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Holiday fun near Mill House Lodge
If you haven't been to Hendersonville, NC lately for the holidays, you need to check out all the festive events along magical Main Street, decked out in many thousands of lights. With more than 100 one-of-a-kind stores and galleries plus 24 local restaurants, it's a delight to spend the day exploring downtown. Events during their "Come Home for the Holidays" include Flat Rock Playhouse productions, carriage rides, concerts and even ice skating. This charming, bustling town is just 25 miles south of Christmas at Biltmore and Asheville.

December 1: The hometown Christmas Parade travels Main Street from Five Points to Caswell Street, starting at 10:30 AM

December 7: During the Old Fashioned Christmas evening, stores stay open until 8 PM.

December 9: The Holiday Tour of Historic Inns and Cookie Caper is a self-guided tour of several of the grand homes downtown that are now B&Bs, 1-4 PM. Admission benefits the local preservation efforts.

December 18-January 1: The Iceless Skating Rick has synthetic ice for great conditions no matter the weather. It's at the Visitor Center parking lot (201 South Main St). It's open 11 AM-7 PM Monday-Saturday and 1-4 PM Sunday.

December 21-23: Free wagon hayrides down Main Street, departing the Visitor Center at 201 S. Main Street, 6-9 PM

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We at Mill House Lodge can't wait to see you this holiday seaon. We are getting decorations ready just for you! Come stay in one of our many lodging options, right by the water. You'll feel secluded but are so close to all the happenings in Flat Rock, Hendersonville and Asheville!

So many fun things to do right here in Hendersonville , NC!  Come stay at Mill House Lodge and get in the Western North Carolina holiday spirit!

Here Comes Santa Street Lighting at the Historic Courthouse

November 23, 2018

Kick off the season with Christmas songs, shopping and a countdown as Santa arrives to light up Downtown. Free visits with Santa and carriage rides.

Small Business Saturday
November 24, 2018

A great opportunity to support local merchants at the outset of the holiday season! Find specials and a variety of gift options.

Christmas Parade
December 1, 2018
Main Street / Five Points-Caswell St.

A traditional hometown Christmas parade travels along Main Street from Five Points to Caswell Street.

Polar Express Story Party
Historic Hendersonville Depot

All Aboard! Join the Apple Valley Railroad Club for a special Polar Express Story Party at the Historic Hendersonville Depot following the Christmas parade in downtown. Space is limited to 40 per reading and will last 15-20 minutes per reading.. Santa, free hot chocolate and goodies will also be available. All ages are welcome

AT THE VISITORS CENTER

December 18 – January 1

Iceless Skating Rink
Regular Hours: 11am-7pm
Christmas Eve 11am-3pm
Christmas Day-Closed
New Year’s Eve 11am-3pm
New Year’s Day from 11Noonpm-7pm
Adults $8, Children $5 ages 10 & younger, group rates available for 12 people or more (payment by cash or check only)
Enjoy ice-skating in Downtown Hendersonville this holiday season. The new larger and improved iceless rink is located at the Visitor Center on South Main Street. The new surface is faster and makes for easier gliding. Two curling are available to try your skills. Play a variety of free games while you wait your turn on the ice. Skating offers endless family-friendly fun.The synthetic ice skating rink is made from special polymers so it can be enjoyed year-round in any temperature. Skate rental included in admission price.

Start a new family tradition in the North Carolina mountains! As you're driving around looking at the fall color of the Blue Ridge Mountains, stop to pick out the perfect Christmas tree to take home to decorate. Drive into Asheville to check out the National Gingerbread House Competition on display at Grove Park Inn or enjoy Biltmore Estate in all its holiday glory. Then, back to Hendersonville and Flat Rock, NC to relax! Enjoy 10% off your lodging accommodations at Mill House Lodge when you mention this special from now through the end of the 2018. 

We love having Flat Rock Playhouse down the road from us. Please try to catch a show there when you come see us!

2019: The Homecoming - Family*Love*Adventure - Next year's season is now online! Check it out at www.flatrockplayhouse.org at the top of the page. Grab your calendar because 2019 Subscriptions go on sale now!  For more information or to book your subscription, call at 828.693.0731.

It finally feels like fall mid-October in Western North Carolina, and the leaves are starting to reflect that at the upper elevations.

While everything remains green down below, there’s plenty of color to be found along the Blue Ridge Parkway at around 5,000 feet of elevation.

A good bet to see color this weekend is a drive around Graveyard Fields and Black Balsam Knob off the Blue Ridge Parkway. There, plenty of red and yellows can be found. The overlooks around the area looking north offer views from the higher elevations and thus better color.

Overlooks offering views to the south, such as from Devil’s Courthouse and the many viewpoints of Looking Glass Rock, are still worth the trip, but the low-lying areas are filled with green vegetation.

The drive along U.S. 276 becomes more colorful, not surprisingly, as you drive up from the Pisgah National Forest entrance to the parkway. Several colorful trees can be found in the Pink Beds Picnic Area shortly before reaching the Parkway.

The National Weather Service is reporting a 60 percent chance of rain throughout most of the day Saturday with a high of 66 degrees for Pisgah Forest. Clear skies are in the forecast for Sunday with a high of 56 degrees.