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Tryon Christmas Stroll, Saturday December 5


Saturday, December 5, 4-8pm

November 16, 2015 – Shops and businesses in Downtown Tryon welcome you to a Winter Wonderland this holiday season. The annual Christmas Stroll takes place on Saturday, December 5 from 4-8pm throughout downtown Tryon. Trade Street will be closed for the event and shops will be open with live entertainment throughout downtown.

This year, walk through the Depot Garden to enjoy the lights as you make your way through downtown Tryon. “We’re working with the Tryon Garden Club to create a new experience for attendees” Jamie Carpenter, executive director of TDDA says “Jocelyn Davis and Ashley Menetre, along with the rest of TDDA’s promotions committee have worked to create a beautiful experience for everyone to enjoy.”

Live entertainment will take place throughout downtown with performances by Dance Dynamics and Christmas carol sing-alongs.

For more information, please visit To be a volunteer “elf” please call 828-859-6484.


The Tryon Historical Museum will have their first “Tale of Tryon” during the Christmas Stroll at 5pm at the museum. Stop by and hear about Harmon Field’s rich equestrian history. Gerald Pack will present the lore of Harmon Field from the time it was named the Carter Brown Park to the site of the first steeplechase to the glorious US Equestrian Team days and more!

Vines and Stuff will be ready for the Stroll this Saturday!

Tryon Arts and Crafts School will be setting up shop for the evening to display and sell many fine examples of local crafters’ work.

Starting at 6 pm. enjoy music in the lobby. The Schweizer Strings, a group of local violinists age 4 – 18 will play, followed by a sing-a-long with Janet and Clifford Joens playing Christmas tunes on Celtic harp and guitar.

Local artist Kim Attwooll will demonstrate her creative touch enhancing photographs and turning them into one of a kind holiday cards. (Bring along a photo for her to transform for you.)

Vines & Stuff will have goodies to munch and local cider while you browse their unique selection of gifts and stocking stuffers.


About Us

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Our Mission: To follow the National Main Street Four Point Approach which is: Organization, Design, Promotion and Economic Restructuring.
Our Vision: Located in the thermal belt, downtown Tryon is a vibrant arts community  at the gateway to the Blue RIdge Mountains. Steeped in equestrian heritage, downtown is the destination for artisan crafts, regional wine, spirits and music.

WELCOME to the website of the Tryon Downtown Development Association (TDDA). You will find here up-to-date information about the TDDA, its organizational mission, its primary goals, its practical objectives and its sponsored events.

TDDA, in partnership with local business owners, individual members and the Town of Tryon, strives to enhance retail and commercial opportunities in a pedestrian-friendly environment, and to promote economic development via innovative thinking, creative promotion and a celebratory attitude about that which makes our community unique and Nearly Perfect. Always Tryon.

You are invited to take an active role in our organization; you and your ideas can make a substantial difference in the quality of life both in our downtown and in our community. Contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Businesses can Participate in Small Business MONTH in Tryon!

Shop Local Passport Promotion

Tryon, NC November 28 – December 19

  1. A passport will be designed on an 8.5×11 paper, folded in half. These will be distributed to all participating stores for pickup and available to print online. Stores participating should have them out near the cash registers and encourage shoppers to pick up or to use when they make a purchase.
  2. Each local business will give a sticker or stamp on the passport for a purchase (one per trip).
  3. Passports can be turned in at TDDA or participating businesses by December 19. Participants must fill in contact information on passport.
  4. Prizes awarded for biggest local spender (most stickers/stamps): receives a gift basket with items from local businesses. All other participants who participate receive a coupon book or sheet (printed and distributed by TDDA).
  5. Cooperative ads will be sent in local/regional newspapers to encourage shopping local during the holiday season and feature businesses who buy into the ad program, it will be approximately $120 per business for 4 ads. TDDA and Tryon Travel & Tourism have committed $500 total to help with costs.

How businesses participate:

  1. All downtown merchants who would like to participate in the Passport program are welcome; this is no cost except businesses participating need to submit one gift item and a coupon or discount that will be sent to participants after the promotion ends. Please let Jamie Carpenter know by November 16 and fill out the form on the following sheet. We will need holiday hours for each business. All businesses are encouraged to be open on Saturday, November 28 (Small Business Saturday) and Saturday, December 5 (TDDA Christmas Stroll). TDDA has Small Business Saturday items, and businesses are encouraged to decorate for the holidays and Christmas Stroll (the theme is Winter Wonderland).
  2. Businesses who would like to be included in the coop ads need to submit a high resolution business logo by November 13, final ad costs will be determined based on number of participants.
  3. Businesses need to submit one item for the gift basket for the winner. A description of the item needs to be submitted to Jamie below items submitted by December 19.

Contact Jamie Carpenter at 828-859-6484 or for details.