calendar for a complete listing.
Come “Home for the Holidays” and experience the holidays with small-town charm, sprinkled with excitement for the entire family. Let Hendersonville become your Hometown during the Holiday season.
The unique stores along Main Street are decked out with Christmas decorations for the season. Large wreaths with big red bows hang from streetlights, along with twinkling lights and decorations in the planters that line the serpentine street.
The holiday season, with its many traditions, family gatherings, and good cheer, will soon be upon us. Rediscover this magical time of the year and create cherished memories to last a lifetime. Catch the Christmas spirit in Hendersonville and pass it along. Be sure to explore the complete listing of holiday events happening in Western North Carolina.
Click for a Complete Restaurant Guide, which includes addresses, websites, and telephone numbers.
2020 Featured Events
U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Visit Asheville Outlets During 2020 Tour
3 pm – 6 pm / Free
Every year, a different national forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building for the holiday season. The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests, in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors and Colorado Tourism, will bring this special gift from Colorado to Washington, D.C. for the 2020 holiday season. Ten communities will host celebrations along the way, including a special appearance at Asheville Outlets. Both in-person and drive-by options are available. Activities are open to the public and free. Face coverings are required, and social distancing protocols will be in effect.
November 17 – January 4
Lake Lure Flowering Bridge Light Display
5 pm – 6 am / Free
The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge is lit up for the season! Enjoy walking through this magical display during the daytime to see the gnomes, wreaths and bows, or come after 5pm to see the bridge transformed. Face coverings are required. Open now through January 4 from 5pm – 6am daily.
November 20 – January 3
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland LIVE will be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, featuring hundreds of thousands of LED lights dancing in synchronization with the music on your radio. On select nights, see live performances along the route from your favorite Christmas characters, like The Grinch, Santa, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! 828-863-1000 Click for more details Tryon International Equestrian Center
November 20 – January 10
North Carolina Arboretum
Experience Asheville’s BRIGHTEST holiday tradition at Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum. This year, guests are invited to take a dreamy ride through the Arboretum’s enchanted forest and attend Winter Lights safely in your own vehicles. In light of COVID-19, the Arboretum has converted its popular event into a drive-thru show, allowing guests to navigate through a one-mile stretch of the Arboretum’s campus and see unique exhibits covered in thousands of holiday lights. 828-665-2492 Click to purchase tickets.
November 27 – December 18
Merchant Decoration Contest
Merchants all over Henderson County vie for the honor of best holiday window displays and lighting. The lights will be turned on with the holiday street lighting. Take a drive around the county to look at all of the festive holiday displays. Vote for your favorite storefront online. Click here for a list of participating businesses and a link to vote from December 7 through 18. – 828-693–9708
Home Decoration Contest
Homeowners all over Henderson County vie for the honor of best holiday decorations. Take a drive around the county to look at all of the festive holiday displays. Check back and vote for your favorite home online. Click here for a list of participating homes and a link to vote from December 7 through 18. – 828-693–9708
November 27 – December 23
The Peppermint Bear Scavenger Hunt
Peppermint Bear will take you on a fun-filled bear hunt through downtown Hendersonville looking for her cubs. As you search for the cubs, visit at least 12 of the 27 downtown participating businesses to be eligible for prizes. Complete the entry form in the brochure and drop it in Peppermint’s mailbox, located in front of the Visitor Center, by December 23rd. For more details about the Scavenger Hunt, watch this video or stop by the Visitor Center at 201 South Main Street. Federal and state-mandated guidelines for social distancing will be followed. Download a 2020 Peppermint Bear Brochure.
November 28 & December 5
Holiday Market at the Hendersonville Farmers Market
8 am – 1 pm / Free Admission
Celebrate the holidays at Hendersonville Farmers Market! The Hendersonville Farmers Market offers fresh produce, meats, flowers, baked goods, crafts, and so much more. Visitors can expect a lively atmosphere celebrating food, farm, and family with a strong focus on products that are Henderson County-made. – Historic Train Depot – 650 Maple Street, 828-233-3216 Check the Hendersonville Farmers Market for more information.
December 1 – 22
Historic Johnson Farm Christmas Tours
Experience the 1880 farmhouse decorated for Christmas as you learn about the Johnson Family and their farm. Guided tours of the historic farmhouse decorated for Christmas will be available at 10:30 am each day, reservations are required. The house will be open for self-guided tours each day from 1-3:00 pm. Hot chocolate will be available as well as a Christmas craft for those interested. There will also be a number of items for sale in the Interpretive Center such as Christmas gift baskets, Christmas cacti, and more. Guided tours are $10 ($8 students) and self-guided tours are $5 ($3 students). 828-891-6585. Visit Historic Johnson Farm to learn more.
December 1 – 23
Festival of Lights
Lake Julian Park
The driving-only tour includes thousands of dazzling lights and displays placed along an enchanted journey on the road circling Lake Julian Park from 6 pm – 9 pm each evening. Tickets must be purchased online this year. 20% of the proceeds benefit Special Olympics Buncombe County. Click for ticket information Lake Julian Festival of Lights and closings due to winter weather. 828-250-4260
Whoo Loves Hendo Saturday?
The merchants are bringing a new experience to Downtown Hendersonville this year with “Whoo-ville” inspired costumes and decor. Main Street will be closed to vehicles all day on December 5 from 1st to 6th Avenues. Click for more information Downtown Hendersonville
Santa on the Chimney
December 5 & 12
Chimney Rock State Park / 11 am – 2 pm
Included with Park Admission
Chimney Rock State Park will be hosting Santa as he practices for the big night on one of the world’s largest chimneys. Enjoy holiday tunes, hot cocoa, cookies, and meet live Park animal ambassadors. For details go to Chimney Rock State Park.
December 11 – 12
Main Street Holiday Hayrides
Free / 5 pm – 8 pm
Take the family on a tractor-drawn wagon ride through festively decorated Main Street. Passengers board at the Hendersonville Visitor Center at 201 South Main Street. The Wagon Rides will follow state mandates, operating at 50% capacity, limiting each ride to 15-20 people. Masks are required. 828-693–9708
December 11 – 27
Christmas Light Nights
Fee on Opening Night & Free other nights / 6 pm – 8 pm
Drive through this festive light display at Bill Moore Community Park in Fletcher each evening. The opening night event includes live music and Christmas treats, so reservations are required. Admission is free and no reservations are required for the remaining evenings. For information go to Fletcher Parks & Recreation’s website.
Luminaries will add a warm glow to the historic charm of Main Street. Click for more information Downtown Hendersonville
Christmas Trees & Greens Markets
Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Greenery, & Garland
Christmas Tree Lot, in front of Fresh Market at the intersection of Spartanburg & Greenville Highways
Cut Fir trees in a variety of heights & sizes
Last Chance Thrift Store, is selling Christmas trees & wreaths, 404 S Grove St, Hendersonville, NC
Henderson County Curb Market, 221 N. Church St., Hendersonville, NC 828-692-8012
Open: Tues, Thurs. & Sat. 8 am-1 pm
Christmas wreaths, fresh greenery, baked goods, canned goods, jellies, produce & crafts
Western NC Farmer’s Market, 570 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC 828-253-1691
Open: 7 days a week year round
Cut & balled Christmas trees, wreaths, greenery, crafts, canned goods, produce & honey
Christmas Tree Farms
Boyd Mountain Tree Farm
445 Boyd Farm Rd., Waynesville, NC
828-506-3513 or 828-926-8888
Fraser Firs 4 -20 feet, wreaths & garland
Camps Evergreens / Camp Tree Farm
301 Cabin Creek Rd, Zirconia, NC
Jeter Mountain Farm
1126 Jeter Mountain Rd, Hendersonville, NC
Fraser Firs & Norwegian Spruce 4 -20 feet
Open November 27 & 28
December 4 & 5 closed / sold out
Mehaffey Tree Farm
24 Corner Dr., Waynesville, NC
Fraser Firs 6-9 feet & wreaths
Nesbitt Christmas Tree Farm
333 Sunset Ridge, Clyde, NC
Frazer Fir, wreaths, table arrangements, & kissing balls
Reeves Tree Farm
9507 NC Hwy. 63, Leicester, NC
Fraser Firs 4-10 feet
Holiday Dining Guide
2020 Holiday Restaurant Dining Guide – restaurants that are serving lunch or dinner on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Call for Hours of Operation. Information is Subject to Change. Click for a Complete Restaurant Guide, which includes addresses, websites, and telephone numbers.