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Asheville area holiday events



11/14/2012 - Asheville area holiday events
by Asheville Citizen Times


Nov. 17: Asheville at 11 a.m. (

Nov. 18: Marion at 3 p.m.

Nov. 25: Franklin at 3 p.m. (

Dec. 1: Valdese at 10 a.m. (, Hendersonville at 10:30 a.m. (Five Points to Caswell Street, 692-4179 or visit, Weaverville at 1 p.m. (at North Main Street and Dula Springs Road, visit, Murphy at 2 p.m. (, Brevard at 3 p.m. (, Old Fort at 4 p.m., Cherokee at 5 p.m., Maggie Valley at 6 p.m. (, Bakersville at 6 p.m.

Dec. 3: Waynesville at 6 p.m. (

Dec. 6: Canton at 6 p.m. (

Dec. 8: Fletcher at 10:30 a.m. (, Bryson City at 2 p.m. (, Black Mountain at 4 p.m. (, Cashiers (, Robbinsville at 6 p.m.

Dec. 12: Tryon at 5 p.m. (

Seasonlong events

19th Century Carolina Christmas, Nov. 16-Jan. 4. Smith-McDowell House, 283 Victoria Road, Asheville (on A-B Tech campus). House is decked in Victorian holiday decor. Candlelight tours available by reservation for groups of 12 or more for $15. Admission $10 for adults, $6 for college students, $5 for age 8-18. Call 253-9231 or visit

Holidays for Hospice, Asheville Mall hosts the CarePartners Garden of Memories. For details on memorial ornaments, visit Call 277-4815.

"The Polar Express," Nov. 9-Dec. 29, Bryson City. Read along with the story "The Polar Express" on Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Meet Santa, enjoy caroling, hot cocoa and a treat. Times and dates vary. Tickets start at $39 for adults, $26 for ages 2-12. Visit or call 800-872-4681.

Christmas at Biltmore, Nov. 3-Jan. 1, Biltmore Estate. Regular admission applies until dusk. Additional charge for Candlelight Christmas Evenings, Nov. 9-Dec. 31. Visit

National Gingerbread House Competition: Judging is Nov. 17. Entries on display Nov. 20-Jan. 2 at The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, 290 Macon Ave., Asheville. Community viewing recommended Monday-Thursday. Parking $10. Call 800-438-0050, ext. 1281.

Holiday Fest, Nov. 17-Dec. 23, Tom Sawyer's Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village, 240 Chimney Pond Road, Glenville. Elf Village open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tree farm open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free. Kids listen to elf tales, create crafts, write wish lists or tell it to Santa in person, Christmas tree maze. Visit or call 743-5456.

Nov. 13-Dec. 2

"Inspecting Carol," holiday comedy of mistaken identity, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16-Dec. 2, Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St. 254-1320.

Henderson County Toy Run, Nov. 17, at Fletcher Community Park, Howard Gap Road. Registration starts at 11 a.m., ride at 2 p.m. $10 or new, unwrapped toy.

Christmas Ornament Festival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 17, Burnsville Town Center. The 10th annual event where local artists showcase work, with many one-of-a-kind items and ornaments available. Visit

Hendersonville Chorale winter concert "Saints and Angels," 3 p.m. Nov 17, First Baptist Church, 312 5th Ave. W. $15. Call 696-4968 or 697-6766.

"Warmth of Home" concert featuring Tom Fisch and Terry Wetton, 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville. Benefit for Interfaith Assistance Ministry winter heating fund. $12 advance, $15 at door. 697-7029.

Holiday Open House, noon-4 p.m. Nov. 18, downtown Waynesville. Visit

Lorraine Conard Christmas concert, 3 p.m. Nov. 18, Haywood County Public Library, 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Free.

Franklin tree lighting, 7 p.m. Nov. 23. Free music and refreshments. On the square in downtown Franklin. Visit

Hendersonville tree lighting, 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at Downtown Hendersonville Historic Courthouse. Four Seasons' Tree of Lights ceremony honors loved ones with luminaries displaying their names. Visit Call 233-0304.

"Hard Candy Christmas" Fine Art & Craft Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 23-24, Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. $4, free age 12 and younger. 524-3405 or

Cookies with Santa, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 24, downtown Franklin. Kids are invited to visit with Santa, enjoy cookies and cider and even write their letter to Santa and place in a special mailbox in front of Town Hall. Visit

"In the Nutcracker Mood," 2 p.m. Nov. 24. Asheville Puppetry Alliance presents Mountain Marionettes' holiday production with holiday classics performed by marionettes. At Diana Wortham Theatre. Visit or

Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker," 3 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Harrah's Event Center at Harrah's Cherokee. The ballet celebrates 20 years of touring North America with a cast of 40 dancers. Visit www.harrahscherokee. com.

Ole Timey Christmas, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 24. Christmas wreaths, fresh greenery, crafts, demonstrations, music, carriage rides, more, at Henderson County Curb Market in downtown Hendersonville. Call 692-8012 or visit

Holiday Barn Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 24, Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, 3374 Hunting Country Road, Tryon. Exhibitions of equestrian disciplines and equine breeds available in our foothills. Fox hunting presentation. $15. Barbecue for sale. Following the exhibitions, maps available for ticket holders to go on a self guided tour of three nearby and completely different barns. Area vineyards will be open for tastings and tours. 859-9021 or

Messiah Sing, 3 p.m. Nov. 25, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 900 Blythe St., Hendersonville. 45-piece orchestra and about 100 singers. Singers must bring their own music and paper clips to mark the 12 choruses to be performed. Free. 693-3081.

Franc D'Ambrosio's "Christmas in New York" concert fund raiser, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26, St. Eugene Catholic Church, 72 Culvern St., Asheville. Franc is best known as the longest running phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera." $35. Call 254-5193 for tickets.

"The Nutcracker," Nov. 28-Dec. 22. Flat Rock Playhouse presents "The Nutcracker" as you've not seen it before in a new interpretation choreographed by Playhouse YouTheatre alumnus Chase Brock. Tickets $40 with discounts available. Visit or call 693-0731.

Biltmore Village Dickens Festival, 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 1, and 1-5 p.m. Dec. 2, Biltmore Village, Asheville. Storytellers, carolers and entertainers on the stage and streets. Visit

Fletcher tree lighting, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Fletcher Community Park. Carols by Fletcher Community Chorus, visit from Santa. Free with nonperishable food donations suggested. Visit

Carolina Mountain Christmas Spectacular of "Christmas Time in the City" featuring Denver & The Mile High Orchestra, 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and 1, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden. $10, $15 reserved seating, $20 gold circle seating. Visit, or call 687-1111.

"A Holiday to Remember," 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and 4 p.m. Dec. 1. Asheville Choral Society performs Rachmaninoff vespers, carols and lullabies from the Southwest, and a singalong of carols, plus a special performance by the Hall Fletcher Elementary School children's percussion choir. Visit or call 232-2060.

Toe River Studio Tour, noon-4 p.m. Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Reception 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30 at TRAC Gallery in Spruce Pine. More than 100 studios and galleries open their doors to the public. Showcases the array of creative talent in Yancey and Mitchell counties. The tour is free and self-guided. A 40-page map guide allows folks to chart their own course. Visit or call 682-7215.

"The Return of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1, by Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place, 2 N. Pack Sq. $25, $20 children/students/seniors. 257-4530.

Brevard Twilight Tour, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dec. 1, downtown Brevard. The 25th annual merchants' open house with Santa and Christmas parade. Call 884-3278. Visit

Papertown Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m-5 p.m. Dec. 1, Canton Armory, 71 Penland St., Canton. Pictures with Santa from 10 a.m.-noon. Handmade quilts, pottery, canned goods, knitting, jewelry, gift baskets and more. Email

Smoky Mountain Toy Run, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1, motorcycle ride to benefit children. Visit E-mail

Historic 7th Avenue Children's "Polar Express" event, 11:45 a.m.-noon Dec. 1 (immediately following Hendersonville Christmas parade), Historic Train Depot. Experience the reading of the Polar Express story with a live conductor, Santa Claus and refreshments. Children may attend in their pajamas. For age 0-12. Call 674-3067 or visit

Christmas at the Farm, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1, Historic Johnson Farm, 3345 Haywood Road, Hendersonville. Holiday music, cookies and cider, house tours, wagon rides, more. $5 for adults, $3 for students, free preschoolers and younger. Call 891-6585 or visit

Guild Artists' Holiday Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1 and 8. Southern Highlands Craft Guild artists sell their work at Folk Art Center, Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville. Visit

Vance Birthplace Christmas, 4-7 p.m. Dec. 1, Reems Creek Road, Weaverville. Guided candlelight tours and a look at Christmas in the southern Appalachians during the early 1800s. Call 645-6706 or visit

"A Christmas Carol," 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 6-23, Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St., Asheville. Montford Park Players present the holiday classic. Visit or call 254-5146 for tickets.

"The Nutcracker" by Ballet Conservatory, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Western Carolina University's Bardo Arts Center, Cullowhee. $10-$25. 255-5777 or

Winter Wonderland, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 7, downtown Franklin. Ice sculpture slide, live music, carriage rides, hot cider and refreshments. Visit

Holly Jolly, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 7, Black Mountain. Refreshments, street music, Santa and more. Shops open late. Free. Visit

Olde Fashion Hendersonville Christmas, 5-8 p.m., Dec. 7, downtown Hendersonville. Merchants host an open house with refreshments, entertainment, carriage rides, a visit from Father Christmas and more. Visit

Dillsboro Festival of Lights and Luminaries, Dec. 7-8 and 14-15, downtown Dillsboro. Live musi c, carolers, holiday treats from merchants, horse and buggy rides (added cost plus tip) and Santa at Town Hall. Starts at dusk. Free. Call 800-962-1911 or visit

Christmas Candlelight Stroll, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7, downtown Weaverville. Luminaries, entertainment, horse and buggy rides and Santa. Visit

"Music, Mirth and Good Cheer" concert by Blue Ridge Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Colonial Theater, Park Street, Canton. $15 adults, $10 Friend of BRO, $5 students. Visit

Asheville Ballet's "The Nutcracker," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9, Diana Wortham Theatre, Pack Place, downtown Asheville. Call 257-4530 or visit or

Appalachian Christmas Celebration, Dec. 7-8, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Performances by Lake Junaluska Singers at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 3 p.m. Dec. 8, with Handel's "Messiah" at 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Craft show 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 8. Visit or call 800-222-4930.

Guild Artists' Holiday Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8. Southern Highlands Craft Guild artists sell their work at Folk Art Center, Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville. Visit

Circle of Lights, Dec. 8 after parade. Celebration around Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain after the parade. Free. Visit

Holiday cookie bake sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8, First Congregational Church, 1735 5th Ave. W., Hendersonville. Call 692-8630.

Christmas at Connemara, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 8, Carl Sandburg Home, Little River Road, Flat Rock. Holiday decorations and music, musicians and storytellers, cider and cookies. Free with house tour admission of $5 adults, $3 age 62 and older, free age 15 and younger. Free admission for grounds, trails and barn. Call 693-4178 or visit

"A Night Before Christmas," until 9 p.m. Dec. 8, downtown Waynesville. Caroling, storytelling, wagon rides, more. Visit

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra holiday concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. "A Carolina Christmas" concert with the Greenville Chorale at Blue Ridge Conference Hall. Adults $35, students $5. Visit

Santa on the Chimney, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15, Chimney Rock Park. Santa practices on 315-foot Chimney Rock. Regular admission.

Happy Holidays at Echoview Fiber Mill, 78 Jupiter Road, Weaverville. Dec. 8. Breakfast with Santa 9-11 a.m., open house 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free admission. Felt workshop with fiber artist Vicki Bennett 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $95 includes materials and lunch. 855-693-4237 or

Holiday Market at Flat Rock Tailgate Market, 2-5 p.m. Dec. 8, new courtyard in front of Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, Greenville Highway. Live music by Jazzberries. Buy your Christmas tree here. 697-7719.

Holiday Celebration & Art Sale, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8, Riverside Studios, 174 W. Haywood St., Asheville. 551-5045.

Celebration Singers of Asheville winter concert, 4 p.m. Dec. 9, First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St., Asheville. Donations appreciated. Visit

"Music, Mirth and Good Cheer" concert by Blue Ridge Orchestra, 4 p.m. Dec. 9, Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 382, Asheville. $15 adults, $10 Friend of BRO, $5 students. Visit

Laurel Park Tree Lighting, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Little Laurel Green Park, corner of White Pine and Laurel Highway, Hendersonville.

Holiday Tour of Historic Inns and Cookie Caper, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 9 in Hendersonville. Self-guided tour of six inns. Get a Christmas treat from each inn. $20 per person. Call 697-3088 or visit

Asheville Community Band holiday concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 9, Asheville High School auditorium, McDowell Street. $8. Students accompanied by an adult admitted free. Call 254-2234 or visit

Dec. 10-16

Blue Ridge Ringers handbell concert, 2 p.m. Dec. 10, Fletcher Public Library, 120 Library Road. 692-4910.

Flat Rock Tailgate Christmas Market, 2-5 p.m. Dec. 10, in front of Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, along Little Rainbow Row, Highway 225. Call 697-7719.

"The Nutcracker" by Ballet Conservatory, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14, Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place, 2 N. Pack Sq., Asheville, 257-4530. $10-$25. 255-5777 or

"Do It Yourself" Messiah, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Mark Schweizer conducts, Beth Child accompanies as audience performs Handel's masterpiece. 859-8322 or

Hendersonville Children's Choir concert, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2101 Kanuga Road. Adults $5, students $2.50. Call 696-4968.

Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m. Dec. 15, Asheville's Fun Depot, 2 Roberts Road, Asheville. Free. Pancakes, orange juice, coffee and Santa. Call 277-2386 or visit

Santa on the Chimney, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 15, Chimney Rock Park. Santa practices on 315-foot Chimney Rock. Regular admission.

Sugar Plumb B&B Cookie Tour, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 15-16, Black Mountain. Tour nine beautifully decorated B&Bs and inns and enjoy their homemade cookies. $15. 669-2300 or

Carolina Concert Choir Christmas concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 3 p.m. Dec. 15, St. James Episcopal Church, 766 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Adults $20, students $10. Call 808-2314.

Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m. Dec. 15, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Robbinsville. For all ages. Visit

Dillsboro Festival of Lights and Luminaries, Dec. 14-15, downtown Dillsboro. Live music, carolers, holiday treats from merchants, horse and buggy rides (added cost plus tip) and Santa at Town Hall. Starts at dusk. Free. Call 800-962-1911 or visit

Holiday Homecoming, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 15, Oconoluftee Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee. See old-time craft demonstrations, learn about quilting, weaving, basket and doll making, apple cider and butter making, more. Free. Visit

Asheville Symphony: A Classical Christmas, 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Featuring Handel's "Messiah." At Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, in U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville. Call 254-7046 or visit

"A Swannanoa Solstice," 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Diana Wortham Theatre, Pack Place, downtown Asheville. Regular $35; student $30; children 12 and younger $15. Call 257-4530 or visit

Blue Ridge Ringers handbell concert, 4 p.m. Dec. 16, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 22 Fisher Road, Brevard. 692-4910.

"The Night Before Christmas Carol," 3 p.m. Dec. 16, Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. History, humor and the holiday come to life in this acclaimed performance. David zum Brunnen portrays Charles Dickens and 17 familiar characters. Tickets $3 and $5. 859-8322 or

Dec. 17-23

Blue Ridge Ringers handbell concert, 2 p.m. Dec. 17, Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville. 692-4910.

"Jacob Marley's Christma s Carol," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-30, N.C. Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane, Asheville. In this funny and touching holiday play, see Jacob Marley's heroic efforts to save Scrooge's soul and in the process, save his own. Visit or call 239-0263.

Winter Solstice Night Hike, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21, DuPont State Forest, off U.S. 64, Hendersonville. Meet at Hooker Falls parking area on DuPont Road. Bring flashlights and a warm drink. Call 692-0385 or visit

Dec. 24-31

New Year's Eve celebration, 9 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31, downtown Marion. Visit

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