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Santa waves to the crowd during a previous Christmas parade in Blowing Rock.

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Originally published: 2013-11-26 17:15:13
Last modified: 2013-11-27 09:11:21

Christmas events begin Friday

by Staff Reports

Right on the heels of Thanksgiving, the High County begins its Christmas festivities on Friday.

It's also the unofficial kickoff of the choose-and-cut Christmas tree season, as many farms traditionally see their first steady streams of customers starting this weekend. Visit for a listing of local tree farms.

Whether you're visiting the area or call it home year-round, check out these can't-miss events for the holiday season:

Nov. 29
Christmas in the Park -- Blowing Rock
Residents and guests join in Blowing Rock's Memorial Park to view the ceremonial Lighting of the Town, drink hot chocolate and visit with Santa. The events begin at 2 p.m. with Santa's arrival. Other highlights include music from The Vagabonds and Diana and Sarvis Ridge and the Lighting of the Town with Mayor J.B. Lawrence at 5:30 p.m. Call (828) 295-5222 or visit for more information.

Nov. 29
Festival of Lights -- Blowing Rock
Chetola Resort opens its light displays at dusk Nov. 29, which will remain lit through Jan. 26, 2014, for Winterfest in Blowing Rock. Horse and carriage rides, visits with Santa, cookie decorating and a buffet will be available at the resort Nov. 29-30.

Nov. 29
Holiday Film Festival -- Beech Mountain
Gather your family to enjoy Christmas classics on the big screen at the Buckeye Recreation Center. Popcorn, hot chocolate and other goodies will be served. The family-friendly event begins at 5 p.m. at the Buckeye Recreation Center. Call (828) 387-3003 for more information.

Nov. 30
Holiday Market -- Beech Mountain
Beech Mountain's seventh annual Holiday Market will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Buckeye Recreation Center. A wide selection of gifts and handcrafted items will be available, including artwork, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, gourmet food and gift baskets. Free samples, demonstrations and hourly door prizes will be available, plus a cookie decorating station and visit from Santa.
Contact Carol Sposato at (828) 387-6101 or ( for more information.

Nov. 30
Blowing Rock Christmas Parade
The annual holiday celebration treks through Main Street at 2 p.m., featuring local high school bands and floats from various organizations. Call (828) 295-5222 or visit for more information.

Nov. 30
"It's a Wonderful Life" staged radio drama -- Blowing Rock
Ensemble Stage presents the beloved holiday film in the style of 1940s radio dramas. The production is set for 7 p.m. at Blowing Rock School Auditorium on Sunset Drive. Tickets are $12 for adults or $8 for children 16 and younger. Call (828) 414-1844 or visit for more information.

Nov. 30
A Celtic Christmas concert -- Boone
Grammy Award winner Al Petteway and composer and singer Amy White combine their skills for Mountain Home Music's A Celtic Christmas. The duo draws from an array of Old English, Celtic and traditional carols for the concert, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Boone. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for children in advance, or $18, $10 and $5 at the door. Call (828) 964-3392 or visit for more information.

Dec. 7
Boone Christmas Parade
The annual Christmas parade starts at 11 a.m. on King Street in downtown Boone, offering holiday cheer in the form of music, floats and special appearances. Call (828) 262-4532 for more information.

Dec. 7
An Appalachian Christmas concert -- Boone
Mountain Home Music presents the Bluegrass Boys, Scott Freeman, Steve Lewis, Josh Scott and David Johnson, plus Lisa Baldwin, Dave Haney and others, for a free Christmas concert. In place of admission, donations are accepted, with all proceeds going to Santa's Toy Box and the Hospitality House. The concern begins at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Boone. Call (828) 964-3392 or visit for more information.

Dec. 13-15
The Nutcracker Ballet -- Boone
Studio K presents its annual performance of The Nutcracker at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. More than 350 local residents team up to tell the story of Clara and her larger-than-life toy. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 3 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets are $11 for adults or $8 for ASU students and children ages 3-18. Visit or call (828) 262-4046 for information or tickets.

Dec. 13-15
Christmas in Blowing Rock 5 Variety Show -- Blowing Rock
The "Christmas in Blowing Rock" tradition continues, patterned after the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby TV specials of the 1960s and 1970s. Singing, comedy skits and dancing will combine for a "greatest hits" of former Christmas in Blowing Rock productions. Call (828) 414-1844 or visit for more information.

Dec. 14
Visit with Santa -- Beech Mountain
Get in the holiday spirit with a visit from Santa Claus at the 4 Seasons at Beech. After hot chocolate and cookies, everyone will head to the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce for decorating and lighting of the Christmas tree. Homemade ornaments are welcomed to help adorn the tree. The family-friendly event begins at 4 p.m. Call (828) 387-9283 for more information.

Dec. 21
Breakfast with Mrs. Claus -- Beech Mountain
Mrs. Claus comes to Beech Mountain to eat breakfast and spread Christmas cheer. She will also read Christmas stories, visit and take photos with the children. A light breakfast will be served free of charge, but donations are appreciated.  The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Buckeye Recreation Center. Call (828) 387-3003 for more information.

Dec. 22
Ornament making -- Beech Mountain
A fun-filled afternoon of arts and crafts awaits at the Buckeye Recreation Center. Guests are invited to personalized a Christmas tree ornament as the holiday approaches. Call (828) 387-3003 for more information.