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Asheville area holiday events



12/12/2012 - Asheville area holiday events
by Asheville Citizen Times


o Wednesday: Tryon at 5 p.m. (

This week

o Chanukah Car Menorah Procession, 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Chabad House of Asheville hosts a procession for all ages. Registration required. Participants line up at 4 p.m. at Chabad House, 660 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, and drive to the Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin St. To register, call 505-0746 or visit

o A-B Tech's "Lighting of the Green," 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, A-B Tech campus, Asheville. Tour Fernihurst, an 1870s mansion on campus, and see Sunnicrest decorated inside and out. Enjoy the homes holiday décor, light refreshments, crafts for children and entertainment by Reynolds High Madrigal Singers. Visit

o Chanukah Live 2012, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin St., Asheville. Hosted by The Chabad House. The Billy Jonas Chanukah Show and Grand Menorah lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Festival admission is free but tickets will be sold at the door for food and attractions. 505-0746 or

o Create a Christmas ornament, drop in from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Hands On! A Child's Gallery, 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Materials provided. $5, free for members. 697-8333 or

o "The Nutcracker" by Ballet Conservatory, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place, 2 S. Pack Sq., Asheville. $10-$25. Call 257-4530 or visit for tickets. Visit

o Camerata Antiqua, a Renaissance quintet, 4 p.m. Wednesday at Fletcher Library. The consort performs in costume on replicas of early music instruments. 697-4725.

o Rosman High School chorus performs at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Asheville Regional Airport.

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

o "A Christmas Carol," Thursday-Saturday, Mountain Heritage High School's Tomberlin Auditorium, Burnsville. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $12-$15. Tickets available at the door or call 682-4285 or visit

o 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

o "The Littlest Angel" and Christmas Variety Show, Thursday-Sunday, Brevard Little Theatre, 55 E. Jordan St. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Call 884-2587 for reservations.

o A-B Tech's "Lighting of the Green," 6-8 p.m. Friday, A-B Tech campus, Asheville. Tour Fernihurst, an 1870s mansion on campus, and see Sunnicrest decorated inside and out. Enjoy the homes holiday décor, light refreshments, crafts for children and entertainment by Erwin High's singing group Glenalough. Visit

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

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

o Chorus groups from Chase Middle School, Cullowhee Valley School and Immaculata Catholic School perform at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Friday at Asheville Regional Airport.

o Christmas Celebration, 5-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Cherokee Historical Assocation, 564 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee. Wagon rides around Oconaluftee Island Park, music, Santa, make an ornament, beverages, storytelling, crafts. or 497-2111.

Seasonlong events

"The Nutcracker," through 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.

"A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 16, HART Theater, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and 14-15, 3 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16, 2 p.m. Dec. 15. $20, $17 seniors, $7 students. Discounted tickets to matinees. 456-6322 or

Festival of Lights, 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 23, Lake Julian Park, off Long Shoals Road, Asheville. Held nightly, weather permitting, through the weekend prior to Christmas. Drive-thru light show with thousands of lights and more than 50 light displays. Dec. 5-6 for walkers only, 6-8 p.m. Drive-thru Dec. 7-23. $5 per car, $15 per 15-passenger van and $25 per bus. 20 percent of proceeds benefits Buncombe County Special Olympics. Call 684-0376 or visit

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

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

19th Century Carolina Christmas, through Jan. 2. 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

Carolina Horse and Carriage horse drawn carriage rides, through Dec. 24, pick-up on the corner of Allen & Main Streets, Hendersonville. 6-10 p.m. Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, 6-10 p.m. Sunday by reservation. Rides every weekend unless inclement weather. Pick up a rack card at the Visitor Center and receive $5 off your ride. 803-209-1099 or


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