Reconnect with friends and family for Christmas in Carolina

With a chill in the air, an abundance of community gatherings and special events, the most delightful part of winter in Western North Carolina is Christmas in Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village.

While staying home for the holidays may be the default for some, breaking that habit rewards you with an opportunity to create new experiences and lasting memories.

Being here during the holiday season is like entering a Norman Rockwell Christmas card. So, whether you plan to stay at a family home, a vacation rental, an inn, or a resort, all of your favorite holiday traditions are brought together in these distinctive holiday experiences. 

 And because Christmas shopping and eating go hand-in-hand, the stores and shops here feature arts and crafts, locally made gifts, chocolates, and even home-made goodies. 

A Whimsical Bridge & Santa Rappelling down a Mountain 

The yuletide magic of the season shines in the side-by-side communities of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village. The Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, stunning in its own right all year round, turns into a Christmas fairy tale with twinkling white lights, miniature holiday village scenes, and whimsical creations of local artwork, all tucked inside winter greenery.  The bridge was created and is cared for by a small army of dedicated volunteers.  Enjoy the holiday theme of the bridge through February.

Down the street from Lake Lure, and then atop the mountain, awaits the holiday thrill of watching Santa adorned in his bright red suit repelling down the world’s largest natural chimney – Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. “This has become such a wonderful annual tradition so for many people,” said Mary Jaeger-Gale, general manager of the Park.  “Everyone is always amazed at the level of practice required of Santa so that he can get the presents to their intended destination on Christmas morning.”  Visitors get two opportunities to see this holiday stunt on the first and second weekend in December. Dec. 7th and Dec. 14th.

Comfort Food & a Bit of Glam for the Holidays? Say Yes to Both! 

Embraced by towering granite cliffs, Chimney Rock Village kicks off the holiday season on Dec. 6th with a holiday Chili Cook-off at the Riverside Events Center. Additionally, during the first two Saturdays in December the sounds of Christmas music gets everybody in the spirit with local musicians and Santa handing out stockings for the children to take around to the shops for special treats. 

If you’re in town Dec. 5th, be sure to snag a ticket to the annual Christmas Gala hosted by the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge. As one of the Chamber’s largest fundraisers to support operations. The annual Gala features an auction, entertainment, shopping spree raffle for a chance to win $1,500, and a bounty of great holiday food. The theme of this year’s event is a Picture Perfect Christmas.  It will be held at the Lake Lure Inn & Spa. 

Enhance your yuletide season this year with traditions, sparkly lights, and the opportunity to make new memories in Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village. It’s a place where shop owners and residents are passionate about the holidays and sharing it with others in a meaningful way – one that encourages families and couples to spend time together, disconnected from technology to remember what this time of year is all about.  For much more information and all the up to the minute details on these and all of our holiday events, check out chimneyrock.org or HickoryNutGorgeEvents.com 

Submitted by Valerie Hoffman.   For over 14 years, Valerie has been loyally promoting Lake Lure, Chimney Rock Village & Hickory Nut Gorge as a true destination of distinction in Western North Carolina. You can reach Valerie at writerworks@att.net