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Chetola Thanksgiving Weekend Activities Schedule

Friday, November 29, 2013
5 - 9 p.m. – Dinner Buffet in Timberlake’s Restaurant
5 – 9:30 p.m. – Horse and Carriage Rides around Chetola Lake
5:30 - 9:30 p.m. – Santa Visits Timberlake’s (free)
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. – Cookie Decorating (free)
Sundown: Festival of Lights begins (free)

Saturday, November 30, 2013
5:00 - 9:00 p.m. – Dinner Buffet in Timberlake’s Restaurant
5:30 - 9:30 p.m. – Horse and Carriage Rides around Chetola Lake
5:30 - 9:30 p.m. – Santa Visits Timberlake’s (free)
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. – Cookie Decorating (free)

For more information, visit or call (828) 295-5500. Out of the area, call (800) CHETOLA.

Originally published: 2013-10-31 12:13:17
Last modified: 2013-10-31 12:14:02

Chetola’s Festival of Lights begins Nov. 29

The tradition continues. Join guests and locals alike who return year after year to Chetola Resort to participate in the festivities that have come to signify the beginning of the holiday season.

It all begins on Friday, Nov. 29 at dusk, when Chetola transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights illuminating the resort and its surroundings: the fly fishing Rudolph, train-conducting Santa and family of snowmen all make an anticipated appearance.

The Festival of Lights will remain up through Jan. 26, 2014, which marks the conclusion of Blowing Rock Winterfest (Jan. 24-26, 2014).

But is there a more fitting way to celebrate the season than to take a magical horse-drawn carriage ride around Chetola Lake?  Carriage rides are offered on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

The horse-drawn carriages travel around Chetola Lake to the resort’s main entrance, where they turn around for the return trip. Rides are first come-first served with reservations beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the ride. The price is $18 for adults, $11 for kids ages 3–12, and free for children 2 and younger. Kids can also create some tasty edible art at our cookie decorating station, with a palette of sugar cookies, icing and fun toppings offered free both nights from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Chetola’s Kids Camp. And don’t forget to get those Christmas lists ready! All ages can visit with Santa in Timberlake’s Restaurant Lobby from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Visits with Santa are free and all activities are open to the public. And don’t forget to capture your carriage ride or visits with Santa courtesy of Chetola’s professional photographer; purchase one photo for $12 or two for $20.

Chetola also will be offering Timberlake’s weekend dinner buffet for guests of the resort and the public on Nov. 29 and 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. that features assorted salads, chilled shrimp, carved roast prime rib, fried chicken, penne pasta, fresh vegetable medley, the chef’s selection of homemade desserts and more.

The cost is $23 for adults, $12 for children 12 and younger. The buffet will be served in Timberlake’s Restaurant. Headwater’s Pub will be open both Friday and Saturday evenings. 
For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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