Boone January events, Blowing Rock January events, Banner Elk January events

Top 5 January Events in the High Country 2023

Mark Your Calendar for these January Events in the High Country

The month of January is full of fun and exciting events in the High Country, from Boone and Blowing Rock to Banner Elk. Whether you’re searching for family-friendly events, food and drink events, live music or free festivals, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Be sure to pick up a High Country Visitors Guide to find even more events throughout the year.

Top 5 January 2023 Events in the High Country

Here are our top five events happening in Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk during January.

January 1-29: Festival of Lights at Chetola

Chetola Resort features a sparkling display of lights each winter season! The “Festival of Lights” is free and open to the public, and you are invited to enjoy thousands of dazzling illuminations throughout the resort.  As you drive or stroll around Chetola Lake, view glittering ice skaters, “Rudolph” reeling in a big fish, strolling carolers and many more captivating holiday scenes. 

The “Festival of Lights at Chetola” begins Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, Nov. 25, and remains up through Blowing Rock’s WinterFest till Sunday, January 29, 2023. The displays illuminate at dusk each evening.

January 3: Winter Trails Day

Winter Trails Day at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort offers children and adults new to snow sports the chance to try snowshoeing for FREE. Discover the fun and fitness of snow sports. Guided tours are available on the hour from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. The program includes a forty-five-minute tour and snowshoe rental. Adult tours are for those who are 12 years or older. Children’s tours are for those ages 8-11. Sign up at least fifteen minutes prior to your tour time at the ski/snowboard school.

January 7: Boone Winter Farmers Market

Browse an array of goods from local growers and producers at the Boone Winter Farmers Market. This weekly market takes place every Saturday until March at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center. Find fresh, seasonal vegetables, locally raised meats, eggs, honey, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, candles, art and more.

January 26-28: Chill at the Hill

Winterduck Derby, Jan. 26th. Mystery Hill is ready to get the kids excited about their Duck Derby this year, and are ready to hand out a grand prize for the winner of the Derby. Chill at the Hill Winterduck Derby takes place on Jan 26th at 1pm-3pm.

Winterhawk Tournament, Jan. 27th. The Winterhawk Tournament is an annual event where the best axe throwers complete to win the Winterhawks Trophy, one of two magical axes that are rumored to give good fortune to those who wield them. A Chill at the Hill ticket will gain entry into the Winterhawk Tournament. Mystery Hill will score your throws throughout the event at Tomahawk Hill and the winners will be announced on Friday and Saturday evenings. Chill at the Hill: Winterhawk Tournament takes place on Jan. 27th at 12pm-5pm.

Murder at the Hill, Jan. 28th. This interactive dinner drops you into the story itself. You will be assigned a character before the night of the event. Once you arrive at Mystery Hill you will be given a series of objectives to complete in order to help further along your investigation. Chill at the Hill: Murder at the Hill takes place on Jan. 28th from 6pm-9pm.

January 26-29: Blowing Rock WinterFest

Don’t miss the 25th annual Blowing Rock WinterFest. This is your chance to get out of the house and experience all Blowing Rock has to offer in winter. This four-day event will feature a number of activities, including the icy Polar Plunge in Chetola Lake, WinterFeast, Ice Carving in Memorial Park, a chili cook-off and more.