Welcome to our Ramblings feature as we help you explore Lovely Things NC.


Magical Morning

Dec. 9, 8 a.m.–noon. Enjoy a special Holiday morning for families of special needs. Every child deserves to experience the magic of Santa in a setting tailored to their needs. The NASCAR Hall of Fame has teamed up with Autism Charlotte to create Magical Morning, a sensory-friendly holiday event for families living with autism or other special needs. Meet Santa Claus, watch a Christmas movie and enjoy crafts in a calm, quiet environment. Tickets: $15 for the family.

This Old General Store In North Carolina Is A Holiday Dream Come True

Few things can inspire nostalgic notions of an old-fashioned Christmas more than a visit to an old-time country store during the holidays. The following general store in Danbury is certainly the real deal! (Only in Your State)

Rural Avant-Garde: The Mountain Lake Experience

Through Dec. 30
Visit North Carolina State University‘s Gregg Museum of Art & Design to take in Rural Avant-Garde: The Mountain Lake Experience. Featuring art created through experimental methods like painting with fire, dancing in ink or exploiting decomposition, this unique and free exhibition is totally worth a trip to the university’s campus.

Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens

Now – January 19, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Elizabethan Gardens’ Winter Lights celebration is easily one of the biggest and most highly anticipated events of the holiday season. Featuring hundreds of thousands of lights that are dotted throughout the gardens, the ensuing sight is really something to behold and will get all visitors into a holiday spirit. (Outer Banks)

Enchanted Airlie

Now  – December 22.  Share in the joy of the holiday season with family and friends as you stroll the festive grounds of Airlie Gardens. Featuring over one million colorful, twinkling lights, Enchanted Airlie is a must-see holiday tradition. Voted as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events, this beloved annual event features holiday flowers, musical entertainment, a visit from Santa Claus and a variety of provisions like coffee, hot cocoa, cookies and more. Tickets sell out in advance, so reserve yours early and get in the holiday spirit.  (Visit NC)

Christmas Groaning Board at the James Iredell House

On December 14-15, from 1-5pm, Historic Edenton State Historic Site will be hosting a Christmas Groaning Board with help from the Edenton Tea Party DAR and the James Iredell Association. There will be so many cookies that the table will “groan” under the weight! This year, our costumed historic interpreters will be using the Iredell House Kitchen to demonstrate holiday cooking.  This event is without charge and open to the public.  (NCDCR)




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