November marks the beginning of Hendersonville’s Home for the Holidays celebration, featuring festive events across the downtown Hendersonville area. “Home for the Holidays brings visitors to Hendersonville as a holiday destination during two of our slower months of the year,” says Beth Carden, director of the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority (TDA). “It helps focus activities to the downtown area, bringing families and visitors to Main Street and other areas of the county to enjoy activities and shop during the holiday season.”
On Friday, November 23, at 5:30 p.m., the holiday lights strewn across downtown will come to life as Santa arrives to kick off the holiday season. New to this year’s holiday offerings is a hayride, available December 21-23. Visitors can board a tractor-drawn wagon at the Visitor Center and ride through downtown to look at the lights and decorations. The holiday skating rink at the Visitor Center will return for a third year, opening on Tuesday, December 18. This year, the rink will include two curling lanes, so visitors can try their hand at the winter sport. Fire pits around the ice rink present a perfect spot for marshmallow roasting.
The iceless rink is run as a fundraiser for Henderson County America in Bloom, a nonprofit organization that promotes beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants and trees. “The rink is put up and run on a daily basis by volunteers from all walks of life,” says Mia Freeman, owner of Mia’s Marketplace and overseer for the rink. “The community support and heart of the volunteers are overwhelming; we have such great citizens in Henderson County and that is one of the many things that tourists love about this place.”
For more information, visit VisitHendersonvilleNC.org/home-for- the-holidays.