As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, the state of North Carolina is anticipating the start of the holiday season. North Carolina’s holiday traditions are in abundance—no matter whether you are in Eastern or Western NC.
While you are settling in for Thanksgiving week and preparing for the Christmas season, here’s a list of some North Carolina traditions to check out this holiday season:
If you are a North Carolina native—or a transplant—you are probably aware that Bojangles is essential to the North Carolinian lifestyle. Who doesn’t love Bo-Rounds and a Chicken Biscuit? It’s a staple. Founded in Charlotte, NC, this North Carolina company doesn’t just specialize in chicken biscuits though; you can actually order a Thanksgiving Dinner from your local Bojangles. These dinners tend to sell out fast, but the meals come with a fully-cooked, heat-and-serve turkey covered in Bojangles’ “magical” seasoning, and you also have your choice of typical Bo sides. So, if you’re not up to cooking for the holiday, why not order a Bojangles Thanksgiving Dinner?
Thanksgiving Dinner-Asheville Style
Nestled between the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is not only a great Christmas-excursion location, but the Biltmore Mansion and The Grove Park Inn both serve an elaborate Thanksgiving Dinner. These packages include dinner and accommodations, but spots tend to go quickly. So, maybe, 2019 Thanksgiving plans? Even if Thanksgiving Dinner at the Biltmore of The Grove doesn’t work out for 2018, you can still check out these two places during the Christmas season—Christmas trees aplenty.
Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade, Charlotte, NC
North Carolina’s largest city is the home to the North Carolina Thanksgiving Parade. This parade has been an NC tradition since 1947, and this year marks the 250th anniversary of the city of Charlotte, which means that the parade will feature a special celebratory float. The parade begins at 9 am, and if you need information about parking or featured performers, check out their website here.
Thanksgiving Day Dining, Blowing Rock, NC
Located outside of Boone, NC, Blowing Rock is almost like something out of a storybook. Nestled in the mountains with quaint, little cottages, Blowing Rock has a variety of places to stay that also off Thanksgiving dinner buffets.
Blowing Rock is also home to Chetola Lake, and the Thanksgiving weekend kicks off the holiday season with a festival of lights, carriage rides, and a visit from Santa.
North Carolina Holiday Flotilla, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Wilmington’s beaches will be participating in the 35th annual holiday flotilla on the Intracoastal Waterway. What is a holiday flotilla? It’s a parade of boats decked out in their holiday best. There is also a fireworks show, too! Have a favorite boat? You can text to vote. Read more here.
A Dickens Holiday, Fayetteville, NC
On Friday, November 23rd, Fayetteville will transform itself into a Victorian England town and celebrate its 19th annual Dickens Festival. The event will run from 1 to 9 pm, and in true Dickens fashion, Fayetteville will don its Victorian apparel, and celebrate the author’s novel A Christmas Carol. Between street performers and Victorian-styled pubs, this event is a must-see for literary fans and families alike.
These are just a few ideas to help you kick off the holiday season, and there are so many other parades and festivals across the state of North Carolina. What’s your favorite holiday tradition?