The Asheville area’s holiday offerings include a multitude of palatable family-friendly events. Indulge your family’s senses in holiday spirit with the smells and tastes of local, seasonal fare. Even the littlest bellies will find edible holiday cheer in abundance. The appeal occasionally draws our favorite visitor from the North Pole to dine and mingle with his gracious fans, especially, it seems, when there are pancakes to be had.
The Craggy Mountain Line Railroad —a nonprofit dedicated to preserving a historic 3-mile section of railroad on the Craggy Mountain Line in Buncombe County — will present the second installment of this season’s holiday-themed run on Saturday. Launched on Nov. 30, the holiday event runs every Saturday up until Christmas — Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, and train rides will be offered once per hour from 4-8 p.m.
Some lucky local Kmart shoppers got a pleasant holiday surprise this week when a group of Buncombe County employees paid off their layaways.
Local experimental band Moue (Andrew Larson of Telecine and Lauren Carol Brown of Knives and Daggers) releases its debut album — a collection of Christmas songs. Hint: Chances are you’ll want to download this one.
Share the joy of Christmas at Christmas Eve services and celebrations throughout the area. (pictured: Candlelight service at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on Merimon Avenue. photo by Bill Rhodes)
How do we put it all together at this time every year? Christmas. That is what I am thinking about.
Pick out a last-minute tree and set the kids loose at an elf village during the final days of Tom Sawyer Tree Farm’s holiday festivities.
I always enjoy reading the Letters section in the Mountain Xpress. I noticed that the Grove Park Inn responded to a letter complaining about the new parking fees [“Shame on the Grove Park Inn,” Dec. 5 Xpress]. It would seem to me that a compromise could be reached between the locals who enjoy the gingerbread […]
Tryon Fine Arts Center hosts a new twist on A Christmas Carol.
The Smith-McDowell house will deck the halls with authentic Victorian decorations through Wednesday, Jan. 2.
For many seniors and adults with disabilities in Buncombe County, visions of sugarplums do not dance in their heads during the holiday season. They’re dreaming of warm clothes, food and the reassurance that they are not forgotten. According to Roxann Sizemore, supervisor of the Buncombe County Adult Protective Services Department, that’s the mission of the Buncombe County Senior Wish Tree project, and it goes beyond wish lists.
Find some holiday peace at Johnson Farm’s Christmas festival on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Do the holidays leave you feeling knocked out? Deflated? Overwhelmed? If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Find some tips for coping within. Photo by Calvin Allen.
Consider that bell ringer. He represented maybe half a percent of the population of that scene. In the face of those numbers, where does he get the conviction to believe he can do good in the world? I mean, doesn’t he have any decency?
Five very different sounds of the season, from three very different bands: Mad Tea, Alligator Indian, Reigning Sound, Now You See Them and Canyon Creek.
Christmas is often a time to cozy up with family, but why not take your celebrations out on the town?
Local tattoo/piercing shop Diamond Thieves joined a collection of motorcycle clubs led by Legendz to deliver a trailer full of toys to Eliada Home.
Italy has a Santa Claus, too. Her name is La Befana and her story will be brought to life by Red Herring Puppets this weekend.
A case of gleaming bells, and some talent musicians, are the perfect recipe for winter joy.
From Christmas to solstice, the holidays are everywhere. But what if you need a break from the festivities? This week’s CalCast offers a respite from holiday cheer with a few events that don’t feature Santa and his elves.
Christmas might seem far away, but you wouldn’t know that from this weekend’s calendar. Towns near and far are showing off their good spirits. But don’t worry, if you’re not in the mood, we’ve sprinkled a few non-holiday events in with the mix.