Dec 11 all-day

All Aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS! This memorable journey will take you on an incredible journey! Believe the magic this Holiday season!

Over 88,000 guests rode THE POLAR EXPRESS with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2017 and we hope to see you in 2018! The 1¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot.

THE POLAR EXPRESS begins November 9, 2018, and operates through December 31, 2018.

Hendersonville County Curb Market
Dec 11 @ 8:00 am

Hendersonville County Curb Market

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221 N. Church St

Year round – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8am-2pm

Reclaimed Creations @ NC Arboretum
Dec 11 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Reclaimed Creations is a unique sculpture exhibit created by renowned artist Sayaka Ganz. Utilizing reclaimed plastic objects, such as discarded utensils, Ganz creates amazing sculptures that visually appear unified at a distance, but are in fact separated when examined up close. Described as using a “3D impressionistic” style, Ganz’s exhibit includes installations of animals in motion, which are in rich in color and energy, to create an illusion of form.

About the Artist

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sayaka Ganz grew up living in Japan, Brazil and Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. A lecturer and teacher, Ganz’s work has been displayed at various institutions around the globe, including the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy, the Isle Gallery in Isle of Man, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.

My work is about perceiving harmony, even in situations that appear chaotic from the inside. When observing my sculptures up close, one might see gaps, holes and items being held on only by small points; step away, however, and the sculptures reveal the harmony created when the objects are aligned to the same general (but not identical) direction. Similarly, it is important to gain perspective by stepping back from current problems and look at the larger picture. Then one can perceive the beauty and patterns that exist.”

WNC Farmer’s Market
Dec 11 @ 8:00 am

WNC Farmer’s Market

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570 Brevard Road, in Asheville, North Carolina

8-6pm Daily

WNC Farmer’s Market
Dec 11 @ 8:00 am

WNC Farmer’s Market

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570 Brevard Road, in Asheville, North Carolina

8-6pm Daily

Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration (December) @ Biltmore
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration*
Saturday, November 3, 2018 – Sunday, January 6, 2019 (daily)

*Included with estate admission.
*Does not include “Candlelight Christmas Evenings”

Experience the holidays wreathed with the wonder of Biltmore. Our celebration presents Christmas on a grand scale with more than 55 trees decorated by our talented staff, accented with miles of ribbon, garlands, and lights. Festive menus in our restaurants and holiday wine tastings make for a memorable visit.

Learn more about #ChristmasAtBiltmore or plan your visit:

In Times of Seismic Sorrows @ Center for Craft
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

When reflecting on the current state of the environment, it seems that we have entered into times of seismic sorrows. Carbon emissions, water pollution, fracking, and changing climate patterns all point to a troubling reality with serious consequences for human and non-human populations. Through weavings, installations, sculpture, and print, artists Rena Detrixhe and Tali Weinberg (Tulsa, OK) explore the complex relationship between humans and the planet, offering insights, expressing grief, and creating space for resilience and change.

In Time of Seismic Sorrows is curated by Marilyn Zapf and organized by the Center for Craft. The Center for Craft is supported in part by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Showing Up for Racial Justice
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am

Firestorm Cafe & Books

Showing Up for Racial Justice, Every Tuesday mornings at 10 am

Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups educating and organizing white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for racial justice. Asheville SURJ hosts a weekly discussion group on risk-taking, accountability, mutual interest and how to call more white people into racial justice work. Anyone with a passion for working with white people on racial justice is welcome!

Firestorm Cafe & Books
610 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806


The Art and Science of Pressed Plant Voucher Preparation @ Fifth Season Gardening Company
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am

The NC Natural Products Association (NCNPA) and WNC Medicinal Herb Growers Club present: The Art and Science of Pressed Plant Voucher Preparation
In this special workshop, you’ll learn how to create plant vouchers from pressed dry plants. Bring your dry flowers, medicinal herbs, hops, roots, and more and turn them into art and identification plant mounts. Did you know vouchers are a verified botanical document of a plants identification? Vouchers are important for your plant based busienss no matter how small or large and provide gardeners with a helpful way to track their heirloom plants. Keep on file for potential buyers and for your own farm/garden records (or mount as art on your wall!)

Free Santa Photos (Nov 17-Dec 24) @ Asheville Outlets
Dec 11 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

FREE Santa Photos will be available at the center through December 24 at the The North Carolina Arboretum sponsored Santa Set. Every family who visits Santa at Asheville Outlets will receive two FREE 4” x 6” Santa photo prints and a digital download of a single image. Free Santa Photos is hosted by Great Beginnings Lead To Great Smiles.

(Additional photos and Christmas merchandise are available for purchase. One giveaway per family, per Christmas season. Some restrictions may apply. Valid only through December 24, 2018.)

Racial Justice Workshop @ YWCA of Asheville
Dec 11 @ 11:30 am

The YWCA Racial Justice Workshop is open to our entire YWCA Asheville community – including our staff, volunteers, board, donors, program participants, Fitness Center and community members. This 90-minute workshop will take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30 am and will be facilitated by Gerry Leonard, Racial Justice & Outreach Specialist and Lexus Walker, Tzedek Social Justice Fellow.


Burntyard Vineyards Wine Tastings
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm

Burntyard Vineyards Wine Tastings

Summit Wine Club

Wine Tastings Sunday – Thursday 12-6pm

Winery Tours 2 pm Daily

2695 Sugarloaf Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28792

Camera Club Meeting
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm

The Camera Club of Hendersonville Presents:

Critique Session at the Unitarian Church, 409 E. Patterson St, from 1-3pm.

For more information please visit our website.


Echoview Fiber Mill Tours
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm

Echoview Fiber Mill Tours

Every Tuesday, starting at 1pm, we give free tours of our state-of-the-art fiber processing facility. Come hear our story and see the process of how we take raw fibers and turn them into the high quality yarns and products our customers know and love.

unnatural history
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm

unnatural history

The works in Unnatural History are portals backwards or forwards (or sometimes both at once) in geologic time, offering visions from before, after, and during the tenancy of humankind. Dioramas of cast resin depicting bizarre plants and animate slime suggest a post-human period wherein nature reclaims the planet. Artificial geodes made of oil paint, latex, foam, and soil transport viewers into a distant future where industrial waste has become fossil evidence of human activity. Abstract wall sculptures use motor and crude oil as raw material in the depiction of the vast, intricate industrial landscapes of the near future, while wooden mosaics made of materials salvaged from hurricane-affected cities and reconstructed glass objects found on beaches suggest a possible utopian remedy to decline, decay, and disintegration. Overall, the exhibition underscores and illustrates the many ways in which the technological processes of mass mining, manufacturing, resource extraction, and large-scale industrial agriculture have altered not only the present, but also the future history of our planet.

For more information, contact our Exhibitions Coordinator + Designer, Ashleigh Shuler, at 864.582.7616 x 254 or email [email protected].

​This exhibition is generously sponsored by Bagwell Fence, SantoLubes, Kerin Hannah, Margaret + George Nixon, Sikanas Family Charitable Fund, and Susu + George Dean Johnson, Jr.

ACW Cat Pantry
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The ACW Cat Pantry will be set up outside the Thrift Hound to hand out cat food, litter, non prescription flea and worm medication, and other donations we may have available. We will also be accepting donations at this time. Any questions or requests can be emailed to [email protected]

Christmas Eve in Appalachia @ Henderson County Public Library
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

All your holiday favorites and a few you haven’t heard before! Join us!

Put A Lid On It with Cayce Kolstad @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Dec 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Tuesdays 3-5:30pm
October 23- December 11

A good casserole bakes and presents your food beautifully and certainly impresses at potlucks. But casseroles are complex forms to create and get just right. Join Cayce as he demystifies the process step-by-step, with plenty of one-on-one instruction. Techniques demonstrated will include throwing hollow, making a tight fitting lid, and plenty of variations for knobs and handles. Soon you will be creating beautiful, functional casseroles to use and enjoy for years to come.

Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $310 + $50 Lab Fee

Children’s Art with Alisa
Dec 11 @ 3:30 pm

John Mac Kah Studio Presents: Children’s Art with Alisa

Register anytime.

Classes, Workshops, and Private Fine Art Instruction.

– Tuesday & Wednesday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

John Mac Kah Studio, 122 Riverside Dr., Studio H, Asheville
(828) 225-5000,


ISIS Restaurant & Music Hall : Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

ISIS Restaurant & Music Hall :

7:30 PM
FREE 5PM Door :: 7:30 Host Band :: Adam Masters and Friends 9:30PM Sessions Every Tuesday evening Isis presents our Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions. The sessions are hosted each week by a local bluegrass musician with friends or a band. Following the host band, Bluegrass musicians from the Asheville area gather on stage to jam in an open session. Occasionally, we feature a touring band that will perform prior to the open session and help co-host the jam. It’s always a great evening of music and community.
Doors open 5:00 PM
– All Ages Show –

ISIS Restaurant & Music Hall

743 Haywood Rd

Asheville, NC 28806

(828) 575-2737