Ho Ho Ho, Traveler!

The white squirrels are making a list. They’re checking it twice. And I’ve got to say, it’s looking good for you this holiday season. The weather is not too frightful (Transylvania County is perfectly delightful this time of year). And if you’ve no place to go, Brevard is a pretty fine place to spend a cool Yule. We’ve got everything: Toys. Candy. Shopping. Parades. Carols. And just enough midwinter sunshine that you can squeeze in a hike or two before you get to next year’s resolutions.  Even the most stubborn Grinch would have a hard time not cracking a smile in the face of all this fun.  So harness up the reindeer, bring out the bells, point the sleigh toward Transylvania County and jingle all the way into the new year with us.


Happy Holidays!

The Adventurist


Deck Party

Annual Tree Trimming Party
Transylvania County Library
212 S Gaston St, Brevard 
Saturday, December 2 

If you’re looking for a nice warm-up to the Christmas Parade (and a chance to show off your glittering skills), this popular family tradition allows tree lovers of all ages to step in and make their own ornaments for the library tree.


Work on your Tannenbaum, here.

Christmas, The New Old-Fashioned Way

46th Annual Downtown Brevard Christmas Parade   and Twilight Tour
Downtown Brevard

Saturday, December 2


Nothing says holiday spirit like a good, old-fashioned Christmas parade with floats, marching bands, performers and of course, Ol’ Kris Kringle himself as a grand finale. The theme of this year’s parade is “Joy to the World,” and the scene promises to be pretty seriously joyful. Stick around afterwards for Twilight Tours, a Currier & Ives postcard of a local tradition, featuring two stages of live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa, elf workshop and more in the heart of historic downtown Brevard.


 Get your Jolly on here.

Stuff Your Stocking

Brevard Holiday Bazaar
Brevard Lumberyard 
King & W. French Broad St., Brevard 
Sunday, December 3

Wander through a host of local artisans, crafters and purveyors of fine things at this holiday market stuffed to the gills with great gift ideas. Live music, food trucks and kids’ activities for junior shoppers might just make this the most fun you’ve had Christmas shopping in years.


Pick up your gifts here.

Crafty Presentation

Transylvania County Handcrafters Guild 
Holiday Show
Masonic Lodge
174 E. Main St., Brevard
December 8-9 

What do you give the person that has everything? How about a one-of-a-kind craft, created by one of Transylvania County’s most accomplished local artisans? Peruse the many beautiful things at this beloved local craft show and get inspired.


Satisfy your shopping needs here.

Behold the Stars

Atomic Sisterhood
Transylvania Heritage Museum 
189 W. Main St., Brevard 
Saturday, December 9

Dozens of aluminum Christmas trees have long made Transylvania Heritage Museum’s annual ATOM exhibition a holiday mecca for fans of the kitschy, campy, shiny and all together fabulous. Against this legendary backdrop, members of the Atomic Sisterhood will gather to sing some of your favorite Christmas songs and carols. Visitors are warmly invited to take in the sights and join in the fun.


Rock around the Christmas Tree here

In Excelsis Deo

Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols
Porter Center for the Performing Arts
Brevard College
Saturday, December 9 

Modeled on an event first held at King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University nearly 100 years ago, this free program of carols and scriptures performed by the Chamber Chorale and Concert Choir evoke mysteries of times past and illuminate the hope and splendor of holidays present and future.


Let Heaven and Nature sing here.

Ticket to Ride

Polar Express Pajama Party
Transylvania County Library
212 S. Gaston St., Brevard
Tuesday, December 12

Before you settle down for a long winter’s nap, snuggle in at the Transylvania County library for a reading of holiday favorite (and popular bedtime story) “The Polar Express.” Afterwards, young listeners can make holiday crafts and join in singing carols. Pajamas are encouraged, but not required.


All aboard here.

Christmastime in the City

Brevard's Holiday Gallery Walk
Downtown Brevard
Friday, December 15

Need to do a little last minute Christmas shopping? Why not do it at this stylish, festive Friday night event?  Sip wine, view the best new works in Brevard galleries and pick up a few things at your favorite local boutiques.


Dress in Holiday Style, here.

The Herald Angels Sing

Rivertree Christmas: A Choral Celebration
Porter Center for the Performing Arts
Brevard College
Saturday, December 16

The acclaimed Rivertree Singers bring Brevard their show-stopping performance of traditional carols and holiday classics just in time to amp you up for Christmas. Expect sweet harmonies, unforgettable voices, visions of sugarplums and lots of cheer.


Mix and Mingle to a Jinglin’ Beat, here

Hop Lang Syne

5th Annual New Year's Eve Hootenanny
Oskar Blues
342 Mountainside Industrial Drive, Brevard
Sunday, December 31
Doors open at 7pm

If you’re looking for a great way to ring in the New Year, you could do worse than join the party people (and brewers extraordinaire) over at Oskar Blues for this awesome anniversary event. Southern Culture on the Skids, Jonny Fritz and Pretty Little Goat headline a New Year’s spectacular. The Oskar Blues CHUBwagon will be onsite cooking up a delicious array of food. And, of course, you can toast midnight with a full selection of Oskar Blues brews. A shuttle will be available to select local accommodations. 


Make your resolutions, here

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