(Republished with permission from The Carolina Mountain Life)
Hallmark Like Christmas Weekend in Black Mountain, NC
The holiday season is upon us, and there’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than by immersing yourself in the heartwarming charm of a Hallmark-like Christmas weekend. Nestled in the picturesque mountains of North Carolina, Black Mountain offers the perfect backdrop for a three-day holiday extravaganza that will make your heart swell with joy. From the Holly Jolly festivities to the enchanting Circle of Lights at Lake Tomahawk, and the joyful presence of Santa Claus himself, here’s a guide to experiencing the most magical Hallmark-like Christmas weekend in Black Mountain, NC.
Day 1: Friday – The Holly Jolly Kickoff
Kickstart your Hallmark Christmas weekend by diving headfirst into the festive spirit at the Holly Jolly kickoff event. Black Mountain’s downtown transforms into a Christmas movie scene, with twinkling lights, cozy shops, a Holly Jolly Christmas Market, and a warm, inviting atmosphere. As you stroll through the streets, you may even hear carolers singing your favorite holiday tunes, dance performances in the street, and the spirit of Christmas filling the air.
Be sure to indulge in some holiday shopping at the charming local boutiques scattered throughout downtown and the White Horse Black Mountain –Holly Jolly Christmas Market. Black Mountain is known for its locally made, handcrafted artisanal gifts and treasures, making it the perfect place and time to find unique presents for everyone on your list.
Keep an eye out for the man in red, who will undoubtedly make an appearance, greeting children and adults alike with his hearty Ho! Ho! Ho!
A Christmas Tree lighting at Town Square followed by a reading of the Night Before Christmas by the Mayor in front of the tree. But that’s not all, before we wrap up the festivities at Town Square, Ryan Perry will hit the stage around 7 pm.
Day 2: Saturday – The Christmas Parade and Circle of Lights
Saturday dawns with the promise of an unforgettable Christmas parade downtown Black Mountain starting at 4 p.m. Grab a cup of steaming hot apple cider, coffee, or cocoa and find the perfect spot along the parade route to watch as festive floats, marching bands, and community groups come together to spread holiday cheer.
Shop before and after the parade on the 2nd day of the White Horse Black Mountain’s Holly Jolly Christmas Market.
The Monte Vista will be hosting a special Parade viewing event. Savor the parade, and don’t forget to visit their gazebo for a Holiday Cocktail/Cocoa Bar on Saturday, December 2nd, between 3 pm and 6 pm. Extend the festive spirit with a delightful dinner at Milton’s and cocktails at the bar afterward.
In the early evening, make your way to Lake Tomahawk, where you’ll witness the enchanting Circle of Lights event. The entire lake comes alive with a symphony of twinkling lights, reflected on the water’s surface, creating a magical ambiance that’s nothing short of breathtaking. This event captures the essence of the holiday season and will leave you with unforgettable memories.
Don’t forget to head to the local diners and eateries to savor a hearty, comforting meal afterward. Black Mountain boasts a thriving and eclectic food scene, and you won’t be disappointed with the delicious options available!
Day 3: Sunday – Deck the Trees
As your Hallmark Christmas weekend winds down, savor the final day by immersing yourself in one of Black Mountain’s most cherished traditions, the Deck the Trees event.
Local businesses and organizations decorate Christmas trees with creativity and care, transforming a community space into a festive wonderland. Over 40 trees are viewable around local businesses and at the Historic Monte Vista Hotel. It’s a heartwarming way to support the local community and be inspired by the spirit of giving that defines the season.
As you bid farewell to Black Mountain, you’ll carry with you the cherished memories of a Hallmark-like Christmas weekend filled with joy, laughter, and the warmth of holiday traditions. Black Mountain, NC, truly knows how to create a magical holiday experience. So, start planning your getaway now and make this year’s Christmas celebration one for the books.
Check out the full Holiday event guide here.