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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

A Christmas Carol by the Montford Park Players

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: The Masonic Temple
  • Address: 80 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28802
  • Venue:  The Masonic Temple

The Montford Park Players of Asheville, North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival, will open Charles Dickens' classic tale of greed and redemption, A Christmas Carol, on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at Asheville's historic Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville.   Directed by Mandy Bean and featuring Peter Brezny as Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm, with additional performances on...

Christmas in Black Mountain - Deck the Trees

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Monte Vista Hotel
  • Address: 308 W. State St., Black Mountain, NC 28711

24 beautiful Christmas Trees on display (result of decorating competition). Free at Monte Vista Hotel.

GROVE HOUSE Holiday Showcase by Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: GROVE HOUSE Entertainment Complex
  • Address: 11 Grove Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Join us for a FREE (all age) self-guided tour of the historic YWCA 1924 building (GROVE HOUSE) Eight Holiday Themes!!! * PIRATES THAT STOLE CHRISTMAS * * FOREST OF SILVER & GOLD * * OLD SCHOOL CHRISTMAS * * WINTER WONDERLAND * * SANTA SALOON * * HOLIDAY HALL * * CANDY LAND * * ICE PALACE * & We'll even give you a peak of the historic swimming pool! Don't miss taking a picture with the ~ GRINCH & HIS DOG MAX ~ *** Please bring an item to donate *** Brother Wolf & Eblen Charities ...

Holiday Comedy Improvisation

The Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is happy to present Reasonably Priced Babies in Instant Christmas, two evenings of improv comedy on December 19 and 20th at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now for 15$ plus tax. The Arts Center is located at 225 W. State Street. For more information call 828-669-0930.

Holiday Medley

Whether you follow traditions that span generations, or you've created your own unique mix, our Holiday Medley event invites you to celebrate! Enjoy a day of global music, local food trucks with international flair, and engaging, worldwide holiday decor. It will spark conversation about travel, past or future. You can tell us what you believe in. You can dress for an international affair. What can you bring to the medley? Live jazz by One Leg Up from 6:30-8:30pm. We welcome everyone to bring can...

It's a Wonderful Life in Black Mountain

  • December 20, 2014
  • Address: Cherry Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Venue:  Black Mountain
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Participating shops open until 7 p.m. Street performers, story-tellers and more...

Lake Julian Festival of Lights

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Lake Julian Park
  • Address: 406 Overlook Road Ext., Arden, NC 28704
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Light up your Holiday nights at the Lake Julian Park Festival of Lights. The park is brightly lit with thousands of colored lights and over 50 animated and stationary light displays. The road circling the park becomes a magical journey through tunnels of dazzling lights.

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: WNC Agricultural Center
  • Address: 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732
  • Venue:  WNC Agricultural Center
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

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...

Winter Wonderland at the Grove Arcade 2014

  • December 20, 2014
  • Location: Grove Arcade
  • Address: 1 Page Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Grove Arcade

Downtown Asheville’s historical Grove Arcade is a spectacular spot to enjoy the holidays and support locally-owned shops and restaurants. As to be expected, the Arcade will be “decking the halls” with holiday décor inside and out. The main attraction is once again the annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ hosted in partnership with The Omni Grove Park Inn. Come experience a Winter Wonderland full of wintery décor and gingerbread houses from Nov. 21...

Christmas Eve at Burial Beer Co.

  • December 24, 2014
  • Address: 40 Collier Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Burial Beer Co.

We are open from 3-7PM on Christmas Eve with a potluck of holiday appetizers and special kegs. Please feel free to bring in a small dish to share! We will be tapping the one keg we have of our collaboration with Platform Brewing (Cleveland, OH). Blue Mountain Brett was brewed with Riverbend Rye Malt and is a wild, rye ale. We have also saved a keg of our holiday saison. Epice NOEL is a golden saison brewed with coriander, orange peel, grains of paradise and star anise. We are also filling our B...

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