Where to go on Christmas Day

• According to Twitter, “Downtown Books & News so loves Christmas that we’re open for it,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Not so much of a surprise — the store is open every day of the year. Stop by (67 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville) or follow at Twitter.com/DBNbooks.

• If you’re up for braving the cold, the quiet streets of downtown Asheville make it a perfect time to embark on the Asheville Urban Trail tour. Visit 30 monuments/sculptures/places of interest in the 1.7 mile walk. Plan ahead and pick up a trail map at Pack Place (1 Pack Sq., Asheville) or download a map here.

• The Bounty of Bethlehem  Christmas community dinner is held from 1-5 p.m. at Immaculata Catholic School (711 Buncombe St., Hendersonville). Entertainment, gifts and a visit from Santa. Everyone is welcome. Free. Info: 693-5115.

• Join a Christmas Day Tea Party with the residents of Aston Park Health Care Center (380 Brevard Rd., Asheville) from 2-4 p.m. Volunteers are invited to partake in holiday treats provided by staff and participate in festive activities. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a card or gift for each resident, but this is not required. Suggested gift items: stuffed animals, music and calendars. Info: 253-4437, ext. 317 or activitydir@astonparkhcc.org.

• Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues (28 Broadway St., Asheville, 254-7072) holds a Christmas Day show with soul/funk band Free Flow. 8:30 p.m.

• Broadway’s (120 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 285-0400) is open. “This place is an institution in the sense that it’s there!” said Rudolph L. May in a recent “interview” with Xpress. Hours, according to Broadway’s Facebook page, are 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

• The Bier Garden (46 Haywood St., Asheville, 285-0002) is open after 6 p.m. No entertainment, but they’re open.

• The same holds true for Olive or Twist (81 Broadway St., Asheville, 254-0555), whose staff told Xpress they would not be having entertainment but hey, it’s a destination.

• Vincenzo’s (10 N. Market St., Asheville, 254-4698), on the other hand, boasts singer/songwriter Ginny McAfee.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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One thought on “Where to go on Christmas Day

  1. I can’t resist being open in the snow, so Orbit DVD is open until 5pm. The Haywood Road Market is also open today until 4pm.

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