Holiday Fun for the Family in Asheville & Western North Carolina

We always talk about how much there is to see and do in Asheville and the Western North Carolina region any time of the year, in any season. The holiday season is no different. We happen to think it is an extra special time of year to be here. There is so much going on that we encourage you and your family to plan your Western North Carolina getaway and to stay as long as you can. You won't regret it!

At Chimney Rock State Park this Saturday and next, Santa comes to the rock to practice his climbing and rappelling skills in preparation for his big day. You don't want to miss the opportunity to seeSanta on Chimney Rock Santa on the Chimney! From 11a.m. to 2p.m. on December 7 and 14, he will descend from the top of Chimney Rock for an almost 200-foot rappel every 30-45 minutes (as long as the weather cooperates). Kids are encouraged to stick around for photos on Santa's lap, the opportunity to meet Mrs. Claus, as well as plenty of holiday cookies and hot cocoa to go around. There are some other fun activities for the kids, too. We'd also like to mention that Chimney Rock was recently named one of the Top 10 Best High Places by USA Today. Awesome!
The Polar Express in Western NC
The kids will also enjoy an experience like no other on the Polar Express at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson City. Get your ticket and hop aboard the Polar Express for a round-trip excursion through Western North Carolina. The train departs from the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board enjoy warm cocoa and other goodies while listening and reading along with the magical story. The Polar Express operates through December 29. All aboard!

Have some laughs and enjoy a family favorite by getting your tickets for the beloved production of A Christmas Story at the Flat Rock Playhouse. It includes all of the charm and humor from the moA Christmas Story in Western NCvie with little Ralphie Parker hoping to find an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range mold BB rifle under the Christmas tree. Based upon the classic 1983 motion picture, the play is a hilarious and heartwarming holiday treat anyone will enjoy, as long as they don’t shoot their eye out. The production runs through December 22.

We've only touched on some of the family fun happening this weekend in Western North Carolina. There is so much more including holiday parades, Christmas strolls, holiday fairs and more. For a full listing of events and things to do, visit the events page on

Do you have a Western North Carolina getaway planned for the holiday season? If so, we'd love to hear about it. Let us know what you plan to do! Do you have any favorite holiday activities here?

We'll have more for you next week. See you then!

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