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Looking to make your holiday dreams come true?  A collaborative effort between the Alleghany County Chamber of Commerce, Carroll County Tourism, City of Galax Visitor's Center, Grayson County Tourism and Town of Hillsville Tourism are here to fulfill those dreams.


Galax, Independence, Sparta, Hillsville, Fries and surrounding areas, lie within minutes from each other.  These towns offer plenty of locally owned restaurants and unique stores for the best shopping and dining experience for the entire family.  Christmas tree farms, parades, festivals and thousands of twinkling lights highlight this family-friendly adventure as well.  Come and spend a weekend discovering these unique places for the holiday's in the High Country.


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While you're staying with us, here are a list of events in each municipality for the 2023 holiday season.


City of Galax (276-238-8130)

  • Annual Christmas Bazaar: Galax Recreation Center, November 18th, 9:00am-3:00pm.
  • High Country Lights, Felts Park November 23rd-January 1st, 6:00pm Nightly.
  • Small Business Saturday: November 25th, All Day.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting: Downtown, December 1st, 6:45pm.
  • Christmas Parade, Downtown, December 1st, 7pm
  • Old Time Appalachian Christmas Festival: Downtown, December 9th, 12:00pm-6:00pm.


Independence/Fries/Grayson County (276-773-8002)

  • Small Business Saturday: November 25th, All Day.
  • Christmas Bazaar: Independence VFD, December 2nd, 9:00am-2:00pm.
  • Independence Christmas Parade: Downtown, December 2nd, 3:00pm.
  • Christmas on the Mountain: Fries, December 9th, 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Nature's Little Elf Workshop: Blue Ridge Discovery Center, December 9th.
  • New River Bell Ensemble: 1908 Courthouse, December 18th, 7:00pm.


Hillsville (276-728-2128) / Carroll County (276-730-3100)

  • 41st Annual Christmas Bazaar: Grover King VFW, November 24th-25th, 9:00am-3:00pm.
  • Small Business Saturday: November 25th, All Day.
  • Photo's with Santa: Hillsville Community Pavilion, December 1st.
  • Holiday Market: Hillsville Community Pavilion, December 2nd, 2:30pm-5:00pm.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting: Downtown Hillsville, December 2nd, 5:00pm. 
  • Christmas Parade: Downtown, December 2nd, 7:00pm.


Sparta/Alleghany County (336-372-5473)

  • Edwards Choose & Cut Christmas Tree Farm: Now - December 24th.
  • Christmas Tree Farms Choose & Cut Season: November 23rd - December 24th.
  • Photo's with Santa at Ofelia's Chic Boutique: Downtown, November 25th, 10:00am-12:00pm.
  • Photo's with Santa at Sparta Florist: Downtown, November 25th, 11:00am-2:00pm.
  • Christmas Parade: November 25th, 2:00 pm.
  • Small Business Saturday: November 25th, All Day.
  • Christmas Arts & Crafts Show: Alleghany Co. Fairgrounds, December 2nd, 9:00am - 4:00pm.


Lodging Links...

Alleghany County, Carroll County, City of Galax, Grayson County.


Outdoor Recreation...

Grayson Highlands State Park

New River Trail State Park

Stone Mountain State Park