Why You Need to See the Forest City Christmas Lights

Would you like to start a new holiday tradition this year? Come see the Forest City Christmas Lights in Rutherford, NC! The dazzling display of lights brings this historic town to life each winter. From the annual lighting ceremony to visits with Santa, there is so much going on in this Christmas town. You’ll have to come see it yourself!

Make sure to download our free vacation guide to learn more about fun local events in our area. It’s full of information about the best things to see and do, like visiting the Forest City Christmas Lights!

Experience the Beautiful Forest City Christmas Lights

The Forest City Christmas Lights tradition dates back to 1930 when the town hung its first set of lights on two trees. Now, the town is illuminated by millions of sparkling lights each winter! The annual celebration begins Thanksgiving night and lights up Main Street until early January. Bring your friends and family, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and enjoy a carriage ride through the magical display. You can even do your last-minute Christmas shopping in Forest City, NC! There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit.

2017 Forest City Christmas Lighting Ceremony

You can view the Forest City Christmas Lights every night, but you won’t want to miss out on the lighting ceremony. The annual celebration kicks off November 23rd from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Listen to Christmas songs by a local quartet while you go ice skating under a canopy of twinkling lights. Then, warm up with hot cocoa and cookies at Santa’s house.

Other Holiday Events Near Forest City, NC

If you’re looking for more local events to attend this holiday season, you’re in luck! There are plenty of things to do in Forest City, NC, and the surrounding area. Here are a few of our favorites:

Forest City Christmas Parade: Bring the whole family out for a fun-filled day at the Forest City Christmas Parade! The annual parade is held each November and begins at 3 p.m. Watch in awe as decorated floats, dance teams, and marching bands make their way down Main Street.

Santa on the Chimney: Did you know that USA Today named Chimney Rock one of the best places to see Santa? Come to this year’s Santa on the Chimney event and see why! You can watch Santa practice his climbing skills as he scales the 315-foot Chimney Rock. The event will feature tons of family-friendly activities, live music, and holiday treats. Plus, you’ll see plenty of local wildlife in Chimney Rock State Park!

Christmas in Chimney Rock Village: Christmas in Chimney Rock Village is one of our favorite holiday events! You can admire the Christmas decorations, shop at local stores, and dine at a variety of cafes and restaurants. The stores are all open with extended hours for the holidays. There will even be a holiday bake sale!

Lake Lure Polar Plunge: Ring in the New Year at the Lake Lure Polar Plunge! Each January, hundreds of brave (and crazy) people jump into the frigid lake to support local charities. Whether you decide to take part or watch from the shore, we promise this will become your New Year’s Day tradition. Will you take the plunge this year?

Book Your Stay at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant!

When searching for the perfect place to call home this Christmas, look no further than The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant. Our rustic Chimney Rock Inn is close to all of the main area attractions, including these fun holiday events! Each of our comfortable guest rooms offers top-notch amenities and everything you need for a relaxing stay. Start off each morning with a gourmet breakfast and then join us for dinner at our incredible on-site restaurant.

Our bubbling outdoor Jacuzzi is open year-round, and it’s the best place to relax after a fun day in winter wonderland. We also offer a number of vacation specials & packages to enhance your stay. The Esmeralda Inn always sells out on Christmas, so make sure to book your stay now! We look forward to seeing you this holiday season!




Looking for more fun things to do? Read our blog about visiting the Biltmore Estate at Christmas!