THROUGH DEC. 31 Hendersonville
Home for the Holidays activities through the end of the year put Hendersonville in a festive spirit. Horse-drawn carriage rides are offered through the historic downtown, weekends through Dec. 24 ($25; $3-$5 for additional passengers); the Christmas tree lighting ceremony is 5-8 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Historic Courthouseu/l is cq; is former Henderson County courthouse; the traditional Christmas parade will be staged on Main Street at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1; downtown merchants will host Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas on Dec. 7. Details: www.historichendersonville.org.
NOV. 22-24 Wrightsville Beach
Wrightsville Beachs annual Turkey Trot a 5K timed run and one-mile walk starting at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) is the warm-up for the free-admission, all-day Festival in the Park (Nov. 24) and the N.C. Holiday Flotilla, which includes a Nov. 23 launch party at Blockade Runner Beach Resort ($25 per person) and the 29th annual flotilla parade of illuminated and decorated boats on the Intracoastal Waterway at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 24.
NOV. 23 Fayetteville
Greet the season with Dickens
A Dickens Holiday starts the yule season in Fayetteville Nov. 23 with free, one-man performances of A Christmas Carol by Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great-grandson of the celebrated Victorian author, at 1 and 4 p.m. Nov. 23 at Hay Street United Methodist Church. At 5:30 p.m. downtown, theres a large procession from the Arts Council to The Market House, where the city Christmas tree will be lit and fireworks will light the sky. Details on these and other holiday events: www.visitfayettevillenc.com.
NOV. 23-24 Cullowhee
Mountain crafts show
The two-day Hard Candy Christmas Fine Art and Craft Show, now in its 25th year at Western Carolina University, will feature more than 110 artisans displaying and selling their southern Appalachian crafts, including those made by basket weavers, quilters, blacksmiths, glass blowers and furniture makers. Holiday items will be available, too. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 23-24. Admission: $4; younger than 12, free. Details: www.mountainartisans.net. Area info: 800-962-1911.
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