There are so many great events to enjoy during the holiday season in Asheville and the western North Carolina mountains. See details on these upcoming events and more at http://www.romanticasheville.com/holidays.htm.
Now through January 12: Christmas at Biltmore with candlelight evenings inside the Biltmore House
Now through December 29: Polar Express Train excursions on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
Now through January 5: Carolina Christmas at Smith-McDowell House museum with decorations from the Victorian period.
Now through January 2: National Gingerbread House Competition on display at Grove Park Inn.
Now through January 1: Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland two-mile drive through light spectacular.
Now through January 2: Winter Wonderland with wintery décor, gingerbread houses and great shopping at Grove Arcade.
December 4-21: Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum in downtown Brevard.
December 4-22: A Christmas Story at Flat Rock Playhouse, State Theatre of NC.
December 5-22: Favorite holiday play, A Christmas Carol, by Montford Players in Asheville Masonic Temple downtown.
December 6-8: Historic Biltmore Village transforms into a quaint Victorian village on the first weekend of December for Dickens in the Village. Horse-drawn carriages will trot along decorated streets as carolers, storytellers and instrumentalists stroll the village in period costumes.
December 6-8: Toe River Studio Tour, About an hour north of Asheville, tucked in the lush green mountains is one of the finest collections of artists and craftsmen in the world and the acclaimed Penland School of Crafts. More than 100 fine artists and crafts people in every medium open their studios for a free, self-guided cultural adventure.
December 6: Asheville Downtown Gallery Art Walk. Galleries stay open late with special exhibits and artist mingling.
December 6: Candlelight Christmas Stroll in Weaverville, 6-9 PM, with luminaries along the streets, local choirs and bands will provide music, and horse and buggy rides will be available through town.
December 6: Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas, walk down Main Street in downtown with hot cider and cookies with carolers, music, food and great shopping! 5-8 PM
December 6-7 and 13-14: Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries, 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.
December 6: Art After Dark in downtown Waynesville with shows, refreshments, live music at many galleries. 6-9 PM.
December 6-23: Lake Julian Festival of Lights drive-thru show with more than 50 animated light displays and thousands of colored lights from the comfort of your vehicle.
December 7: Experience an 1830s era Christmas as it may have been celebrated in the mountains of North Carolina with a Christmas Candlelight Tour at Vance Birthplace.
December 7: Holiday Twilight Tour in downtown Brevard. The downtown businesses will be “open-housing” all day, providing refreshments, entertainment and a preview of holiday gifts. The streets will be closed and many holiday activities have been planned, 4-8 PM.
December 7: Handcrafted Christmas at Addison Farms Vineyard in Asheville features locally crafted gifts.
December 7 & 14: Guild Artist Holiday Sale at the Folk Art Center: The Guild Artist Holiday Sale provides an opportunity for individual members and the organization to sell over-runs, discontinued stock and studio seconds in a festive atmosphere during the holiday season. 10 AM-4 PM
December 7, 14, 21 & 28: Christmas at Connemara. Visit on Saturday mornings between Thanksgiving and New Year’s with local musicians and storytellers performing traditional holiday stories and music. Hot cider and cookies will be served. This free festive celebration honors Carl Sandburg and the family holiday tradition of music.
December 7: A Night Before Christmas along Downtown Waynesville’s Main Street area is filled with bright lights, friendly folks, the wonderful sounds of the Christmas season, delicious food & drink. 6-9 PM.
December 7 & 14: Santa on the Chimney at Chimney Rock State Park. Watch Santa practicing for his world-wide chimney-dropping tour on Christmas Eve. Only his “practice chimney” is 312 feet tall!
December 11-29: Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by NC Stage Company. We know what happens to Scrooge, but what about his old business partner Marley?
December 13-14: Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in downtown Asheville with a stellar line-up.
December 14: “A Victorian Candlelight Christmas” at Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Discover some of the oldest Christmas customs in an authentic Victorian home in downtown Asheville with two special guided tours (5 & 5:30 PM) and an open house of the Thomas Wolfe home, a Queen Anne-style boardinghouse run by our most famous native son’s mother, Julia Wolfe. The house will be filled with authentic-era decorations and furniture and lit by candlelight. Open 6-8 PM. $10/person
December 14: Montford Home Tour. Explore Asheville’s oldest, most historic neighborhood comprised of Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Greek Revival and Dutch Colonial homes built in the 1890s to 1920s. 1-5 PM.
December 15: A Swannanoa Solstice is a tapestry of joyful and thoughtful seasonal reflection beautifully woven from the mountains’ Appalachian, Scots-Irish and world influences. Two shows at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville.
December 19-22: The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris at Asheville Community Theatre.
December 21: Christmas on the Mountain at Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Come and experience one of our greatest Appalachian traditions of Storytelling with one of the world’s best Storytellers, Shelia Kay Adams.
December 21: Holiday Homecoming at Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 10 AM-2 PM. Located near Cherokee, see old time crafts being demonstrated. Learn by observing the practical arts of quilting, weaving, and basket and doll making, apple cider and apple butter.
For more information, go to http://www.romanticasheville.com/holidays.htm.