Thursday, Dec. 24
• Land of the sweets: The Grove Park Inn‘s annual Gingerbread House Competition is still on display through Sunday, Jan. 3.; community viewing is Monday-Thursday, no admission charge. The top 10 winning houses will be on Good Morning America on Thursday, Dec. 24 and will return to the Grove Park on Monday, Dec. 28.
• Visit the Smith-McDowell House Museum (283 Victoria Rd., Asheville, 253-9231) for exhibits on Appalachian toys and games as well as Christmas trends and styles from 1840-1890. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. $5 adults/$4 students/$3 children ages 5-18.
• Free Christmas music at The White Horse (105C Montreat Rd., Black Mountain, 669-0816). Says the venue, “Lance and Carissa Moore, a wonderfully talented musical duo named Wilderness Act, are offering this concert as a gift to the White Horse area community! Bob Hinkle and Kim Hughes, co-owners of White Horse, will also perform!” 6-8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 25
• The Bounty of Bethlehem Community Dinner takes place at Immaculata Catholic School in Hendersonville. 1-5 p.m., free. Info: 693-5115.
• Tressa’s (28 Broadway, Asheville, 254-7072) is also open with a special blues rock holiday show by Ruby Mayfield & Friends. 9 p.m.
• Christmas with The Krektones (formerly Krek & the Kurmudgeons; Jason Krekel is pictured) gets all celebratory at Broadway’s (107 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 285-0400). Says Ukulele Rockstar, “The Krektones play instrumental rock n roll of and inspired by Link Ray, Ventures and Herb Alpert.” 10 p.m.
• R&b band A Social Function gets in the groove at Magnolia’s (26 E. Walnut St., Asheville, 251-5211). 10 p.m., free.
Saturday, Dec. 26
• Kwanzaa, a festive celebration of African-American culture with food, entertainment and fellowship, takes place at Union Grove Family Life Center in Hendersonville. 3-6 p.m. Info: 697-9698, 696-0772 or 697-5748.
• World-beat outfit Cabo Verde plays a free show at Zambra (85 Walnut St., Asheville, 232-1060). 8 p.m.
• Duke Freeman brings rock & soul to the Town Pump (135 Cherry St., Black Mountain, 669-4808). 8:30 p.m., $3.
• A fond Farewell: Dawn of the Dude calls it quits after half a decade. You can read the band’s farewell blog post here, or just see ‘em off at their final show at The Boiler Room (11 Grove St., Asheville, 505-1612). 9 p.m., $5.
• Newgrass musician Rafe Hollister plays Westville Pub (777 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, 225-9782). 9:30 p.m., $5.
—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter