Highlands, North Carolina

Highlands, North Carolina


This charming mountain town is what comes to mind when you dream about a white Christmas. Visitors will discover local shops decked in red, green, and gold, scenic snow-capped mountains, and plenty of good cheer to go around. Head to Highlands for an unforgettable holiday adventure!

Shop for Unique Holiday Gifts

Acorns: From fun and eclectic finds to upscale and elegant showstoppers, the options are endless—discover an exquisite selection of designer jewelry, contemporary and antique furnishings, home décor, accessories, and captivating art and rugs sourced from around the world.

The Bascom: Explore this artistic haven and shop for local and regional artistic treasures, including handmade crafts and unique home decor. You can schedule a Personal Shopping Appointment if you need help selecting the perfect present for that special someone on your list.

Highland Hiker: This family-owned business is known for their mens’, women’s, and children’s outfitting apparel. Whether you're shopping for outdoor enthusiasts or fashionistas, Highland Hiker has you covered with clothing, gear, and footwear for the whole family.

TJ Bailey’s: Celebrating 30 years of excellent customer service and curated style, TJ Bailey's offers men's and women's clothing, gifts, and art, perfect for those looking for classic, timeless gifts. 

Uashmama: For eco-conscious shoppers, Uashmama features innovative, sustainable washable paper products that make for unique and environmentally-friendly presents.

Savor Holiday Dishes and Treats

Highlander Mountain House: Enjoy cozy lodging at the Highlander Mountain House, featuring 18 historic rooms. Live music and delicious food are waiting at Bistro on Main from May through mid-December. 

Kilwins: Treat yourself to Kilwins' world-famous fudge, original recipe ice cream, and handmade candies. Don't miss holiday specials like NutCracker Sweets, Peppermint Ice Cream, Chocolate Dipped Holiday Oreo Cookies, and Kilwins’ Heritage Milk Chocolate Molded Santas.

Oak Restaurant at Skyline Lodge: Venture slightly out of downtown to Oak Restaurant at Skyline Lodge and sample their holiday treats, including Apple Cider Sorbet, Date Sticky Toffee Pudding with figs, and six-layer Black Forest Inspired Chocolate and Pumpkin Souffle.

Embrace the Holiday Spirit

Skating in the Park: From November to March, head to Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park for outdoor ice skating. Join in the fun or watch from the sidelines while sipping on hot chocolate or coffee.

Light Up the Park & Main: On November 25th, witness the magical moment when holiday lights illuminate Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park and Main Street. Santa himself will lead this enchanting celebration.

Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade: Kick off the holiday season on December 2nd with an old-fashioned, small-town parade on Main Street. It's a heartwarming experience for the whole family.

Snow Fest @ 4118: On January 27th and 28th, bring your friends and family to Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park for Snow Fest @ 4118. Enjoy winter activities like snowball tossing, snow tubing, and ice skating at an elevation of 4,118 feet.