November 1, 2021 - January 1, 2022
If you haven't been to Hendersonville lately for the holidays, you're in for a treat! Main Street is decked out in many thousands of lights plus, more than 100 one-of-a-kind stores and galleries and 24 local restaurants, it's a delight to spend the day exploring downtown. Events during their "Home for the Holidays" include festive hayrides, an Downtown Street Lighting celebration (Nov 26), and the popular Peppermint the Bear Scavenger Hunt. "A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas," an original musical revue, is back this year at Flat Rock Playhouse, running Nov 26-Dec 19. This charming, bustling town is just 25 miles south of Christmas at Biltmore and Asheville.
Discover one of the best downtowns for shopping in all of North Carolina. Mast General Store is always a must-stop. Galleries abound. The charming Main Street of beautifully restored historic buildings looks ready for a Hallmark Channel movie filming! Many stores stay open late, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.
- November 26: Downtown Street Lighting on Main Street.
- Carriage Rides: November 26 from 5-8 PM and December 3 from 5-9 PM.
- Go to the Hendersonville website for a full schedule of their "Home for the Holidays" events. Most are free.
Cheers! Trail Passport
Looking for stocking stuffers? Give the gift of travel to friends, neighbors, and co-workers with the Hendersonville Cheers! Trail Passport. The passport is your guide to boutique tasting rooms where you can spend the day sipping creative beverages, learning about the craft, and making memories. Trail highlights include Sierra Nevada Brewing, Bold Rock Hard Cider, small-batch breweries, and six different vineyards. Once a passport has been stamped at 12 venues along the trail, it can be redeemed for Cheers! Trail merchandise. The passport is just $10 and can be purchased on Hendersonville's website.
Historic Johnson Farm Christmas Tours: December 1-22
Experience the 1880 farmhouse decorated for Christmas as you learn about the Johnson Family and their farm. Hot chocolate will be provided, and guests can make a Christmas craft. Holiday items will be for sale in the Interpretive Center and in the Heritage Weavers & Fiber Artists’ Gift Shop. Call to make tour reservations, 828-891-6585. Visit Historic Johnson Farm to learn more.
Peppermint the Bear Scavenger Hunt: November 26-December 23
Peppermint Bear will take you on a fun-filled bear hunt through downtown Hendersonville looking for her cubs. As you search for the cubs, visit at least 12 of the 26 downtown participating businesses to be eligible for prizes. Complete the entry form in the brochure and drop it in Peppermint’s mailbox, located in front of the Visitor Center, by December 23rd. For more details about the Scavenger Hunt stop by the Visitor Center at 201 South Main Street. Download a 2021 Peppermint Bear Brochure.
Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Greenery, & Garland
- Henderson County Curb Market (221 N. Church St.) Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays: 8 AM-1 PM
- Justus Orchards (187 Garren Rd.) Christmas at the Farm, Christmas trees, baked goods, family photos, and more.
Santa's favorite store is Dancing Bear Toys (418 North Main). Other favorite shopping stops include Carolina Mountain Artists Guild (444 North Main) with creatives by 30 local artists, Wine Sage and Gourmet (416 North Main) kitchen wonderland, and Wag! Unique Pet Boutique (231 North Main).
A must stop is McFarlan Bakery (309 North Main), a local's favorite since 1930 with plenty of holiday treats.
Go to the Hendersonville website for a full schedule of their "Home for the Holidays" events.