Holiday Festivities in the High Country of North Carolina 2020

Christmas Tree lit up in the High Country of North Carolina

December brings cold weather and the beautiful snow to the High Country. Whether you are visiting family, taking a day trip up to the mountains, or are searching for the perfect mountain cabin to hide away in, there’s plenty of holiday festivities for you to enjoy. Christmas in the High Country of North Carolina has a little bit of fun for the entire family.

5 Fun Christmas Activities Around Boone

#1: Christmas Tree Farms

If you’re standing in the middle of Boone, close your eyes, spin around and point your finger, you’ll most likely land in the direction of a Christmas tree farm. There are plenty to choose from Ashe County to right here in Watauga County. Some of our favorites include:

  • Bear Wallow Choose & Cut
  • C & J Christmas Trees
  • Bluestone Greenery
  • Circle C Tree Farms
  • Clawson’s Choose & Cut
  • Panoramic View Christmas Tree Farm
  • Swinging Bridge Farm
  • RRR Laurel Knob
  • Mistletoe Meadows

Grab a cup of coffee in downtown Boone and head over to any of these vendors to find the Christmas tree of your dreams.

#2: The Festival of Lights at Chetola Resort

The Festival of Lights is a wonderful way to stay warm and cozy inside your car while enjoying a lovely view of the famous Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Every day, starting at 6 p.m., visitors can take a drive or stroll through the resort grounds to view the Christmas lights stationed all around. It is located at 185 Chetola Lake Drive, Blowing Rock, N.C., 28605.

#3: Apple Hill Farm Christmas Celebration

The name might be confusing, but the Apple Hill Farm Christmas Celebration doesn’t actually have apples, the farm is home to alpacas! Visitors can take an educational walking-tour of the farm to meet the animals and view the many Christmas decorations. There’s even a little gift shop full of local goods! Reservations are required, so don’t miss out!

#4: Boone’s Winter Farmers’ Market

Still looking for the right gift? Need last minute ingredients for your favorite holiday recipe? The Boone Winter Farmers’ Market is a great place to visit! Every Saturday December through April, various local vendors sell their products from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. It is located at the Watauga Agricultural Conference Center in Downtown Boone. The 2020-2021 vendor list includes:

  • Against the Grain
  • Sweet Dreams Patisserie LLC
  • Mountain Flowers Hemp
  • Resupply LLC
  • BFR Beef
  • Mountain Memories Farm
  • Creeksong Farm
  • High Country Clay
  • CW Chocolate
  • Sunshine Cove Farm
  • F.A.R.M. Cafe
  • Carringer Farms
  • Black Birch Her-Pothecary
  • Berry Patch Farm
  • Fermenti Farm
  • Mountain Roots Farm
  • Shady Grove Gardens
  • Devorah Chocolate

#5: Skiing, Snowboarding and Snow Tubing

For the beginner to the professional, people from all across the East Coast flock to the High Country of North Carolina to hit the slopes. During certain parts of the year, students at Appalachian State University can even opt to take a class in snowboarding or skiing to fulfill certain requirements.

Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain Resort and Sugar Mountain Resort, Inc. provide visitors with the ultimate winter sports and activities experience! But, if you’re not up to going down the mountain while standing up, no worries! Sit down and relax in a snow tube at Hawksnest Tubing.

There’s plenty of holiday festivities for you to experience in the High Country of North Carolina. At 828 Real Estate we’re in the holiday spirit. If you are in downtown Boone during the holiday season, come by our office and say hi!

About the Author

Lauren holds strong roots to the Appalachian region. Having grown up right down the mountain in Bethlehem, North Carolina, she has a love for the culture of this area. Her family is tight-knit and all have big hearts for dogs, especially their three poodles. With two brothers as musicians, she also plays piano, guitar and clawhammer banjo and is an avid vocalist. This love for music has inspired Lauren to continue sharing the traditional music and dance of the Appalachian region with others.


She recently graduated from Appalachian State University with two degrees in Public Relations and Journalism in addition to a minor in Appalachian Studies. When not traveling, she spends time fishing, cooking and hanging out with her standard poodle Bentley! 


Lauren feels so fortunate to live and work in such a beautiful area, and she is excited to be the newest addition to the 828 Real Estate family! She is eager to help you with whatever your needs may be.