November 2017 Events
November 3 to December 29
- Bonfire Nights, Chetola Resort, Blowing Rock, every Saturday from 7 - 10 pm at the lawn fire pit with live music, s'mores packages ($5 each), and an outdoor bar with drink specials. No reservations are necessary.
November 3 through January 7
- Christmas at Biltmore, Asheville. Seventy Christmas trees, more than 1,000 poinsettias, and miles of garland and lights cast a magical spell over Biltmore House at Christmastime. This year's theme is "Hearth and Home," inspired by stories of Vanderbilt family hospitality with special attention to Biltmore House’s many fireplaces.
- Blacksmith & Fine Craft Auction, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC. 1-4 pm. Annual Blacksmith Auction featuring some of the finest artist-blacksmith work, as well as a wide selection of other fine craft items made by Folk School instructors and students. Proceeds benefit the craft programs at the school. Free admission.
- Western North Carolina Pottery Festival, Front Street, Dillsboro, NC. 10 am to 4 pm. This juried event showcases more than 40 master potters, with many demonstrations in a variety of techniques.
- Highlands Food and Wine Festival, Highands, NC. Food prepared by 18 top chefs, presented in five venues over four days in downtown Highlands and a nearby private estate.
November 10 to January 7
- Polar Express Train, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City, NC. A family favorite, this 1.25 hour train ride is set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack. Riders enjoy cocoa and cookies while reliving the magical story, and Santa is there to greet passengers at the station.
November 17 to December 31
- Carolina Christmas at Smith McDowell House, 283 Victoria Road, Asheville. The 1840s antebellum mansion houses a local history museum and will be authentically decorated with fresh trees, garlands, ornaments and toys of the Victorian Period. Six period rooms are decked out with gold, silver and glassware from the museum's permanent collections.
November 17 to December 31
- Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum, Asheville. Nightly 6 to 10 pm, including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Walk through a winter wonderland and enjoy uniquely-lit displays and landscapes composed of nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets available at the gate.
- Christmas Craft Ornament Festival, Burnsville Town Center, Burnsville, NC. 9 am - 2 pm. One of a kind items handmade by local craft artisans, including paintings, quilted sheep, teddy bears, wooden bowls, stained glass, painted signs, glass ornaments, beeswax candles, baked goods and more.
November 23 to December 28
- Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland, WNC Ag Center, Fletcher. Award-winning Christmas light and music extravaganza with hundreds of thousands of LED lights performing in sync with Christmas tunes playing through your car radio.
November 23 to January 5
- Holiday Lights in Forest City, NC. Half a million decorative lights provide a warm setting for shopping, chats with Saint Nick at the Santa House on Main Street and other holiday activities.
- 4th Friday Gallery Walk, downtown Brevard. Art galleries, stores and restaurants open late from 5 - 8 pm on the 4th Friday from April-November. December Gallery Walk on 3rd Friday.
- Hard Candy Christmas Arts & Crafts Show, Ramsey Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. 10 am to 5 pm. The show includes heritage crafts such as quilting, pine needle baskets, blacksmithing, clay art, folk dolls, corn shuck flowers, broom corn brooms, carved spirit sticks, and primitive furniture as well as contemporary arts and crafts.
- Arts & Crafts Drive-About Tour, Graham & Swain Counties. 10 am to 5 pm. Free. Tour maps available from Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Stecoah, NC.
- Annual Thanksgiving Kiln Opening at Bolick & Traditions Pottery, Lenoir, NC. 10 am. Watch as these traditional potters unload the wood kiln and offer the wares inside for purchase. Items include work from both Bolick's and Traditions--face jugs such as Santas, wizards and cry babies, Rebekah pitchers, candlesticks, sculpted chickens, and other traditional wares.
November 24 to January 5
- Festival of the Trees, Central Park at Cashiers Crossroads, Cashiers, NC. The park becomes a winter wonderland with twinkling lights and festive decorations from Thanksgiving through New Years.