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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.

Christmas in Black Mountain - Deck the Trees

  • December 4, 2014 - December 31, 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.

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 Beer Tasting with Cliff Mori

  • December 15, 2014
  • Location: Divine Wine & Beer
  • Address: 1011 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805

Join Divine Wine & Beer and BREW-ed in a special tasting event. Brewers from around the world release specialty beers each year to celebrate the holiday season. Certified Cicerone and BREW-ed owner Cliff Mori will lead a thoughtful discussion of how Holiday Beers are brewed around the world as we sample Holiday beers from England, Belgium, Austria and, of course, the United States. The class will be Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM in Divine Wine & Beer. Must be over 21 to attend.

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...

Christmas in Black Mountain - "It's a Wonderful Life" Parade & "Circle of Lights"

  • December 6, 2014
  • Address: Cherry Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Venue:  Black Mountain

The parade starts downtown at 4 p.m., followed by "Circle of Lights" at Lake Tomahawk from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a variety of music, food, hayrides and a bonfire.

Christmas in Black Mountain - "Visions of Sugar Plums" Cookie Tour

  • December 13, 2014
  • Address: Cherry Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Venue:  Black Mountain

4th-Annual B&B and Country Inn Cookie Tour. Admission fee.

Christmas in Black Mountain - Holly Jolly

  • December 5, 2014
  • Address: Cherry Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Venue:  Black Mountain

Shops open downtown with refreshments. Cherry Street and Sutton will be blocked off, with special entertainment at the foot of Cherry on the Old Caboose.

Christmas in Black Mountain - Santa on Town Square

  • December 6, 2014
  • Address: Cherry Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Venue:  Black Mountain

See Santa at Big Rocking Chair from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Christmas in Black Mountain - Shop Small Saturday & Light Up Black Mountain

  • November 29, 2014
  • Address: Cherry Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Venue:  Black Mountain

Light Up Black Mountain will take place on Town Square at 6 p.m., with shops open until 7 p.m.

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.

Ingles JingleFest

  • November 22, 2014
  • Address: 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  US Cellular Center

Following the Asheville Holiday Parade, American Idol Winner and Grand Marshal, Caleb Johnson will stop by Ingles JingleFest for a meet and greet with area fans and sign autographs. Also during Ingles JingleFest, U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows will honor Johnson with a Congressional Record for his significant contributions to North Carolina. Ingles JingleFest will feature nonstop entertainment with performances from many of the groups that participated in the parade, inflatables and bouncy hous...

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...

It's a Wonderful Life in Black Mountain

  • December 12, 2014 - December 13, 2014
  • Address: Cherry Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Venue:  Black Mountain
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Participating shops open until 7 p.m. Street performers, Cookie Tour, and Food Tours.

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