Weekend Picks: Friday, Dec. 9 – Sunday, Dec. 11

Come out to the Monte Vista Hotel on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 6-8 p.m. to find out which tree took the top prize in the annual Deck the Trees benefit for Swannanoa Christian Ministries. Photo courtesy of the organizers.

Check out this list of weekend highlights and visit the Mountain Xpress Community Calendar for a complete list of weekend events!


Deck the Trees Benefit
libbafairleigh@gmail.com, facebook.com/montevistahotel
FR (12/2) through SU (12/25), 10am-9pm – Proceeds from donations at this exhibition of unique hand-decorated Christmas trees benefit the Swananoa Valley Christian Ministry Fuel Fund. Awarding of Prizes takes place on Thursday, December 15, 6-8pm. Free to attend. Held at Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W. State St., Black Mountain

Holiday Pop-Up Show
278 Haywood Road, 230-0377, eastwestpopupshop.com
TH (12/8) through SA (12/17), 10am-8pm – Holiday arts and crafts pop-up shop. Free to attend.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights
684-0376, david.blynt@buncombecounty.org
FR (12/2) through FR (12/23), 6-8pm – Drive through holiday light show featuring animated and stationary light displays. Twenty percent of ticket sales benefit the Buncombe County Special Olympics. $5 per car/$10 per van/$25 per motor coach. Held at 406 Overlook Road, Ext., Arden

a3686550-f4da-4b49-985e-9a7ad4a35db1Folkmoot Fa-La-La Sing-A-Long
452-2997, folkmootusa.org
FR (12/9), 7-9pm- Proceeds from donations at the “Folkmoot Fa-la-la,” holiday sing-a-long with the Blue Ridge Big Band, Celtic Crew, Possum on a Whale and Blackberry Jam benefit Folkmoot USA. Free. Held at Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Ave., Waynesville

‘All is Calm’ at NC Stage Company
15 Stage Lane, 239-0263, ncstage.org
WEDNESDAYS through SATURDAYS (12/7) until (12/23), 7:30pm – All Is Calm. $16-$40.

Reasonably Priced Babies
274-8070, facebook.com/RPBimprov/
2nd FRIDAYS, 8pm – Reasonably Priced Babies comedy show. $10. Held at Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St.

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FR (12/9), – Proceeds from “Rock For Rescues,” concert featuring Poet Radio and The Mudbottoms, Masonjar Menagerie and Brother Oliver benefit the Asheville Humane Society. $10. Held at Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern, 185 Clingman Ave.

Enter the Earth’s Annual Christmas Party Benefit for LEAF
686-8742, theleaf.org/leaf-international
FR (12/9), 9pm – Proceeds from Enter the Earth’s Annual Christmas Party with live music by the Joe Marcinek Band, Unihorns and Americas James benefit Leaf Community Arts. $10-$15. Held at Asheville Music Hall, 31 Patton Ave.

‘Running From Madness’
225-5509, facebook.com/PushSkateShop/
FR (12/9) through MO (1/23) – Running From Madness, a group show curated by Maxx Feist. Reception: Friday, Dec. 9, 7-10pm. Held at Push Skate Shop & Gallery, 25 Patton Ave.


Photos with Santa Paws at Aloft Asheville Downtown
885-3647, wncanimalrescue.org
SA (12/10), 9:30am-1pm – Proceeds from photos of children or pets with “Santa Paws” benefit Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue. $20. Held at Aloft Hotel. 51 Biltmore Ave.

Bright Star Theatre brings Christmas comedy to the stage in their family friendly show taking place this Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Asheville Community Theatre. Photo courtesy of Bright Star Theatre.

‘Christmas with Santa’
254-1320, ashevilletheatre.org
SA (12/10), 10am – Christmas with Santa, presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre. $5. Held at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St.

River Arts District Studio Tour
2nd SATURDAYS, 10am-6pm – Self-guided open studio tour through the River Arts District with artist demonstrations and classes. Free to attend.

Wild Walk at the WNC Nature Center
75 Gashes Creek Road, 298-5600, wildwnc.org
SA (12/10), 1:45-3:15pm – “Wild Walk,” behind the scenes tour. Registration required. $30/$25 members/$15 children.

RevelsPoster11x17_0Blue Ridge Orchestra presents BRO Revels! with Jamie Laval
SA (12/10), 3pm – “BRO Revels!”, holiday-themed concert experience featuring internationally renowned violinist/fiddler Jamie Laval. $15/$5 student. Held at UNC Asheville, Lipinsky Auditorium.

Day with Dickens Festival & ‘A Christmas Carol’
254-5146, montfordparkplayers.org
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (12/10) through (12/18), 3pm – “Day with Dickens Festival,” Victorian themed event with crafts and food and A Christmas Carol. Festival from 3-5pm. Showtime at 5pm. Free. Held at Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St.

The Vanishing Wheelchair Family Friendly Magic Show Benefit
645-2941, vanishingwheelchair.org
SA (12/10), 3pm – Proceeds from “Holiday Magic,” family-friendly magic, music and storytelling show, benefit Asheville Nursing & Rehabilitation. $5. Held at Asheville Nursing & Rehabilitation Resident Council, 91 Victoria Road

‘Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular’ at The Magnetic Theatre
375 Depot St., 279-4155, themagnetictheatre.org
THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS (12/1) until (12/23), 7:30pm & WE (12/21), 7:30pm – Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular. Saturday, Dec. 10 & 17 also have 10pm shows. $24.

Traditional Hands Native American Jewelry and Art Exhibition and Sale
258-6101, traditional hands.com
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS (12/2) through (12/17) – Native American jewelry and art exhibition and sale. Free to attend. Held at Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 36 Montford Ave.


hanukkah 8K logo final colorAsheville JCC Hanukkah 8K and Latke Loop
253-0701, jcc-asheville.org
SU (12/11), 9:15am – Proceeds from this 8K race and children’s fun run benefit Shalom Children’s Center and Eblen Charities. $40/$25 youth. Held at Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St.

8th Holiday Inn Tour and Cookie Caper
697-3088, hendersonvillehpc.org
SU (12/11), 1-4pm – “8th Holiday Inn Tour and Cookie Caper,” self-guided tour of five historic Hendersonville inns. $20. Tickets available at Hendersonville Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St., Hendersonville

‘A Celtic Christmas’ at Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown
125 S. Main St., Hendersonville, 693-0731, flatrockplaghouse.org
THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS (12/1) until (12/18) – “A Celtic Christmas,” music concert. Thurs.: 7:30pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. Thurs., Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. $28.

‘Snowbound’ at Asheville Community Theatre
35 E. Walnut St., 254-1320, ashevilletheatre.org
FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (12/2) until (12/18) – Snowbound. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $12-$18.

The Asheville Ballet brings its 46th season of production of ‘The Nutcracker’ to the stage this weekend at the Diana Wortham Center. Photo courtesy of The Asheville Ballet.

Asheville Ballet presents ‘The Nutcracker’
252-4761, ashevilleballet.com
FRIDAY through SUNDAY (12/9) until (12/11) – “The Nutcracker,” ballet. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sat. & Sun.: 2:30pm. $25-$50/$20 students/$15 children 12 & under. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square

Standing Rock Benefit & Community Potluck
SU (12/11), 5pm – Proceeds from this event featuring an opening ceremony by members of the Cherokee tribe and live music by The Resonant Rogues, The DiTrani Brothers and Teach Me Equals benefit the All Nations Indigenous Center. Bring a potluck dish to share. $10/$5 children. Held at Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave.

The Winter Lights outdoor holiday light display at the N.C. Arboretum runs nightly from 6-10 p.m. until Saturday, Jan. 1.

Winter Lights Exhibition at N.C. Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, 665-2492, ncwinterlights.com
FR (11/18) through SU (1/1), 6-10pm – “Winter Lights,” outdoor holiday lights exhibition. $18/$16 children under 12/Free children under 4.

Asheville Symphony Presents ‘Goodness and Light’ with the Youth Orchestra & Youth Choir
254-7046, ashevillesymphony.org
SU (12/11), 4pm & 7pm – Proceeds from this “Goodness and Light,” collaborative concert featuring the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Asheville Youth Choir benefit the educational programs of the ASO and Academy for the Arts. $10. Held at Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church St.


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