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.


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


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
• 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


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. 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 
• 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
• 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
• 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


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 Ballet
• 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
• 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


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


Lake Julian Festival of Lights
• 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
• 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
• FR (12/11), 6-9pm – Live music, luminaries, holiday lights, horse drawn carriage rides and performances. Free. Held in Downtown Weaverville.


Buncombe County Public Libraries
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,
• SA (12/12), 8pm – Outdoor holiday movies: A Christmas Story. Free to attend.


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


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

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


Asheville Symphony Orchestra
• 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,
• FR (12/11), 7pm – Holiday concert. Free. Held at Immaculate Conception Church, 208 7th Ave. W., Hendersonville

Buncombe County Public Libraries
• 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,
• 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,
• 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
• TH (12/10), 7pm – “Welcome the Holidays,” choral music. Free to attend. Held at Feed & Seed, 3715 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher

North Main Music
• 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.


First Baptist Church of Asheville
5 Oak St., 252-4781,
• 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,
• SU (12/13), 3pm – “Holiday of Light Concert,” with hammer dulcimer, brass band and Christmas carol sing-along. $15.


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.


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 & 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,
• FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (12/4) through (12/13), 7:30pm – 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
• 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,
• 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
• 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.


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 FR (11/20) through SA (1/2) from 5:30-10pm nightly. Register online:


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


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