Ten Amazing Ways to Enjoy Western North Carolina This December

Christmas in WaynesvilleOur cozy inn on Love Lane rejoices in the holiday spirit and welcomes December with twinkling lights, elegant garland, and warming Christmas-y treats. You’ll love the seasonal ambience that’s become tradition at Oak Hill during the holidays. While you’re here, don’t miss the array of holiday attractions in Waynesville and nearby Asheville!

Here’s our guide to enjoying the magic of Western North Carolina in December.

Outdoor Activities in WNC

Did you know that you can have a quintessential wintery experience without leaving the southeast? Western North Carolina’s higher altitudes and gorgeous mountain scapes means you’re probably in for a true winter experience- a rarity in the southeast!

  1. Soco Falls

Venture 15 miles from the inn to Soco Falls, an easily accessible and impressive 120 foot double waterfall on the Blue Ridge Parkway. You’ll love the cool mist and majestic ice formations.

  1.  Lover’s Leap in Hot Springs

If you’re looking for the perfect winter hiking adventure with moderate activity in one of Western North Carolina’s most romantic little towns, then head for Lover’s Leap, a 1.6 mile loop on the Appalachian Trail with gorgeous, sweeping views and a river walk. It makes for a lovely December jaunt!

  1. Cataloochee Ski Area

Fancy a day of skiing, snow tubing, or snowboarding? Plan a day trip to Cataloochee and get your winter sports on!

Holiday Festivals in WNC

Our charming little mountain town of Waynesville becomes a holiday paradise this time of year. Add one of our downtown Christmas festivals to your holiday plans!

  1. The Big Crafty

Before things get super jolly in Waynesville, we recommend heading to Asheville, just a 30 minute drive from Oak Hill, on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 to enjoy a crafty fair teeming with lovely holiday gifts from over 170 hand-selected local artists. Chow on local food and beer as you revel in the creativity. The fair is held inside the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville and the admission price is well worth it at $5 per person!

  1. Waynesville Lighted Christmas Parade

At 6pm on Monday, December 3, the Illuminated Evening Christmas Parade will take over historic Main Street in downtown Waynesville!

  1. Art After Dark

A personal favorite of the art loving innkeepers at Oak Hill on Love Lane! Waynesville’s downtown galleries, studios, pubs, and storefronts open their doors on Friday, December 7, for an evening of music, refreshments, and gorgeous local artwork. This edition of Art After Dark will include a tree lighting, just in time for Sunday’s Christmas parade!

  1. A Night Before Christmas in Waynesville

Join us in downtown Waynesville from 6-9pm on Saturday, December 8, for a mountain Christmas celebration featuring a live nativity scene, good ol’ Santa and Mrs. Claus, old-fashioned wagon rides, caroling, storytelling and more.

Classic Christmas Fun in Asheville

  1. Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore provides a world class experience in holiday elegance. Marvel at the twinkling lights, delicate ornaments, and breathtaking 35 foot Christmas tree! Choose between daytime and candle-lit tours! Both are sure to delight!

  1. Biltmore Village

Holiday shopping in quaint yet chic Biltmore Village can fill up an entire day; this part of Asheville is just south of downtown and a stone’s throw from the famous estate. You’ll love the old English architecture of the shopping center that features modern, upscale brands like Lululemon, Lily Pullitzer, and local artisan shops, delicious restaurants! Stop by Rezaz for lunch and enjoy some of the best Mediterranean food and wine in Asheville!

  1. Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum

Prepare to be dazzled by a night time tour of the beautiful Arboretum grounds lit up by moonlight and sparkling Christmas decor! We promise you’ll find the magic in this award-winning festive stroll!

What are you waiting for? Book your holly jolly December get away now.

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