Dear Traveler,

Do you hear what I hear? Jingle bells? Christmas carols? The crinkle of a cellophane candy cane wrapper? Somewhere over the joyful and nostalgic sounds of the holiday, you might even catch the call of the wild. It’s definitely out there. As we’re encouraging folks to Think Outside this season, we invite you to discover incredible opportunities for adventure in Brevard, with or without your favorite seasonal accoutrement. Say what you like about hitting the trails in a Santa hat. I think it looks pretty festive and will also keep your head warm. 

No matter the flavor in your favorite cup of cheer, you’ll find a whole sled full of very merry ways to ring in holiday throughout the month of December.  So make your list, check it twice, and make sure you don’t miss out on the most wonderful time of the year in one of the most magical places around. 

Happy Holidays, friends!
The Adventurist




Twinkle, Twinkle


ATOM (the Aluminum Tree and Aesthetically-Challenged Seasonal Ornament Museum) Transylvania Heritage Museum
189 West Main St., Brevard
November 11-December 24
10am-4pm, Wednesday to Friday
11am-3pm, Saturdays


Since 1997, the good people of ATOM (the Aluminum Tree and Aesthetically-Challenged Seasonal Ornament Museum), have sought to preserve one of America’s most timeless holiday traditions: the shiny aluminum tree and all the space-age kitsch that goes along with it. Those who go silly for sparkles and believe that tacky is just an opinion may find their spiritual home in this always entertaining and light-hearted seasonal spectacle.





Warm Up

Mud Dabbers Pottery
3623 Greenville Highway, Brevard
December 1-24
10am-5pm, Monday-Saturday
12-5pm, Sundays


Shopping in 2020 may be a little different. For one thing, local pottery studio, Mud Dabbers Pottery, will not be hosting their annual open house. They will, however, continue to offer a marvelous selection of handmade gifts, and up until Christmas Eve, they’ll throw in a little warm cider while shopping for a little extra holiday cheer. 





Haul Out The Holly


Heart of Brevard Holiday Window Display Competition and Walking Tour
Downtown Brevard
November 27-December 3


Brevard’s cheery holiday sidewalks have traditionally played host to some of the season’s most beloved traditions. This year, Heart of Brevard has encouraged local merchants to add some seasonal pizzazz to their storefronts as they vie to win the Holiday Window Display Competition. Shoppers and visitors who need a little Christmas right this very minute are welcome to stroll past and take in the sites on a walking tour. Then you can vote with a selfie hash-tagged #HOBHolidayWindows to pick a winner, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a $150 gift card at one of the participating businesses. 





Present Times

Brevard Transylvania Chamber of Commerce Giveaway
Throughout Brevard
November 30-December 18


‘Tis the season for shopping local. You can find great gifts. You can support local business. And in 2020, you can win great prizes. The Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce is offering two ways—a shopping passport and a stocking hunt-- for folks to win prizes totaling $1,250 when they visit and shop with participating Transylvania County businesses this holiday season. Truly a gift that keeps on giving. 





Go Tell It (to Santa) On The Mountain

An Appalachian Christmas
Earthshine Lodge
1600 Golden Road, Lake Toxaway
Weekends throughout December


In December, Earthshine Lodge transforms into a holiday wonderland with crafts, ‘smores round the fire, cookies, holiday activities, and, of course, an all-important brunch with Santa. Those looking to dive right into a new seasonal tradition can take advantage of one of Earthshine’s weekend packages, including lodging, meals and other activities. Brunch with Santa is available to anyone, naughty or nice, with a reservation. 





Make The Season Bright


Cedar Mountain Christmas Market at Studio 276
10754 Greenville Highway, Cedar Mountain
Saturday, December 12


Join a Studio 276 and Hiker and the Hound for a festive holiday market, with a variety of local vendors packed with great gift ideas, delicious holiday grub, and an opportunity to catch up with Santa when he drops by from 11-2. 





Heavy Metal Holidays

Blacksmithing and Brews
Earthshine Lodge
1600 Golden Road, Lake Toxaway
Saturday, December 12


Create a one-of-a-kind knife with hammer and anvil at this unique tutorial from a real deal blacksmith and then stick around to enjoy a pint. No experience is necessary. The instructor will guide participants every step of the way. 



Brought to you by Transylvania County Tourism