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Halloween events going on in the High Country, in Ashe, Avery, Watauga, and Wilkes County. Happy Halloween!



The Haunted Factory- Every Friday and Saturday in October, including Halloween night

The Haunted Factory in West Jefferson features live actors around every corner, for the ultimate haunted tour experience. Open every Friday and Saturday in October, and open on Halloween night (Thurs, Oct. 31st). Admission is $10 per person. Doors open each night at 7pm and close at 11pm or until no one is left in line. The Haunted Factory is located at 301 Locust Street in West Jefferson. More information at TheHauntedFactory.com.

Trick or Treat- Thursday, October 31st

Trick or Treat through Downtown West Jefferson from 3-5pm. Downtown stores will be passing out candy along the street.

Trunk or Treat- Thursday, October 31st

From 5:30pm until candy runs out, First Baptist Church of West Jefferson (8 West Second St) will have a Trunk or Treat.

Trunk or Treat Lansing- Thursday, October 31st

From 5:30-8:30pm, there will be a Trunk or Treat in the Lansing Creeper Trail Park barn. There will be games, food, a costume contest, and more.


Family Halloween and Trick or Treat- October 25th

Geared toward kids 12 and under, Buckeye Recreation Center in Beech Mountain will have Trick or Treating around the track of the recreation center. Trick or Treating is at 6:00, with a party inside until 8pm. Buckeye Recreation Center is located at 1330 Pine Ridge Road. Call 828-387-3003 for more information.

Grandfather Mountain’s Beary Scary Halloween- October 26th

Grandfather Mountain once again hosts it's annual Beary Scary Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 26th. This event features trick-or-treating, spooky arts and crafts, making enrichments, or special treats for animals and a costume contest. The activities start at 11 a.m. and run to 3:30 p.m. and are included with the price of admission. Plus, kids in costume receive half-priced admission. For more information, call 828-733-2013.


Haunted Horn- Every Friday and Saturday in October

Visit the immersive trail experience of the Haunted Horn every Friday and Saturday in October. The Haunted Horn is open from 8-11 PM at the Daniel Boone Amphitheater (591 Horn in the West Drive, Boone). Tickets are $10 online and $13 at the door. Visit HauntedHorn.com to buy tickets online. 

The 5th Annual Masquerade Ball- Friday, October 25th

The Hunger and Health Coalition once again hosts their annual Masquerade Ball. From 6:30pm- 10:30pm, enjoy entertainment from the Appalachian Theatre Ensemble at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue (247 Boone Heights Drive, Boone). Tickets are $30. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served, and there will be a costume contest with the following categories: Most Creative / Funniest / Most Unique / Scariest / Best Overall. There will also be a silent auction. Buy tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-hunger-and-health-coalitions-5th-annual-masquerade-ball-tickets-65036019485 

Appalachian Theatre Screening of Hocus Pocus- October 25th & 26th

The newly reopened Appalachian Theatre (559 W King St, Boone) will be showing the Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus at 7pm on October 25 & 26th. Doors open at 6:30, and it is $10 for adults and $6 for children. Hocus Pocus is rated PG-13. Box Office Hours: 11am-3pm M-F & 1-hour prior to showtime. More information about the Appalachian Theatre at AppTheatre.org.

Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train- October 25 & 26th

The final weekend of Tweetsie's Ghost Train is October 25th & 26th at Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock. It is encouranged to buy tickets in advance, and tickets are for a specific date and train ride time. Ticket prices: Adults: $44, Children (age 3-12): $38, Children 2 and under: Free. For more information or to buy tickets: https://tweetsie.com/special-events/ghost-train/

Blowing Rock Halloween Festival- Saturday, October 26th

All free and open to the public!

  • 3 - 8pm: Airwalks in Memorial Park
  • 3 - 5:30pm: Games and Funhouse for kids in Memorial Park
  • 4 - 8pm: Hayrides Through Blowing Rock
  • 5:30pm: Monster March- Line-up at American Legion
  • 6:00pm-Until: Trick-or-Treat Downtown
  • 6:00- 7:00pm: Trunk-or-Treat at First Baptist Church
  • 7:00pm: Costume Contest at Gazebo
  • 8:00pm: Moonlight Scavenger Hunt at Broyhill Park. 6-13 year olds only. Bring your flashlight.

Visit the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/393570664648899

Halloween Open House: Creepy Craft- Saturday, October 26th

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum will have "creepy crafts" from 2-3pm on Saturday, October 26th. Family-friendly and free and open to the public. Website: https://blowingrockmuseum.org/calendar.html/event/2019/10/26/halloween-open-house-creepy-crafts/241960

Halloween at the Market- Tuesday, October 28th

The King Street Market invites all to the final market of the year - Halloween At The Market Tuesday October 28th from 4 to 6 pm. The event will feature costume competitions for all ages, a photo booth, games, face painting, live music, and more. After the market, producers and consumers are all invited to the After Party at Galileos with live music, a silent auction, vendor awards and specials. You can RSVP at Facebook.com/KingStreetMkt.

Boone Boo!- Wednesday, October 30th

Open to kids of all ages, Boone Boo! features:

- Twist the Balloon Man from 4:30-6:30pm at the Jones House in Downtown Boone

- A spooky/silly haunted house tour of the Jones House from 4:30-6:30pm

- Arts & Crafts, Apple Tastings, & a Magic Show at the Watauga County Public Library at 4pm

- Trick or Treating with downtown merchants from 4:30-6:30pm

More information at JonesHouse.org/BooneBoo

Appalachian State vs. Georgia Southern Black Thursday- Thursday, October 31st

#20 Appalachian State University faces Sun Belt rival Georgia Southern on Thursday, October 31st at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone. Kick-off at 8pm. Tickets at AppStateSports.com.

Tanger Outlets’ Halloween Spooktacular- Thursday, October 31st

From 5pm to 7pm, kids 12 and under can Trick or Treat on the "Tanger Streets" while supplies last, and participate in a spooky/fun scavenger hunt. There will also be a costume contest, activity area, and an Engine Extravaganza featuring local a fire truck and police car you can explore. More information at TangerOutlet.com/BlowingRock/Events

Boone Mall Trick-or-Treat- Thursday, October 31st

Visit the Boone Mall on Thursday, October 31st from 5-7pm for Trick-or-Treating and photography by Sigmon Theatrical. https://www.boonencmall.com/


Trail of Treats- Saturday, October 26th
The Annual Trail of Treats will be from 3-7pm on Saturday, October 26th. Trick-or-treat on the Yadkin River Greenway in North Wilkesboro, with the Turtle Regatta beginning at 5pm.

Truck or Treat- Monday, October 28th
The Annual Truck or Treat at the Marketplace from 5pm-8pm on Monday, October 28th. In Downtown North Wilkesboro, there will be food, a dj, street performers, children's activities. There will be a costume contest for kids under 10, adults and pets. Little Mountain Railroad Co. will be there too. Participating Downtown shops will also greet and treat between 3pm-5pm.

Happy Halloween Spooktacular- Thursday, October 31st

Hillside Horror in Roaring River is having a family-friendly Halloween event, without the normal scare factors. Admission is $5 per person, and children can explore the creepy corn maze, featuring lighting and special effects. There will be no pop scares, chainsaws, or actors jumping out to scare attendees. The actors will be placed throughout the trail to hand out candy to Trick-or-Treaters. https://www.facebook.com/events/933544746999111/?active_tab=about

The normal Hillside Horror creepy corn maze is open Fridays and Saturdays in October, and on November 1st and 2nd. http://hillsidehorror.istemp.com/index.html




See a comprehensive list below of Christmas and New Year's events happening in Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Watauga, and Wilkes counties. Events will continue to be added to this list, so keep checking back. Happy Holidays from High Country Radio! 


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Santa's Toy Box- Now through Friday, December 13th
You can help local children and their families this Christmas season by helping us fill Santa's Toy Box! Drop off your new unwrapped toys, books and monetary donations at our High Country Radio studios located at 738 Blowing Rock Road in Boone between 8:30am-5pm through Friday Dec. 13. With your help, we'll provide local children and their families a Christmas to remember!


Holiday Gallery Crawl- Friday, December 6th
The Holiday Gallery Crawl sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council will be on Friday, December 6th from 5-8pm in Downtown West Jefferson. Downtown will be decorated for Christmas, with galleries, shops and more open.

Saturday with Santa- Saturday, December 7th
Santa will be at the Ashe Arts Center from 8:30am-11:30am for pictures, and Mrs. Claus' Kitchen will be open with stories, arts and crafts, and milk and cookies. Children will receive a book and holiday gift bag. This event is free, but space is limited. Make a reservation to attend here.


A Small Town Christmas in Banner Elk- December 6th- 8th
A very special all-weekend event celebrating the arrival of the Christmas season. Friday evening kicks off the festivities with the Town Christmas Tree lighting at 6:00 p.m and holiday theater performance at Ensemble Stage. Saturday activities include the YMCA 5K Reindeer Run, Breakfast with Santa Claus, cookie and ornament decorating at local restaurants, artisans and craftsmen selling holiday gifts at the BE Artists Gallery and Lees-McRae, storytelling and theater performances, the evening Parade of Lights, train rides in the park, synchronized light show, and of course, more Santa Claus. Sunday wraps up the weekend with one more opportunity to attend a holiday theater performance at Ensemble Stage.

Full Schedule of Events

Friday, Dec. 6

6:30 p.m. – Christmas Tree Lighting & Caroling at Corner on Main Park

7:00 p.m. – A Banner Elk Christmas musical variety show at Historic Banner Elk School

Saturday, Dec. 7

8:30 a.m. – 5K YMCA Reindeer Run in Tate-Evans Park

9:00 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast with Santa at Dunn’s Deli (through 10:30 a.m.)

9:00 a.m. – Holiday Market at Evans Auditorium at Lees-McRae College (through 5 p.m.)

10:00 a.m. – Christmas at Apple Hill Alpaca Farm (through 4 p.m.; tour purchase required)

2:00 p.m. – Banner Elk Polar Plunge at Wildcat Lake (plungers need to arrive at 1 p.m.)

6:00 p.m. – Parade of Lights on Main Street (ending with festivities in Tate-Evans Park)

Sunday, Dec. 8

All Day – Choose & Cut Christmas Trees at Avery County tree farms (get a free tree with Choose & Cut lodging package)

10:00 a.m. – Christmas at Apple Hill Alpaca Farm (through 4 p.m.; tour purchase required)

2:00 p.m. – A Banner Elk Christmas musical variety show at Historic Banner Elk School

For additional info about A Small Town Christmas in Banner Elk, call the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce at 828-898-8395.

A Banner Elk Christmas 2- December 6th, 8th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd
The Ensemble Stage of Banner Elk presents their annual holiday musical variety show, a Banner Elk Christmas 2. The show is patterned after the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby television Christmas specials of the 60's and 70's with women in beautiful dresses, guys in tuxedos, lots of singing, dancing, comedy sketches and more. For tickets, visit: http://www.ensemblestage.com/box_office_summer.html 

Williams YMCA 5k Reindeer Run- Saturday, December 7th
The 5k Reindeer Run starts at 9am at the Tate Evans Park in Banner Elk on December 7th. Early registration is $25 for ages 13 and up, $10 for ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under. If you register on the day of the race, it is $30. Sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk.

New Opportunity School for Women Holiday Market at Lees-McRae- Saturday, December 7th
The second annual New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) holiday market will be held Saturday, December 7th at Lees-McRae. The holiday market will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Cannon Student Center and will feature tables covered in regional crafts and food made by High Country artists and residents. The event is free and open to the public. Tables are available for artists looking to sell goods for $20. For more information, call the NOSW office at 828.898.8905.Founded in 1987 in Berea, Kentucky, the NOSW opened an expansion site at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk in 2005. The program at Lees-McRae has now graduated more than 130 women. In its 15th year, NOSW’s mission is to improve the educational, financial, and personal circumstances of low-income women who live in or hail from the Southern Appalachian region. Its hallmark event is a three-week residential session on the campus of Lees-McRae that includes creative writing, public speaking, interviewing, and Appalachian literature courses.

Town of Newland Annual Christmas Parade- Saturday, December 14th
The Town of Newland Annual Christmas Parade will be on December 14th at 6pm. More details to come.

Santa Comes to Beech Mountain- Saturday, December 14th
Santa's coming to Beech Mountain on December 14th from 2-4pm. Santa will be in the lobby of the 4 Seasons at Beech, 608 Beech Mountain Parkway, and will have cookies and candy canes for all, and photo ops. For more information, call 828-387-9283.

White Elephant Holiday Party- Thursday, December 19th
This will be at the Beech Mountain Ski Resort, from 6-8pm on Thursday, December 19th. To participate, bring a $10 wrapped gift to exchange. Also, come rocking your ugliest Christmas sweater for a chance to win an awesome prize. This event is open to the public and all ages are welcome. 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town- Saturday, December 21st
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at The Lodge at Beech Mountain Ski Resort on December 21st from 1-3pm. Featuring story time and photos with Santa. This event is open to the public and lift tickets are not required.

Holiday Cookie Party- Sunday, December 22nd
Beech Mountain Ski Resort will be hosting a Holiday Cookie Party on December 22nd from 4-6pm. This is a free event, with the supplies for decorating the cookies provided. It will be at the Beech Mountain Brewing Company (1007 Beech Mountain Parkway).

Mountainside Lutheran Church Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services- December 24th & 25th
Mountainside Lutheran Church in Linville invites you to celebrate the Advent season with Sunday worship services at 10am. Their Christmas Eve service is scheduled for December 24th at 6pm and our Christmas Day service at 10am. For the first time, Mountainside is offering a Christmas Day service for members and guests in the area. Mountainside Lutheran Church, a member congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, is located on the grounds of Camp Linn Haven on US Hwy 221/NC-181 near Linville. Visit the church website at: www.mountainsidelutheran.org or contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828-733-4404.


The CCC&TI Chorus Presents: “An Irving Berlin Christmas”- December 4th and 10th
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Associate in Fine Arts – Music Program will host the final performances of the Fall 2019 Performing Artist Concert Series with two performances of a holiday-themed concert that are free and open to all students and the general public. The CCC&TI Chorus will present their annual Holiday Concert, themed “An Irving Berlin Christmas” on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100) on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson. The concert will feature favorite holiday songs from the songbook of American composer and lyricist Irving Berlin. A special encore performance of “An Irving Berlin Christmas” will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hickory, located at 547 6th Street NW.

Starry Night Christmas Parade- Friday, December 6th
The Lenoir Christmas parade in Downtown Lenoir (801 West Ave) will feature over 200 entries, including university and high school band performances, community groups and business floats, and of course the grand finale Santa float.

Holiday Film Night- Saturday, December 14th
Holiday Film Night will be at the Historic Lenoir High School Auditorium (1114 College Ave SW) from 6-10pm. Enjoy pictures with Santa and a Holiday Film that will start at 7pm. There will be hot chocolate, popcorn, and other refreshments provided. Hosted by the City of Lenoir Parks and Recreation and Main Street Program.


Blue Ridge ArtSpace Holiday Originals Sale- Wednesdays through Saturdays
Make sure to check out the Holiday Originals sale going on at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace this holiday season. Pottery, handmade jewelry, stained-glass ornaments, Moravian stars, handmade holiday cards, quilted wine cozies, and many other gift ideas – all created by local artists. The Holiday Originals are available Wednesday-Saturdays from 11:30 am until 5:30 pm. In addition, each Saturday from noon until 3 pm til Christmas the Blue Ridge ArtSpace is also hosting “Handmade Open House” where you can enjoy watching artists at work and and enjoy hot cider and cookies while you shop. Blue Ridge ArtSpace is at 377 Shadowline Drive Boone - at the corner of Shadowline and State Farm Roads - with the little blue people on the front porch wearing Santa Hats.

Tweetsie Christmas- November 22-23, 29-30, December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, & 27-28
Tweetsie Christmas begins the weekend of November 22nd and 23rd, and continues every Friday and Saturday through December. Enjoy a nighttime train ride among thousands of dazzling lights, meet Santa in his Gingerbread House, larger than life snowglobes to play in, a live Christmas show, and more. Get tickets here: https://tweetsie.com/special-events/tweetsie-christmas/

Pop Up Boone- December 4th-8th (Wednesday-Sunday)
Pop Up Boone is coming to Hatchet Coffee from December 4th-8th from 8am-6pm each day. This special holiday handmade market will feature over 80 vendors to shop from. See list of vendors at: https://www.popupboone.com/events 

The Fifth Annual Festival of Trees- December 5th-8th
Western Youth Network hosts their 5th Annual Festival of Trees at Chetola Resort from December 5th- December 8th. All proceeds benefit Western Youth Network, a local youth serving organization.  Admission is a monetary donation to Western Youth Network at the door. You can buy a fully decorated tree or wreath for your home. No need to buy a tree or decorations–just come to Chetola and bid on your favorite fully decorated tree that even comes with presents.  This event us fun for the whole family!

Dates and Times:

Thursday, December 5 from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Friday, December 6 from 12:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday, December 7 from 10:00am-8:00pm

Sunday, December 8 from 10:00am-2:00pm

More information at: https://www.wynfestivaloftrees.com

Jones House Festive First Friday and Solar Tree Lighting- Friday, December 6th
The Jones House in Downtown Boone hosts their December Festive First Friday to herald in the Holiday season. Performances from the Appalachian Youth Chorale and the Watauga High School Honors Choir begin at 5:30 on the Jones House lawn. The Solar Tree Lighting will take place at 6:30 PM with the help of the Appalachian State University Sustainable Energy Society. Afterwards, hang around for a free reception with light refreshments in the Mazie Jones Gallery featuring the abstract landscape art of Rachael Van Dyke, accompanied by an indoor performance in the parlor from ASU a cappella group, the Enharmonix.

Holiday Stroll in Blowing Rock- Friday, December 6th
Finish your Christmas shopping in Downtown Blowing Rock, with a special Holiday Stroll on December 6th from 5-8pm. Santa will be there, along with carolers, music from the community band and more. Stores in downtown will be open later. Tanger Outlets will be participating as well, so after you visit downtown, go by the Tanger Outlets for more holiday deals.

The Gathering at the Appalachian Theatre- Friday, December 6th
The Gathering is coming to the Appalachian Theatre on December 6th. It's a holiday concert featuring Laurelyn Dossett, April Verch, Joe Newberry and Mike Compton performing traditional Christmas music and new songs that celebrate the season. Doors open at 7pm and the concert begins at 7:30pm. For tickets and more information: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/2608644/the-gathering-boone-appalachian-theatre 

Studio K Dance Company: The Nutcracker- December 6th-8th
Local youth ballet company Studio K is bringing the Nutcracker to the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts Friday, December 6th through Sunday, December 8th. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://theschaefercenter.org/events/ 

SNIPS Holiday Craft Sales & “It’s a Wrap”- December 6, 7, 8, 13, & 14
As the holidays draw nearer, SNIPS Holiday Craft Sales & “It’s a Wrap” at Boone Mall on December 6, 7, 8, 13 & 14, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., can be the your one-stop-shop for special, handmade treasures AND holiday gift wrap! Like Santa’s elves, SNIPS crafters are up at all hours of the day and night, creating beautiful ornaments and decorations to grace your home, your tree, and the people (and animals!) on your gift list. You’ll find holiday & pet-themed mugs & wine glasses, bowl & cup cozies, fairy light wine bottles, snow-measuring sticks, toaster tongs, holiday sachets, and beautiful scarves & hats for bundling up against the winter weather. Best of all, when you make a purchase of at least $5, they’ll gift wrap for free. You can check out SNIPS of Watauga Humane Society on Facebook by clicking here.

Holiday Dinner for the Watauga County Emergency Personnel- Saturday, December 7th
The Boone Moose Lodge will be hosting a holiday dinner to honor the Watauga County Emergency Personnel on Saturday, December 7th from noon to 5pm. The meal for all Watauga County Emergency Personnel will be free, and to all non-emergency personnel and Moose members the cost will be $8.50. The menu: turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans, cranberry sauce and a roll. Followed up with dessert. It will be at 607 Deerfield Road in Boone, just across from the Boone golf course, up the road just past Watauga Medical Center.

Flapjack Flip- Saturday, December 7th
Flapjack Flip is a fun way to help the Watauga Education Foundation support the Watauga County schools. It will be on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 7:30am til 11am at Watauga High School for a delicious breakfast with friends. Shop a little (or a lot) at the Boone Service League craft fair and get in the Holiday spirit with festive music by Watauga County students! Tickets are $10 each and available at each school office, Boone Drug (Deerfield and New Market), Mast General Store, from Foundation board members, or at the door. You can also purchase tickets online at WataugaEducationFoundation.org.

6th Annual Lighting of the Tree- Thursday, December 12th
The Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center in Boone (338 Deerfield Road) will be hosting the 6th Annual Lighting of the Tree on December 12th from 6-7pm. There will be a lighting of the tree, refreshments, live music, and fellowship with Cancer Center staff and fellow community members. If you want to order a an ornament in honor and/or memory of a loved one, or for more information about this event, visit: https://apprhs.org/event/6th-annual-lighting-of-the-tree/ 

Be Present: Slow Down for the Holidays at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian- Friday, December 13th
The High Country Area Agency on Aging, Western Piedmont Area Agency on Aging, and Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church will hold a special event. “Be Present: Slow Down for the Holidays” will be held on Friday, December 13, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Rumple Memorial. It will feature Sofia Ohja, long time meditator and writer. This event will be geared towards family caregivers, to come and enjoy music, live guided meditation, and self care tips. Please RSVP by calling 828-265-5434, extension 113.

A Carolina Snowbelle Christmas- Friday and Saturday, December 13th & 14th
The Carolina Snowbelles are coming to the newly re-opened Appalachian Theatre in Downtown Boone. Tickets on sale now at www.apptheatre.org. Friday's performance is at 7:30pm, and Saturday's performance is at 3:00pm.

Boone Christmas Parade- Saturday, December 14th
The Boone Christmas Parade will travel down King Street on December 14th starting at 11:00am. Santa and the Christmas elves may even make a special appearance! After the parade, head up to the Jones House in Downtown Boone to warm up with hot cider and cookies.

Christmas in Blowing Rock: An Evening with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder- Saturday, December 14th
Samaritan’s Purse will host its holiday special, “Christmas in Blowing Rock: An Evening with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder,” with two performances on Saturday, December 14. Performances will be held at 4 pm and 7 pm and tickets are $20 dollars each. It will be held at the Samaritan's Purse Training & Conference Center, 7691 Valley Blvd, Blowing Rock. You can find out more and purchase tickets online at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/samaritans-purse-christmas-concert-2019 

Vintage Christmas Swing Party- Saturday, December 14th
Hosted by the Harvest House Dance Studio, the Vintage Christmas Swing Party is a fun night of dancing to classic Christmas songs. It will be at the Harvest House Performing Arts Venue (247 Boone Heights Drive) from 7-9pm on December 14th. There will be an hour of instruction, followed by a social dance hour. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. To purchase advance tickets, click here, or visit the Facebook event page here

Celtic Christmas Concert at the Appalachian Theatre- Saturday, December 21st
Join John Doyle, Mick McAuley and Duncan Wickel for The Celtic Christmas Concert at the newly reopened Appalachian Theatre in Boone (559 West King Street). Concert begins at 7:30pm, the Box Office opens at 6:30pm, and the doors open at 7pm. For more information about the concert: https://mountainhomemusic.com/event/celtic-christmas/ 
And you can get tickets online here.

Longest Night Worship- Saturday, December 21st
The holiday season can be very hard for those mourning the loss of a loved one, sadness over broken relationships, health concerns, and other difficult circumstances. On the longest night of the year, from 6-8pm, High Country clergy will lead a worship service that will acknowledge grief this season and celebrate the light that shines in the darkness. It will be at the Paul H. Broyhill Wellness Center in Boone (232 Boone Heights Drive)


Christmas Parade- Saturday, December 7th
The Christmas Parade hosted by Downtown North Wilkesboro Partnership will be in Downtown North Wilkesboro from 3pm-7pm. More info on the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/543473192895778 

Christmas Carriage Rides- December 18th-21st
From 6-9pm December 18th-21st, enjoy a free Horse-drawn Christmas Carriage ride. No reservations are available, and pick up is on 10th Street in North Wilkesboro. Hosted by the Downtown North Wilkesboro Partnership. More info on the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2506599786044344/

New Year's Eve/Day Events

New Year's Eve Party with Dr. Bacon- Tuesday, December 31st
Beech Mountain Brewing Company will have a New Years Eve Party with Dr. Bacon, from 7pm-2am. There will be live music from Dr. Bacon, a late night DJ, drinks, eats, fireworks and more. For tickets and more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/783130355476778/ 

Family New Years Eve Celebration- Tuesday, December 31st 
For the younger crowd, Beech Mountain Resort offers “Family Night” in the Lodge from 7 p.m. to midnight, free of charge! DJ Pete Welter will be spinning fun party tunes to get everyone moving. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Don’t forget to lace up your ice skates for a New Year’s Eve Late Night Ice Skate! Skate under the stars accompanied by festive music during an additional session from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. There will also be a fantastic firework show at midnight to ring in 2020!

New Year's Eve Extravaganza- Tuesday, December 31st
Appalachian Ski Mountain, 940 Ski Mountain Road in Blowing Rock, is hosting the New Year's Eve Extravaganza from 9pm-12am on December 31st. There will be fireworks, torchlight skiing, and more. Moonlight ice skating will be available from 10pm to midnight. There will also be Festive Restaurant Specials from 9pm to midnight.

New Year's Sunrise at Grandfather Mountain- Wednesday, January 1st
Ring in the New Year by watching the first sunrise of 2020 atop Grandfather Mountain. The sunrise is at 7:38am, on Wednesday, January 1st 2020, and the gates will open at 6:30am. There will be complimentary coffee, cocoa, and bearclaws for guests attending the event. Admission is $15, in addition to general admission, which means $35 for adults and $24 for children. Guests can remain in the park for the rest of the day, but if guests leave before 9:30am, they will have their general admission charge refunded. If you're a Bridge Club member, you only pay $10 for the event. The event caps at 100 participants, and to register, email Judi Sawyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 828-733-2013. More information at https://grandfather.com/event/new-years-sunrise/ 

Susie Enloe, age 71 died Monday, September 30, 2019 at the Stone Creek Rehab in Asheville.