Hendersonville Home for the Holidays

Hendersonville Home for the Holidays

If you haven't been to Hendersonville lately for the holidays, you need to check out all the new, festive events along with magical Main Street decked out in many thousands of lights. With more than 100 one-of-a-kind stores and galleries plus 24 local restaurants, it's a delight to spend the day exploring downtown. Events during their "Come Home for the Holidays" include Flat Rock Playhouse productions, holiday hayrides, concerts and even iceless skating. This charming, bustling town is just 25 miles south of Christmas at Biltmore and Asheville.

Mast General Store, Hendersonville

Discover one 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.

Hendersonville Christmas Tree Lighting

2020 Highlights

  • November 27: Downtown Street Lighting, Carriage Rides & Santa’s Arrival, starts at 5 PM
  • December 4: Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas on Main Street, 5-8 PM
  • December 5: Hendersonville Christmas Parade, 10 AM
  • December 6: Holiday Tour of Historic Inns and Cookie Caper, 1-4 PM
  • TBA: Iceless Skating Rink
  • TBA: Main Street Holiday Hayrides, 5-8 PM
  • New Year’s Eve (Dec 31) Apple Rise: Choose from two family-oriented countdown celebrations, one 6-7 PM to celebration Greenwich Mean Time New Year and one 11-12 PM! Enjoy the hits of the year, warm beverages, noisemakers, glowsticks, games and more on the Historic Courthouse Plaza. Free.
  • Go to the Hendersonville Web site for a full schedule of their "Home for the Holidays" events. Most are free.

Flat Rock Playhouse

See holiday Broadway shows at Flat Rock Playhouse State Theatre

Hendersonville NC Downtown

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).

McFarlan Bakery, Hendersonville

A must stop is McFarlan Bakery (309 North Main), a local's favorite since 1930 with plenty of holiday treats.

Go to the Hendersonville Web site for a full schedule of their "Home for the Holidays" events.

More Things to Do

The largest downtown in western North Carolina outside of Asheville is filled with historic buildings and updated streetscapes with flowers and art. Find many spots for outdoor dining and a big variety of quality shops and galleries along a six-block stretch of Main Street. Don't miss two street festivals, the Garden Jubilee and the huge NC Apple Festival.
Hendersonville, NC Places to Stay
Hendersonville & Flat Rock Places to Stay
Find many choices and great deals for bed & breakfasts, hotels, resort and cabin rentals in Henderson County, just south of Asheville, including Mills River, Flat Rock, Etowah, Bat Cave, Fletcher and DuPont State Forest.
Hendersonville Visitor Guide
Hendersonville Guide
Order the free, 48-page Hendersonville Visitor Guide for plenty of detailed information about things to do in Henderson County, just south of Asheville. Home of DuPont State Forest & Sierra Nevada Brewing.
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