Shop, Skate & Sing Along in Hendersonville this Holiday Season

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – Hendersonville brings out the best of the season with its Home for the Holidays events. Starting this month and continuing through the New Year, visitors are invited to make merry in this Blue Ridge Mountain town with more than 60 festive activities.

The big kickoff takes place the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29, with the Downtown Street Lighting & Santa’s Arrival. Attendees gather on the Historic Courthouse Plaza and sing Christmas carols. Santa arrives at dusk and flips the switch to illuminate the tree and lights along Main Street. The next day, Nov. 30, shoppers support Small Business Saturday by visiting Hendersonville’s many locally owned retailers. Storefronts are decked out in holiday finery for the annual Merchant Decoration Contest, and shoppers cast votes for their favorites.

Youngsters delight in this year’s new Peppermint Bear Scavenger Hunt. Black bears, the unofficial Hendersonville mascot, are hidden inside downtown businesses. When someone locates a bear, the shopkeeper punches his or her card. Once participants collect 12 punches, they place their completed cards in a special mailbox at the Visitor Center for a chance to win one of several prizes.

“We try to make everything we do family focused,” says Beth Carden, executive director of the Henderson County TDA. “If you bring your family to Hendersonville from November through New Year’s Day, you’ll find plenty of fun holiday-themed things to do.”

Flat Rock Playhouse closes out its season with “A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas,” Nov. 29-Dec. 22. The original musical revue changes slightly each year but always promises favorite Christmas tunes, new musical surprises, festive sets and costumes, and talented dancers.

The holiday skating rink, another favorite tradition, returns to the Visitor Center, Dec. 18-Jan. 1. The iceless rink makes skating possible in any weather and provides a smooth surface for all levels of skaters. The entire Visitor Center parking lot becomes a winter wonderland with games, a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and holiday-themed cutouts for photos. Dec. 20-22, free tractor-drawn hayrides board at the Visitor Center and circle downtown for a magical tour of the lights. 

“Everyone in Hendersonville goes out of their way to be warm and welcoming to all of our visitors, especially during the holidays,” Carden says.

For a full list of Home for the Holidays events, and lodging and dining options, go to or call (800) 828-4244.