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Christmas Events in Hendersonville, NC

The Christmas events in Hendersonville, NC are full of small town charm and down home holiday fun. We love enjoying all of the Christmas activities in our hometown. Many of them are traditions that have been going on for years and years. Others are brand new. All of them create a memorable holiday experience in western North Carolina!

The following are some of the Christmas events and activities that we’ve personally done in Hendersonville this year. They are part of the Come Home for the Holidays calendar of events in Hendersonville.

Christmas Events in Hendersonville, NC

Christmas Tree Lighting

The holiday season kicks off with the official Christmas Tree Lighting in front of the Henderson County Courthouse. Santa magically lights the tree from his rooftop location nearby.

Enjoy music, as well as the lights up and down Main Street. There are free visits with Santa, as well as carriage rides.

All of Main Street celebrates the occasion with late opening hours of shops and holiday foods available.

Henderson County Curb Market Ol’ Time Christmas

Start your holiday shopping and decorating by supporting truly local vendors and farms at the Henderson County Curb Market Ol’ Timey Christmas Day. On this Saturday, you can shop the historic market while listening to Christmas music; enjoying free cookies, hot chocolate and mulled cider; seeing Santa’s elves and enjoying roasting marshmallows around a fire pit.

Each purchase gives you a chance to win a holiday basket full of Christmas merchandise from the vendors.

There were even many vendors giving away free Christmas treats for kids.

This is a great place to get your fresh greenery to decorate your home. Vendors will customize wreaths, swags and other decor on site.

Annual Christmas Display at Carolina Ace Hardware

This is the first year that we went into Carolina Ace Hardware to see their Christmas display. Wow! It way exceeded our expectations!

Carolina Ace Hardware has been doing a Christmas display for 10 years. (HOW have we missed this so far?!?)

On your way into Ace, grab a free bag of popcorn.

This year’s theme is “Santa’s Workshop.”

We were truly amazed at how professional and colorful this display is. The over-the-top décor and layers upon layers of decorating create a stunning Christmas display that really pops in photos.

The great thing is that photo opps are FREE!

Santa made an appearance for families as well as pets (with donations of toys and pet items). Every day, though, you can bring the kiddos or the family and take some Christmas photos in the sleigh or in Santa’s cottage.

This is one of the great free kids activities in Hendersonville, NC. And one of the free things to do in Hendersonville during the holidays.

We love that the Christmas display is in the greenhouse garden center of Carolina Ace Hardware. It’s warm in there on cold days. Being surrounded by live poinsettias and greenery for sale, too, adds to the holiday ambience.

Holiday Inn Tour and Cookie Caper

Due to Covid, this tour has not been available in 2020 or 2021. We hope it comes back soon.

A combination of historic home tours and delicious indulgences, this annual event was a favorite of ours this year. The Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission partners with the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority for the self-guided tour.

In 2017, eight inns were on the Holiday Inn Tour and Cookie Caper. They are all spread out throughout Hendersonville and the surrounding area. Participating inns included:

  • The Waverly Inn
  • The Henderson
  • The Melange
  • Northern Lights B&B
  • Pinebrook Manor
  • Echo Mountain Inn
  • Brightwaters Guesthouse
  • B&B on Tiffany Hill

We loved the variety of inns. Yet it would have been very difficult to see them all in the short three hour time span of the tour. That is really frustrating, since all of the inns were so different. We’d love to see the time span increase in future years to at least four hours.

Each inn offered a tour of their guest rooms and public areas. Some were self-guided, others were hosted by staff.

In addition to peeking into unoccupied guest rooms, guests have the sweet surprise of cookies (and other treats) at the inns. We were definitely impressed with the large display of sweets, savories and other treats, along with drinks that were offered to tour guests.

Community Christmas Tree Decorating

While walking down Main Street, we were happily surprised by a couple of buckets of Christmas ornaments outside of Jongo Java Coffeehouse.

What a great idea to have the entire community help to decorate the Christmas trees! A fun stop while you’re strolling through downtown – and tempting to go inside for a cup of coffee or tea!

Annual Tannenbaum Tea

This event is not available in 2021. Perhaps it will return soon.

Downtown shops and merchants were offered the opportunity to be a part of the Annual Tannenbaum Tea.

We went during the 11th year of the annual tradition. Sadly, just a handful of Hendersonville businesses decided to take part in the fun walking tour. So we were kind of disappointed – not in the tea which was fun – but in the turn out from Main Street merchants. We went to 4 of the 5 businesses participating, and only 2 were serving cookies and tea. The other two just had discounts.

We’d like to thank Narnia Studios, who organizes the Annual Tannenbaum Tea, for their great treats and giving away boxes of tea from Wilmington, NC.

While in Hendersonville, be sure to take an easy hike to one of the five Dupont Forest Waterfalls!

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