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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.

Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walks

  • November 7, 2014 - December 5, 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...

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.

Blue Ridge Holiday Orchestra Pops Concert

  • December 7, 2014
  • Location: Folk Art Center
  • Address: Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC 28805
  • Venue:  Folk Art Center

Ushering in the Holiday Season with Holiday favorites from around the world.

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...

Guild Artists’ Holiday Sale

  • December 6, 2014 - December 13, 2014
  • Location: Folk Art Center
  • Address: Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC 28805
  • Venue:  Folk Art Center

Join us for the Guild Artists' Holiday Sale at the Folk Art Center on December 6 and 13. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be on hand in the center's auditorium on these two Saturdays to sell select work 10-50% off retail. The sale is an excellent opportunity for the artist to liquidate overstocks and 2014 items, try out new techniques, and sell studio seconds. For the customer, the sale means great deals for holiday shopping and a chance to connect with the craftsperson. I...

Holiday Arts Extravaganza

  • December 29, 2014 - December 31, 2014
  • Address: 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Asheville Art Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

For Students in Grades 1–4. Campers will spend their afternoons creating art of all kinds. All supplies and snacks will be provided. Students are encouraged to wear clothes that can get messy. Pre-registration is required. Call 828.253.3227.

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.

Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk

  • December 6, 2014
  • Location: Montford Recreation Center
  • Address: 34 Pearson Drive, Asheville, NC 28801

Celebrate the holiday season with the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk and help raise money for arthritis research, the nation’s leading cause of disability. This race was chosen as one of the most incredible themed races with over 300 runners and walkers participating each year. It’s a fun, festive event for the entire family!

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

  • November 21, 2014 - January 4, 2015
  • 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...

The Big Crafty Community Arts Bazaar

The Big Crafty revives the tradition of the community bazaar, a lively celebration of handmade commerce, featuring local food, beer, music, and fine wares from a juried group of select indie artists and crafters. We're so grateful to have been voted Best Arts/Crafts Fair in the annual Mountain Xpress readers' poll for the 5th year in a row! (Thanks, Asheville!) Our guiding principle is that buying handmade is good for the community, and our aim is to make doing so fun. Our free and fun fo...

Thomas Wolfe’s Gimcracks Day

Celebrate the holiday with Thomas Wolfe's Gimcrack Day. Free admission to guided tours of Old Kentucky Home is planned for children throughout the day. Make holiday ornaments in our visitor center, see Thomas Wolfe's boyhood home, and learn about Victorian holiday traditions. Thomas Wolfe wrote of his childhood in his novel Look Homeward, Angel; "He was liberally dowered with bright-painted gimcracks upon Christmas Day; and in his heart he hated those who advocated "useful" gifts....

26th Annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam

  • December 13, 2014
  • Location: US Cellular Center
  • Address: 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  US Cellular Center

For the past 26 years, Warren Haynes has coordinated his annual Christmas Jam. Like a family reunion, the annual, one-of-a-kind, semi-structured marathon of music brings together old friends on stage and in the audience at the Civic Center Arena in Asheville, N.C. for one of the countries greatest live events. The London Times has rated it "One of the top ten concerts in the USA."   Initial Artist Lineup (More Artists Announced Soon!) Billy & The Kids Ft. Bill Kreutzma...

Biltmore Village Dickens Festival

  • December 5, 2014 - December 7, 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...

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

  • November 28, 2014 - November 29, 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 www.dwtheatre.com.

Intersections Sing Together: Winter Songs

Intersections Sing Together: Winter Songs December 12, 2014 Slow down during the busy holiday season and spend a precious hour singing with the ones you love. Regardless of your religious affiliation, you will learn seasonal songs to share with the entire family to kick off a warm holiday season. Led by musicians Beth and Jim Magill. All skill levels are welcome. Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m. in The Forum at Diana Wortham Theatre. $10 adults/$8 children 12 and under; children 2 and under...

Lake Julian Festival of Lights

  • December 5, 2014 - December 23, 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.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

  • December 10, 2014
  • Location: Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
  • Address: US Cellular Center, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Moscow Ballet performs the Great Russian Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and more classic Russian ballets in over 70 cities annually across North America!  From San Juan in the Caribbean to Calgary in Canada, and from New York City to Los Angeles, audiences and press rave about the high quality of the company of 40 dancers, the extravagant costumes designed by Shakespearean expert Arthur Oliver, and the 9 stunning and fanciful backdrops designed by Va...

River Arts District Studio Stroll

  • November 8, 2014 - November 9, 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...

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.

31st Annual Candlelight Evenings at Biltmore

  • November 7, 2014 - January 3, 2015
  • Location: Biltmore
  • Address: One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Venue:  Biltmore
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Nov. 7 through Jan. 3, 2015 As daylight fades into dusk, candlelight and firelight accent Biltmore House’s extravagant holiday décor, accented by live entertainment and outside illuminations. Biltmore House glows with holiday spirit, appearing much as it would have at the turn of the 19th century. Carols from choirs and ensembles fill the halls with festive sounds. Candlelight Christmas Evenings tickets are available by reservation only, and include a self-guided candlelight tour of...

40th Annual Christmas at Biltmore

  • November 7, 2014 - January 11, 2015
  • Location: Biltmore
  • Address: One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Venue:  Biltmore
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Nov. 7 through Jan. 11, 2015 Holidays arrive at America’s largest home in style. More than a century ago, George Vanderbilt chose this magical season as the time to unveil his new home to family and friends. On Christmas Eve 1895, he opened Biltmore House’s doors for a regal yuletide celebration. This year’s Christmas at Biltmore promises another extravagant celebration, complete with dozens and dozens of Christmas trees, miles of ribbon, garland and lights and inspiratio...

2014 National Gingerbread House Competition & Display

  • November 19, 2014 - January 1, 2015
  • Location: The Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Address: 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804
  • Venue:  The Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Smells of Gingerbread are in the air! The time has finally arrived for the 22nd Annual National Gingerbread House CompetitionTM! After the judging and the awards ceremony are over, the display will be set up throughout the hotel and will be open for viewing from November 19th through January 1st, 2015. As a means to preserve the overall guest experience, The Omni Grove Park Inn will open its doors to the public to view the Gingerbread display and holiday splendor from Sunday through Thursd...

A Charlie Brown Christmas

  • December 5, 2014 - December 21, 2014
  • Address: 35 East Walnut Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Asheville Community Theatre
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday

A WNC Premiere! "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is based on the beloved annual television special with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Sally, Linus, Lucy and the entire Peanuts gang. The musical includes the classic songs “Christmas Time is Here,” “Skating,” “Linus and Lucy” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” – with arrangements by Vince Guaraldi. A perfect treat for the entire family!

Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum

  • November 22, 2014 - January 4, 2015
  • Location: North Carolina Arboretum
  • Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806
  • Venue:  North Carolina Arboretum
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Asheville's Newest Tradition! OPEN NIGHTLY. Walk through a winter wonderland and experience the gardens in a whole new way! This new light show is unlike anything in Asheville. Designed with an artistic aesthetic, Winter Lights will enhance the natural beauty of the gardens and landscape. The Arboretum has collaborated with Jerry Stripling, former designer and manager of holiday decorations, special projects and events for Walt Disney World®, to create a truly magical experience.  ...