Alleghany County Choose & Cut Season

reevesridgenewVisit to one of these mountain Christmas tree farms to choose the tree to be your holiday centerpiece. Farm personnel are here to cut your tree, bale it for travel and help secure it to your vehicle. A trip up the Blue Ridge Mountains to Alleghany County and Sparta, North Carolina, is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit. This is an activity the entire family will enjoy and the pastoral countryside and the quaint town of Sparta will only add to your holiday spirit. Plus you get the fresh-cut advantage with your tree.

When you arrive at home, cut approximately an inch off the tree bottom and keep your tree stand watered. Your tree will stay fresh and green for two or more months. A store-bought tree is harvested in the fall. By the time of your purchase it has spent weeks, maybe months, without water.

Check the Calendar for more activities to enjoy during your visit and look over the Festivals & Activities and plan a special visit next year. Also visit the Evergreen Trails Christmas Farms site for more details on this year’s Choose & Cut Farms.

Visit http://www.sparta-nc.com/choose_and_cut.php for more info!

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Merry Christmas, North Carolina! 2013

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Hometown Holidays and Winterfest in Rutherford County

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 3.46.31 PMJoin us for a weekend of wintertime fun for the whole family at WinterFest 2013, Friday and Saturday, December 20-21 from 5-9 pm.

From Lake Lure Beach to Chimney Rock Village, winter fun will abound.  From twinkling lights, a tree lighting at the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, to visits with Santa, this inaugural event offers a great opportunity to enjoy the holidays with visiting family and friends and celebrate with neighbors.  Come out and support local shops and catch the WinterFest spirit!

-Hay rides between Lake Lure & Chimney Rock
-Hot chocolate & cider
-Beach bonfire & s’mores
-Chimney Rock main street lights and Village tree
-Fairy Village/little people competition and bridge lighting
-Tolley tours from Lake Lure Inn & Spa

More info… http://blueridgefrontporch.com/EventDetail.aspx?eventId=4445

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The 32nd Annual Edenton Christmas Candlelight Tour

christmas-teapotFriday & Saturday, December 13 & 14

Tickets available at the Barker House, 505 S. Broad Street.  (Pre-registration has ended.)

Edenton’s 2013 tour features 14 beautifully decorated houses in Downtown Edenton on W. King Street, Blount Street, Pembroke Circle and S. Moseley Street.  Beginning at 4:00 pm take a self-guided tour, at your own pace, and enjoy the festive evening event.  If you need a break, stop in at the Barker House, the First Presbyterian Church of Edenton, Edenton Baptist Church or Gateway Bank.

Think about coming early and spending the weekend.  Tickets are good for both days of the tour and on Friday and Saturday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, tour public buildings including the Barker House, the Cupola House,  the  James Iredell, Sr. House and the Chowan Arts Council for a bit of merriment and refreshments.

Visit http://ehcnc.org for more info!

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Winter Fest in Sneads Ferry

“Winter Fest”
MVC-801FHeld anually the 2nd Weekend in December

Friday:
Lighting of the Trees 7pm
Musical Celebration
Complimentary hot wassail and cookies

Saturday:
9am-11am -Breakfast with Santa
9am until 4pm – Craft Show
Noon – 4pm – Hot dogs & soda

Admission is free but there is a fee for breakfast & lunch.
Because this is an indoor event there is NO RAIN DATE.

Visit www.sneadsferrynorthcarolina.com!

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Lights on the Neuse in Clayton

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Bring your friends and family and celebrate the magic of the Christmas season at Lights on the Neuse.

Events Include:

  • Christmas Hayride
    A one-mile long, 30-minute old-time tractor-pulled hayride through a beautiful Lights Extravaganza, filled with Christmas music and holiday magic.
    Now offering a wheelchair accessible hayride.
  • The Christmas Barn
    An enchanting 3D Christmas house.
  • Santa’s Sweet Shoppe
    Offering old-fashioned Christmas candy, hot chocolate, coffee, kettle corn and wonderful Smores kits that you purchase and cook yourself at the picnic area.
  • Visit Santa
    Don’t miss the Jolly Old Elf himself – get your picture made with Santa!

Bring your family and celebrate Christmas at Lights on the Neuse. This down home Christmas Lights park is located on Boyette Farms convenient to Clayton, Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Smithfield, Dunn and Benson NC.

For more info, visit http://lightsontheneuse.com!

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Johnston County’s Tenth Annual Festival of Trees

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Dec. 05  through Dec. 14, 2013

Keep Johnston County Beautiful, Inc. (KJCB) is planning its Tenth Annual Festival of Trees – a display of live, NC-grown, premium grade Christmas Trees decorated in various themes appropriate for the Christmas Season.  This is our “Gift to the County” during the week of December 05 through December 14, 2013 at the Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield.  There is no admission charge so families can enjoy a festive experience as the Christmas Season begins.

For more information go to www.jcfestivaloftrees.com!

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A Victorian Christmas in Salisbury

lg_hall_house_christmas10Step back in time to glimpse traditional holiday splendor of as it would have appeared in the mid-1800s. Swagged greenery, fruits and berries, antique toys, heirloom quilts and coverlets are all combined to transform Dr. Hall’s house and transport visitors back in time. Each room will delight young and old alike and many have made the tour a part of their family holiday traditions.

This Salisbury landmark residence was originally an 1820 two-story Federal style double-pile frame house used by the girl’s department of Salisbury Academy. In 1859, Dr. Josephus Hall (1805-1873) added a two-story front porch with cast iron oak leaf and acorn ornamental openwork, a gateway arch, and square-edged clapboard. The front windows were also lengthened.

For more info, visit http://holidays.historicsalisbury.org/a-victorian-christmas!

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Historic Edenton Christmas Candlelight Tour

112Friday & Saturday, December 13 & 14

Edenton’s 2013 tour features 14 beautifully decorated houses in Downtown Edenton on W. King Street, Blount Street, Pembroke Circle and S. Moseley Street.  Beginning at 4:00 pm take a self-guided tour, at your own pace, and enjoy the festive evening event.  If you need a break, stop in at the Barker House, the First Presbyterian Church of Edenton, Edenton Baptist Church or Gateway Bank.

Think about coming early and spending the weekend.  Tickets are good for both days of the tour and on Friday and Saturday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, tour public buildings including the Barker House, the Cupola House,  the  James Iredell, Sr. House and the Chowan Arts Council for a bit of merriment and refreshments.

Visit http://ehcnc.org for more info!

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5th Annual Country Christmas Train In Denton

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Ride the Handy Dandy Railroad in Denton and see the lights and Nativity movie along the way. Visit the church and sing carols. Explore the Service Station, Gingerbread House, our Arts & Crafts exhibits, the General Store, and the Doll Museum. Make sure to see Santa!

Food available and more! …”

Visit http://www.countrychristmastrain.com for more info!

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