Celebrate the Season!
Beat the winter blues and build your bucket list to visit the Heart of North Carolina. Randolph County has a little bit of everything that makes winter a great season to visit. Did you know, November through February are our hibernation months? This means more places to explore with fewer people. Check out our suggestions below for your ultimate bucket list adventure, only in the Heart of NC!
*** Note that COVID-19 is still affecting events and businesses so please plan accordingly. Many events require advance tickets. **
Enjoy Winter Wonders
Kersey Valley Christmas | Lights, Santa, Action - Archdale, NC
North Carolina Zoo | BELIEVE in the Magic of the Season - Asheboro, NC
Tour the North Carolina Zoo, decked out in holiday décor, plus meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus.This daytime family adventure is sure to delight all ages with seasonal dining options and a scavenger hunt.This is held the first two weekends in December – don’t miss out.
Linbrook Hall Christmas | Trinity, NC
Unique holiday experiences are being offered at Linbrook Heritage Estate in Trinity, NC throughout December. Take a holiday guided tour of Linbrook Hall - three stories of antiques from across the globe with special details for the holidays. You'll also be able to hear stories of the Neal Family adventures and the history of the founding of the estate. The self-guided tours are Thursday through Saturday during the month of December.
Winter Wonder at Linbrook Hall features holiday stories, dance performances, and carolers with special performers from RhinoLeap Productions delighting audiences with holiday cheer - limited availability on Saturday evenings in December. *Advanced tickets are required for the Winter Wonder event.
Millstone Creek Orchards | Christmas with the Kringles Market | Ramseur, NC
The Kringles are visiting Millstone Creek Orchards this season for a magical Christmas adventure! Celebrate and enjoy a Christmas with the Kringles adventure - Christmas photos with professional photographers, Christmas hayride & light show, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, reindeer food creation station, Christmas cookie decorating, letters to Santa & hot cocoa! Reservations are required as space is limited. Part of the fun on the orchards also includes free outdoor Christmas movies, firepit roasting for hotdogs & s’mores. Don't forget the apple cider donuts and hot apple cider!
Cold Weather Fun Indoor Ideas!
Spend quality time with people that matter with family friendly activities found only in the Heart of North Carolina. Since 1990 the Family Sports Center (pictured left) in Asheboro, NC, has brought the fun with 32 bowling lanes, billiards, arcade and so much more. The newest indoor attraction to the Heart of NC is Pitstop Raceway in Randleman, which includes an arcade, bar and grill.
Wanting to learn about history this holiday season? Check out the American Classic Motorcycle Museum and the NC Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame in Asheboro. At American Classic Motorcycle Museum see one of the largest private collections of antique Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the country, including 45 bikes dating from 1936 to 1978. At the NC Aviation Museum and Hall of Fame see two large hangars full of military artifacts, planes and more from WWI to the present, be sure to plan ahead as they do offer holiday events.
See a show, movie or holiday special in our inviting theaters. From our traditional movie experience at Cinemark VII in Asheboro located in the Asheboro Mall, to our family-owned and operated Liberty Showcase Theater in Liberty, NC where performances include the Jerry Allison's Annual Christmas Show. Sunset Theatre (pictured left) located in downtown Asheboro will have a show or two for you this holiday season that can't be missed.
Wintertime Warmup at Local Eateries
Enjoy local dining all season among our 50+ restaurants in Randolph County.Some of these restaurants have been in business for over 75 years! Explore our dining options that include award-winning fried chicken at Magnolia 23 Southern Kitchen in Asheboro, and historically known Main St. Grill in Staley. Warm up with daily soup specials at David’s Restaurant in Asheboro. Enjoy a cup of coffee that gives back (*and you can bring your dog) at Pups and Mugs in Seagrove or try a new beverage at The Wet Whistle Co. in Archdale. Whatever the mood you are in this winter, Randolph County can delight the tastebuds.
'Tis the Season to Shop 'til You Drop
Find your next favorite gift item in our charming shops, boutiques, downtown areas, and Asheboro Mall
Find your next favorite thing at our charming shops, boutiques, and downtown. Each of our cities and towns in the Heart of NC offer excellent shopping experiences for finding the gift for every occasion, and this season is no exception. Brighten up the cabinets with one-of-a-kind pottery from the 50+ potters on the Pottery Highway (NC Hwy 705 ) in Seagrove, NC. Find the perfect gift for her at one of our many downtown boutiques located in our cities of Asheboro, Archdale, Ramseur, and Randleman. These shops feature women’s clothing and accessories as well as home décor that brightens any room. Be sure to follow them on social media for special holiday shopping experiences and sales. Get the classic Black Friday shopping at Asheboro Mall where you can meet Santa as well as shop at Belk, ULTA, and Books-a-Million. It’s the only mall experience in Randolph County. Find that hard to get treasure at our antiques stores located throughout the county. From furniture to fixtures, there is something to surprise you when exploring antique shops in Randolph County.
Be sure to check out other seasonal bucket lists from the Heart of NC for your ultimate bucket list!