Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- December 14-16, 2018

Updated Monday, December 10, 2018 by Del Holston.

Christmas at Biltmore Antler Hill Village LightsCelebrate the holidays with ongoing traditions taking place around the city, including Christmas at Biltmore, he twinkling Winter Lights display at the North Carolina Arboretum, the 2018 National Gingerbread Competition Display at The Omni Grove Park Inn, the Lake Julian Festival of Lights and the Jingle Bell Trolley Train Ride.

Asheville offers so many ways to get into the holiday spirit. Learn more about this season’s festivities with our roundup of 8 ways Asheville sparkles for the holidays. Also, see your guide to the top 8 places to see the lights in Asheville

Don't miss your chance to experience this joyful time of year! Use our easy-to-use search feature to check room availability and rates at Asheville area accommodations, and check events for any date by using our online events calendar search.

Here’s a look at what you can enjoy this weekend in and around Asheville:

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian NutcrackerMoscow Ballet - The Great Russian Nutcracker

Sunday (Dec. 16), 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Showings
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Downtown Asheville

The famous Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is returning to Asheville on the Dove of Peace Tour. Enjoy world-class artists, hand-painted sets and traditional holiday music.

3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Crawl

Saturday (Dec. 15), 2-10 p.m.
Wild Wing Cafe, Downtown ASheville

Get your "ugly" sweater, find those tacky holiday pants, and get ready to jingle bell rock! Join a group of holiday revelers as they make their way to multiples stops around town. This ticketed event comes with a free t-shirt and koozie at registration. Professional photographers and DJ’s will be on site to capture the fun.

8th Annual Deck the Trees

Now through Jan. 6, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
The Monte Vista Hotel, Black Mountain

See dozens of beautiful and unique hand-decorated Christmas trees at the historic Monte Vista Hotel. The theme of the display is, “There Are Angels Among Us.” You do not need to be an overnight guest of the hotel to enjoy the display. It is free to see the trees.

CRECHE-FEST Nativity Set Exhibit

Dec. 12-19, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily
First Baptist Church, Asheville

This is the 4th annual display of more than 250 Nativity sets from 50 countries around the world. The exhibit is made possible by the collaboration of several churches. First Baptist Church in downtown Asheville (5 Oak Street) is the host. The event includes special guest lecture tours on both the art and the religious use of the Nativity, children's activities and special musical performances.

Holiday Shopping

Show & Tell Holiday Pop Up Shop
Friday through Sunday (Dec. 14-16), 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Asheville Masonic Temple, Downtown Asheville

Featuring some of the area’s best in handmade and vintage, this pop up has curated goods from over 125 local & indie makers and designers. Shop vintage wares including clothing, jewelry, decor, greeting cards, and more. 

2nd Annual Holiday popUP – Come SHOP!Shopping in Asheville
Saturday (Dec. 15), Noon – 4 p.m.
The Mothlight, Asheville

Shop small from regional vendors, enjoy live music and win raffle prizes. This special holiday pop-up includes handcrafted gifts including body care, jewelry, pottery, home products, edibles and more.

Big Free Christmas and Holiday Tasting
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Table Wine, South Asheville

Visit Table Wine for their annual holiday tasting event featuring nine festive favorites. This sip and shop event is free, and comes with discounts so you can save money on festive bubbles and top-shelf wines.

Live Music and Entertainment

Smoke on the Mountain: Sanders Family Christmas
Friday through Sunday (Dec. 14-16), 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. performances
Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Mars Hill

The Sanders Family is back and better than ever. This year come and experience more jokes, more songs, more singing and more fun! This performance celebrates the holidays with faith, family and old-fashioned fun.

Maria Bamford
Friday (Dec. 14), 7 p.m.
The Orange Peel, Asheville

Enjoy a night of stand up comedy from Maria Bamford, known for her Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite and the cult hit web series, The Maria Bamford Show. She also voices several characters for animated shows including BoJack Horseman, Puss in Boots, and Legend of Korra.

3rd Annual Very Jerry Xmas
Saturday (Dec. 15), 10 p.m.
Asheville Music Hall, Downtown Asheville

Join some of Asheville’s best musicians as they pay homage to the late great Jerry Garcia. Dance and groove to a long evening of late 80's and early 90's songs from the Jerry Garcia Band and Grateful Dead.

Yulefest
Saturday (Dec. 15), 8 p.m.
White Horse Black Mountain

Enjoy seasonal favorites, and yuletide music performed by Émigré, Saro Lynch-Thomason, Laurie Fisher, Connell Sanderson and others. This celebration of holiday music will feature fiddling, ballads, vocalists and bagpipes.

Asheville Community Band Holiday Concert
Sunday (Dec. 16), 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Lipinsky Hall, University of North Carolina Asheville

This symphonic winds concert will include family- friendly pieces that are staples of the holidays, such as Sleigh Ride and A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson, Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Up On A Housetop and Chanukah Celebration.

A Christmas Pudding by David Birney
Friday through Sunday (Dec. 14 - 16), 7:30 p.m. (Fri – Sat) & 2 p.m. (Sun)
Black Mountain Center for the Arts

This theater performance is a Christmas celebration in song, story and poetry. Enjoy tales by Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, Shakespeare, Longfellow, Emily Dickinson and St. Luke, and hear traditional carols and holiday songs.

Arts & Crafts

Live Holiday Glassblowing DemoA Glass Artist Fires His Work at the North Carolina Glass Center in Asheville
Friday - Saturday, Dec. 14-15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mountain Made Gallery, Downtown Asheville

Since 2010, master scientific glass blower Jason Probstein has presented live glassblowing demonstrations at Mountain Made Gallery. This weekend he returns. Watch him create his unique Christmas ornaments and shop for glass pieces for your tree, or for gifts.

Art and Craft Workshop: Needle Felted Santa
Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Purple Crayon, Asheville

Treat yourself to a "holi-date" with Santa! If you’re looking for a fun way to get into the season, and you’re interested in needle felting, this workshop is for you! In just a few hours, you’ll learn how to needle felt and walk away with a charming addition to your holiday décor!

Go Skiing

Take advantage of the recent snowfall and hit the slopes for a weekend ski adventure. Wolf Ridge Ski Resort and Cataloochee Ski Area are open for the season and are blowing snow in addition to the fresh power that fell last week. Cataloochee’s night skiing and Tube World begin this Saturday, December 15.

 


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