Christmas is on our minds now that October is nearly over and November has crept up on us. This means lights, gingerbread house making, ice skating, snow tubing and so many more activities, we could go on and on. North Carolina does get pretty chilly during the winter months, unlike some other southern states. We have found some of the best North Carolina things to do in December and we are just going to warn you now, you're going to want to hit all of them before the season is over. 

Christmas Town USA

Price: Free

When: December 2-26

Address: McAdenville, North Carolina

Why You Need To Go: This town turns into a Christmas extravaganza every December and you will instantly be in the Christmas spirit when you walk through the town. 

Gingerbread House Competition 

Price: $25 for parking 

When: November 20-January 4

Address: 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804

Why You Need To Go: These gingerbread houses are pieces of art and they are completely edible, too! They are not for eating, but it's fun to walk around and see all the Christmas creations. 

Hawksnest Snow Tubing Park

Price: $31

When: November 23, 24, 29 and 30 - March 29

Address: 2058 Skyland Drive, Seven Devils, NC 28604

Why You Need To Go: This is North Carolina's largest snow tubing park and the lanes are 400 to 1,000 feet long to tube. There are four huge tubing areas with over 30 lanes. 

Speedway Christmas

Price: $25 per car 

When: November 22-January 5

Address: 5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC 28027

Why You Need To Go: This drive-through light show has over 3.5 million lights strung about on a 3.75-mile course. The middle of the race track is a Christmas village that is set up so you can get out and see. 

Polar Express Train Ride

Price: $42+

When: November 8-December 31

Address: 45 Mitchell Street, Bryson City, NC 28713

Why You Need To Go: You will feel like a kid again on this train ride. You'll be served hot chocolate while listening to the story of the Polar Express and traveling through the snowy North Carolina mountains. 

Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum

Price: $18

When: November 22– January 4

Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806

Why You Need To Go: Walking through the Arboretum gardens, you'll be amazed by all the Christmas lights and beauty. There are interactive games, a train exhibit and half a million lights, 

Dry Falls

Price: Free

Address: US 64/28 W Highlands, NC 28741

Why You Need To Go: This 80-foot waterfall and the pool below is known to freeze during the winter, which makes it look like a scene right out of Frozen. 

Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center

Price: $25

Address: 7420 Dillard Road, Scaly Mountain, NC 28775

Why You Need To Go: This outdoor center not only has snow tubing, but it has ice skating as well. This location is known for their year-round tubing and amazing views. 

Holiday on Ice 

Price: $16

When: November 15-January 5

Address: 400 East Martin Luther King Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28202

Why You Need To Go: This outdoor skating rink is the only one in Uptown Charlotte. You can also visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame while you are visiting. 


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