Holiday Events & Programs in the West Dec. 7. Horne Creek Living Historical Farm, Pinnacle. A Child’s Christmas on the Farm. Enjoy caroling, making a craft item and a Christmas story from the period, followed by refreshments. Due to limited space, tickets must be purchased in advance. (Please note: This program is for children, not adults). 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Fee. Dec. 7. Mountain Gateway Museum, Old Fort. Open House. Visitors will see the museum and its two late 1800s log cabins bedecked in natural holiday splendor! Live music, free hot cider and coffee and other homemade treats will recreate the old-fashioned warmth of Christmas as luminaries glow. Homemade baked goods and crafts will be sold. 5:30- 7 p.m. Free. Dec. 12-14. Zebulon Vance Birthplace, Weaverville. An Appalachian Christmas Carol. Be transported into a retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with the Vance family and the enslaved smack dab in the middle. Go on an illuminating journey of the entire site from the Birthplace to the 1790s slave cabin. Tours start at 5:30 p.m. and run every 30 minutes until 8 p.m. Reservations required. Fee. Dec. 14. Fort Dobbs, Statesville. Winter on the Western Frontier. This living history will give visitors a glimpse of what daily life was like for the garrison of Fort Dobbs as they prepared to spend winter in the fort in 1756. On-going displays of camp life and historic cooking will be offered, as well as musket and cannon firing demonstrations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Dec. 15. Thomas Wolfe Memorial, Asheville. Angels Christmas Open House. Children's crafts and activities throughout the day and an inspiring exhibit of angel wreaths and figurines throughout the Old Kentucky Home. 9 a.m. Adults fee, children free. Dec. 15. Lake James State Park, Nebo. Animal Track Ornaments and Hike. Join Park Ranger Superintendent Nora Coffey to learn about different animal tracks and other signs that can be found around Lake James and make your own animal track ornaments to take home. Come prepared for both indoor and outdoor activities. 1-2 p.m. Registration required. Free. Dec. 21. Lake Norman State Park, Troutman. Friends of Lake Norman State Park Christmas Greens Hike. invited to a one to two hour hike; tromping through the woods and fields of Lake Norman State Park. The hike will be led by a retired Lake Norman park ranger. Participants will view and discuss the plants that remain green during the winter season in North Carolina. Many of these plants were gathered by our forefathers to decorate their homes during the holidays and have been collectively know as "Christmas Greens". Come enjoy a hike in the woods and learn about the natural decorations of an old fashioned Christmas. There is no need to make reservations. This hike is sponsored by the Friends of Lake Norman State Park, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the educational outreach and recreational operations of Lake Norman State Park. Participants should wear sturdy shoes for this moderately strenuous hike. 10 a.m. Free.