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May you and yours enjoy the blessings of the season!


The Robeson County History Museum Christmas Home Tour is on December 9th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  The cost of the tour is $10 with proceeds to benefit the Museum and its effort to preserve our County’s history.  Homes on the tour include:


The Johnson Home in The Oaks

            The Oxendine Home on McMillan Avenue

            The Thomas Home on Chestnut Street

            The McIntyre Home on Walnut Street

            Two Hawk Employment Services on 5th Street

            Robeson County History Museum


PO Box 2503

Lumberton, NC 28359


73rd Annual Mooresville Christmas Parade

Wed., Nov. 22

Starting at 3:00 pm
- Ending at 6:00 pm

Generations of locals and visitors alike have enjoyed the numerous floats, dance and entertainment groups, marching bands, and merchants displaying their holiday spirit; ending, of course, with the traditional appearance by Santa Claus. 2017 celebrates 73 years of this time-honored tradition. Pack blankets, grab the kids and enjoy an old time tradition with us!!

Admission: Free


Trail of Lights

Wed., Nov. 22 - Sun., Dec. 24

Starting at 6:00 pm - Ending at 9:00 pm

In its 12th year, this event continues to be a favorite of the holiday season. Using more than 100,000 lights, this beautiful Christmas light display is unique because it not only showcases the traditional Christmas theme but also includes several displays intertwined with Waldensian Culture.

The gift shop is open and ready to serve hot chocolate. Volunteers are very knowledgeable in Waldensian history.

401 Church St., NW
Valdese NC 28690


NC Historic Site
Vance Birthplace

Pioneer Life – Government – Civil War

This pioneer farmstead, tucked in the beautiful Reems Creek Valley, features a two-story log cabin "mansion," an original 1790s slave cabin, and five outbuildings. Furnished as it would have been in the 1830s, the site explores life in early Buncombe County as seen through the lives of the Vance family and enslaved people.

The Visitor Center contains a kid-friendly exhibit detailing the life of Gov. Zebulon Vance from his birth on the farm to his political service as Civil War Governor and post-Reconstruction Senator. Learn More

West Jefferson Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting  

Fri., Nov. 24

Starting at 5:00 pm - Ending at 6:30 pm

Official lighting of community Christmas tree, caroling, hot chocolate, free rides on the old-fashioned fire truck and a visit from Santa & friends!

In addition, West Jefferson’s Hometown Christmas includes a holiday celebration beginning the day after Thanksgiving right up until Christmas Eve. Come to historic downtown West Jefferson and enjoy our Festival of Trees at the Ashe Arts Center, take in our handmade and homegrown Holiday Market at the Farmer’s Market and stroll the streets of our historic downtown area, all dressed up for the Christmas season. Explore our restaurants, shops and galleries to find those perfect gifts!

Don’t forget to choose and cut your own Christmas tree at one of the many tree farms right here in West Jefferson!

Admission: Free

"A Dickens Holiday"

Fri., Nov. 24

Starting at 1:00 pm
- Ending at 9:00 pm

Horse-drawn carriages ride down Hay Street, children pose with Father Christmas for pictures, the smells of cider and gingerbread permeate the chilly air, and there is Ebenezer Scrooge himself, pursued by the ghost of Jacob Marley. As darkness approaches and the clock reaches 5:00 p.m., townspeople gather for the candlelight procession to the Market House, followed by fireworks. Afterward, the festivities continue on the streets and inside the Arts Council building, at "Annie's Alehouse."

Admission: Free

Downtown Fayetteville, 301 Hay Street
Fayetteville NC 28301

Medoc Mountain State Park

Serenity seems to pervade Medoc Mountain State Park, enhanced by gentle Fishing Creek and a scenic open meadow that spreads from the picnic grounds. Anglers and paddlers are drawn to Fishing Creek—considered to be one of the cleanest streams in the region—that flows for about 2.5 miles through the park. Some of the park’s ten miles of hiking trails wander along the creek; others climb several hundred feet to the upper reaches of Medoc Mountain. Roughly ten miles of bridle trails and trailhead parking serve equestrians. The 34-site campground has RV-friendly sites and bathhouse, and warm-weather group camp facilities are nearby. Rangers offer free interpretive programs and hikes.

Medoc Mountain State Park

1541 Medoc State Park Road
HollisterNC 27844


Lights on the Neuse

Starting Fri., Nov. 24

Starting at 6:00 pm - Ending at 9:00 pm

Join us at Lights on the Neuse this Christmas holiday season to celebrate the holiday with an old-fashioned hayride. The hayride whisks you and your loved ones away to a transformed world of Christmas spirit. Pause to reflect on the true reason for the season, celebrate the joy of the birth of Jesus and feel the merriness of Christmas cheer and magic invade you and your family members with an outstanding Christmas lights extravaganza at Lights on the Neuse.


North Carolina Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach

Fri., Nov. 24 - Sat., Nov. 25

When was the last time you spent Thanksgiving at the beach? Spend your holiday at the coast and stay the weekend to celebrate at the annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla filled with fun events for the whole family. This Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event features a Friday launch party with The Embers and tree lighting ceremony complete with a visit from Santa and the Saturday Festival in the Park with arts and craft vendors and the popular Arab Choo Choo. The main event, the lighted boat parade, typically features 30 boats decked out in Christmas lights, decorations and costumes begins at 6:00 pm and is followed by a spectacular fireworks show.

Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.




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