Fall is here and winter is quickly approaching. And this is the perfect time of year to plan a mountain getaway to the mountains of North Carolina. And the towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva are ready to host you and visitors from all over at 5 festivals and events in the Jackson County towns. This area is about a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Charlotte making it the perfect spot for a fall or winter getaway. From leaf season which is a site to see anywhere in the North Carolina Mountains, to winter and the holidays and maybe even a snowfall there is something for everyone to enjoy.

These 5 festivals and events take place between October and December and include fall craft festivals and holiday events across Jackson County. But even if you can’t swing a trip before the holidays, perhaps pay a visit at the beginning of the year with small crowds and lower prices. And an even better chance for that snow I’m dreaming of! Keep reading to learn more about these events. And get more info on planning your visit here.

  • Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival

    Cashiers Leaf Festival

    Dates: October 6th-8th

    Location: The Village Green 160 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, NC

    This annual three day festival features 90 artisan vendors, live music, crafts for kids, food trucks, and more. Everything sold at the festival is handmade by the vendors including unique handcrafted wood, pottery, jewelry, and more. All while the leaves are turning their gorgeous colors the beautiful mountain village of Cashiers. The Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival is free to attend.

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  • WNC Pottery Festival

    WNC Pottery Festival

    Date: November 4th

    Location: Bridge Park, Railroad Ave, Sylva NC

    One of the top events in the North Carolina mountains and Top 20 event in November in the Southeast the WNC Pottery Festival features more than 40 master potters, with many demonstrations in a variety of techniques. Potters come from over 13 states and work with a variety of clay art styles.

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  • Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries

    Dates: December 1-2, and December 8-9th

    Location: Downtown Dillsboro

    2023 marks the 40th anniversary or Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries. The downtown of Dillsboro comes alive with 2,500 candles and white lights. There are carolers, cocoa and cider, and horse-drawn carriage rides. There is also live music and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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  • Cashiers Christmas Parade

    Cashiers Christmas Parade - Discover Jackson NC

    The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to plan and produce the Cashiers Christmas Parade with local businesses, organizations, and residents

    Date: December 2nd

    Cashiers Christmas Parade

    Location: Cashiers Crossroads

    Don’t miss the Cashiers Christmas Parade this December. Local businesses, organizations, and residents take part in the yearly parade that travels a 1-mile loop.

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  • Sylva Christmas Parade

    Sylva Christmas Parade

    Date: December 3rd

    Location: Downtown Sylva’s Main Street

    This hour-long parade features floats, bands, and of course, Santa makes an appearance. If you’re in town you’ll also want to check out the town’s tree lighting and fireworks on December 1st.

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