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Weekend Roundup: 17 Things To Do This Weekend; Check ‘em Out and Make Plans: Dec. 21 to 23

Compiled by Paul T. Choate

Dec. 21, 2012. This weekend has a variety of things to do for anybody in the High Country. Whether you are looking for something to relieve the week’s stress or a wild night on the town, the High country has something to offer that will trigger that interest. There are so many things to look forward to as the weekend quickly approaches.

Don’t Miss Events

Holiday Events All Weekend at Beech Mountain Resort


Santa will be at Beech Mountain Resort on Friday, Dec. 21 through Sunday, Dec. 23. From 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, Santa will be in the View Haus Cafeteria making sure to hear everyone’s holiday wishes. On Dec. 22, the View Haus will host a Holiday Sweater Party! From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the View Haus will provide live music from Wise Old River. Holiday Beverages will be on special! Prizes will be awarded for the best holiday sweater outfit.

When: all weekend
Where: Beech Mountain Resort
More info: Click

ASU Men’s Basketball vs. Presbyterian College

The Appalachian State Mountaineers men’s basketball team will be on the hardwood Saturday afternoon when they square off against Presbyterian College at the Holmes Convocation Center. This will be the Mountaineers’ first home game since Nov. 28 following a four-game road trip.

When: Dec. 22, 2 p.m.
Where: Holmes Convocation Center, ASU
More info: Click

App Ski Mountain Opening Slopes

With a very positive snowmaking forecast projected through early next week, Appalachian plans to take full advantage of cold temperatures and open as much terrain as possible for skiing & snowboarding on Saturday, Dec. 22.

When: Dec. 22, 9 a.m.
Where: Appalachian Ski Mountain
More info: Click

Breakfast With Mrs. Claus

58While Santa and the elves are busy making Christmas toys for all the little girls and boys, Mrs. Claus comes to Beech Mountain to have breakfast and spread Christmas cheer to all of the children in the community. Come join us at Buckeye Recreation Center as Mrs. Claus comes to read Christmas stories, visit, and take photos with the children. A light breakfast will be served free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated!

When: Dec. 22, 9 to 11 a.m.
Where: Buckeye Recreation Center, Beech Mountain
More info: Click

Sugar Mountain Rail Jam

On Saturday, Dec. 22 beginning at 10 a.m., come out and watch or throw down with some of the area’s most daring and creative riders and skiers as they deliver thrilling entertainment during the Rail Jam. Over $4,500 in cash, prizes and giveaways, courtesy of Alpine Ski Center, RIDE Snowboards, Salomon, Burton, Scott, Oakley, 686, One Ball Jay, The North Face, Dalbello and Dakine. Be sure to preregister at any Alpine Ski Center throughout the Southeast.

When: Dec. 22, 10 a.m.
Where: Sugar Mountain Resort
More info: Click

Santa’s Last Stop at Sweet Frog

Come see Santa right before he leaves for the North Pole. He has chosen to stop into Sweet Frog in Boone, North Carolina to take pictures with as many of his favorite people as possible. We will have crafts and the prize wheel running. Lots of tasty yogurt and toppings.

When: Dec. 22, 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Sweet Frog, 276 Watauga Village Drive, Boone
More info: 828-266-1558

Shop-Local-Saturdays‘Shop Local Saturdays’ – Boone Area Chamber’s Holiday-Shopping Campaign Begins

As holiday shopping winds to a close “Shop Local Saturday” will conclude this Saturday, Dec. 22. Boone Area Chamber President Dan Meyer said the idea for the annual holiday-shopping campaign sprang from American Express’ “Small Business Saturday,” which takes place in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

When: Dec. 22
Where: Local businesses
More info: Click

Rome Pre-Jib at App Ski Mountain

ATP & Recess will host the Rome Pre-Jib snowboard competition on Sunday, Dec. 23. This is one of 10 Pre-Jib events hosted in the U.S. and Canada, with huge prizes up for grabs and a free entry with valid lift ticket.

When: Dec. 23, 12 p.m.
Where: Appalachian Ski Mountain, Blowing Rock
More info: Click

Ornament Making and Holiday Bonfire

Ornament Making
Calling all children! Get ready to grab a glue gun, glitter and holiday spirit and head on down to the Buckeye Recreation Center for a fun-filled afternoon of arts and crafts! Decorate an ornament for a friend, sibling, or special family member. Your creativity is the limit! There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to decorate a personalized Christmas tree ornament!

When: Dec. 23, 1 p.m.
Where: Buckeye Recreation Center, Beech Mountain
More info: Click

Holiday Bonfire
The leaves are falling, the weather is cooling and it is time to pull out the cozy blankets. Come cozy up around the fire as you roast s’mores and drink hot cider and cocoa. Free food and beverages, and great company under the stars; a perfect Beech Mountain night!

When: Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Buckeye Lake Bonfire Pit
More info: Click

Festival of Lights

FIX_0204Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock is the place to go to see Christmas Lights in the High Country. A drive through the resort reveals over 50,000 lights on display and the lights will stay on until Jan. 27, 2013.

When: ongoing
Where: Chetola Resort and Spa, Blowing Rock
More info: Click

Furry Friends of all Sizes

Pet Adoption Fair

Modern Subaru of Boone is hosting Pet Adoption Fairs on Dec. 21 & Dec. 28 in partnership with the Watauga Humane Society. Modern Subaru is paying the adoption fees. That is correct, if you come out to the fair and find the perfect cat or dog – Modern Subaru will pay for the adoption fees. There is one catch, you must adopt the day of the fair in order for Modern Subaru to pay your fees.

When: Fridays, Dec. 21 and 28
Where: Modern Subaru of Boone
More info: Click

Sunday Horse Clinics at the High Country Riding School

Join High Country Riding School each Sunday afternoon for fun, educational clinics. Upcoming topics include the parents’ guide to horse crazy kids, communicating with your horse from the ground, buying your first horse, preparation to show and common trail obstacles.

When: Dec. 23, 2 to 5 p.m.
Where: High Country Riding School at New River Farms, LLC in Deep Gap
More info: Click

Live Music

Caroling Nights at Boone Mall

Caroling Nights at the Boone Mall are sure to get you in the Holiday Spirit and this will be the final one of the holiday season, so be sure to check it out.

When: Dec. 21, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Boone Mall
More info: 828-264-7286

Mountain Music at Canyons

Check out some good ole’ mountain music on Friday night at Canyons when Mountain Radio takes the stage. Come for dinner and stay for some foot-tappin’. There will be no cover charge for the show. 

When: Dec. 21, 8 p.m.
Where: Canyons, Blowing Rock
More info: Click

The Deluge at Murphy’s

What do you get when merge blues, funk, jamrock and occasional tasty jazz? The answer is The Deluge. The show kicks off at 10 p.m. on Friday night and there will be a $5 cover fee. 

When: Dec. 21, 10 p.m.
Where: Murphy’s, 747 W. King St., Boone
More info: 828-264-5117 

Free Tasting

Premier Wine Tasting at Peabody’s

Peabody’s will be having their weekly wine tasting for those who want a day to relax and do some tasting of the featured wines. Peabody’s has something that should strike the interest of all who have a pallet for good wine.

When: Saturday, Dec. 22, 12 to 5 p.m.
Where: Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, Boone
More info: 828-264-9476


Be sure to check out our listings for cinema showtimes and movie trailers at the Regal Boone Cinema 7 too! It’s the only place where you can see ALL the trailers and showtimes for every movie playing in Boone all on one page!

Editor’s note: Want your event to be added to our Weekend Roundup next time? Email Paul at ptchoate@highcountrypress.com.