7 Ways to Shop Asheville for the Holidays
Shop & Dine West Asheville, featuring special deals and hours, a window decorating competition and a festive wrap-up party at Urban Orchard, is on Saturday, December 13.
Hunt for the perfect gift among enchanting holiday lights and a selection of entries from the National Gingerbread House Competition during Winter Wonderland at the historic Grove Arcade, ongoing through January 4th. Santa visits on Sunday, December 14th and 21st from 1-5 p.m.
Shelter Collective, a unique local design studio including all kinds of handmade goods from handbags to homes, is hosting their annual holiday pop-up shop December 11th-13th at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in downtown Asheville. The shop will showcase work from more than 30 designers.
Each December the celebrated artists of the Southern Highland Craft Guild offer a special holiday sale featuring studio seconds, overruns and discontinued stock. Don't be fooled by the great prices--the workmanship on these items is world class! Check it out for yourself on Saturday, December 13th at the Folk Art Center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Another great stop for handmade gifts is the Cool Craft Market held December 12th-14th. The market also partners with Blue Ridge Food Ventures--a local food business incubator--to highlight locally crafted edibles alongside artisan goods of all kinds.
Enjoy a warming cup of apple cider or a glass if wine as you browse an excellent selection of crafts and fine art at the Grovewood Gallery's Holiday Sip & Shop on Friday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Plus save on regular-priced and sale items.
On Saturday at Desert Moon Designs in the River Arts District, enjoy a holiday open house from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. where you can meet the artists as you shop from a collection of jewelry, paintings, ceramics, glass and fiber in the $5-$50 range.
Of course, Asheville's many galleries, boutiques, craft shops and antique stores are always open and also excellent places to hunt for that special gift.
Explore the best spots for holiday shopping in Asheville.