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Hot Picks: Top entertainment choices for Asheville and Western North Carolina



12/2/2011 - Hot Picks: Top entertainment choices for Asheville and Western North Carolina
by Asheville Citizen Times


On stage

After discovering her fiancee romancing a co-worker at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, a woman starts looking for something better in the comedy "The 12 Dates of Christmas," through Dec. 18 at N.C. Stage Co., 15 Stage Lane. The star is Julia VanderVeen, who played the German air hostess in the swinging N.C. Stage comedy "Boeing, Boeing." Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Call 239-0263 or visit

Family ties

"The 28th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular" is back at The Magnetic Field, 372 Depot St. The dysfunctional Bernsteins bring out some new material in this send-up of a 1960s TV holiday special. Performances are 7:30 p.m. tonight (a preview, $8), 7:30 p.m. Saturday (opening night, $15) and 7:30 p.m. Thursday ($12), continuing through Dec. 21. Call 668-2154 or visit

Singing for the season

The Asheville Choral Society presents "Winterfest: Songs for the Season,' at 7:30 p.m. tonight and 4 p.m. Saturday at Arden Presbyterian Church, 2215 Hendersonville Road, Arden. For its first concert under new music director Dr. Melodie Galloway, the ACS will do warming holiday favorites. Tickets are $20, $10 students. Call 232-2060.

Light up the night

Head out to Dillsboro for the 28th annual Lights and Luminaries Celebration, from dusk to 9 p.m. tonight and Saturday and Dec. 9-10. The town will be glowing with 2,500 luminaries and white lights. Admission is free. Meanwhile, Lake Julian's drive-through holiday light spectacular runs through Dec. 18. The cost is $5 a car, $10 per 15-passenger van and $25 per motor coach. It's bigger than ever, with new LED lights and new displays.


Fun on the farm

The Johnson Family Farm, 3346 Haywood Road in Hendersonville, hosts its annual "Christmas at the Farm," 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with wagon rides, a Christmas wreath walk, music, a bake sale, animals and a tour of the 1880s farmhouse and 1923 boarding house. Admission is $5, $3 students, free to preschoolers. Visit

Stand-up funny

Comic Sid Davis performs at 8 p.m. at The Altamont Theat re, 18 Church St., downtown. This guy does really funny, clean comedy based on everyday life. Tickets are $12 at


Jingle all the way

Celebrate the season at downtown Asheville's Jinglefest, 2-5 p.m. at Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park. The family-friendly event includes carnival games, winter competitions, hot cider, caroling, dancing reindeer and dance groups from the Asheville Holiday Parade. Form a team and enter the Build a Snowman contest or play "Jingle Bells" on the big piano. Santa will be there at 3 p.m. If it's really cold, head to the next-door Pack's Tavern upstairs to keep the fun going. It's sponsored by the Asheville Downtown Association.

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