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It's the week after Thanksgiving, and you know what that means… you're either elbows deep in leftovers, open Black Friday/Cyber Monday tabs, or, most likely, both.

What do you say we take a break from our annual homage to consumerism and set our sights on making holiday plans in the weeks to come. The Holiday 2023 issue is here! And it features the best Carolina Traveler subscription rates of the year…

This week's newsletter highlights epic holiday train rides in Bryson City and Blowing Rock, the Nights of a Thousand Candles in Murrells Inlet, and charming small town Christmas celebrations sprinkled throughout the Carolinas.

Looking for fun things to do with family, a significant other, friends, or other interest groups? A one-year subscription to Carolina Traveler is a thoughtful, personal gift for the special person on your holiday gift list who loves to explore, try new things, and see all there is to see of the Carolinas. Your gift of a one-year subscription can come at the best cost of the year this Black Friday/Cyber Monday, and inspire a lifetime of priceless memories.

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The 2023 Holiday Issue Is Here!

Just in time for Cyber Monday inspiration!

Gather your loved ones around the hearth, it's time to saturate your calendar with splendid and merry holiday fun across the Carolinas! From small town Christmas traditions to heart-pumping holiday spectaculars, there's something to put a twinkle in everyone's eye this season.

Access a sneak peek of the digital version of the 2023 Holiday Issue.

Children posing with costumed figures in the Christmasville in Rock Hill parade.

Snap a selfie with Snap, Crackle, and Pop at the Rice Krispie artist-inspired ChristmasVille in Rock Hill.

Christmas In A Small Town

What is it about Christmas in a small town that propels us instantly into the holiday spirit? The subtly coordinated shops and cafes along a narrow yet lively main street? The friendliness and twinkling smiles of neighbors and strangers as they pass you by? The high school marching band playing upbeat Christmas tunes in the annual parade?

We get it, Carolina Travelers. There's something about a small town Christmas that just makes the season feel more…Christmas-y.

In honor of the small town Christmas spirit, we're highlighting a different town each week where holiday happenings will inevitably draw curious revelers from nearby cities. This week, we're making our way to Rock Hill, SC, where the town has transformed into a winter wonderland inspired by native son, artist Vernon Grant, the artist behind the Kellogg's Rice Krispies elves.

Tweetsie Railroad

All aboard for family fun at Tweetsie Railroad!

Don't Miss Out On This Timeless Carolina Christmas Tradition

Hopping about a holiday train for the ride of a lifetime is a favorite holiday pastime in the Tar Heel State. Two train ride attractions in NC — the Polar Express in Bryson City and the Tweetsie Christmas experience in Blowing Rock — indubitably command the stage as the best Christmas train rides in North Carolina, but new holiday train rides are fast approaching their collective cabooses when it comes to upping the fun factor! It may even be worth checking the different train sites for Cyber Monday discounts!

Brook Green Gardens Nights of a Thousand Candles

Spell-binding. A trip to Brookgreen Gardens during the holidays should totally be on your Myrtle Beach bucket list.

Nights Of A Thousand Candles At Brookgreen Gardens: What To Knob

After the sensory overload and rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday has subsided, you may be in search of an intimate and inspiring experience in the outdoors. December is one of the best times of the year to visit Brookgreen Gardens, a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve thriving right outside of Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, SC. Here's the lowdown on this South Carolina bucket list experience:

What's the story with Brookgreen Gardens? Brookgreen Gardens has been named one of the top ten gardens in the United States. Conceived of by South Carolina philanthropists Archer Huntington and his wife Anna Hyatt Huntington, herself a talented sculpture, the setting has evolved into one of the top outdoor attractions in the southeast.

What are the Nights of A Thousand Candles? Named one of the top ten holiday light displays in the US, the Brookgreen Gardens morph into a magical botanical wonderland illuminated by nearly 3,000 hand-lit candles and millions of flickering lights.

What else is there to do? In addition to walking the paths, you can sip on wine or cider, enjoy holiday music, and even experience a kaleidoscope of Christmas colors and lights with a set of holographic glasses.

What are the dates and times of Nights of A Thousand Candles? The event runs November 25 through December 31 — with some closed dates — from 4 to 9 PM. Check the website before visiting to see the specific dates of availability and potential Cyber Monday discounts.

Hiking trail in Hot Springs, NC

Since the early 1800’s, Hot Springs has held a reputation for its healing mineral springs and scenic mountain setting.

Holiday 2023 Day Trips: Relax At The Only Hot Springs In North Carolina

In this holiday 2023 issue of Carolina Traveler, we're highlighting three NC and SC cities worth a day trip. Join us this week as we visit Hot Springs, North Carolina for some holiday healing in the soothing thermal waters. In addition to taking advantage of the natural hot springs, the surrounding area offers opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and camping, with the Appalachian Trail and French Broad River drawing many nature enthusiasts all year long.

Dancing performs on a stage in Lake City, SC

Enjoy one of many festive performances at the Lake City Hometown Holidays celebration.

Lake City: Hometown Holidays 2023

Fun fact: Lake City, SC was once known as the Bean Capital of the World! Originally conceived by the PWA for southern farmers to transport their beans to the marketplace the revitalized downtown Bean Market is hosting the 2023 Lake City Hometown Holidays from December 1-3.

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with our timeless tree lighting ceremony, embark on a merry wine walk, and witness the dazzling “Afterdark Christmas Parade.” Delight in 40+ Christmas-themed crafts and activities catering to both the young and young at heart. Explore the magic within our historic district, where participating shops offer not just incredible sales but also delightful door prizes.

And oh, the lights! Be captivated by traditional decorations, holiday-themed art installations, and breathtaking commercial light displays. Don't miss out – downtown Lake City is a festive must-visit for checking off your holiday display and lighting checklist!

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