Holiday Events Roundup for 12/2 through 12/10

The Blue Ridge Ringers, a community handbell ensemble in Hendersonville NC, will present five free concerts during the month of December. The group was founded in 1995 and is in its 20th year of performing for audiences. Holiday concerts this week include one on Friday, Dec. 4 at 2pm at the Hendersonville Public Library and one on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at noon at the Transylvania County Library.

There is no shortage of holiday events in Western North Carolina in the coming weeks! Asheville has everything ranging from holiday craft shows to volunteering opportunities to theater productions. In order to help you navigate your way through this busy season we will be sharing a roundup of holiday oriented events every week until the new year. This is the roundup for Wednesday, Dec. 2 through Thursday, Dec. 10.


Caldwell Arts Council
601 College Ave. SW, Lenoir, 754-2486
• FR (12/4) through WE (12/23) – “Satie’s Holiday Sale,” 75 crafters and artists exhibiting. Mon.-Fri.: 9am-6pm. Sat.: 10am-3pm. Free to attend.

Echoview Fiber Mill
76 Jupiter Road, Weaverville, 693-4237,
• FR (12/4), 2-6pm – “Christmas Bazaar,” handmade arts & crafts from local vendors. Free to attend.

Southern Highland Craft Guild
• SA (12/5) & SA (12/12), 10am-4pm – Annual Guild Artist Holiday Sale with over 70 vendors. Free to attend. Held at Folk Art Center, MP 382, Blue Ridge Parkway

The Big Crafty,
• SU (12/6), 1pm-6pm – “Hand to Heart Holiday Crafty,” community bazaar with art, crafts, clothing and jewelry by local artists. Free to attend. Held at Asheville Art Museum, 2 N. Pack Square


Deck the Trees Benefit
• TH (12/3) through TH (12/31) – Proceeds from this exhibition of decorated Christmas trees benefit the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries. Opening party: Dec. 3, 6-8pm. Awarding of prizes for trees: Dec. 18, 6-8:30pm. Free to attend. Held at Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W. State St., Black Mountain

Heart Songs Tree of Lights
• FR (12/4), 5:30pm – Proceeds from this memorial celebration with luminaries, tree lights, music and crafts benefit Four Seasons hospice, palliative care, and grief counseling. Free. Held at First Citizens Bank Plaza, Main St., Hendersonville

Homeward Bound Holiday Benefit Concert
• SU (12/6), 3pm – Tickets to this Pan Harmonia Handel concert, “A Chamber Music Messiah,” benefit Homeward Bound of WNC. Admission by donation. Held at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, 40 Church St.

N.C. Arboretum Winter Lights
• Through SA (1/2), 6-10pm – Proceeds from this walking tour of the holiday animated light display benefit N.C. Arboretum programs, exhibits, and facilities year-round. $18/$16 children. Held at N.C. Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way

NCW Wrestling
• SA (12/5), 7pm – Proceeds from this NCW Wrestling event “Merry Mayhem” help provide Christmas gifts to families and children in Henderson County. $10.Held at Xcel Sportsplex, 37 Maxwell Drive, Hendersonville

Tryon Fine Arts Council Holiday Ball
• SA (12/5), 6:30pm – Proceeds from this holiday ball with live music, dancing, food & drink and silent auction benefit the Tryon Fine Arts Council. $80. Held at Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon


American Advertising Federation of Asheville
• TH (12/10), 5-7pm – Holiday party and networking. Free to attend. Held at Hi-Wire Brewing, 42 Huntsman Place

Asheville History Center
• TH (12/3) & FR (12/4), 6-8:30pm – After hours holiday tours of the Smith McDowell house. Registration required. $25/$10 under 18. Held at Smith-McDowell House Museum, 283 Victoria Road

Habitat for the Holidays
• SA (12/5), 10am-2pm – 3d printing demonstration & award presentation for the 3d Holiday Ornament Contest. Free to attend. Held at Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, 30 Meadow Road

Love lights Celebration of Remembrance
• TH (12/3), 6:30pm – Holiday remembrance ceremony for loved ones taken by cancer with choral music and candles. Free to attend. Held at Cancer Care of WNC, 428 Biltmore Ave.


Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre
• FR (12/4) & SA (12/5) – The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. $28/$23 seniors & students/$20 children. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30. Sat.: 2pm. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square

Moscow’s Great Russian Nutcracker
• TU (12/8), 7pm – Moscow Ballet performs the Nutcracker. $28-$37.50. Held at US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St.


WNC Sierra Club
• WE (12/2), 7pm – Holiday party, potluck and awards ceremony. Free. Held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place


Bullington Gardens
95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville, 698-6104,
• FR (12/4) & SA (12/5) – Open house greenery and craft sale. Free to attend.

Haywood County Master Gardeners
• SA (12/5), 10am-noon & 1-3pm – Wreath making workshop. Registration required: $20.


Black Mountain Neuro Medical Treatment Center
932 Old U.S. Highway 70, Black Mountain
• TH (12/3), 3:30pm – Annual holiday parade with over 30 entries including the Owen marching band and floats. Free.

Black Mountain Parade and Circle of Lights
• SA (12/5), 5-7pm – Black Mountain Holiday Parade ending at Lake Tomahawk for the Circle of Lights. Free. Held in Downtown Black Mountain.

Chanukah Live 2015
• SU (12/6), 3-6pm – Community celebration with family activities, kosher sushi & food buffet, live music and giant Menorah lighting. Free to attend. Held at Crowne Plaza Expo Center, 1 Resort Drive

Dickens In The Village Festival
• FR (12/4), 6pm – Christmas tree lighting event with over 1000 luminaries, live choir music, food and greenery vendors. Free to attend. Held in Historic Biltmore Village. Free to attend.

Fletcher Community Park
85 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher
• TH (12/3), 6pm – Lighting of the Fletcher Christmas tree, visits with Santa and refreshments. Free.

Four Seasons Compassion for Life
• FR (12/4), 5:30pm – “Tree of Lights Celebration,” memorial celebration of life service with luminaries, tree lights, and seasonal music. Free. Held at First Citizens Bank Plaza, Main St., Hendersonville

Historic Downtown Hendersonville
Main St. from Sixth Ave. to Caswell St., Hendersonville, 693-9708,
• SA (12/5), 10am – Hendersonville Christmas Parade. Free to attend.

Holly Jolly Celebration
• FR (12/4), 5-8pm – “Holly Jolly,” shopping, entertainment and holiday markets. Free to attend. Held in Downtown Black Mountain.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights
Held at Lake Julian Park, 406 Overlook Road Ext., Arden, 684-0376,
• TH (12/3), 6-8pm – Walking tour of Lake Julian’s holiday lights. $5/Free for children.
• FR (12/4) through WE (12/23), 6-9pm – Driving tour of Lake Julian’s holiday lights. $5 per car/$10 per van/$25 per motor coach.

Light Up Woodfin
• SA (12/5), 4-6pm – Live entertainment, Santa, and food vendors.  Tree lighting ceremony at 6pm. Free to attend. Held at Reynold’s Village, 61 North Merrimon Ave.


Buncombe County Public Libraries
Free unless otherwise noted.
• SATURDAYS (12/5) through (12/26), 2pm – North Asheville Library Film Series: “Do They Know it’s Christmas?” Featuring In Bruges, Edward Scissorhands, Brazil and Less Than Zero.  Held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave.

The Junction
348 Depot St., 225-3497,
• FR (12/4), 8pm – Outdoor holiday movies: It’s a Wonderful Life. Free to attend. Held outside.


East Asheville Tailgate Market
954 Tunnel Road,
• FR (12/4), 4-7pm – Outdoor holiday market with food, arts and crafts. Free to attend.

Flat Rock Holiday Market
• SA (12/5), 2-6pm – Outdoor market with food, arts and crafts. Free to attend. Held at 2724 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock.

Weaverville Tailgate Market
60 Lake Shore Drive, Weaverville,
• WE (12/2), 2:30-6pm – Outdoor holiday market with food, arts and crafts. Free to attend.


A Winter’s Tail
• SA (12/5), 10am-4pm – WNC Nature Center annual holiday celebration with festive crafts, face painting and photos with Santa. $10.95/$9.95 seniors/$6.95 kids 3-15 years. Held at WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road

Asheville Community Theatre
35 E. Walnut St., 254-1320,
• SA (12/5), 10am – Red Herring Puppets presents The Legend of La Befana. $5.

Breakfast with Santa
• SA (12/5), 8:30-10am – Pancake breakfast, crafts and photos with Santa. Free for kids 12 and under. Held at Fairview Community Center, 1357 Old Charlotte Hwy (US 74A), Fairview
Buncombe County Public Libraries
Free unless otherwise noted.
• SA (12/5), 11am – “Holiday Crafts: Ornaments & More!” Held at Leicester Library, 1561 Alexander Road, Leicester


Asheville Choral Society
• FR (12/4), 7:30pm & SA (12/5), 4pm – “Yuletide Candlelight,” candlelight procession and holiday songs. $25. Held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church St.

Blue Ridge Ringers Handbell Ensemble,
• FR (12/4), 2pm – Holiday concert. Free. Held at Hendersonville Public Library, 301 N Washington St, Hendersonville
• TU (12/8), noon – Holiday concert. Free. Held at Transylvania County Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard

Brevard First United Methodist Church
325 N. Broad St., Brevard, 883-9025
• SU (12/6), 7pm – “An Irish Classical Christmas” featuring hymns, Christmas favorites, Broadway hits and classical pieces by tenor Emmet Cahill. $20.

Carolina Concert Choir
• FR (12/4), 7:30pm & SA (12/5), 3pm – Christmas concert featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria with orchestra. $22/$5 student. Held at Blue Ridge Community College Bo Thomas Auditorium, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock

Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown
125 S. Main St., Hendersonville, 693-0731,
• TH (12/10) through SU (12/13), 8pm – “The Christmas Concert that Never Was,”  Barbara Streisand & Frank Sinatra tribute concert. $25-$40.

Fletcher Community Chorus
• TH (12/3), 7pm – “Welcome the Holidays,” choral music. Free to attend. Held at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville
• TH (12/10), 7pm – “Welcome the Holidays,” choral music. Free to attend. Held at Feed & Seed, 3715 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher

Folkmoot USA
• FR (12/4), 7pm – “Folkmoot FaLaLa,” live music performances, refreshments and holiday sing-a-long. $10/$5 for ages under 18/Free under 5. Held at Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Ave., Waynesville

Hendersonville Community Band
• SU (12/6), 3pm – “Tis the Season Holiday Concert.” $10/Free for students. Held in the Conference Hall. Held at Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Dr., Flat Rock

Music at Mars Hill
• FR (12/4), 7:30pm – Christmas concert with the College Wind Symphony, College Choir, and Women’s Ensemble. Free. Held in Moore Auditorium.
• FR (12/4), 7pm – “Winter’s Tune: Music to Warm an Appalachian Night,” local musicians play traditional mountain music. $18/$15 advance. Held in the Ramsey Center.

Music at WCU
• SU (12/6), 3pm – “Sounds of the Season,” holiday concert presented by the WCU School of Music. Free. Held in the Bardo Center.

North Main Music & Art Demonstration
• FR (12/4), 6-8pm – “A Hawaiian Christmas,” musical storytelling by Kaleo Wheeler. Free to attend. Held at 6th & Main Street, Hendersonville

Olli at UNCA
• MO (12/7), 7pm – Olli Reuter Singers holiday concert. Free. Held in the Reuter Center.

St. Matthias Church
1 Dundee St., 285-0033,
• SU (12/6), 3pm – Brass Quintet Christmas Concert. Admission by donation.

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
87 Haywood St., 259-5544,
Located in the U.S. Cellular Center.
• FR (12/4), 8pm – “JOY: The Christmas Tour,” featuring Steven Curtis Chapman and Jillian Edwards. $25/$35 VIP.


St. Johns Episcopal Church
290 Old Haw Creek Road
• SU (12/6), 3pm – Stories, crafts, refreshments, and a visit from St. Nicholas. Free.


Synergy Story Slam
1045 Haywood Road, 575-9299
• WE (12/9), 7:30pm – Story Telling open-mic on the theme “Holiday Sneer II”. Free to attend.


35 E. Walnut St., 254-1320,
• THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS (12/10) until SA (12/19) – The Santaland Diaries, comedy. Thur. – Sat.: 7:30pm. Fri. & Sat.: 9:30pm. $15.

Asheville Community Theatre
35 E. Walnut St., 254-1320,
• FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (12/4) through (12/20) – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $12-$22.

Caldwell Community College
2855 Hickory Blvd., Hudson, 726-2200,
• TH (12/3) through SU (12/6) – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, presented by Foothills Performing Arts. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 3pm. $16.25/$9 students and children.

Hendersonville Community Theatre
229 S. Washington St., Hendersonville, 692-1082,
• FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (12/4) through (12/13) – The Santaland Diaries. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2pm. $16.

Montford Park Players
• TH (12/10), 7:30pm – A Christmas Carol. “Pay what we are worth night.” Admission by donation. Held at Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway

Parkway Playhouse
• FR (12/4) through SU (12/6) – The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree presented by the Parkway Playhouse & Mountain Heritage High School Theatre Department. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 3pm. $12/$8 under 17. Held at Mountain Heritage High School, 333 Mountain Heritage High School Road, Burnsville

The Magnetic Theater
375 Depot St., 279-4155,
• THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS (12/3) through (12/19), 7:30pm – The 42nd Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular! $18-$23.


Care Partners Foundation
• Through TH (12/24) – Volunteers needed for gift wrap station at Asheville Outlets. Registration required.

Eblen Charities
• FR (12/9) through WE (12/23) – Volunteers needed to staff 3-hour shifts at the St. Nicholas Project toy store. Contact for more information: 777-3383.

N.C. Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, 665-2492,
• Through SA (1/2) – Hundreds of volunteers needed for the Winter Lights exhibit through SA (1/2) from 5:30-10pm nightly. Register online:


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