Merchants all over downtown are competing for the honor of the best holiday window displays and lighting. More than 60 participated in 2017. Winners will be selected on December 14.
Hot mulled Cider at Mast General daily 11 am -5 pm
Hendersonville Christmas Parade – @ 10:30am A traditional hometown Christmas parade travels along Main Street from Five Points to Caswell Street. Sponsored by the Hendersonville Merchants & Business Association. This year’s theme is the “The Magic of Christmas”. Visit the Hendersonville Merchants & Business Association or call (828) 692-4179
Caroling in Downtown Hendersonville – Hear local church and community group singers perform beloved Christmas carols on weekend evenings in December. Times vary – look for singers on the Historic Courthouse Plaza and the Downtown Hendersonville stage at 424 North Main Street – Friday and Saturday evenings.
13th Annual Gingerbread (100% edible) Cookie Contest Winners on Display – Winners were selected in four categories: “Traditional,” “Unusual,” “Teamwork” and “Bakers under 13.” December 1 – December 24 Free@ Narnia Studios Phone:828-697-6393
Polar Express Reading – After the parade at the Historic Train Depot on Maple Street. Visits with Santa, hot drinks and train displays. Free
Cookies & Mining – Free Cookies! Plus, Mention “Home for the Holidays,” and get a $2 gem mining discount. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Free @ Pisgah Forest Gem Mine
Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown presents Junie B in Jingle Bells Batman Smells. When Junie B. draws her rival’s name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her a lesson! Will the Christmas spirit win out? Shows Thurs. and Fri. 7 PM / Sat. 11 AM and 3 PM / Sun. 3 PM; Tickets from $14-28.
Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas – The Downtown merchants open their doors and invite holiday shoppers in with a festive window displays, decorations, caroling, music, and refreshments. Main Street 5 pm-8 pm More info call: (828) 697-2232.
Ye Olde Fashioned Christmas at the Heritage Museum – Visit the Heritage Museum for refreshments, hot cider and Christmas music by the Hendersonville High School Bearcat Brass, and shop for Christmas ornaments and local historical items in the museum store. Free @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Christmas Music at Mike’s on Main – Christmas favorites sung by Blissing, an a Capella trio Free @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Four Seasons Hospice 28th Annual Tree of Lights and Luminaries – hot cider, cookies and heartwarming music fill the air as departed loved ones are remembered through the Tree of Lights and Luminary Memorial Ceremony. The ceremony will take place at First Citizens Bank (the corner of 6th and Main Streets), and then the Tree of Lights will be moved to and remain on display at the Hospice Home Store (215 North Main Street) through the holidays. Free @5;00 pm – 6:30 pm
12th Annual Tannenbaum Tea – Ten or more downtown merchants create specials that begin with the letter “T” and serve Tea and Treats to all customers. Free @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm For more information contact; Narnia Studios 828-697-7593
December 18 – January 1
Ice-less Skating Rink – Enjoy ice-skating in Downtown Hendersonville this holiday season. The new larger and improved iceless rink is located at the Visitor Center on South Main Street. The new surface is faster and makes for easier gliding. Two curling are available to try your skills. Play a variety of free games while you wait your turn on the ice. Skating offers endless family-friendly fun.The synthetic ice skating rink is made from special polymers so it can be enjoyed year-round in any temperature. Skate rental included in admission price. Fundraiser of the Henderson County America in Bloom Program. To learn more go to: Henderson County America in Bloom. Regular Hours: 11 am-7 pm, Christmas Eve 11 am-3 pm, Christmas Day-Closed, New Year’s Eve 11 am-3 pm, and New Year’s Day from 11 Noon pm-7 pm
Adults $8, Children $5 ages 10 & younger, group rates available for 12 people or more (payment by cash or check only)
December 21 – 23
Visit with Santa Claus on the Visitor Center Stage! – Santa Claus will be visiting with the children on the Stage at the Visitor Center on Main Street. Kids bring your wish list to discuss with Santa. Mom and dad need to bring their cameras to capture this cherished moment. (828) 693-9708. Free @Visitor Center – 201 South Main Street 2 pm-6 pm
Main Street Holiday Hayrides – Take a magical hayride through Historic Downtown Hendersonville among its twinkling lights and festive decorations. Board the tractor-drawn wagon ride at the Visitor Center, located at 201 South Main Street. Reservations are not accepted, first come, first serve basis. Free @Visitor Center – 201 South Main Street 6 pm – 9 pm
New Year’s Eve Apple Rise – 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve celebration at the Historic Courthouse includes family celebration at 6 PM featuring a Greenwich Mean Time countdown to midnight London time at 7 PM and the Apple Rise ceremonies @ 11 PM – noisemakers, glow sticks and hot beverages will be given out while supplies last at both times – DJ plays top hits of 2018 as you celebrate the New Year – warming stations, corn-hole and giant Jenga games. Free@ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm For more info call: 828-697-4884.