Holiday Events Roundup for 12/9 through 12/17

The Montford Park Players open "A Christmas Carol" at the Masonic Temple in Asheville on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:30pm. This is a "pay what we are worth night" in which attendees pay after they see the show. Check out the listing for the other dates and times of this holiday production.

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. 9 through Thursday, Dec. 17.

ART

The Wedge Studios
129 Roberts St., wedgestudioartists.com
• SA (12/12), noon-6pm – Holiday open house party. Free to attend.

ART/CRAFT FAIRS

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

Church of the Redeemer
1201 Riverside Drive, Woodfin, 253-3588
• SA (12/12), 8am-2pm – Annual Christmas Bazaar with handcrafted items, baked goods and tours of the historic church. Free to attend/$3 with lunch.

Firestorm Cafe and Books
610 Haywood Road, 255-8115
• SU (12/13), noon – “Firestorm’s Lil Crafty,” art and craft show featuring local artists. Free to attend.

Southern Highland Craft Guild
298-7928, craftguild.org
• 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

BENEFITS

Deck the Trees Benefit
669-8870, themontevistahotel.net
• TH (12/3) through TH (12/31) – Proceeds from this exhibition of decorated Christmas trees benefit the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries. Awarding of prizes for trees: Dec. 18, 6-8:30pm. Free to attend. Held at Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W. State St., Black Mountain

Homeward Bound of WNC
homewardbound.wnc.org 
• WE (12/9) through TU (12/15) – Parking proceeds from the Omni Grove Park Inn Gingerbread Competition benefit Homeward Bound of WNC. $10 parking 0-3 hours/$15 all day. Held at The Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave.

N.C. Arboretum Winter Lights
665-2492, ncwinterlights.com
• 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

NIA Holiday Jingle Jam
697-7449, NiaNow.com
• SA (12/12), 11:15am – Proceeds from this NIA exercise class benefit the Salvation Army’s Christmas Cheer program.  $15. Held at Henderson County Athletics and Activity Center, 708 South Grove St., Hendersonville

CLASSES, MEETINGS & EVENTS

American Advertising Federation of Asheville
551-6355, aafasheville.org
• TH (12/10), 5-7pm – Holiday party and networking. Free to attend. Held at Hi-Wire Brewing, 42 Huntsman Place

DANCE

Asheville Ballet
252-4761, ashevilleballet.com
• FR (12/11) & SA (12/12) – The Nutcracker. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sat. & Sun.: 2:30pm. $25 and up/$18 students/$15 children. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville
255-5777, balletconservatoryofasheville.com
• TH (12/17) & FR (12/18), 4:30pm & 7:30pm – The Nutcracker. $30/$20 seniors & students/$15 children. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square

FARM & GARDEN

Haywood County Master Gardeners
456-3575, sarah_scott@ncsu.edu
• SA (12/12), 10am-4pm – “Holiday Greens Market.” Free to attend. Held in the KFC parking Lot, 667 Russ Ave., Waynesville

FESTIVALS

Lake Julian Festival of Lights
684-0376, david.blynt@buncombecounty.org
• Through WE (12/23), 6-9pm – Driving tour of Lake Julian’s holiday lights. $5 per car/$10 per van/$25 per motor coach. Held at Lake Julian Park, 406 Overlook Road Ext., Arden

Montford Holiday Tour of Homes
280-1576, montfordtour.com
• SA (12/12), 1-5pm – Self-guided historic tour. Proceeds benefit the Montford Neighborhood Association. $25. Tickets & maps at Asheville Visitors Center Gift Shop, 36 Montford Ave.

Weaverville Candlelight Stroll
visitweaverville.com/events/candlelight-stroll
• FR (12/11), 6-9pm – Live music, luminaries, holiday lights, horse drawn carriage rides and performances. Free. Held in Downtown Weaverville.

FILM

Buncombe County Public Libraries
buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library
Free unless otherwise noted.
• SATURDAYS 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, thejunctionasheville.com
• SA (12/12), 8pm – Outdoor holiday movies: A Christmas Story. Free to attend.

FOOD & BEER

Blue Ridge Food Ventures
1461 Sand Hill Road, Candler, 348-0130, blueridgefoodventures.org
Located on the A-B Tech Enka Campus.
• FR (12/11), 10am-7pm – “Holiday Market,” food, art and craft vendors. Free to attend.

KIDS

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

Thomas Wolfe Memorial
52 N. Market St., 253-8304, wolfememorial.com
• SA (12/12), 9am-4:30pm – “Thomas Wolfe’s Gimcracks Day,” holiday crafts & activities for children. $5 adults/Children are free.

MUSIC

Asheville Symphony Orchestra
254-7046, ashevillesymphony.org
• FR (12/11), 8pm – “Simply Sinatra Christmas,” Singer Steve Lippia joins the symphony for classic Sinatra holiday songs. $22 and up. Held at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 87 Haywood St.

Blue Ridge Ringers Handbell Ensemble
blueridgeringers.tripod.com, blueridgeringers@gmail.com
• FR (12/11), 7pm – Holiday concert. Free. Held at Immaculate Conception Church, 208 7th Ave. W., Hendersonville

Buncombe County Public Libraries
buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library
• SA (12/12), 2pm – Land of the Sky Barbershop Chorus, a cappella performance. Free. Held at Weaverville Public Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville

Diana Wortham Theatre
2 S. Pack Square, 257-4530, dwtheatre.com
• FR (12/11), 6:30pm – Sing Together: “Winter Songs,” community sing-a-long. $10/$8 under 13.

Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown
125 S. Main St., Hendersonville, 693-0731, flatrockplayhouse.org
• TH (12/10) through SU (12/13), 8pm – “The Christmas Concert that Never Was,”  Barbara Streisand & Frank Sinatra tribute concert. $25-$40.
• SA (12/12) through SU (12/13), 2pm – “The Christmas Concert that Never Was,” Barbara Streisand & Frank Sinatra tribute concert. $25-$40.

Fletcher Community Chorus
651-9436, fletchercommunitychorus.com
• TH (12/10), 7pm – “Welcome the Holidays,” choral music. Free to attend. Held at Feed & Seed, 3715 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher

North Main Music
692-6335
• SA (12/12), 6-8pm – “Christmas at the Keyboard,” vocals by Jayce Langford. Free to attend. Held at 6th & Main St., Hendersonville

Transylvania County Library
212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, 884-3151
• TU (12/15), noon – “A Musicke Antiqua Christmas,” concert performs holiday music from the 1300s to 1944 in costume on replicas of early music instruments. Free.

SPIRITUALITY

First Baptist Church of Asheville
5 Oak St., 252-4781, fbca.net
• FR (12/11), 4-8pm, SA (12.12), noon-8pm & SU (12/13), noon-6pm – Christmas Crèches from Around the World, exhibit. Free.

Trinity Episcopal Church
60 Church St., 253-9361
• SU (12/13), 5:30pm – “Candlelight Lessons and Carols,” presented by the Trinity Chancel Choir. Free.

UR Light Center
2196 N.C. Highway 9, Black Mountain, 669-6845, urlight.org
• SU (12/13), 3pm – “Holiday of Light Concert,” with hammer dulcimer, brass band and Christmas carol sing-along. $15.

SPOKEN & WRITTEN WORD

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

THEATER

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

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

Montford Park Players
254-5146, montfordparkplayers.org
• TH (12/10), 7:30pm – A Christmas Carol. “Pay what we are worth night.” Admission by donation. Held at Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway
• FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (12/11) until (12/20), 7:30pm – A Christmas Carol. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun: 2:30pm. $10. Held at Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway

The Magnetic Theatre
375 Depot St., 279-4155, themagnetictheatre.org
• THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS (12/3) through (12/19) – The 42nd Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular! Thur.-Sat.: 7:30pm. Sat.: 10pm. $18-$23.
• WE (12/16), 7:30pm – The 42nd Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular! $18-$23.

Three Spirits
253-3316, centralumc.org
• SA (12/12), 6:30pm, SU (12/13), 2pm & 6pm – Three Spirits, a staged dramatic reading by Central United Methodist Church of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. $20/$15 advance/Free under 13. Held at Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave.

VOLUNTEERING

Care Partners Foundation
277-4815, carepartnersfoundation.org
• Through TH (12/24) – Volunteers needed for gift wrap station at Asheville Outlets. Registration required.

Eblen Charities
255-3066, eblencharities.org
• 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, ncarboretum.org
• Through SA (1/2) – Hundreds of volunteers needed for the Winter Lights exhibit FR (11/20) through SA (1/2) from 5:30-10pm nightly. Register online: ncwinterlights.org

WELLNESS

Four Seasons Compassion for Life
571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, 692-6178, fourseasonscfl.org
• TH (12/10), 2:30-4pm – “Hope Through the Holidays,” bereavement support workshop. Free.

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