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 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, check back for when voting opens – 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 – 828-693–9708
November 27 – December 23
Peppermint the 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 Famers Market for more information.
December 1 – 22 (Monday-Friday)
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.
Christmas in Downtown Hendersonville
Bring the whole family to charming Downtown Hendersonville and experience the atmosphere of a merchants’ open houses. Call 828-233-3205. Click for more information Downtown Hendersonville
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, 828-693–9708