Festivals, Events & More

FESTIVALS Through Dec. 31

North Carolina

Denton, Dec. 19-23 and 26. Country Christmas Train Ride at Denton FarmPark. Details:

Beech Mountain, Dec. 28. Yule Log Bonfire & Hayride. Details:

Pembroke, Dec. 31. Pine Cone Drop. Details:

Raleigh, Dec. 31. First Night Raleigh. Details:

Carolina Beach, Dec. 31. Island of Lights. Details:

South Carolina

Charleston, through Dec. 31. Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. Details:

Columbia, through Dec. 30. Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo. Details:

Columbia, Dec. 31. Famously Hot New Year celebration. Details:

Beech Mountain

Bottom’s up ... waaaay up

Beech Mountain Ski Resort this season has opened a heated, glass-frame bar, which serves food and beverages. Its situated on a new observation deck and is named for its elevation, in feet: 5,506. Details:

The resort also upped its snow-making ability by adding 12 snow-making snow guns. There are now 40 snow guns used to create snow on the slopes there.

John Bordsen