Hendersonville Home for the Holidays

Hendersonville Home for the Holidays

November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019
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, carriage rides, concerts and even ice 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 Santa

2018 Highlights

  • November 23: The glow of thousands of lights, including the giant Christmas trees at the historic Courthouse, kicks off on the Friday evening after Thanksgiving with sing-a-longs, Santa, hot chocolate and great shopping.
  • December 1: The hometown Christmas Parade travels Main Street from Five Points to Caswell Street, starting at 10:30 AM
  • December 7: During the Old Fashioned Christmas evening, stores stay open until 8 PM.
  • December 9: The Holiday Tour of Historic Inns and Cookie Caper is a self-guided tour of several of the grand homes downtown that are now B&Bs, 1-4 PM. Admission benefits the local preservation efforts.
  • December 18-January 1: The Iceless Skating Rick has synthetic ice for great conditions no matter the weather. It's at the Visitor Center parking lot (201 South Main St). It's open 11 AM-7 PM Monday-Saturday and 1-4 PM Sunday.
  • December 21-23: Free wagon hayrides down Main Street, departing the Visitor Center at 201 S. Main Street, 6-9 PM

Flat Rock Playhouse

See holiday Broadway shows at Flat Rock Playhouse State Theatre - two locations! 

  • December 6-16: Playhouse Downtown presents “Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells”
  • November 29-December 22: At their main theatre: A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas

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

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.

More Things to Do

Hendersonville
Hendersonville
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 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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