Celebrate the Season

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Cover Design Credit:

Lori Deaton

Cover Photography Credit:

Pat Barcas
The holidays are upon us. And while five-plus weeks if festivities can feel like a marathon, it's also over in a flash. So take in a parade, visit a craft fair, sample a Christmas cookie, deck the halls, sing a carol, light a menorah, fire up the yule log and make merry.


  • Cool Craft Market at HandMade in America

    -by Toni Sherwood
    “This is one of my favorite events of the year because it’s all about mindfully deciding where to spend holiday dollars,” says Lindsey Mudge, communications and operations manager of HandMade…
  • “Emily Dickinson Unplugged” Chautauqua performance benefits Pan Harmonia

    -by Alli Marshall
    “Presentiment is that long shadow on the lawn / Indicative that suns go down,” wrote Emily Dickinson. “The notice to the startled grass / That darkness is about to pass.”…
  • Holiday events around WNC

    -by Alli Marshall
    Looking to deck the halls, sing a carol, give a gift, take a stroll, see a play, make a craft or pass a wish list on to a man in…
  • State of the arts: Reliquaries and mummified animals at Edge of Asheville

    -by Kyle Sherard
    Nearly two dozen chameleons, iguanas, frogs, eels, fish and birds make up the central cast of a theatrical exhibition on view through Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Edge of Asheville Gallery…
  • Smart bets: American Babies

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Although Tom Hamilton counted himself among the many men preoccupied with “chicks and partying” during his 20s, the American Babies frontman found himself “digging deeper” for musical and personal inspiration…
  • Smart bets: TAUK

    -by Kat McReynolds
    Forget hibernating. Instrumental rockers TAUK are making a full-fledged national tour this winter, and Asheville fans have two chances to catch the band live. TAUK, oft-praised for its ability to…
  • Jam by Day complements the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam

    -by Bill Kopp
    Though it’s in many ways an informal affair, the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam has been growing in a deliberate fashion. Thanks both to concertgoer demand and the long line of…
  • Prolific producer Chris Rosser takes time for first solo album in eight years

    -by Edwin Arnaudin
    When eight years passes between a musician’s albums, it’s natural to wonder what he’s been up to during that time. For Asheville songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser, however, it’s almost…
  • Permit by numbers: City offers public art contracting classes

    -by Kyle Sherard
    “Putting artists to work” may sound like a WPA-era poster slogan. But it’s also the fundamental basis of a new series of public art contracting courses hosted by RiverLink and organized…