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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 includes 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.

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.

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.

Featured 2022 Events

Nov. 25 • Tree Lighting Ceremony

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.

Nov. 25-Dec. 31 • A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas

Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas season show

A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas 2022
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 favorites, this song and dance revue is sure to bring you great holiday joy!  Click for tickets

Nov. 25 to mid-Dec. • 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. An interactive online Google map with all locations and a printable PDF will be available by Nov. 25, 2022.

Printed copies of maps will also be at the Hendersonville Welcome Center at that time. Online voting opens in November.

Nov. 25 to mid-Dec. • 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. An interactive online Google map with all locations and a printable PDF will be available by Nov. 25, 2022.

Printed copies of maps will also be at the Hendersonville Welcome Center at that time. Online voting opens in November.

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 signed 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 Visitor Center at 201 South Main Street. Peppermint Bear Scavenger Hunt brochures will be available at the Hendersonville Welcome Center and online in November.

Dec. date TBD • Hendersonville Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade in Hendersonville, NC

10:30 am 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!

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.

Christmas Tree Farms and Greenery Markets

Markets with Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Greenery & Garland

Christmas Tree Lot, in front of Fresh Market at the intersection of Spartanburg & Greenville Highways
Cut Fir trees in a variety of heights & sizes

Henderson County Curb Market, 221 N. Church St., Hendersonville, NC
828-692-8012
Open: Tues, Thurs. & Sat. 8 am-1 pm
Christmas wreaths, fresh greenery, baked goods, canned goods, jellies, produce & crafts

Packa’s Place, 4210 Brevard Rd, Horse Shoe, NC
623-221-3164

Christmas trees & wreaths

Western NC Farmer’s Market, 570 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC
828-253-1691

Open: 7 days a week year round
Cut & balled Christmas trees, wreaths, greenery, crafts, canned goods, produce & honey

Christmas Tree Farms

Boyd Mountain Tree Farm, 445 Boyd Farm Rd., Waynesville, NC
828-506-3513 or 828-926-8888
Fraser Firs 4 -20 feet, wreaths & garland

Camps Evergreens / Camp Tree Farm, 301 Cabin Creek Rd, Zirconia, NC
828-674-2558
Norway Spruce

Jeter Mountain Farm, 1126 Jeter Mountain Rd, Hendersonville, NC
828-513-0404 (call ahead, only open set weekends)
Fraser Firs & Norwegian Spruce 4 -20 feet

Mehaffey Tree Farm, 24 Corner Dr., Waynesville, NC
828-476-8505
Fraser Firs 6-9 feet & wreaths

Nesbitt Christmas Tree Farm, 333 Sunset Ridge, Clyde, NC
828-456-9914

Frazer Fir, wreaths, table arrangements & kissing balls

Reeves Tree Farm, 9507 NC Hwy. 63, Leicester, NC
828-779-0115

Fraser Firs 4-10 feet

Sandy Hollar Tree Farm, 63 Sandy Hollar Lane, Leicester, NC
828-683-3645
Fraser Firs 4-12 feet, wreaths & garland

Smoky Tree Farm, 756 Hemphill Rd., Waynesville, NC
1-800-400-2933
Fraser Firs 4-12 feet, wreaths & garland

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