Dear Traveler:
Have you made a list? Have you checked it twice? It’s just November and mine’s already on draft four or five.  It’s almost impossible to narrow down all the things that make Transylvania County such a spectacular holiday destination. 

You guys maybe have already heard about the quiet forests of furry pines and the Currier and Ives-style streetscapes of historic downtown Brevard. You’ve prepped for the possibility of snowflakes on Christmas Eve. You’re ready to see all of the local folks eager to wish you a Merry or a Happy, the shops brimming with one-of-a-kind gifts and, of course, the many paths ready for your attempt at gift delivery via bicycle. 
But that’s just the tip of the Tannenbaum, friends. Because Brevard’s hauling out the holly and jingle bell rocking for our marvelous, magical White (Squirrel) Christmas, a jam packed six weeks for conoisseurs of the cool Yule. 

So let’s start with the tree. We have a few up in these parts. And even better, if you visit one of our Christmas tree farmers, you can pick out your favorite and tote it home for the holidays. Those inclined to eschew the natural in favor of something in, say, a metallic fuschia will enjoy taking in the seasonal sights at the Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum, where the spirit of the season has a great sense of humor and a real affinity for the styles of 1955.

Next up, you’ll need some presents. Brevard’s beloved monthly Gallery Walk provides shoppers with an excellent excuse to grab a glass of wine and check out (and maybe pick up) some world-class arts and crafts, as well as peruse the fine wares at many of the boutiques downtown.  There’s a Thanksgiving Gallery Walk for the early birds, and a Holiday Gallery Walk in December for me and the rest of us last minute shoppers.

Of course, you could always wait for Santa. Rumor has it he’ll be arriving on Saturday, December 1st, at Brevard’s 47th Annual Christmas Parade and Twilight Tour, where the marching bands, floats and seasonal fun will be followed up by an evening of live music, sparkling decorations and classic holiday cheer throughout downtown Brevard. 

Holiday entertainment is in no short supply. Devotees of tutus and Tchaikovsky alike will scurry to find seats for “The Nutcracker,” performed by local dancers and visiting artists from North Carolina’s prestigious Governor’s School on November 18. And at Brevard College, join students and faculty on December 6 for a traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols based on the iconic program at Kings College, Cambridge.

And it’s not too early to make New Year’s Eve plans. I’m partial to the Oskar Blues Hootenanny, which brings together a bunch of my favorite things: killer live music (Southern Culture on the Skids, Johnny Fritz, and Pretty Little Goat), delicious food, great company and, of course, plenty of frothy beer to send out 2018 in the style its accustomed to.

As always, if you need places to settle in for a long winter’s nap, check out our list of holiday-perfect accommodations and remember, there are plenty of adventures to be had in town, in the forests, or on top of a mountain before or after figgy pudding. 

I’m dreaming of a White (Squirrel) Christmas. Aren’t you? Make your plans today and discover more here.

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White (Squirrel)
Christmas Giveaway

Hey, this time of year is all about the gift-giving and that’s why we’re giving away a holiday package for two featuring lunch at Pisgah Fish Camp, dinner for two at Square Root and Magpie Meat & Three, and two nights at the Bromfield Inn so you can snuggle up under the mistletoe with your favorite sugarplum. We’ll even throw in $500 for your own personal shopping spree. Enter to win here.
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