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  • Nov 1
    The 10th Annual Western North Carolina Pottery Festival

    Dillsboro
    www.wncpotteryfestival.com

    An assortment of all things clay, the festival is celebrating its 10th year with a WNC Clay Olympics on Friday, October 31, where potters will compete in a variety of skill sets.  Saturday will feature more than 40 of these master potters and demonstrations.  Admission is $5 per person and children 12yrs or younger are admitted for free.
  • Nov 1 - Nov 2
    36th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival

    Ocean Springs
    www.peterandersonfestival.com

    This annual event showcases not only more than 400 artists and craftsmen but also the Gulf Coast’s shops, restaurants and galleries.  Preliminary events include the Blue Moon Art Project and local restaurants hosting dinners to preview of the top submissions.  This multi-award winning event was also the recipient of the STS Shining Example Award for a Festival in 2013.
  • Nov 1 - Nov 2
    Chastain Park Arts Festival

    Atlanta
    www.chastainparkartsfestival.com

    With 185 artists from across the United States, nestled among the trees of Chastain Park, it’s no wonder this fine arts festival, in its picture-perfect setting draws more and more attendees each year.  Unique to the festival, is the children’s area which includes its own music stage and pet-adoptions.  Artists also contribute pieces of artwork that the organizers “hide” throughout the festival for attendees to find and call their own.  Talk about a take home treat!
  • Nov 1 - Nov 10
    Mountaineer Week

    Morgantown
    http://mountaineerweek.wvu.edu 

    Since its inception in 1947, Mountaineer Week continues to encompass the unique aspects of Appalachian life, music, food, crafts and programs.  The Craft Fair features traditional and contemporary works for the 75,000+ attendees to admire.  Organized by WVU faculty, students and staff, additional events surrounding the week have included the Chili Cook-Off, Fear the Beard and Mustache Style Competition as well as the traditional quilt show and Old Time Music event. 
  • Nov 1 - Dec 7
    Louisiana Renaissance Festival

    Hammond
    www.larf.org

    (Nov 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 28-30, Dec 6-7) Experience the romance and enchantment of 16th century via 40 shows, dozens of demonstrations, 8 stages and more than 100 shops and merchants.  Visit with peasants, nobles, knights and Queen Elizabeth.  Live history at its finest!
  • Nov 3 - Nov 8
    Emerald Coast Cruizin’

    Panama City Beach
    www.emeraldcoastcruizin.com

     More than 2,000 cars from across the country will take part in the event’s 10 year anniversary celebration.  Types of cars include: hot rods, classic, custom, muscle, street rods and competition vehicles.  Beachfront cruises, burnout contests, a classic Sock Hop as well as 125 vendors with unique auto accessories means there is truly something for everyone.
  • Nov 6 - Nov 16
    The Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival

    Gulf Coast area
    www.fbisf.com

     If you want to learn the story behind the music, join this event in its 30th year, which celebrates the songwriters and provides a platform for them to perform the music in an intimate setting and share the inspiration behind it.  More than 200 songwriters, which often includes Grammy Winners, participated in last year’s 11-day festival.  Additional events includes songwriting contests, workshops and on Sundays, a Worship at the Water.
  • Nov 7 - Nov 9
    Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival

    Pensacola
    www.ggaf.org

    Located along the waterfront and a short walk from downtown Pensacola, this event boasts spectacular views of the Pensacola Bay.  Festival admission is free to shop amidst the 225 juried artists from across the country and one invited international artist.  Demonstrations include blacksmithing, engraving, spinning, weaving and more. The children’s area offers free, creative opportunities for their inner-artist, too!
  • Nov 12 - Nov 15
    Christmas Jubilee 2014

    Mobile
    www.juniorleaguemobile.org

    A Holiday Shopping Market, celebrating 30 years, this event takes place at the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds and is organized by the Junior League of Mobile.  A great place to purchase your holiday gifts, the event also includes a Preview Gala, Jubilee Art Walk, Girl’s Night Out, Author’s Corner, Hall of Wreaths and Santa Breakfast.
  • Nov 12 - Nov 16
    Cucalorus Film Festival

    Wilmington
    www.cucalorus.org

    From its inception in 1994, this year’s festival will honor its alumni and will feature, as part of the 20th anniversary celebration, an interactive installation that commemorates past filmmakers and films from Cucalorus— including 20 films that have been nominated for an Academy Award following their run at Cucalorus.   This is a non-competitive festival that focuses on dance, music videos, emerging artists, social justice, works-in-progress and international cinema, all in a retreat-like atmosphere which allows personable interaction between the artist and audience.
  • Nov 12 - Jan 4
    Festival of Trees

    Macon
    www.masmacon.org

    An annual fundraiser for the Museum of Arts and Sciences, guests will gather holiday inspiration from the designer-decorated trees displayed throughout the museums galleries.  The Children’s Tree offers a chance for schools and little ones to participate, too. Additional events include a kick-off luncheon and preview Gala.
  • Nov 14 - Nov 17
    33rd Annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals

    Myrtle Beach
    www.dickenschristmasshow.com

    This event truly takes you back in time starting with its 19th Century Victorian Marketplace, where 350 period clad vendors, feature their wares, ranging from fine arts and crafts to homemade soaps, lotions and holiday decorations.  Visit Saint Nick in his own Victorian Castle and stop by the Victorian Tea Leaf Reader.  New this year:  An outdoor stage, reminiscent of one found in a Victorian English Park, will provide holiday and craft demonstrations.  An antique alley will also make its debut.
  • Nov 14 - Jan 4
    Oglebay’s Winter Festival of Lights

    Wheeling
    www.oglebay-resort.com

    More than 70 illuminated displays encompass a six-mile driving tour within Oglebay Resort and Conference Center.   Delight in The Gardens at Oglebay, featuring 150 hanging baskets of lights and the Good Zoo will have its choreographed light and music show.  The state’s largest O-Gauge Model Train Exhibit will also be on display.
  • Nov 16 - Jan 1
    Space Coast Lightfest

    Melbourne
    www.spacecoastlightfest.com

    2.5 million LED lights allow for a magical 5K kick-off run to open this event.  Guests drive through miles of this festive holiday scene.   On December 6th, take a walking stroll under the lights and complete your holiday shopping from more than 100 vendors.  Santa arrives nightly.  This annual fundraiser is completely organized and managed by the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Nov 19 - Nov 22
    Mistletoe and Moss Holiday Market

    Lake Charles
    www.visitlakecharles.org

    , Get a jump start on your holiday shopping by taking part in the Preview Party Gala which features delectable dishes from the area’s finest restaurants as well as cocktails, auction items and live entertainment.  Can’t join in the evening?  The Preferred Shoppers Breakfast also allows time to shop amid more than 80 merchants.  Children have an opportunity to visit with Santa and share their wish list at Donuts with Santa or Cookies with Santa.  Additional events include a fashion show, caroling, live music and more!
  • Nov 20 - Nov 22
    Dazzle Daze

    Conway
    www.conwayregional.org/dazzledaze

    More than 7,000 attendees attended in 2013, while shopping amid more than 85 merchants and children took part in the Pajama Party with Santa and Mrs. Clause.  A Girl’s Nite Out provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy early bird shopping with friends, while nibbling on hors d’oeuvres and keeping their fingers crossed to be a door prize winner. New this year, guests can decorate their own gingerbread house. 
  • Nov 21 - Jan 3
    Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights

    Chattanooga
    www.seerockcity.com/lights

    As the sun sets, the gardens of Rock City become a holiday fantasyland, illuminated by more than 30 light displays.  Families can also enjoy dinner with Santa, tasty treats of hot cocoa and cookie decorating along with nightly entertainment.  This year marks 20 years of this enchanting event so stay tuned for new additions!
  • Nov 22
    Owensboro Christmas Parade

    Owensboro
    www.visitowensboro.com

    Come see the largest Christmas parade in the state of Kentucky.  Floats are required to have at least 1,000 lights which leads to a magical event complete with marching bands and Santa, himself!  Children can bring their letters to Santa and his helpers will pick them up along the way (if they include their name and address, they will also receive a personalized response).   This year’s route will return to 2nd street where attendees will also be able to enjoy the downtown’s recent renovations.
  • Nov 22
    19th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration

    Raleigh
    www.ncmuseumofhistory.org

    Members of all eight state-recognized tribes and four urban Indian organizations,  join the North Carolina Museum of History in planning the only free day-long event that brings together artisans from each tribal community.  Attendees enjoy hands-on activities with regards to music, dance, medicine, language and instrument activities.  Presenters share stories, art and craft skills, dance, drum, traditional games, tribal culture and life ways taught to them by their elders.  A true living history can be found at this annual event.
  • Nov 22
    Holidays in the City

    Norfolk
    www.downtownnorfolk.org/enjoy/hic

    This six week celebration includes, ice skating, a winter carnival, the 30th Annual Grand Illumination Parade titles “Bright Lights, Big City”, interactive model train exhibit, holiday gift shop, theatre productions and more!  New this year, “Festive Fridays” during lunchtime in the month of December, to include music, food trucks and caroling by the Christmas Tree. Horse and carriage rides will also take place throughout the season in downtown Norfolk.
  • Nov 24 - Feb 22
    Snow Mountain

    Stone Mountain
    www.stonemountainpark.com

    The region’s only snow park includes more than 20 snow tubing lanes.  Avalanche Alley is snow tubing for the entire family to zip down the hill together while the younger ones can enjoy their own play area, complete with tubing, snowmen supplies and a snowball shooting gallery.  Bundle up and enjoy the bonfire while you sip cocoa and roast marshmallows after a fun-filled day in the snow!
  • Nov 27 - Jan 1
    Fashions for Evergreens

    Roanoke
    www.HotelRoanoke.com

    A free event, with donations benefitting the United Way, attendees will enjoy strolling through The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center admiring a variety of trees decorated by local designers, businesses and community organizations.  Be sure to vote for your favorite!
  • Nov 28 - Dec 23
    Ruby Red Christmas Underground

    Chattanooga
    www.rubyfalls.com/christmas

    Nestled within American’s deepest commercial cave and largest underground waterfall (145 feet) accessible to the public, an underground passage was discovered that leads to the North Pole!  Enjoy the snowfall while walking up to the Cavern Castle and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus while listening to the story of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.  Take part in a carriage ride while sipping hot apple cider while also completing some holiday shopping.  Stare in awe of the illuminated waterfall and visit the Sugar Plum Fairy Village.  Staying in downtown Chattanooga?  Not a problem.  Double Decker Bus rides depart from the Tennessee Aquarium and take you straight to this holiday event!
  • Nov 28 - Dec 23
    Christmas in Roseland

    Shreveport
    www.christmasinroseland.org

    (Fri-Sun & Encore Nights: December 22&23) The Gardens of the America Rose Center come alive as a winter wonderland featuring twinkling lights and holiday displays, including giant Christmas Cards, live entertainment, a juried student art show, photos with Santa and train rides.  New This Year:  An exclusive show of Chinese artist, Chen Yuhua.  This will be the only opportunity within the United States to see his artwork.
  • Nov 29 - Dec 23
    Noel Acadien Au Village

    LaFayette
    www.acadianvillage.org

    This 25-night Christmas festival features half-a-million lights, including the fully lit 19th century Chapel.  Festival goers enjoy local cuisine, a visit with Santa, live entertainment, shopping, bayou displays and themed porch displays on each Acadian home.  The 2014 theme is based upon George Rodrigue’s famous Blue Dog paintings and his earlier Acadian-themed paintings.  Blue Dog-theme lighted displays and prints of his artwork will be on display in the Village.  This event has been featured in Southern Living Magazine’s December issue. 

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