Home for the Holidays

Step into a Holiday Movie

From early November through New Year’s Day, Hendersonville invites visitors to come “Home for the Holidays” in this special town in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Main Street’s shops, galleries and boutiques are decorated in holiday splendor, while large wreaths with big red bows hang from streetlights. Add in the twinkling lights and decorations along the serpentine street, and you get a scene straight out of a Hallmark movie.

Events include carriage rides, visits with Santa, greenery markets, a Christmas parade, holiday-themed performances at the Flat Rock Playhouse, special shopping events and the ever-popular Peppermint Bear Scavenger Hunt.

Vote for your favorite home and business display in the annual Holiday Decoration Contest.

Probably the biggest event of the season is the downtown tree lighting on the plaza of the historic courthouse the day after Thanksgiving. Santa arrives to throw the switch on the 30-foot tree, and the festivities include live music and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Click here to see the featured events of this holiday season and here to see the complete calendar of holiday happenings.

The yuletide season is sprinkled with excitement for the entire family in Hendersonville. We invite you to make our home your home for the holidays this year.

If you forget to book your stay before your arrive, check out the Room Availability Page to find something available last-minute. Use our Holiday Dining Guide to know where to dine during the holidays and see our directory of area Christmas greenery markets.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Hendersonville NC

5:30-8:00 pm at Historic Courthouse on Main Street
Downtown Hendersonville’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks off the season with Christmas songs performed by Laura Laughter and Tim Levene. Enjoy shopping, hot drinks and delicious treats, followed by a countdown to Santa’s arrival, when he flips the switch at dusk and lights up Main Street.

The evening continues with carriage rides and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Click here for more details.

Nov. 25-Dec. 22 • A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas

Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas season show

Multiple performanaces at 2661 Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock
A holiday tradition like few others. Bring the whole family to a dazzling holiday celebration, Playhouse-style. A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas 2022 features many seasonal classics along with several new adaptations and medleys.

Showcasing a cast of Flat Rock Playhouse favorites, this song and dance revue is sure to bring you great holiday joy!  Click for tickets

Nov. 25 to Dec. 16 • Holiday Home Decoration Contest

Throughout Henderson County
Homeowners all over Henderson County vie for the honor of having the best holiday decorations, as voted on by you. You are invited to take a drive around the county to look at all the festive holiday displays and then vote online for your favorite. Find the interactive online Google map with all locations here and a printable PDF of the map here.

Printed copies of maps are also available at the Hendersonville Welcome Center. Online voting open December 5th-18th.


Nov. 25 to Dec. 16 • Merchant Decoration Contest

Christmas Lights Contest Hendersonville NC

Throughout Henderson County
Hendersonville and Henderson County merchants compete for the honor of Best Holiday Window Display and Lights, as voted on by you. Take a stroll downtown or drive around the county to enjoy the festive holiday displays, then vote online. Find the interactive online Google map with all locations here and a printable PDF of the map here.

Printed copies of maps are also available at the Hendersonville Welcome Center. Online voting open December 5th-18th.


Nov. 25-Dec. 23 • Peppermint Bear Scavenger Hunt

Downtown Hendersonville
Peppermint Bear takes you on a fun-filled bear hunt in downtown Hendersonville in search of her lost cubs. Hint: the cubs are hiding in downtown businesses.

Once you have found a lost cub in at least 12 of 26 participating businesses and the shopkeeper has punched your brochure, you are eligible to win scavenger hunt prizes. Complete the entry form in the brochure and drop it in Peppermint’s mailbox in front of the Welcome Center, by Dec. 23.

For more details about the Scavenger Hunt, watch this video or stop by the Welcome Center at 201 South Main Street. Peppermint Bear Scavenger Hunt brochures are available at the Hendersonville Welcome Center.

Dec. 1-4 • A Charlie Brown Christmas at Flat Rock Playhouse

Charlie Brown Christmas at Flat Rock Playhouse, Home for the Holidays in Hendersonville

2:30 pm & 7:00 pm at 2661 Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock
Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang as they sing, dance and learn the true meaning of Christmas at Flat Rock Playhouse. There will be five performances between Dec. 1 and Dec. 4.

Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story, and featuring the holiday music of Vince Guaraldi, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a holiday present that the whole family can enjoy.

Click here for tickets.

Dec. 2 • Old-Fashioned Christmas

Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration in Hendersonville NC near Asheville

5:00 to 8:00 pm on Main Street
Step into a Hallmark movie with the annual Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration, hosted by the Downtown Merchants Association. Stores, boutiques and galleries stay open extended hours and serve holiday treats, carollers stroll the sidewalks, Santa visits with kids on the courthouse plaza and carriage rides take place along the serpentine Main Street.

Click here to learn more about this special evening.

Dec. 2 • Santa Claus on the Square

Visit with Santa at Hendersonville's Home for the Holidays celebration

5:00 to 8:00 pm on Main Street
Jolly Ol’ St. Nick visits with kids of all ages on the square of the Historic Courthouse on Main Street. Santa takes time to meet with all the good little children and get their holiday wish list under the lights of Hendersonville’s 35-foot town Christmas tree.

The festivities will include games, crafts, hot chocolate, carriage rides, special guests and, of course, photos with Santa.

Click here for more details.

Dec. 2 • Downtown Holiday Carriage Rides

Holiday Carriage Rides in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Hendersonville NC

5:00 to 8:00 pm on Main Street
Get into the holiday spirit with carriage rides on Hendersonville’s beautiful Main Street. Experience the twinkling Christmas lights and decorations of downtown Hendersonville at the leisurely pace of a horse-drawn carriage.

The free rides begin in front of the Historic Courthouse. They are free and on a first-come, first-serve basis. The carriage rides are part of the Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration by downtown merchants. Stores, shops and boutiques stay open late and Jolly Ol’ St. Nick makes an appearance.

Dec. 2-3 • Candlelight Christmas Tours at Historic Johnson Farm

Candlelight Christmas Tours in Hendersonville, NC

5:00, 5:45, 6:30, 7:15 & 8:00 pm
at 3346 Haywood Rd., Hendersonville
The Historic Johnson Farm, one of the oldest brick structures in Henderson County, hosts candlelight tours of the decorated 1880 farmhouse. Experience what Christmas was like in the 19th Century, visit with the Heritage Weavers and Fiber Artists, listen to live music by local students, and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.

The farm is owned and operated by the local school system. There are five tours each evening. Advance tickets are required as space is limited. For more details, click here.

Dec. 2 & 3 • Iceless Skating Rink at Bill Moore Community Park

mother and children holding hands while ice skating outside

12/2 from 3-6pm & 12/3 from 1-4pm
85 Howard Gap Rd., Fletcher
Lace up your skates and come out to enjoy the iceless skating rink! This manmade surface enables you to really glide, just like real ice, but is usable in any almost temerature. Skates and ice time are all included for free!

On Saturday, enjoy a fun Christmas In The Park festival from 1-5pm, which inludes a vendor villagem Santa, inflatables, live music and a special tree lighting ceremony.

Dec. 3 • Hendersonville Christmas Parade – “Christmas Lights”

Christmas Parade in Hendersonville, NC

6:00 pm on Main Street
The annual Hendersonville Christmas Parade sets the tone for the holiday season. Local organizations and businesses participate in this festive event, which is capped off by a visit from the big man in red himself, Santa Claus! For the first time, enjoy the parade in the evening, festively lit up in holiday spirit with Christmas lights.

Come to Main Street Hendersonville to enjoy the floats and marching bands, and get in on the holiday cheer. This event is hosted by the Hendersonville Merchants and Business Association. Click here for more details.

Dec. 5-9 & 12-16 • Daytime Christmas Tours at Historic Johnson Farm

Hendersonville Christmas Tours at Historic Johnson Farm Home for the Holidays

10:30 am each day at 3346 Haywood Rd., Hendersonville
Guided tours of the decorated 1880 farmhouse, one of the oldest brick structures in Henderson County. Experience what Christmastime was like in the late 1800s and early 1900s at this restored farm owned and operated by the local school system. Pick out unique holiday gifts on property at the gift shop of Heritage Weavers and Fiber Artists.

Reservations are recommended. Drop-ins accommodated if space allows. For more details, click here.

Dec. 11 • Holiday Tour of Inns & Cookie Caper

christmas tree, wreath and fireplace

1:00-4:00 pm, Throughout Henderson County
The annual Holiday Tour of Inns & Cookie Caper is a well-loved holiday tradition in Hendersonville, where the area’s Historic Inns invite the public in to experience the warmth and joy of the season at their beautifully appointed and festively decorated properties. Enjoy a sweet treat at each stop along the way of this self-guided tour of 4 of the area’s historic inns.

Tickets are required and may be purchased at the Hendersonville Welcome Center, located in downtown Hendersonville. (Cash or check only!)

Dec. 31 • New Year’s Eve Apple Rise

Ring in 2023 at Hendersonville's family-friendly apple rise celebration in the early evening

5:00-7:00 pm at Historic Courthouse on Main Street
A family-friendly celebration to ring in 2023. Hendersonville pays homage to its status as North Carolina’s Apple Capital by raising a giant apple on the plaza of the Historic Courthouse.

The free event features New Year’s Eve swag giveaways, a DJ dance party, hot cocoa, games and craft vendors. All leading up to the apple rise countdown at 7 p.m. Perfect for families with young children or those who wish to enjoy an early, alcohol-free celebration. For more details, click here.

Christmas Trees and Greenery

Purchase your locally-grown Christmas trees, wreaths, greenery & garland in Hendersonville

Camps Evergreens / Camp Tree Farm, 301 Cabin Creek Rd, Zirconia, NC
Open: 11/25 until sold out on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Pre-cut Fraser Firs, garland, wreaths, craft items

Henderson County Curb Market, 221 N. Church St., Hendersonville, NC
Open: Tues, Thurs. & Sat. 8:00am-1:00pm
Christmas wreaths, greenery, baked goods, crafts & gift items

Packa’s Place, 4210 Brevard Rd, Horse Shoe, NC

Open: Wednesday through Sunday
Christmas trees, wreaths & garland

Western NC Farmer’s Market, 570 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC

Open: 7 days a week year round
Pre-cut Christmas trees, wreaths, greenery, crafts, canned goods, produce & honey

Special Events

Bullington Gardens Holiday Sale, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville, NC
December 2 & 3 • 9am-4pm
Wreaths, greenery, evergreen trees to plant, gifts items & more

Christmas Bazaar, 221 S Church St., Hendersonville, NC
December 3 • 9am-4pm
Wreaths, greenery, gifts items & more

Holiday Shopping Guide

Holiday Dining Guide

Downtown Shopping

2022 Calendar of Holiday Events

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