It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and North Carolina is the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit. No matter your location, there are lights, bells, Christmas trees, roaring fires and plenty of carols nearby. Wondering where exactly to ring in the season? Here are the ten best Christmas towns in North Carolina.
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They don't call it Christmas Town USA for no reason. This year, McAdenville rings in 60 years of beloved holiday tradition. The streets fill with cheerful tunes, millions of twinkling lights greet your eyes and fill the senses with Christmas magic. Cars drive through the small town to get a glimpse at the lavish decorations. In Christmas Town USA, you'll find more Christmas Trees per capita than people. For information on hours, traffic routes etc.
The Biltmore House hosts one of the most exquisite Christmas displays in the nation. The decorations are lavish and the Christmas trees are larger-than-life. This is a favorite for North Carolina natives and visitors.
But you can't forget the National Gingerbread Competition at the Omni Grove Park Inn and Grove Arcade in Asheville. This year's competition is on display until January 3rd.
This beachy town was named by Travel & Leisure as "One of the Best Towns For the Holidays." Between the quaintly decorated downtown, Christmas parade, and the Crystal Coast Flotilla - Beaufort is a great place to get in the spirit of the season. You can start by attending the Crystal Coast Flotilla this Saturday.
Get in the Moravian-style spirit in Winston-Salem. A walk through the Old Salem covered bridge will leave you enchanted. The dangling stars have two centuries of history, starting with the original German settlers of the area. Don't forget to catch UNCSA'S annual, professional performance of the Nutcracker at The Stevens Center.
And not too far from Winston-Salem, you'll find the Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park. The annual festival runs through December and draws in thousands of visitors from the Piedmont area. This year, over a million lights are used!
For more lights, the Charlotte Motor Speedway is home to one of the nation's largest light shows. This year's display will feature over 3 million lights and 800 different displays.
6. Chimney Rock State Park
Hey, this is North Carolina and here, Santa gets adventurous. You can watch him rappel down the 315-ft. Chimney Rock Dec. 5th and 12th. The kids will absolutely love this one!
7. New Bern
Visit the historic Tryon Palace for the 35th annual Candlelight Celebration Dec. 12th and 19th. Before the fun, browse the beautifully decorated downtown and pick up some unique gifts at one of the many shops.
The 34th annual Christmas Candlelight Tour takes you on a self-guided walking tour through the homes of the 300-year old historic district. Step (literally) into the past and marvel at the beautifully eloquent decorations in Edenton's most historically-rich homes.
The already gorgeous Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden transforms into something simply magical come Christmas.
10. Wilmington / Wrightsville Beach
While the annual Holiday Flotilla has passed, throughout December you'll still catch a glimpse of lights adorning boats. For an upcoming, fun event to ring in the season, stop by the Bellamy Mansion Museum Dec. 12th for a 'Christmas Stroll Through the Past.' You can enjoy a candlelight walk through one of North Carolina's architectural gems. There will also be activities for kids and families.
Where is your favorite place to celebrate the holidays? What events are your favorite? Tell us in the comments!