Calendar of Events

Animal Rubbing Plate Fun
Nov 29 – Dec 2 all-day

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All day. Animal Rubbing Plate Fun. All ages. Learn about science & nature while creating art. 
Free with $5 admission/free for members.

Rosdon Mall, 318 N Main St, Hendersonville, NC 28792

46th Annual Holiday Fair
Dec 1 – Dec 3 all-day

46th Annual Holiday Fair

This year’s Holiday Fair is sure to be a spectacular event for the thousands  who will visit the region’s largest holiday arts, crafts, and gift show. The TD Convention Center transforms into a winter wonderland offering opportunities to find that one-of-a-kind gift for the Christmas Season. Exhibitors include more than 300 crafters and commercial vendors from 15 states in this three-day award-winning fair. Plan now to be a part of this year’s show.


If you have interest in exhibiting your arts, crafts and gifts, we have space available now but it is going fast. Contact us today!

2016 Show: Thursday, December 1: 10am-8pm Friday, December 2: 10am-8pm Saturday, December 3: 10am-6pm

TD Convention Center

One Exposition Drive, Greenville, SC

Dec 1 – Dec 3 all-day
Banner Elk : A Small Town Christmas
Dec 2 – Dec 3 all-day


Festivities kick off with caroling and treelighting on Dec 2 at 6pm, then watch “ELF” at Historic Banner School.

On Dec. 3, join us for a 5K Reindeer Run and breakfast with Santa at Dunn’s Deli, cookie decorating at Banner Elk Cafe & more!

Parade of lights at 6pm

Dickens in the Village
Dec 2 – Dec 3 all-day
Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo
Dec 2 – Dec 3 all-day
2nd Annual Exhibition of Handmade Drinking Vessels
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm
2nd Annual Exhibition of Handmade Drinking Vessels
Grovewood Gallery’s 2nd annual exhibition of handmade drinking vessels, which includes the work of 5 Asheville artists.
111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville NC, 28804
Brevard Brewery Tours
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm

Brevard Brewery Tours


The tours will consist of visits to the Pisgah Tavern, Oskar Blues Brewery, and Brevard Brewing Company.

Tours will start with participants being picked up from their Brevard accommodations and brought to Pisgah Tavern, where they can sample various regional beers. Although not a brewery, Pisgah Tavern has a wide selection of various regional beers. In addition, Pisgah Tavern is located at The Hub bikes and outdoor shop.

Cost is $40 a person for groups of 3 or less and $35 a person for groups of 4 or more

Tours run daily starting at 5 p.m. and end between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. Start time can be varied for larger groups or private trips.

Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm



First Two Fridays & Saturdays in December

2016: December 2, 3, 9, 10
5 – 9 pm each night
Journey back to the days of yesteryear.Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night. Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Live Nativity at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church. Free shuttle service from Monteith Park.

Candlelight Christmas Evenings
Dec 2 @ 5:30 pm

Candlelight Christmas Evenings

By reservation only. Pricing varies by date.

Candlelight, firelight, and live music bring holiday warmth to the extravagant holiday décor of Biltmore House, creating an evening to remember. Evening guests can also take advantage of Antler Hill Village & Winery to enjoy free wine tastings. Advance reservations are required for evening visits.

The Biltmore Estate,  1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803

Santa Claus in Burnsville
Dec 2 @ 5:30 pm

Santa Claus in Burnsville

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Santa will be in town at the Burnsville Town Center.

Get a picture with him and enjoy refreshments.

Free event.

Christmas the Old Fashioned Way
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm

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Christmas the Old Fashioned Way at Biltmore Village

Carols, lights,  choirs, roasted chestnuts, carriage rides, and even a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus.

Shops open until 9pm.

Deck the Trees
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm

Deck the Trees

Public is invited to view over 30 beautifully decorated trees on display in The Monte Vista Hotel.   Trees are decorated by local business in competition for the most donations for “best tree”.  Although there is no fee to view the trees, visitors are encouraged “vote” for their favorites by placing donations in boxes at trees.   All donations go to the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry.

308 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711

Victorian Christmas Twilight Tours
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm

Victorian Christmas Twilight Tours

The Western North Carolina Historical Association presents a special evening of Victorian Christmas Twilight Tours at Asheville’s historic Smith-McDowell House (circa 1840).  Highlighting the Smith-McDowell House’s beautiful holiday decorations and the theme of Clement Moore’s famous poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” a special evening of tours will explore the celebration of Christmas during the nineteenth century.

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Six rooms of the Smith-McDowell House representing the 1840s-1890s will be on display with costumed interpreters describing the evolution of Clement Moore’s poem through the nineteenth century.  While written to entertain children, guests will learn how Moore’s poem became a Christmas season tradition and influenced generations of family celebrations.  Light refreshments will be served along with a guided exhibit of vintage Victorian Christmas decorations.

This is a unique time to visit the Smith-McDowell House, which is not open to the public at night any other time during the year.  Reservations for the 50-minute tour are required and can be made by calling the Smith-McDowell House at 828-253-9231 or by visiting  Tours are scheduled at 15 minute intervals from 6:00pm-8:30pm.  Ticket prices: $20.00 for WNCHA members, $25.00 for General Public.

Winter Lights
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm


November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Open Nightly: 6 – 10 p.m.

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Experience Asheville’s BRIGHTEST holiday tradition atWinter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum. Open nightly November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017, from 6 to 10 p.m., Winter Lights is an outdoor holiday light exhibit placed throughout the Arboretum’s nationally-known gardens. Walk through a winter wonderland and enjoy uniquely-lit displays and landscapes composed of nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights. Roast delicious s’mores by the fire or enjoy a cup of holiday-inspired cocoa, cider or beer. Additional food and beverage items are available for purchase and the Arboretum’s Savory Thyme Café will also offer a special holiday buffet every weekend (reservations are recommended). All Winter Lights tickets are date-specific and must be purchased in advance; tickets will not be sold at the gate.


Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.Altamont Theatre
18 Church St
Asheville, NC 28801

Festival of Lights at Lake Julian Park
Dec 2 @ 6:30 pm

Festival of Lights at Lake Julian Park

Festival of Lights 
The drive through show will begin Friday, December 2 and continue each night from 6pm to 9pm through Friday, December 23.

Santa and his Merry Elf will also be on hand to take Christmas lists and pose for pictures. Participants can create a holiday craft in the LEAF Easel Rider Art Truck, try out glow in the dark cornhole game and have a warm cup of cocoa.  These and many more fun activities await your arrival.

During the Festival of Lights, Lake Julian Park is brightly lit with thousands of colored lights and over 50 animated and stationary light displays. The road circling the park becomes a magical journey through tunnels of dazzling lights. Buncombe County Special Olympics will receive 20% of ticket sales throughout the Lake Julian Festival of Lights.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights Drive Thru Information:  Begins Friday, December 2 and continues each night from 6pm to 9pm through Friday, December 23. The cost for this drive through presentation is $5 for a car, $10 for a van and $25 for a motor coach. 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Buncombe County Special Olympics. Lake Julian Park is located off Long Shoals Road.

A Charlie Brown’s Christmas
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm

Performance Dates & Times

Friday, December 2 at 7pm

Saturday, December 3 at 10:30am & 1:30pm

Sunday, December 4 at 1:30pm & 5:30pm**

Friday, December 9 at 7pm

Saturday, December 10 at 10:30am & 1:30pm

Sunday, December 11 at 1:30pm

**Special price of $18 per person for this performance only.

All other performances are $27 for adults and $18 for children 18 & under

Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm

Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour

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Hop on board the Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley for a fun and festive celebration of the season featuring

  • the lights and sights of the holidays
  • stories of local holiday traditions and
  • singing of classic carols and songs of Christmas.

Highlighted neighborhoods and points of interest include:

  • Historic Biltmore Village
  • Downtown Asheville
  • Montford Historic District
  • The Grove Park Inn and Grove Park Historic District
  • Pack Square
  • Grove Arcade
Live Music & Great Food
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm

The Market Place Asheville Presents: Live Music

We are a group of cooks, farmers, waiters, cheese-makers, organizers, ranchers, brewers and dishwashers who share a common philosophy about how we eat and in a larger sense, about life.

20 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801