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Happy New Year from Best Little Beer Town

From last-minute shopping and holiday meals to live music and plans for New Year’s Eve, there’s a lot happening in Black Mountain, NC this festive holiday season! The town is decked with bright lights, new restaurants, family-friendly holiday events, live music and award-winning beers! 

Last-minute shopping:

Still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone? Black Mountain’s local shops, vendors, restaurants and artisans have you covered. Find holiday gift inspiration at The Merry Wine Market, Herschels, Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack, Hey Hey Cupcake, Cousins Cuban Cafe (check out their holiday boxes!), Seven Sisters Gallery, The Dancing Dragonfly, Appalachian Hat Company, WNC Outdoor Collective and so many more! Plus, there’s easy and free parking throughout downtown Black Mountain.

December / winter happenings:

Christmas Eve Candlelight Dinner: An intimate candlelight dinner at Milton’s will include a four-course, prix fixe menu for $60 per person from 5-9 p.m. Reservations are required and may be made online.

A Black Mountain Christmas: Guests and families can share comfort and joy at a Christmas Day buffet at Milton’s on December 25, 3-8 p.m. The price is $65 per adult and $29 for children ages 12 and under. Reservations may be made online.

​​Deck the Trees: Now through January 2, 2023, guests can wander among exquisitely decorated Christmas trees at the Monte Vista Hotel and in businesses and local stores throughout Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley area. Trees are decorated around the theme “Let Heaven and Nature Sing” to raise money for the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry Fuel Fund.

New Year’s Eve happenings/ Saturday, December 31:

For New Year’s Eve, The Red Rocker Inn will have specials in addition to the regular menu including a charcuterie board with duck liver mousse, pheasant and wild boar sausage, assorted cheeses, fruits, condiments and Four Sister’s grilled focaccia bread. Also a sliced beef tenderloin entree with broiled Maine lobster tail. 

Milton’s Black Mountain is celebrating New Year’s Eve with a lavish four-course prix fixe menu for $75 per person including a glass of champagne with an optional wine pairing for an additional charge. Reservations may be made online.

Lookout Brewing is throwing a New Year’s Eve party, complete with a keg drop, champagne toast and dancing, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.! Plus, live music from DJ Kilby 9 p.m. to midnight. 

New Year’s Eve at The Town Pump with the Karma Mechanics starting at 9 p.m. 


Foothills Local Meats is now accepting holiday orders between now and December 24 to help make your meal one to remember. Turkeys, hams, and other meal centerpieces are ethically raised and locally sourced.

The Railyard Black Mountain, a 1.2-acre downtown, open-air multiplex, is scheduled to open in January 2023 with food trucks, shipping containers, a huge outdoor stage, event space for over 1,000, and one of the three largest bars in Buncombe County. 

The Pure & Proper is now open! A cozy downtown eatery where diners will find something at any time of the day. From espressos and street waffles in the morning to sitting street side for a late lunch or a date night dinner and sipping craft cocktails with friends, The Pure & Proper is located at 114 E. State Street in a former 1940s Pure Oil Station.

Taco Billy of Asheville is also slated to open soon on Cherry Street in downtown Black Mountain.


There’s plenty of live music to take in at indoor and outdoor venues in Black Mountain. And there are over 50 independent places to get a craft beer! For the latest music calendar, visit

Black Mountain Brewing

Every Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.: Jay Brown

Black Mountain Kitchen & Ale House

Every Thursday: The Big Deal Band;  6-8 p.m.

Live music every Saturday night

The Bush Farmhouse 

Visit Facebook or Instagram for more info / latest music schedule!


Every Monday: Bluegrass Jam Mondays with Sam Wharton; 7-10 p.m.

Every Thursday: Line Dance Thursdays with DJ Razor; 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Every Wednesday: Open Jam with Hamza Vandehey; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Every Sunday: Karaoke with LYRIC; 9 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.

Town Pump Tavern

Saturday, December 31: The Karma Mechanics; 9 p.m. 

White Horse Black Mountain

Open Mic every Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Irish Music Circle on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 7 p.m.

Black Mountain has multiple music venues with live music on any given night. For the latest music calendar, visit


Black Mountain Ale Trail: For those wanting a deep dive into the town’s beer scene this holiday season, Black Mountain Ale Trail has guided brewery tours in a mini-bus, allowing visitors to learn about each brewery’s brewing process  – complete with beer tastings at each stop. This experience makes a great gift!

Black Mountain, NC is located just 16 miles east of downtown Asheville, 75 miles from Greenville/Spartanburg, 115 miles from Charlotte, 230 miles from Raleigh, and 210 miles from Atlanta. Black Mountain Hospitality Group is a collective of local business owners. For more information and a list of participating members, visit or follow along on Instagram @bestlittlebeertown.