FESTIVALS Through Dec. 31
Denton, Dec. 19-23 and 26. Country Christmas Train Ride at Denton FarmPark. Details: http://www.countrychristmastrain.com/.
Beech Mountain, Dec. 28. Yule Log Bonfire & Hayride. Details: http://bit.ly/19C4BuF.
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Pembroke, Dec. 31. Pine Cone Drop. Details: http://bit.ly/1dpZ90J.
Raleigh, Dec. 31. First Night Raleigh. Details: www.firstnightraleigh.com.
Carolina Beach, Dec. 31. Island of Lights. Details: www.islandoflights.org/newyears.html.
Charleston, through Dec. 31. Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. Details: www.holidayfestivaloflights.com.
Columbia, through Dec. 30. Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo. Details: www.riverbanks.org.
Columbia, Dec. 31. Famously Hot New Year celebration. Details: www.famouslyhotnewyear.com.
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: www.beechmountainresort.com.
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.