One of the best parts of the holiday season is the wonder of searching for Christmas lights around town with the family.

High Country Host, the regional welcome center located in between Boone and Blowing Rock, makes the search for lights a little easier by telling families where to look.

Festival of Lights at Chetola Resort

Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock offers “thousands of holiday illuminations” from Nov. 29 through Jan. 27, according to the resort. As visitors drive onto the property, glittering ice skaters, a Nativity scene, a colorful train and Rudolph can be seen. Viewing of the lights is open to the public, and the resort encourages visitors to enjoy the 50,000-bulb display.

Chetola also offers the Festival of Trees from Dec. 5-8 with about 75 festive themed trees and wreaths. The event raises funds for the Western Youth Network — a local nonprofit agency — through admission donations and the purchase of the trees. During select days of the event there will be a wreath making workshop as well as a visit with Santa. Visit for more information on the Festival of Trees.

Linville Land Harbor light display

Linville Land Harbor, in Linville and near Boone, is hosting its annual light display from Thanksgiving until Jan. 1. According to Linville Land Harbor organizers, the theme for the display changes each year.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will visit each Friday and Saturday night of the light display, and the event is open to all ages. Parking for the event is free; visitors are encouraged to park at the police department. Dogs are required to be on a leash.

High Country Lights in Galax, Va.

High Country Lights, located at Felts Park in Galax, Va., is a family-friendly free light show that runs from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. The animated displayed offers around 100,000 lights that are choreographed to Christmas music.

High Country Host stated that visitors can tune into the 95.9FM radio channel and relax in the comfort of their vehicle or hike around the walking trail and listen to the music. The show operates from 6-10 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday and 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

More information can be found at

Local town events

West Jefferson is hosting its annual Hometown Christmas on Nov. 29, when it will host its official lighting of the community Christmas tree with Santa, carolers and hot chocolate. The town of Boone will then host its Festive First Friday on Dec. 6, with the annual Christmas tree lighting and horse-drawn carriage rides.

The town of Blowing Rock is hosting its Christmas in the Park event on Nov. 29, with the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree and lights in addition to the singing of carols, hot chocolate and visits with Santa.

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