J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center Christmas Parade
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Gates close at 2:30 to make sure the road is clear prior to the parade starting so get there early to get a good spot!
Valdese Annual Christmas Parade
10 a.m. - noon
Enjoy our small town at its finest!
Glen Alpine Christmas Parade
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Join the town of Glen Alpine in welcoming Santa to the area during their annual Christmas Parade.
Winter Boat Tour of Lake James
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Ranger Clay Veasey will be your captain and guide aboard the park patrol boat as we search for loons, otters, eagles and scenic vistas.
Christmas in Valdese
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tree-Lighting Ceremony and Christmas carols by the Valdese Elementary School students.
New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball
9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
We’re pulling out all the stops with a Champagne toast at midnight, a DJ, Dancing, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and casino games.
Concerts at the Rock welcomes Darin & Brooke Aldridge
7 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Husband and wife duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge draw on the traditions of their native North Carolina, the savvy of a young, gifted band and their own dedication to ingenuity to create the most adventurous album of their career with their latest critically acclaimed release, Faster & Farther.
Lake James State Park
Lake James State Park offers a full menu of activities. Along with boating, swimming and fishing in the beautiful, clear waters of the 6,812-acre lake, there are 25 miles of trails, 15 of which are open to mountain biking.
Linville Gorge Wilderness
Linville Gorge is one of Eastern America's most scenic and rugged gorges, created by the scouring action of the Linville River. Sometimes it is referred to as the "Grand Canyon of Eastern USA." The steep walls of the Gorge enclose the Linville River for 12 miles.
South Mountains State Park
North Carolinas largest State Park, in one of the state’s most rugged areas, South Mountains State Park features elevations to 3,000 feet, an 80-foot waterfall, mountain streams and more than 40 miles of trails for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers.