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Dancing Santa

B-boy Santa is back on the scene! Once again he's showing off mad skills in the streets of Asheville, and this year he's got more to offer than sweet windmills and backspins.

Follow Dancing Santa’s Asheville Itinerary

Looking for a fresher, doper getaway for the holiday season? Pack your break-dancing moves and follow in the (dance) steps of Asheville's very own Bboy Santa. A visit to Asheville is Santa's favorite way to unwind before and after the busy holidays, and a weekend away may be just what you and your crew need, too.

Day One

  • Opening Moves: Make the Visitor Center your first stop. Pick up a map, book a room and check out all the great things there are to do in Asheville.
  • Street Style: From the Visitor Center, hop on one of Asheville's trolley tours for a guided tour of downtown Asheville and its historic districts. Be sure to stop at Pack Square Park and take in the sights and sounds of downtown, including street performers, funky boutiques and the Urban Trail.
  • Put Your Dancin' Feet Up: Grab an evening drink at the Great Hall Bar at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa and get cozy in front of one of their 15-foot stone fireplaces.

Day Two

  • Fancy Footwork at Biltmore: Dance on over to America's Largest Home, which celebrates its birthday on Christmas Eve each year. The Biltmore House has 250 rooms, 57 decorated Christmas trees, 16 chimneys and 65 fireplaces-that's quite a workout and a lot of stockings!
  • Beer City Sippin' Santa-Style: Enjoy a festive evening in downtown Asheville and kick back like Santa-with one of "BeerCity USA's" signature craft brews. Or go on a microbrewery tour with the Asheville Brews Cruise! Follow Santa's lead and check out the Lexington Avenue Brewery for a delicious dinner, or try one of Asheville's 250+ independent restaurants.
  • Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree: Those looking for some music to go with their dance moves will enjoy catching a show at the Orange Peel, named one of the "Top Five Rock Clubs in the Country" by Rolling Stone magazine.

Day Three

  • Moves with a View: Welcome the day by taking in Asheville's mountain vistas. Take a sunrise drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, go for an invigorating hike in Bent Creek Forest and wrap up with lunch at Santa's own choice, the Sunset Terrace at The Omni Grove Park Inn.
  • Remix Your Relaxation: Your muscles are likely to be sore after dancing all over Asheville, so soothe them with a Gingerbread Indulgence Wrap at the Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn, ranked 13th best spa worldwide.


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Upcoming Events

Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walks

  • November 7, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Asheville Art District
  • Address: Various Locations, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Downtown Asheville Art District
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday

The Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) invites you to visit the more than 20 galleries that contribute to Asheville's reputation as vibrant arts community and "The Paris of the South." Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity....from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.  Asheville an...

First Friday Art Walk

  • November 7, 2014
  • Location: Asheville Art Museum
  • Address: 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Asheville Art Museum

Tonight’s First Friday event will focus on our Holiday Market, which will host a variety of vendors selling wares including ornaments, menorahs, toys and gifts. Enjoy cider and cookies while you find perfect gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list! The Asheville Art Museum is pleased to be a part of the Downtown Asheville Art District’s ‘First Friday’ Art Walks occurring the first Friday of every month April through December. On these evenings from 5:00–8:0...

River Arts District Studio Stroll

  • November 8, 2014
  • Location: River Arts District
  • Address: Clingman Ave. at Lyman St., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  River Arts District
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

At the Studio Stroll in Asheville's River Arts District, all of the gifts are locally handmade and one-of-a-kind. Visit the artists' studios and find special gifts for family, friends, and yourself. The first, largest, and most walkable tour of working artists' studios in the region, the River Arts District Studio Stroll takes place in 19 historic buildings along the French Broad River. There will be artists' demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend. Getting to and around...

Holiday Craft Fair

  • November 15, 2014
  • Location: Montford Recreation Center
  • Address: 34 Pearson Drive, Asheville, NC 28801

The first Annual Holiday Craft Fair is a place for people to kick off the holiday shopping season with 40-plus vendors who are selling homemade crafts. Items range from jewelry, purses and greeting cards to ornaments, photography and gift miscellaneous. Craft demonstrations, raffles and food round out the fun. This event benefits the youth and senior programs.

A Season For Harmony

Land of the Sky and Song O' Sky Choruses join in a musical celebration of the holiday season. An a cappella harmony extravaganza you won't want to miss.

Taste of Asheville 2014

  • November 20, 2014
  • Location: The Venue
  • Address: 21 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Asheville's premier culinary event is an evening of food, wine and beer tasting with 40+ AIR restaurants, wine sponsors and local brewers. This sold-out event is a fundraiser for AIR and its programs, including the "Chefs of Tomorrow" Scholarship at AB Tech and GO! Kitchen Ready. This year's Taste of Asheville will be held on Thursday, November 20th. Tickets for the event will go on sale October 1st.

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

  • November 21, 2014
  • Location: WNC Agricultural Center
  • Address: 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732
  • Venue:  WNC Agricultural Center

Welcome to Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland! You may wonder, why go to such great lengths to create an attraction of this magnitude? It's simple; we uncovered a passion and followed our dreams. After physically crafting each element, placing and bracing them, tediously programming hundreds of thousands of lights to perform with music, we managed to light up the nights!  There are over sixteen hundred individual and unique channels simultaneously directing this orchestra of lights. Using t...

Asheville Holiday Parade & JingleFest, presented by Bojangles

  • November 22, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Asheville
  • Address: Biltmore Avenue heading North, turns on Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

The holiday season in Asheville officially kicks off the week before Thanksgiving with the 68th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade on November 22. Details to come soon. Of course, downtown Asheville will be a great destination to experience the beautiful decorations and festivities of the holiday season through the end of the year. Check back for updates.

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

  • November 28, 2014
  • Location: Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place
  • Address: 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol — November 28 & 29, 2014 (three shows) Creator and remarkably versatile actor Jeremy Webb has re-envisioned this classic by creating a 25 character, family-friendly, one-man play with puppets for ghosts. A definitive holiday experience. Mainstage Theatre Series, Diana Wortham Theatre. Friday, November 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530 or

Biltmore Village Dickens Festival

  • December 5, 2014
  • Location: Historic Biltmore Village
  • Address: 7 All Souls Crescent, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Venue:  Historic Biltmore Village
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Set aside Dec. 5 through Dec. 7 for a magical weekend of merriment, music and memories--all on the streets and in the shops, restaurants and galleries of Historic Biltmore Village. It's the annual Dickens Festival! There's entertainment for every age and interest. The main stage will be filled continuously with musicians, choral groups, singers, dancers, and Montford Park Players. This year the Festival will feature more than 300 performers who, after their stage segments, will rove through...

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