10AM-9PM: Downtown Blowing Rock, 1094 Main Street, Blowing Rock, NC
The event, which receives top ratings from sundry tourism organizations, is advertised as fire meets ice. Fire will manifest in bonfires, marshmallow roasts, warm hospitality, and spices and heartburn from the Chilly Chili Cook-off. Ice will be present in the form of nasty cold mountain temperatures, ice carving, skiing, snowboarding, and the (Eek!) Polar Plunge. That’s where people show their machismo by diving into a pond in the middle of winter. If the weather’s just right, you can grow and melt icicles in your hair. Consult the website for a full list of activities.
Admission: See website for per-event charges.| 828-295-7851 | blowingrockwinterfest.com