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Santa loves the coast.

NC Holiday Events Sure to Keep the Spirit Alive

NC Holiday Events Sure to Keep the Spirit Alive

From the coast to the mountains, NC is rich with holiday magic.

Complete the Holiday Season With Retire NC

While every town and city pays homage to the holidays, some place more emphasis than others. If you’ve ever been to the historic Biltmore Mansion in December, for instance, watched the Holiday Flotilla near Wilmington, or visited Santa on Chimney Rock, you’d likely agree that North Carolina steps the holidays up a notch.

And, these attractions are just the beginning. North Carolina’s attention to and reverence for the season doesn’t go unnoticed. NC is an annual yuletide destination for thousands of couples and families.

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Christmas lights across North Carolina

Ho, ho, glow across North Carolina

In addition to myriad events scattered across the state, North Carolina knows how to keep it glowing during the holidays. Whether in a resort town or a rural town, seasonal light displays are nearly everywhere across NC. While thousands of flashing lights sparkle through the streets of big cities, they also don parades of boats along the waterways, lakes, and rivers. Some visitors view displays from train windows. And, others walk beneath and around them as they flash along garden paths and through mazes.

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Shopping local for gifts

10 Local Shops for 10 Local Gifts

Local is one of several latest, greatest buzz words. Shopping local, though, has been a long-standing holiday tradition for less trendy reasons. People want to give and receive gifts with stories – stories of your travels, the cities and towns you’ve seen, their history, their artisans and the things you experienced there. These gifts carry meaning and create memorable connections.

Make a list of those who would appreciate these gifts the most, then add local shopping to your NC holiday tour! Depending on where you plan to be, you might consider Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, Tar Heel Trading Company on the Outer Banks or Paper Skyscraper in Charlotte. Fun Fact: Paper Skyscraper was number one in recent years on Yelp’s list of “50 great local shops in the U.S. for finding the perfect holiday gift.”

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Chef and the Farmer

Closing With a Little North Carolina Trivia

What eastern North Carolina restaurant was the setting for a popular television series? (Hint: The building is a century-old former mule stable.)

Any guesses??

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