It’s easy to go into hibernation mode when cold weather comes to town, but in #theHeartofNC there are too many weekend adventures to be had to settle on the couch for the day. From plays to Christmas parades and open houses in Seagrove, the Pottery capital of the U.S., winter is delightfully full of fun!

SEAGROVE POTTERIES

The holidays call for kiln openings, pottery festivals, and open houses at our Seagrove potteries and what better time to knock out your holiday shopping? There’s nothing quite like the handcrafted art created in this community, or the experiences shared at each shop. When you leave Seagrove, you’re leaving with new friends, a story to tell, and beautiful pottery to share with your family.

Shopping at Seagrove Pottery FestivalAnnual Celebration of Seagrove Potters & the Seagrove Pottery Festival, November 22nd - 24th

Mark the date for the Alpha and Omega of pottery festivals. Divided into two locations, just two miles apart, this event is perfect for pottery lovers and newbies alike as the potters in the community come together to showcase their new and best-loved items. The weekend kicks off on Friday night for The Annual Celebration of Seagrove Potters with a gala at the Historic Lucks Cannery, where enthusiasts can purchase a ticket to shop early and enjoy dinner and drinks. Saturday and Sunday, shoppers can peruse items at the Cannery and the Seagrove Pottery Festival at Seagrove Elementary School. Come enjoy live music, food vendors, auctions, and demonstrations at both locations!

Holiday Open House with the Seagrove Potters, December

Whether you’re looking for beautiful new Winter décor or gifts for family and friends, thePottery Snowman and Christmas Trees at Thomas Pottery Holiday Open House begins December 7th and is the perfect time to shop and get into the holiday spirit. The potteries of Seagrove will be spreading holiday cheer each weekend in December until Christmas with their best winter items. Whether you are looking for functional pottery at From the Ground Up Pottery one weekend, or a picture-perfect snowman for your mantle at Thomas Pottery the next, each weekend a new pottery will be delighting visitors with cheerful, holiday items. To see which pottery will be holding a weekend event, check out our event calendar!

HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES

‘Tis the season in the Heart of NC, and we're celebrating in a big way! Our cities, towns, and attractions come alive during the holidays with tree lightings, parades, and children's events that will capture your heart and evoke the Christmas spirit.

Creekside Christmas, December 6th

Plan to take care of your holiday shopping and get your time-honored photo with Santa at Creekside Christmas at Creekside Park. There will be over 25 local vendors set up to make shopping a breeze, Christmas crafts, and a luminary ride to dazzle the kiddos.

Asheboro Christmas Parade, December 6th

After tackling your shopping, pack up the kids and head to Sunset Avenue in Asheboro later that evening to find the best spot for watching the Asheboro Christmas Parade! The parade features more than 100 holiday-themed floats, carolers, and marching bands from across the county.

Christmas on Sunset, December 13th 

Treat the whole family to an evening of traditional Christmas festivities at this annual event. Christmas on Sunset showcases downtown Asheboro's beautifully decorated shops and features carolers, hot cider sipping, a special nativity story, horse-drawn carriage and wagon rides, and gifts for the children from Santa and his elves.

Randleman and Liberty Christmas Parades, December 7th

Two parades in one day, you say? On Saturday, December 7th the Liberty Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting event begins at 2:30 pm and is a full afternoon of merriment. Come experience the ceremonial tree lighting, shop craft vendors, meet Santa, and enjoy roasting s’ mores with the community.

The Randleman Christmas Parade falls on the same afternoon and kicks off the holiday season with bands, floats, and specialty groups. The annual tree lighting and live music will follow the parade in Commerce Square Park.

Children enjoying hot cocoa at the North Carolina ZooBelieve in the Magic of the Season at the North Carolina Zoo, December 14th & 21st

Watch the wonders of Christmas time light up your children's eyes at the North Carolina Zoo this season during the Believe in the Magic of the Season event. Come meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, take a ride on the festive carousel, and enjoy cookies and warm seasonal beverages (coffee, cider, cocoa) from Mrs. C's bakery. You will also be able to make and take home an ornament from Buddy the Elf's craft station, and have photo ops with holiday adorned Zoo mascot animals.

Christmas with the Kringles at Millstone Creek Orchards, November 29th - December 23rd

Have you ever dreamt of spendingStory time with Santa at Millstone Creek Orchards Christmas Eve with Santa and Mrs. Claus? As a child, this would have been a dream come true for us, and Millstone Creek Orchards has made it a reality. Come enjoy Christmas with the Kringles, where children will get to spend quality time with Santa and Mrs. Claus before they get ready to head back to the North Pole for their Christmas preparations. A family dinner is included where guests will roast hotdogs and s' mores alongside the Kringles. Following dinner, Santa & Mrs. Claus will assist the kids in making reindeer food before reading a story and drinking hot cocoa to wrap up the evening. There will also be Christmas hayrides throughout the evening, so make sure to bundle up!

PERFORMING ARTS

What would Christmas be without our favorite holiday movies? The Randolph Arts Guild and Rhinoleap Productions have brought two classic films to the stage at Sunset Theatre this year, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s A Wonderful Life”.

A Charlie Brown Christmas, December 12th

Presented by the Randolph Arts Guild Jazz Series, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” follows our actors who tell the story of Charlie Brown and the gang as they learn the true meaning of the holidays. Smooth Jazz, performed by the Ocie Davis Trio and Friends, accompanies the gang on this festive evening.

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, December 26th - 29th

Rhinoleap Productions brings "It's A Wonderful Life" to the stage this holiday season. The story you know and love is recreated with masterful voices and inventive sound effects by only five actors as they breathe life into all your favorite characters from Bedford Falls. You will laugh and cry as Clarence the Angel tries to convince George Bailey that his life has, indeed, been well lived.