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2014 Paws to Give: A Festive Holiday Evening Benefiting Animals in Need

  • December 4, 2014
  • Address: 66 Asheland Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  The Millroom

Do all of your Holiday shopping at this event where 100% of proceeds will benefit animals in need. Shop at our huge silent auction, enjoy live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and two complimentary drink tickets at our cash bar!

A Christmas Carol by the Montford Park Players

  • December 6, 2014 - December 21, 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...

A Handcrafted Christmas at Addison Farms Vineyard

Join us for our second-annual "A Handcrafted Christmas" at Addison Farms Vineyard. We will have local artists presenting their craft, including a potter, a painter, a leathersmith, a candle-maker [did anyone else hear a nursery rhyme in your head? No, just me?], and a furniture maker. We will be doing free wine tastings with your $10 donation. Like last year, we are taking your donations and matching the first $500 to support a local cause. We hope to see you at Addison Farms Vineyar...

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...

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.

Brother Animal Rescue Masquerade FurBall

  • December 31, 2014
  • Location: Celine & Company
  • Address: 49 Broadway Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

This fabulous evening of heavy appetizers, open bar, music and dancing, entertainment, silent auction and door prizes will be one you don’t want to miss. Silent Auction Heavy Hors D’oeuvres (by Celene & Company) Open Bar (Beer and Wine; Mixed Drinks available at Cash Bar) Music, dancing, and entertainment Masks Required (limited number will be available).

Carolina Ceili Presents: A Celtic Yulefest Benefit Concert

  • December 7, 2014
  • Location: United States
  • Address: 105C Montreat Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Venue:  White Horse Black Mountain

Carolina Ceili presents a Celtic Yulefest holiday concert along with guest harpist Eliza Sydney. A percentage of ticket and merchandise sales will go to benefit the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry, a Black Mountain charity that helps families in need with food, clothing, shelter, and job training. A collection box will be available at the show for donations of nonperishable foods, clothing, and hygiene items.

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.

Cirque Dreams: Holidaze

  • December 17, 2014
  • Address: 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  US Cellular Center

Be amazed by this holiday spectacle with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe. Many of these acts have been featured on America’s Got Talent and similar TV shows in other countries, making "Cirque Dreams: Holidaze" the greatest holiday variety show on the planet.

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...

Handmade In America - Cool Craft Market

  • December 12, 2014 - December 14, 2014
  • Location: Handmade In America Offices
  • Address: 125 S. Lexington Avenue, Suite 101, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Handmade In America - Cool Craft Market Asheville, NC – HandMade in America’s biggest event of the year is back for another holiday season. HandMade in America (HIA), in partnership with Blue Ridge Food Ventures (BRFV), will host their third annual Cool Craft Market at the HandMade in America headquarters located in downtown Asheville This market will feature over 40 local craft, food, and natural product makers from around Western North Carolina (WNC), providing a one-stop shop for...

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.

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!

Montford Holiday Tour of Homes

  • December 13, 2014
  • Location: Montford Neighborhood

The 19th annual Montford Holiday Tour of Homes showcases Asheville's most historic neighborhood. Explore eclectic architecture that has been lovingly restored and new houses constructed to reflect the neighborhood's historic past. Enjoy festive holiday treats and entertainment throughout the tour. This is a self-guided tour. With your ticket you will receive a map to all tour locations and information about individual properties. Tickets are $20, and are available December 1-13 at the Chambe...

Pan Harmonia Presents "Chamber Music Messiah"

  • December 7, 2014
  • Location: First Presbyterian Church
  • Address: 40 Church St., Asheville, NC 28801

Sunday, December 7, 3 PM • First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church Street, Downtown Asheville A Joyous Holiday Event! “A Chamber Music Messiah,” featuring instrumentalists playing the vocal parts with organ as orchestra. Come experience this fun, unique and beautiful performance of the Christmas portion (Part I) of Handel's masterpiece to benefit Homeward Bound. Kate Steinbeck, flute • Alicia Chapman, oboe and English horn • Rosalind Buda, bassoon • David Ginn, trump...

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

  • November 26, 2014 - December 31, 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...

Sugar Plum Christmas Dessert Tour in Black Mountain

  • December 19, 2014

Give into Black Mountain's sweet side! At Christmas! Everyone will want to experience this tasty walk through the historical downtown to experience some of the best desserts from our local bakeries and eateries. Whether you crave luxurous cheesecakes, pastries, fudge or gourmet cupcakes, this tour has it all! The 2 1/2 to 3 hour tour will include samples of treats at least 6 eateries including Kilwin's Chocolates, Spice It Up, HeyHey Cupcake, Black Mountain Bakery, Red Rocker Inn and Dobra Tea....

Thanksgiving at Burial Beer Co.

  • November 27, 2014
  • Address: 40 Collier Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Burial Beer Co.

We love our community here and therefore, instead of staying home, we want to celebrate with everyone. Burial Beer Co. will be open from 4-8PM on Thanksgiving Day. Zaq, Jess and Doug will be there bartending and serving up a delicious Thanksgiving meal- potluck style! Beer sales are business as usual but we will have a Thanksgiving buffet. We will be deep frying a turkey from East Fork Farms as well as making other favorite holiday dishes. All are welcome and please bring YOUR favorite dish and/...

Thanksgiving Day at Writer's Bistro

Bring the family and let us do the work! In addition to Writer's Bistro's regular menus, our chefs will be cooking up a Thanksgiving buffet. Check out our special Thanksgiving menu, featuring everything from roasted turkey breast, to sweet potato casserole, to snicker cheesecake, and more!

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....

1830s Christmas Candlelight Tour at Vance Birthplace

Step back in time and experience a traditional 1830s Christmas in the North Carolina backcountry. Costumed guides will lead your group through the Vance house, decorated in native greenery. Warm yourself by the crackling fire and smell hot cider in the kitchen fireplace as you meet Vance neighbors and they explain the traditions and customs of the 1830s. Guided tours will begin every 15 minutes with the first tour beginning at 4:00 PM and the last tour beginning at 8:30 PM. Each tour group wil...

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...

Breakfast with Santa

  • December 13, 2014
  • Location: Dr. Wesley Grant Sr., Southside Center
  • Address: 285 Livingston Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Have breakfast with Santa and celebrate the holidays with a morning full of fun. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, a holiday-themed dance workshop in the auditorium, and make your very own ornament. Designed for children ages 2-9 and their parents. Two breakfast seatings at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Space is limited to 50 people per seating; reservations are required.

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