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Dear Traveler:

There’s a chilly wind coming in over the mountains, a little frost on the leaves in the morning, a sense of anticipation building and, if you’re inclined to notice, maybe a whiff of peppermint and gingerbread alongside the pine. It’s holiday time in Transylvania County and everybody’s trying to get in the spirit of things. The toy shop is swinging. Main street is ringing. And the white squirrels are dreaming of a white Christmas . . .just like the one they used to know.  

It feels like the right time to have a cup of hot chocolate and then maybe settle in for a long winter’s nap. But before you set out the reindeer snacks and give yourself over to visions of sugar plums, consider spending some time giving your holiday spirit a lift in Brevard. See the sights. Pick up the last few treats to go under the tree. Experience the magic of the season in a truly magical place.

 Ho Ho Ho!

The Adventurist

Seasons Greetings

"Yes Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus"
Brevard Little Theatre
55 East Jordan Street, Brevard
December 1-4

Miracles can happen during the holidays. You just have to believe. This charming dramatization of the heartwarming (true) tale of a young girl learning to believe in the spirit of Christmas is guaranteed to delight audiences no matter whether they’re Santa super-fans or semi-Scrooges looking for a smile.  

Leave your milk and cookies, here.

Tinsel Town

Annual Tree Triming Party
Transylvania County Library
212 Gaston St, Brevard

December 3


Get your glitter ready. Warm up that tinsel-hanging arm. Prepare to help the folks at the Transylvania County Library take their tree to the next level. Decorators and ornament enthusiasts of all ages will have an opportunity to make ornaments and then hang them on the tree. Once you finish, step outside and enjoy an excellent view of the Christmas Parade.

Deck your halls this way for more info. 

Feeling Brassy?

45th Annual Downtown Christmas Parade
Downtown Brevard
December 3

You’re free to celebrate the season whatever way you see fit, but Santa suggests that you shake, rattle and roll into Brevard for this year’s Christmas Parade.  Local musicians and marching bands will provide the musical accompaniment for the forward march into the Yuletide season. This year’s parade celebrates 100 years of Pisgah National Forest, with a “Christmas in the Forest” theme. The ever-popular Smokey Bear will serve as Grand Marshall. Find your spot on the sidewalk and start your season with this treasured local tradition. 
Jingle all the way, here.
Winter Wonderland

Twilight Tour
Downtown Brevard
Saturday, December 3
You won’t need a time machine to experience an old-fashioned Christmas. Instead, bring your holiday cheer and see downtown Brevard transformed into something straight out of Currier & Ives. While lights twinkle overhead, wander down luminary-lit sidewalks through the very merry shops and galleries, participate in the community sing, grab a bite to eat and maybe meet up with a special someone under the mistletoe.  
Face unafraid the plans whatever you’ve made here.
Handmade Holiday

Transylvania Handcrafters Guild Show and Sale
Masonic Temple

174 East Main Street, Brevard
December 9-10

This annual juried local craft show is probably the place to find the perfect, handmade gift for your sister, your sweetheart and the person that has (almost) everything. Browse the beautiful goods and come away with a real one-of-a-kind treasure.   

Load up on goodies here. 

All Aboard!

Polar Express Pajama Party
Transylvania County Library

212 S Gaston St, Brevard
December 14


Fans of “The Polar Express,” aged 4 and up, will want to pencil in this reading party on their holiday calendars. Sit through the Christmas classic, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and stick around for caroling and crafts afterward. Pajamas highly recommended.  

Find your seat here.

Indulge Your Inner Clark Griswold

Choose and Cut Your Own Christmas Trees
Throughout the season
Various Locations

Looking for that idyllic tree to trim for the holidays? Check out Transylvania County’s tree farms, where you can turn buying a Christmas tree into a fun-filled family adventure. Who knows? The experience might become part of family lore and serve as the inspiration for a smash holiday movie.  

Start your search for the perfect tree here

Happy New Beer!

5th Annual Oskar Blues New Years Hootenanny
Oskar Blues Brewery

342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard
Saturday, December 31


When it comes to a new standard in New Year’s Eve parties, the folks at Oskar Blues are really raising the bar, or more precisely sidling up to it. Their famed combination of live music, food and local craft brews promises to unite both pro-hops and no-hops camps (and everyone in between) in congenial beer-y cheer faster than you can play “Auld Lang Syne” with an electric guitar and a kicking backbeat. This year’s performers include Chapel Hill’s lovably raucous Southern Culture on the Skids, Los Angeles’ own “Americana weirdo” Johnny Fritz and local bluegrass gang, Pretty Little Goat.  Tickets to this throwdown go quick, so don’t delay, less you spend your NYE in a much less legendary way.


Collect your noisemaker, and get ready for the countdown here.

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