Plenty of turkey, twinkling lights and gingerbread houses, visits with Santa, the scent of a freshly cut fir and maybe — just maybe — a light dusting of snow. The holiday season is certainly special both in and around The Cliffs communities. To help you make the most of this most wonderful time of year, we’ve put together a list of some of the top ‘Holiday Happenings’ in our communities and great nearby cities.
Stay tuned as more events are added!
Home for the Holidays
November 1 – January 1 – See Website for Hours and Event Details – Hendersonville
Savor the holiday season with two months of charming celebrations in nearby Hendersonville, NC. Stroll along the serpentine Main Street and take in the holiday decorations or enjoy a special holiday event. Visit the Home for the Holidays website for a complete list of events, locations and details.
Candlelight Christmas Evenings at the Biltmore Estate
November 3 – January 5 – See Website for Hours – Biltmore Estate, Asheville
Biltmore House greets you with the soft glow of luminaries and holiday lights on a towering Norway spruce. Inside, thousands of ornaments on dozens of Christmas trees reflect the flicker of candlelight, firelight and twinkle lights.
Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum
November 16 – December 31 – 6:00 -10:00 p.m. Daily – North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville
Walk through an outdoor winter wonderland and enjoy unique displays and landscapes composed of more than half-a-million holiday lights. Listen to the sounds of your favorite holiday tunes or enjoy a cup of holiday-inspired cocoa, cider or beer. Proceeds generated from Winter Lights help support the Arboretum’s educational programs, exhibits and year-round.
Ice on Main
November 16 – January 21 – See Website for Hours – Main Street, Downtown Greenville
Lace up your ice skates (rentals are available!) and glide along this charming rink in the heart of Downtown Greenville.
Shake Your Tail Feathers Dance Fitness
Tuesday, November 20 – 9:00 – 10:00 am – The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards Wellness Center
Come get ready for Thanksgiving with a calorie torching holiday dance class. No experience necessary!
Gobbler Open Golf Tournament
Wednesday, November 21 – 11:00 am – The Cliffs at Walnut Cove Golf Course
Join your neighbors for a “Gobble-Gobble” better ball tournament on the Walnut Cove golf course with Thanksgiving spirits at the Turnhouse during play, followed by light appetizers and awards following play.
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl Flag Football
Thursday, November 22 – 10:00 am – The Cliffs Valley Soccer Field
Burn off a few extra calories before enjoying your Thanksgiving feast and bring the whole family down to The Cliffs Valley Soccer Field for a fun game of flag football!
National Gingerbread House Competition Display
November 25 – January 4 – After 3:00 p.m. Daily – The Omni Grove Park Inn & Spa, Asheville
Enjoy the amazing gingerbread creations at the 26th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Except for the base, the extravagant entries are constructed entirely of edible materials. You won’t believe your eyes!
Campfire Building Basics
Thursday, November 29 – 6:30 pm – The Cliffs at Keowee Falls Wellness Center
Join Kyle Henry from The Cliffs Exploration team as he reveals all his secrets for starting a campfire. He will discuss some unique items that can be used, different techniques, and fire safety. Join us as we socialize, learn, play campfire games, and snack on hot chocolate and s’mores.
Christmas in the Park
Friday, November 30 – 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Trailblazer Park, Travelers Rest
Bring the kids for a ride on the Polar Express Train and enjoy a free cup of hot chocolate and cookies. Santa will be in the pavilion ready for photos and there will be festive music, Christmas caroling and food trucks on hand. This holiday event in nearby Travelers Rest is the perfect time to kick off your holiday and Christmas celebrating!
Festive Flotilla Folly
Saturday, December 1 – 5:30 pm – The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards Lakehouse Docks
Get out and float your boat! Find a boat, gather friends and get decorating, or view the parade of festively decorated boats as they travel to the Keowee Vineyards Pavilion Docks, where General Manager Jim Killion, Chef Francis and their elves will happily hand out a hot toddy to boat participants.
Keowee Springs Holiday Social
Friday, December 7 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm – The Cliffs at Keowee Springs Porch
Celebrate the holiday season with friends and neighbors over festive drink features and complimentary light hors d’oeuvres. Show us your holiday spirit with your best and tackiest Christmas sweaters for a bit of fun competition!
Very Merry Local Christmas Market
Saturday, December 8 – 1:00 – 5:00 pm – Trailblazer Park, Travelers Rest
Shop handmade goods from local artisans, sample selections from local food trucks and see Santa Claus himself.
The Cliffs Valley’s Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 8 – 4:00 – 6:00 pm – The Cliffs Valley Clubhouse
The holiday season is filled with traditions. We hope you will gather your family and join us for our traditional Holiday Celebration event! Enjoy an evening filled with holiday spirit, cuisine and music, along with a special visit from Santa himself.
The Holly Ball and Falls Creek Rush Concert
Saturday, December 8 – 5:30 – 10:00 pm – The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards Clubhouse
Black tie dress is admired but not required for this special holiday dinner, complete with live music by your neighbors, the Falls Creek Rush Band!
Couples 12 Holes of Christmas
Sunday, December 9 – 11:00 am – The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards Golf Course
On the 1st Hole of Christmas my Golf Pros gave to me… Each hole will have a different format with a Christmas theme in this unique 12-hole event. Couples can arrange their own foursome or ask to be paired with another couple.
Old Tyme Christmas & Christkindlmarket
Thursday, December 13 – 5:30 – 7:00 pm – The Cliffs at Glassy Clubhouse
Join us for a night of Old Tyme Christmas & Christkindlmarket shopping experience. Drop in and stroll throughout the Clubhouse for seasonal holiday decor, light hor d’oeuvres, and a whimsical shopping market. It’s the perfect chance to shop for last minute personalized gifts.
Holiday Open House
Tuesday, December 18 – 4:30 – 5:30 pm – The Cliffs at Mountain Park Cabin
Join us for our annual Holiday Open House at The Cabin, when we’ll enjoy tasty beverages and the unforgettable Ugly Sweater Contest!
Candlelight Dinner at Glassy
Saturday, December 22 – 5:30 – 8:30 pm – The Cliffs at Glassy Dining Room
The Glassy Candlelight Dinner has become a tradition on the mountain. Join us for a special holiday menu and enjoy the splendor of the season by candlelight.
Flapjacks, Flannel, & Frost Breakfast
Monday, December 24 – 8:00 – 11:00 am – The Cliffs at Glassy Grille
Don we now our plaid apparel! Join us for some flannel, frost and flapjacks.
New Years Eve at the Bistro
Monday, December 31 – 6:30 – 9:00 pm – The Cliffs at Keowee Springs Bistro
Skip the formalities and enjoy a casual gathering at the Bistro for New Year’s Eve — comfort food, lively libations, and an early toasting to the arrival of 2019!
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Monday, December 31 – 7:00 – 12:30 am – The Cliffs at Keowee Falls Clubhouse
Ring in the New Year with live music, dancing and a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Shawn Creef and his culinary team! When the clock strikes midnight, we will have a balloon drop and a complimentary champagne toast to bring in 2019.
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Monday, December 31 – 9:00 pm – 12:30 am – The Cliffs at Walnut Cove Tavern
Celebrate in style (black tie optional) as we say hello to 2019!