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7 Christmas Towns In North Carolina For A Sprinkle Of Holiday Cheer


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The festive season is around the corner, and if you’re seeking the perfect blend of holiday charm and delightful activities, North Carolina has an array of Christmas towns to explore. From tree-lighting ceremonies to dazzling decorations, these towns are ready to warm your heart in 2023.

Lights from cars streak past homes, businesses and parks all decorated for the season. McAdenville. McAdenville, NC, located in Gaston County, just west of Charlotte, is known as Christmastown USA. The town is decorated in lights and garland each year and thousands come to view the city in all its glory.
  1. Asheville
    • Christmas at Biltmore: Experience the magic of the Biltmore estate illuminated for the season. The Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration and Candlelight Christmas Evenings events, starting from Nov. 3, offer a journey into the enchanting past. For details, visit the Biltmore website.
  2. Belmont
    • Holidays at the Garden: The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden transforms into a winter wonderland from Nov. 24. Explore sparkling lights, festive fountains, and holiday decorations. The Festival of Trees, Christmas in the Park, and a s’more-making activity await you. Learn more on the City of Belmont website.

3.Forest City

  • Hometown Holiday Festivities: Enjoy the charm of Forest City from Nov. 23, 2023, to Jan. 1, 2024. Join in the tree-lighting ceremony, Christmas parade, carriage rides, ice skating, and a visit from Santa. Get all the details on the Town of Forest City website.


  • Yuletide by Lanternlight: Historic Halifax welcomes you to its second annual Yuletide by Lanternlight on Dec. 1, 2023. A candlelight tour, magical horse-drawn wagon ride, and historic buildings adorned for Christmas create a festive atmosphere. Discover more on the Visit Halifax website.


  • Home for the Holidays: From mid-November to New Year’s Day, Hendersonville invites you to go Home for the Holidays. Explore Main Street’s decorated shops, enjoy carriage rides, attend a Christmas parade, and relish holiday-themed performances at the Flat Rock Playhouse. Don’t miss the downtown tree lighting on the plaza of the historic courthouse. Get more information on the Visit Hendersonville website.


  • Victorian Christmas at Körner’s Folly: Experience a Victorian Christmas at Körner’s Folly from Nov. 21, 2023, to Jan. 6, 2024. Witness all 22 rooms in the historic home beautifully decorated for the season. Learn about other events like Christmas by Candlelight and Kernersville Yuletide on the Korner’s Folly website.


  • Christmas Town USA: The annual Christmas Town USA celebration in McAdenville kicks off with a 5K holiday run on Nov. 25, 2023. Experience the joy of Christmas with various planned activities. Check the calendar of events on the Town of McAdenville website.

Embark on a magical journey through these Christmas towns in North Carolina and make this holiday season truly memorable. Consider booking a room at the Biltmore for an immersive Yuletide experience. Happy Holidays!

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