Seasonal Hours, Special Events, + Kids’ Party Area

‘Tis the season for friends, fun, and feeling overwhelmed! Between holiday parties, school plays, baking, and decorating, it’s easy to lose track of the merry holiday feeling. Don’t click that mouse or head to a big box store, though. Shop local at Frugal Backpacker. We’re open late every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through December 24 with a coloring table and special events like CLIF Bar and water bottle decorating for kids. Let our team of experts help you navigate the adventure of the holiday season in Western North Carolina.

Seasonal Hours

We’re open late on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through December 23, leaving the lights on until 9:00. There’s no need to feel rushed. Let our team of experts help and enjoy complimentary hot cider, too!

  • Monday-Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • December 24, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • December 25, Closed
  • December 31, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Special Events

You’ll find free skills clinics on the second and fourth Thursday of each month throughout the year, from Hiking with a Map and Compass to Backcountry Cooking. For the last month of the year, we’ve increased the amount and topics of the offerings. Bring a friend or two and enjoy some bonding while you learn something new.

Kids’ Party Area

December is a big time for kids. Winter break (and free time) is right around the corner. Let them channel that energy into creativity. We’ve got a coloring and crafting area set up that allows you to shop while the kids find their own holiday spirit.



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