Savor the 2017 holiday season: Family events around WNC

Savor the 2017 holiday season: Family events around WNC 2

The Biltmore Estate’s Christmas Tree is raised in the Banquet Hall. Matt Burkhartt/[email protected]



Nov. 18: Asheville, 11 a.m.

Nov. 19: Marion, 3 p.m.

Nov. 26: Franklin, 3 p.m.

Dec. 2: Andrews; Black Mountain, 4 p.m.; Brevard, 3 p.m.; Bryson City, 2 p.m.; Burnsville, 3 p.m.; Hendersonville, 10:30 a.m.; Sylva, 3 p.m.; Weaverville, 1 p.m.

Dec. 4: Waynesville, 6 p.m.

Dec. 7: Canton, 6 p.m.

Dec. 9: Cashiers, noon; Fletcher, 10:30 a.m.

Seasonlong events

Christmas at Biltmore: Nov. 3-Jan. 7, Biltmore Estate. Regular admission applies until dusk. Additional charge for Candlelight Christmas Evenings.

‘The Polar Express’: Nov. 10-Jan. 1, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City. Santa will board the train, greet each child and give children a silver bell as in “The Polar Express.” Times and dates vary. Visit or call 800-872-4681.

Asheville History Center 19th Century Carolina Christmas: Nov. 16-Jan. 6 at Smith-McDowell House on campus of A-B Technical Community College, Victoria Road. Celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way. Groups may contact the house to schedule a tour. Call 828-253-9231 or visit

Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour: Mid-November through December. 75-minute trip through the lights and sights of the season. Reservations required. Visit or call 828-251-8687.

National Gingerbread House Competition: Nov. 26-Jan 4, The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, 290 Macon Ave., Asheville. Community viewing after 3 p.m. Sundays and anytime Mondays-Thursdays. Parking $ 20, with half of proceeds going to six area charities. 

Winter Lights: 6-10 p.m., Nov. 17-Dec. 31, N.C. Arboretum, Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Bent Creek.Walk through a holiday lights exhibit throughout the gardens, with uniquely lit displays, s’mores by the fire and more. Tickets are advance purchase only. Adults $ 18, children $ 16, with discounts.

Festival of Lights at Lake Julian: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1-23 for vehicles, Lake Julian Park, off Long Shoals Road, Asheville. Thousands of lights and more than 50 light displays. $ 5 per car. Call 828-684-0376 or visit


Holiday Craft Fair: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Montford Rec Center, Pearson Drive, Asheville. Annual fair to kick off the holiday shopping season. Free.

‘Tis the Season Holiday Fair: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 17-18 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 19, WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher. Festive shopping event with art, crafts, gifts, holiday food and North Carolina wines. $ 4 adults, free for children under 12. Free parking. 

Henderson County Toy Run: 10 a.m. Nov. 18, Fletcher Community Park, Howard Gap Road. $ 15 or new, unwrapped toy. Email [email protected]

‘A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas’: Nov. 25-Dec. 22, Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock. Tickets $ 15-$ 50. 

Hendersonville holiday street lighting: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at Hendersonville Historic Courthouse on Main Street. Free carriage rides. Visit

Christmas at Connemara: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 25, Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock. Celebrate Christmas with the traditions of the Sandburgs. Music and storytelling, holiday crafts, hot cider, cookies. House decorated until Jan. 6. Call 828-693-4178 or visit

Winter Wonderland: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, downtown Franklin. Music, Santa, living window displays, free wagon and pony rides, refreshments.

Ole Timey Christmas: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 25, Curb Market in downtown Hendersonville. Christmas wreaths, fresh greenery, crafts, music, carriage rides, more.

‘Live From WVL Radio: It’s A Wonderful Life’: 8 p.m. Nov. 26, Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 743 Haywood Road, Asheville. Unique re-imagining of Frank Capra’s classic movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” takes place on a snowy night at the studios of WVL Radio. Features old-time radio sound effects, organ accompaniment, and versatile voice acting. $ 15 in advance, $ 20 at the door. Reservations at 828-575-2737 or

Dec. 1-7

Santa Claus Comes to Town: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Burnsville Town Center. Get picture with Santa, refreshments. Free.

‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 2 p.m. Dec. 2, Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre performs, based on ETA Hoffman’s original story. With colorful sets, costumes and large puppets. $ 20-$ 28.

Dillsboro Festival of Lights and Luminaries: 5-9 p.m. Dec. 1-2 and 8-9, downtown Dillsboro. Live music, carolers, holiday treats from merchants, horse and buggy rides and Santa at Town Hall. Starts at dusk. Call 800-962-1911 or visit

Holly Jolly: 5-9 p.m. Dec. 1, downtown Black Mountain. Refreshments, stores open late, Santa and more. Free.

Festival of Lights: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 2-23 for vehicles, Lake Julian Park, off Long Shoals Road, Asheville. Thousands of lights and more than 50 light displays. $ 7-$ 14. Call 828-250-4260 or visit

‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’: Dec. 1-17, Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St. When the town terrors end up as the leads in the Christmas pageant, their interesting interpretation of the story (which they have never heard before) helps everyone rediscover the meaning of the holiday. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Visit

Yuletide Candlelight concert: Dec. 1-2, Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church St., downtown Asheville. Asheville Choral Society and Celebration Singers.

Small Town Christmas: Dec. 1-2, Banner Elk. “A Christmas Carol Live Radio Show,” 5K, breakfast with Santa, candy cane hunt, ornament making, more. 828-898-8395 or

Brevard’s Twilight Tour: 4-7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, downtown Brevard. Following Christmas parade, with carriage rides, community sing, tree lighting, food vendors, more. Visit

Circle of Lights: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 2. Celebration around Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain after the parade. Free.

Vance Birthplace Christmas Candlelight Tour: 4-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Reems Creek Road, Weaverville. Guided candlelight tours and a look at Christmas in the southern Appalachians during the early 1800s. $ 5 adults, $ 2 age 6-16. Call 828-645-6706 or visit

Smoky Mountain Toy Run: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 4, Harley-Davidson of Asheville, staging at Kearfott, U.S. 70, Black Mountain. Motorcycle ride to benefit children. or [email protected]

A Winter’s Tail: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2, WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville. Crafts, face painting, animal encounters, educational programs, visit from Santa. Free with admission or membership. Visit

Santa on the Chimney: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9, Chimney Rock Park. Santa practices on 315-foot Chimney Rock. Regular admission.

Breakfast with Santa: 9-11 a.m. Dec. 2, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road, Robbinsville. Santa will be available for photos and to take wish lists. Call 828-479-3364 or visit for reservations. $ 5. Off N.C. 28 between Fontana Dam and Bryson City.

Cookies with the Clauses: 1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 2, Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road, Asheville. Decorate cookies, make crafts and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Registration required by Nov. 30. $ 5. To register, visit or for more information contact 828-259-5800.

The Big Crafty: Dec. 2-3, U.S. Cellular Center, downtown. Stock up for the holidays at this independent craft fair.

“Great Russian Nutcracker” by The Moscow Ballet: 3 p.m. Dec. 3, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Visit for tickets.

Rhythmic Circus: ‘Red & Green’: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Bardo Arts Center, WCU, Cullowhee. Signature style of rapid-fire tap with a live seven-piece band playing the holiday music you know and love. 

“All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914”: Dec. 6-30, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, N.C. Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane, Asheville. Relives poignant moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together. Contains actual quotes and excerpts from letters written by World War I figures. $ 16-$ 34. Call 239-0263 or visit

Dec. 8-14

‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’: 7 p.m. Dec. 8-9, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Presented by Overlook Theatre Company. Tickets $ 12. Visit

“Return to Bethlehem”: 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 2-8:30 p.m. Dec. 9; 2-6 p.m. Dec. 10, Groce United Methodist Church, Tunnel Road, East Asheville. Experience the Bethlehem marketplace as it could have been during the time of Jesus birth. Presented by Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry. Visit

Candlelight Christmas Stroll: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 8, downtown Weaverville. Luminaries, entertainment, horse and carriages rides, entertainment, and Santa.

Asheville Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10, Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Tickets $ 20-$ 50. Call 828-257-4530 or visit or

BRO Revels! concert: 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville, and 3 p.m. Dec. 10, Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, East Asheville. Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” as well as holiday pops favorites featuring local soprano Megan McConnell. $ 15, $ 10 Friends of BRO, $ 5 students. Visit

‘A Dickens Tale’: 10 a.m. Dec. 9, Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., downtown. Join Old Scrooge, bumbling Bob Cratchit, and all the delightful ghostly visitors in this heartwarming tale of friendship and generosity. An unsuspecting student even has the opportunity to join our actors on stage in the role of Tiny Tim! Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre. Tickets $ 5 at the door. Visit

“Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol”: Hazel Robinson Amphitheater, 92 Gay St., Asheville. Montford Park Players present the holiday classic. Visit

Handel’s “Messiah” Community Sing-Along: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St., Asheville. $ 15. Tickets available at

Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska: Dec. 7-10. Handel’s “Messiah” by Lake Junaluska Singers at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Stuart Auditorium; Christmas craft show 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday followed by The Cockman Family concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, and more.

Breakfast with Santa: 9 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9, Stephens-Lee Center, Asheville. Pancake breakfast, holiday-themed dance workshop in auditorium, and ornament making. Designed for children ages 2-9 and their parents. Two breakfast seatings. Reservations are required. $ 8 per person. To register online visit or for more information contact 828-259-5800.

Santa on the Chimney: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9, Chimney Rock Park. Santa practices on 315-foot Chimney Rock. Regular admission.

“A Night Before Christmas”: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9, downtown Waynesville. Caroling, storytelling, wagon rides, Santa, more. Visit

Montford Holiday Tour of Homes: 1-5 p.m. Dec. 9, Montford community in downtown Asheville. $ 25. Get tickets and map at Asheville Visitors Center, 36 Montford Ave. The annual tour of eclectic architecture of homes old and new. Festive treats and entertainment offered throughout tour. Self-guided tour. or 828-280-1576 or [email protected] for information.

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock. “JOY!” with soprano Alison Trainer.

Reuter Center Singers: 7-9 p.m., Dec. 11, UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Contemporary holiday songs, traditional choral music and classic carols. Free.

Community Hanukkah Candle Lighting: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 14, Asheville Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St., Asheville. All ages. With Hanukkah performance, and potluck dinner. Visit

Dec. 15-21

‘The Nutcracker’: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-15, Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. Performed by Ballet Conservatory of Asheville. $ 15-$ 30. Visit

Grant Southside Holiday Family Night: 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 15, Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston St., Asheville. Make a holiday craft, watch “The Polar Express” (rated G) starting at 6 p.m. Parent/guardian should remain with child during event. or 828-259-5800.

An Angel Christmas: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 16, Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site, 52 N. Market St., Asheville. Tours, craft activities for children, exhibition of angel wreaths on the doors and angel figurines through the house.

‘When You Believe’ Holiday Concert: 4 p.m., Dec. 17, First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St., Asheville. Celebration Singers of Asheville. Visit

Holiday Parents Day Out: 12:30-5 p.m. Dec. 17 Montford Rec Center, 34 Pearson Drive, Asheville. Ages 5-12. Kids will play in gym, do holiday crafts and watch a holiday movie. Registration required. Register at or for more information contact 828-259-5800.

‘The Nutcracker’: 7 p.m. Dec. 16-17, 2 p.m. Dec. 17, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Performed by Betsy’s School of Dance. Adults $ 12, students $ 8. Visit

‘A Swannanoa Solstice’ concert: 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place, 18 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. Al Petteway, Amy White, and Robin Bullock perform a mix of seasonal Appalachian, Celtic, Scots-Irish, and world-influenced music along with storytelling and poetry. $ 45; student $ 40; children 12 and younger $ 20, student day-of-show $ 10. Call 828-257-4530 or visit

Asheville Symphony: ‘A Most Colorful Farewell’: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. Ring in the new year with a farewell to music director Daniel Meyer. Call 828-254-7046 or visit

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