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


Christmas By Candlelight

December 14- 15, Kernersville NC.  Come to experience the magic of Körner’s Folly decorated in Christmas splendor. Enjoy meandering through all 22 beautifully decorated rooms in this one of a kind Victorian home. Enjoy holiday songs from carolers in period costume as you prepare for a self-paced tour through this historic house turned winter wonder. (Visit Winston-Salem)

Jingle All the Way to Jackson County

The holiday season is just getting started, and there is no better place to celebrate than in the picturesque Western North Carolina mountain towns of Jackson County. While the region’s mountains certainly provide breathtaking scenic views, especially when coated in nature’s snowy blanket, there is much more to enjoy here throughout the holiday season.

Experience Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum

Now – December 31, Asheville. Discover a bright holiday tradition at Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum. Walk through an outdoor winter wonderland and see the arboretum’s gardens dressed in more than half a million holiday lights. Discover unique displays that illuminate to the sounds of your favorite holiday tunes. Tickets are date/time specific and must be purchased in advance online. (Our State)

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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