Blowing Rock, NC – Blowing Rock’s Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town celebration is an annual holiday event that you are sure to love. Join us for free hot chocolate, caroling, and visits with Santa. The festival is always the Friday after Thanksgiving, and is the perfect time to kick off your holiday and Christmas celebrating! Bring the whole family, or enjoy the romance of the lights and fun, jovial atmosphere with your significant other.

Here’s the tentative 2019 schedule for Friday, November 29:
1-3:30 pm Meet Santa!
2-4pm Games and Crafts in Memorial Park
2-7pm Hayrides through Blowing Rock
4pm- Gingerbread House Contest winner announced! Bring a decorated gingerbread house to enter!
4-7pm Free Hot Cocoa & Apple Cider
2:30-7pm Live Music
5:45pm Lighting of the Town

All events take place in Memorial Park, right on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock. The American Legion building is located just behind the park.

Free Parking is available on Maple Street and on the parking decks by the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum and the American Legion, both on Wallingford Street. All three public lots are just one short block from Main Street.

Don’t miss the parade on Saturday, November 30 at 2pm!

The Christmas Parade on Main Street is a holiday tradition. It’s filled to the brim with holiday cheer and Christmas spirit with fun costumes, floats, animals, and more. A prize will be awarded to the best decorated float!

For more information, contact Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation at 828-295-5222.

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum’s annual Holiday Open House is also this weekend! Admission to the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is FREE, and the open house features a warm space after the parade on Saturday, hot cider, and a family craft session from 3 to 4pm on November 30!

Plus, the local Choose & Cut Christmas Tree season gets underway during the Thanksgiving weekend, so make time to go get your family tree at a local farm- you pick it, they’ll cut and bale the fresh tree for you to take home!