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Local Events


Events are in Asheville unless otherwise noted.
Candlelight Christmas Evenings
November 3 - January 6 | Biltmore Estate, 1 Lodge St.
During Candlelight Christmas Evenings, Biltmore House greets you with the soft glow of luminaries and twinkling lights on a towering Norway spruce on the Front Lawn. Inside, candlelight, firelight, and holiday lights reflect on thousands of ornaments decorating dozens of Christmas trees throughout the grand rooms. Live performances of traditional Christmas music add to your evening visit. Your self-guided Candlelight visit also includes daytime admission to Antler Hill Village & Winery, gardens, shops, and restaurants with special holiday menus (additional cost) on the day of your evening visit or the day after. Admission: See website

Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration
November 3 - January 7 | Biltmore Estate, 1 Lodge St.
A daytime visit to Biltmore is a feast for the senses. Wrap yourself in the fragrant smell of fresh evergreens while admiring holiday decor featuring wreaths, garlands, and the sparkle of thousands of ornaments on more than 55 magnificent Christmas trees. The celebration continues across the estate, from colorful holiday blooms in the Conservatory to our commemorative Christmas wine at the Winery, to special menus in estate restaurants. Buy your ticket 7 or more days in advance and save $10 on each admission! Admission: See website

Polar Express Train Ride
November 10 - December 31 |45 Mitchell St, Bryson City
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. See website for schedule. Tickets: $42+

Victorian Christmas Home Tours
November 15 - January 6 | Smith-McDowell House, 283 Victoria Rd.
10 AM - 4 PM, Wednesday - Saturday
The mansion and local history museum is authentically decorated with fresh trees, garlands, ornaments and toys of the Victorian Period. Six period rooms are decked out with gold, silver and glassware from their permanent collections. Admission: $9

Winter Lights
November 17 - December 31|NC Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
6-10 PM
Experience Asheville?s BRIGHTEST holiday tradition. 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. Listen to the sounds of your favorite holiday tunes or enjoy a cup of holiday-inspired cocoa, cider or beer. Tickets: $18

Grove Arcade Winter Wonderland
November 17 - January 4 |
Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave, Downtown
The historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville is a distinctive place to visit any time of year. From Nov. 17 to Jan. 4, Grove Arcade guests also can recapture the holiday magic of yesteryear with the annual Winter Wonderland celebration. In addition to shopping and dining, ongoing Winter Wonderland events at the Grove Arcade include return appearances by Santa Claus from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 3, 10 and 17. FREE

Craft in Toyland
November 18 - December 31| 111 Grovewood Village, Across from Grove Park Inn
10 AM - 5:30 PM
This exhibition will showcase handcrafted toys and games ? all American made! Also on display will be a collection of antique wooden toys from the heyday of Tryon Toy Makers, on loan from Tryon, North Carolina resident Rick Dunn. FREE

25th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition Display
November 26 - January 4 | Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave.
Monday - Thursday and Sundays after 3 PM
It all began with a small group of gingerbread houses built by community members in 1992 as another way to celebrate the holiday season with no plans to continue the following year. There was no possible way to know that more than two decades later The Omni Grove Park Inn National Gingerbread House Competition? would be one of the nation's most celebrated and competitive holiday events. Parking: $20

The Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour
November 27, 2017 - December 29, 2017 |Departs From: Olde World Christmas Shoppe, Historic Biltmore Village, 5 Boston Way
7 PM, Recurring weekly on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Dust off that tacky Christmas sweater and share in holiday caroling fun for everyone! Enjoy a fun and festive celebration of the season featuring the sights and sounds of the holidays, with stories of local holiday traditions and singing of classic carols and songs of Christmas. Featuring live musical accompaniment. Songbooks and merriment for all provided. Admission: Adults $24; Children (5-11) $11
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 1-17|
Asheville Community Theatre, 35 East Walnut St, DowntownFridays, 7:30 PM; Saturdays & Sundays, 2:30 PM
Our most popular holiday show ever! When the town terrors end up as the leads in the Christmas pageant, their interesting interpretation of the story (which they have never heard before) helps everyone rediscover the meaning of the holiday. Admission: $26 for adults; $15 for children under 17


Events are in Asheville unless otherwise noted.

Hometown Holiday Jam XVII
December 7 | Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, Downtown
7:30 PM - Midnight
Asheville Musicians Coalition presents Hometown Holiday Jam XVIIs to support Mission Children's Hospital and Manna Food Bank. Featuring: Calavera, Ashley Heath and Jordan Okrend, Rhoda Weaver & the Soulmates, Lyric, 3000 Souls, Marc Keller, Mike Barnes & Friends, Jack Mascari, Jim Mascari, Joe Lasher Jr., plus Special Guests: Patrick Dodd, Chip Lunsford, Stuart Reinhardt, David Pressley, Tony Creasman, Don Lewis, and MORE!  Admission: $10 + donation of one canned food or new toy
Rick Springfield & Richard Marx
December 7| US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St, Downtown
7:30 PM
Over the past three decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s, a Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits. As a performer, Grammy winning singer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had numerous highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Tickets: $39.50+
Holiday Sip & Shop
December 8 & 9 | Grovewood Village, 111 Grovewood Village
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Shop unique holiday gifts handcrafted by local and regional artists as well as a large collection of American-made art and craft. All gallery merchandise will be ten percent off and holiday shoppers can enjoy complimentary wine, warm cider and cookies. Local artists will be performing craft demonstrations and interacting with guests from 11am to 4pm both days. FREE
Holiday Makers Sale
December 9 | Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, Milepost 382
10 AM – 4 PM
Each year members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild liquidate overstocks and annual inventory at the Holiday Makers Sale, selling select work 10-50% off retail. The sale means great deals for holiday shopping and a chance to connect with the makers. It also provides an exciting, festive alternative to mall and big box import shopping. Choose from a variety of gift items including ceramics, jewelry, fiber, paper, glass and wood. FREE
Holiday Sip & Shop
December 15 & 16 | Grovewood Village, 111 Grovewood Village
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Shop unique holiday gifts handcrafted by local and regional artists as well as a large collection of American-made art and craft. All gallery merchandise will be ten percent off and holiday shoppers can enjoy complimentary wine, warm cider and cookies. Local artists will be performing craft demonstrations and interacting with guests from 11am to 4pm both days. FREE
3rd Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar
December 16 | Asheville Music Hall, 31 Patton Ave, Downtown
11 AM
Come check out an array of over 27 local vendors and support local craft for the holidays! This event will surely be a one stop shop for all your holiday gifts for family and friends alike! We will also have live music from local artists Phuncle Sam- Free Dead Crew and The Jake Guillin Band on the upstairs stage at the Asheville Music Hall starting at 12PM! Live Busking Performances will also be taking place The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall. FREE
Luke Combs
December 16| US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St, Downtown
8 PM
ORIGINALLY FROM ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA…. Luke Combs is a 26-year-old musician with a passion for playing country music. Luke began to develop his craft in the summer of 2011 while attending Appalachian State University and has been plowing ahead ever since. After 3 years playing with his band in his home state of North Carolina, Luke made the move to Nashville in September of 2014. Quickly creating a buzz amongst the musical community, Luke released his single “Hurricane” on June 16th of 2015 and saw it rise into the iTunes Country Charts Top 10 day of release as well as the Billboard Hot Country Top 40. Tickets: $20+
For a detailed list of daily events, please visit Explore Asheville. A list of concerts at the Orange Peel can be found here.