2018 Event Schedule

Festival Weekend Event Hours

Join us at Chetola Resort and stroll through a room brimming with holiday cheer!

Thursday, November 29 from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Friday, November 30 from 12:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, December 1 from 10:00am-8:00pm

Sunday, December 2 from 10:00am-2:00pm



Festival "First Look" Reception

THURSDAY, November 29, 5:00-7:00PM 

Kick off the Festival with merriment at our VIP Festival "First Look!" Appetizers and complimentary beverage provided by Chetola, followed by cash bar. This is a ticketed event.  

Young Professionals Holiday Social

THURSDAY, November 29, 7:00-9:00PM

Join the "40 & under" professional crowd of the High Country. Appetizers will be provided and cash bar will be available.

Military Appreciation

Friday, November 30, 4:00-6:00PM

Please join us as we honor and spread holiday cheer to our active military, retired military, and veterans who can enjoy the Festival during this time free of donation, courtesy of Bricca & Sonny Sweet, founders of the Sonny Sweet Scholarship Fund in support of WYN kids. 

Festival of Lights, nightly, Nov. 29 - Dec. 2

Enjoy the fantastic Festival of Lights, nightly at sunset on the grounds of Chetola, along with the indoor Festival of Trees (Hosted Nov 29-Dec 2). Two Festivals in one great space for a limited time!


More special events being scheduled!  Stay tuned.

2018 Sponsors - More Coming Soon!

Sponsorship drive happening NOW! Join us in supporting this fantastic organization, making a huge difference in our community.

Festival Partners:

  • Chetola Resort

  • Watauga County Christmas Tree Association

Our Festival Star Sponsor ($2,500+): 

  • Sonny & Bricca Sweet   (founders, Sonny Sweet Scholarship Fund)

Our Garland Sponsors ($1,000+): 

  • Anonymous Donor

  • Cary Family Foundation

  • Deal, Moseley & Smith

  • LifeStore

  • VPC Builders

Our Sleigh Bells Sponsors ($500+): 

  • Echota

  • Highlands Wealth Management - Highlands Union Bank

  • Monkee's of Blowing Rock

  • Panoramic Hospitality

  • Phi Gamma Delta

Our Holly Sponsors ($250+): 

  • Appalachian Management

  • Courtyard Marriott

  • Gamekeeper

  • Hampton Inn & Suites, Boone

  • Hardee’s of Boone

  • Inn at Ragged Gardens/Best Cellar

  • David & Maureen Moses

  • NC Farm Bureau Insurance

  • South’s Clothiers

  • WJ Office

Our Lights Sponsors:

  • Vincent Properties 

2018 Tree Designers - More to come!

Large Trees

  • Footsloggers

  • High Country Kids Triathlon

  • "Misfit Toys" group of friends

  • Sew Original

  • The Mustard Seed

  • The White Glove, Inc.

  • Tracey Heiss Interiors

Small Trees

  • Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce

  • Cirque Appalachia

  • College Access Partnerships at A.S.U.

  • Darby Design

  • Tyler Evatt-Young

  • The Gamekeeper

  • Matt & Lauren Harris

  • Log House Florist

  • Magic Cycles

  • Patty Johnson & Mandy Robertson

  • Victorian Inn

2018 Wreath Designers

  • Cindy Wallace