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Sunday, Dec. 1

“A FLAT ROCK CHRISTMAS” STAGE SHOW, 2 p.m., Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. The FRP will present its annual holiday extravaganza, “A Flat Rock Christmas” stage show, through Dec. 22. Showtimes are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For tickets, visit flatrockplayhouse.org.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE VIEWING, 3 p.m.-midnight, Grand Ballroom, Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave., North Asheville. Winning creations from the 27th annual National Gingerbread House Competition will be on display through Jan. 4, available for nonguests to view after 3 p.m. Sundays, or any time Monday-Thursday, based on parking availability and excluding holidays. 

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS WALK-THROUGH, 5-8:30 p.m., Lake Julian, off Long Shoals Road, Arden. Attendees will be permitted to walk through a display of thousands of twinkling lights. Other features will include a fire circle, snacks and adult beverages for purchase. Also, Santa Claus will appear. General admission is $5 — and free for ages 16 and younger. In addition, from Dec. 3 to 23, The Lake July Festival of Lights will be limited to drive-throughs via  cars. Admission for the drive-through will be $10 to $50 for vehicles.

MOSCOW BALLET’S “GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER,” 3 and 7 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. The Moscow Ballet will perform “Great Russian Nutcracker.”



Tuesday, Dec. 3

HOLIDAY NOONTIME CONCERT, noon, lobby, Lipinsky Hall, UNC Asheville. The Holiday Noontime Concert will feature a performance of holiday favorites by the University Chorale, directed by Chuck Taft. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.

“INDIA: MODI BEGINS HIS SECOND TERM” LECTURE, 7:30 p.m., Manheimer Room, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. Keya Maitra will provide the World Affairs Council with a look at India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his second term with his party having increased its majority in this year’s election. Maitra, department chair and professor of philosophy and the Thomas Howerton Distinguished Professor of Humanities at UNCA, completed all of her early schooling and her bachelor’s degree in India, and earned one of her doctoral degrees at India’s University of Hyderabad. Admission is $10 for the public and free for members WAC members and UNCA students.



Thursday, Dec. 5

PATRIOTIC CHRISTMAS PARTY, 6 p.m., Pomodoro’s Restaurant, 75 Long Shoals Road, Arden.The Asheville Tea Party’s “2019 — A Patriotic Christmas” Christmas Party” will be held. There also will be a gift exchange. To attend, contact Jane at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or text her at (209) 986-3485 — and, she urged, “include your name” and the “number in your party.”

CANTON CHRISTMAS PARADE, 6 p.m., downtown Canton. Canton will hold its Christmas parade.

ANNUAL LAKE LURE CHRISTMAS GALA, 6-10 p.m., The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, Lake Lure. The Annual Chamber Christmas Gala, a fundraiser hosted by the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce, will be held. An event promotion noted, ““Get dressed up, enjoy great fun with friends, a delicious buffet dinner, music, dancing and a gala auction... all for a wonderful cause.”

ANDREW PETERSON’s “BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD,” 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. Andrew Peterson’s “Behold the Lamb of God.” For tickets, which are $25-$40, visit greatmountainmusic.com.




Friday, Dec. 6

HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS, 5-8 p.m., downtown shops, Black Mountain. The town will hold a dowwntown celebration themed “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” during which shops will be open with refreshments, entertainment and, on Sutton Avenue, Santa Claus — reportedly — will appear.

OLDE-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS GALA, 5-8 p.m., Main Street, downtown Hendersonville. Olde-Fashioned Christmas will be held, featuring “an evening of music, refreshments, store specials, and community caroling with many merchants” remaining open late for the shoppers and festival. Admission is free.

CHIMNEY ROCK GALA/TREE LIGHTING, 5-9 p.m., Chimney Rock Volunteer Fire Department, Chimney Rock. The annual chili cook-off, cakewalk and bingo will be followed by the village’s annual Christmas tree lighting at The Gathering Place.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE, 6:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. The Christmas Open House will introduce the SMCPA’s 2020 season. “Enjoy light refreshments, live entertainment and advanced specials on upcoming event tickets,” an event promotion stated, “Also, become a member of our 2020 Patron Club and start planning your show calendar for the upcoming year. Lots of fun, great prizes and giveaways, too! Don’t miss out on all the excitement!” Admission is free.

VIOLET BELL CONCERT, 8 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. The duo Violet Bell will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 6-7. For tickets, visit worthamarts.org.

 



Saturday, Dec. 7

VETERANS COFFEE, ASHEVILLE, 8:30-10 a.m., Ryan’s Steakhouse, 1000 Brevard Rd., Asheville. Veterans are invited to join representatives of veteran service organizations — including nonprofits involved with health and benefits — for coffee, breakfast and social engagement. “We want to build a community of veterans helping each other be our best,” Toby Dickerson stated in an event promotion. “Male and female veterans from all branches and eras are welcome.” The organization representatives will provide information and answer questions.

HENDERSONVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE, 10-10:30 a.m., Main Street, downtown Hendersonville. The annual Hendersonville Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Hendersonville Merchants and Business Association, will proceed along Main Street. The theme is “Home for the Holidays.” A press release noted that “Everyone is invited to attend this special event and see Santa and beautiful floats, fire trucks and more from the community. After the parade, the Heritage Museum will serve cookies — and a tour will be available to the Antique Toy Display. Proceeds from the parade will go to a local charity.

BOOK-SIGNING, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Center for Art & Inspirtation, 125 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Authors Meagan Lucas and Evan Williams will help shoppers start the holiday season by signing and personalizing their novels. The event also will include free homemade baked goods and door prizes. In addition, the center is offering free gift-wrapping with a purchase. Lucas is the author of “Songbirds and “Stray Dogs,” a new Southern Noir novel about small-town secrets and escaping expectations. Williams will be signing his newest novel, “Ripples,” which was nominated for the Sir Walter Raleigh Award. It draws on his family’s multi-generational apple-growing business. Admission to the event is free and all are welcome.

WEAVERVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE, 1 p.m., Main Street, Weaverville. Weaverville will hold its annual Christmas parade.

FLETCHER CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK, 1-5 p.m., Bill Moore Community Park, 85 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher. Fletcher’s 2nd annual Christmas in the Park celebration will be held. The event will include food trucks, live music, a vendor village, ice skating, an inflatable snow globe for photos and visits with Santa. From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., features will include snow globe photos, ice skating, crafts, games and a vendor village. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Santa will offer visits. At 2 p.m., Veritas’ 7th Avenue band will perform. At 3:30 p.m., The Appalachian Fire will perform. From 4 to  5 p.m., hot chocolate and cookies will be served. At 5 p.m., a reading will be held of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” followed by a tree-lighting. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

BRO HALLMARK HOLIDAY REVELS! CONCERT, 3 p.m., Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville. The Blue Ridge Orchestra’s hallmark holiday Revels! concert series will be performed at 3 p.m. Dec. 7-8. The program will feature “a mix of the beloved and the unexpected to create a boisterous wintertime treat that rings in the holiday season,” a press release stated. “With classical repertoire, pops favorites, and the soaring voice of soprano Megan McConnell, this year’s Revels! is sure to be a holiday treat.” For tickets, which are $15 for general admission, $10 for friends and $5 for students, visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 782-3354.

“SANTA’S SLEIGH RIDE” DANCE PRESENTATION, 3 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. Betty’s School of Dance will present a performance of “Santa’s Sleigh Ride,” billed as “a delightful dance presentation for all ages.” For tickets, which are $18 for adults and $12 for students under age 18, visit greatmountainmusic.com.

BLACK MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS PARADE, 4-5 p.m., Black Mountain. The parade will proceed west from Flat Creek Road on Hwy. 70 (State Street) to Craigmont Road. The theme is “Christmas Then and Now.”



Monday, Dec. 9

WAYNESVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE, 6 p.m., downtown Waynesville. The town will hold its annual Christmas parade.

HOLIDAY CONCERT, 7 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. The Reuter Center Singers will perform a holiday concert, featuring contemporary holiday songs, traditional choral music and classic carols. Afterward, an opportunity to mingle will be available at a free reception. Admission is free — although donations are welcome — and all are welcome to attend.



Tuesday, Dec. 10

STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN’S “ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS” 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. Steven Curtis Chapman will perform his ”Acoustic Christmas” concert. For tickets, which are $25-$35 and $50 for priority seating, visit greatmountainmusic.com.



Thursday, Dec. 12

SCHOOL SHOW OF “THE NUTCRACKER” BALLET, 7:30 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, downtown Asheville. The Asheville Ballet, billed as “North Carolina’s oldest professional ballet company,” will perform its annual production of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” for schoolchildren. It lasts about two hours, including intermission. Regarding the show, Asheville Ballet Director Ann Dunn stated that its productions of “The Nutcracker” has been a holiday tradition in Asheville for more than 40 years. “Children will be charmed yet again by ballet’s greatest classic. This all-time favorite story of Clara’s magical midnight trip to the Land of Sweets is classical ballet at its best. Snow will fall in the Snow Queen’s kingdom, the equisite Sugar Plum Fairy and her handsome Cavalier will dance their eternally lovely pas de deux and beautiful flowers will watz and waltz and waltz.” She added, “Thanks to generous patronage, we are able to offer children’s tickets at $6 this year... This popular opportunity fills up quickly.” For reservations, call the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts at 257-4530.




Friday, Dec. 13

CANDLELIGHT STROLL, 6-9 p.m., downtown Weaverville. The town will hold its annual Candlelight Stroll.

HENDERSONVILLE BALLET’S PRESENTS “THE NUTCRACKER,” 7 p.m., Bo Thomas Auditorium, Blue Ridge Community College, 180 W. Campus Dr., Flat Rock. The Hendersonville Ballet will present its performance of “The Nutcracker.” The show also will be offered at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14. For tickets, which are $30, visit hendersonvilleballet.org.

LEANN RIMES’ “YOU AND ME CHRISTMAS TOUR, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. Leann Rimes’ You and Me Christmas Tour” will be performed. Regarding Rimes, the SMCPA noted, “LeAnn Rimes is an internationally multi-platinum selling acclaimed singer and ASCAP award-winning songwriter. Globally, she has sold more than 44 million units, won two Grammy Awards; 12 Billboard Music Awards; two World Music Awards; three Academy of Country Music Awards; one Country Music Association Award and one Dove Award. At 14, Rimes won ‘Best New Artist,’ making her the youngest recipient of a Grammy Award. LeAnn recently inked a worldwide deal with RCA UK, who recently released her 16th studio album, ‘Remnants.’” For tickets, which range from $35, $40 and $45 (with VIP seating available), visit greatmountainmusic.com.

CELTIC WOMAN CHRISTMAS CONCERT, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas Tour will be performed. Regarding the group, a promotion noted that “Celtic Woman is an all-female Irish musical ensemble conceived and created by David Kavanagh, Sharon Browne and David Downes, a former musical director of the Irish stage show ‘Riverdance.’’’ For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.



Saturday, Dec. 14

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION, 6-9 p.m., Main Street, downtown Waynesville. A Night Before Christmas, billed as “an evening of shopping and Christmas celebration,” will be hosted at the various shops on Main Street by the Downtown Waynesville Association.




Sunday, Dec. 15

ETHICAL HUMANIST SOCIETY PROGRAM, 2:30-4 p.m,, Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road, North Asheville. “The Case of the Missing Ethicals” will be the topic for the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville’s holiday of Winterfest. The celebration will be led by EHSA member Gloria Cosgrove Smith. All are welcome to attend. Following what is billed in an event promotion as a “collaborative and fun mystery solution, we will share merriment with a potluck supper. Please bring a sense of humor and a delicious dish to share.” Admission is free.




Wednesday, Dec. 18

ICELESS SKATING RINK, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., next to Hendersonville Visitor Center, 201 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Ice skating will be offered on an iceless outdoor skating rink from Dec. 18 through Jan. 1. An event promotion noted that “the synthetic ice-skating rink is made from special polymers, so it can be enjoyed regardless of the temperature ... plus has a section for curling ... open weather permitting.” Special hours will be offered on Christmas Eve, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Christmas Day, closed; New Year’s Eve, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; and New Year’s Day, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Rates are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and under. Group rates are available for 10 or more. Skate rental is not included in price of admission.




Thursday, Dec. 19

“SIINGING CHRISTMAS CARD” 7 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. The SMCPA will present “Singing Christmas Card,” which is billed as a celebration to “join family and friends as the community comes together to enjoy stories and songs of the Christmas season. A heart-warming event full of joy, laughter and a few surprises.”  For tickets, which are $10, visit greatmountainmusic.com.




Friday, Dec. 20

HOLIDAY HAYRIDES, 5-8 p.m., Main Street,, downtown Hendersonville. Holiday hayrides will be offered Dec 20-22.

“THE POLAR EXPRESS” MOVIE/PAJAMA PARTY, 7 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. “The Polar Express” Movie/Pajama Party will be held, featuring an opportunity for pictures with Santa Claus — and cookies and an opportuity to admire the SMCPA’s Christmas decorations— at 6 p.m., with the film beginning at 7 p.m. Visitors will be greeted at the door by a railroad conductor with a golden ticket. Pajamas, pillows, blankets and stuffed animals are encouraged. Tickets to the event, hosted by the Macon County Academic Foundation, will be  sold at the door for $5 each.




Saturday, Dec. 21

SCOTT THOMPSON’S “CHRISTMAS BACK HOME” 7 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. Scott Thompson’s “Christmas Back Home” will be performed. Regarding the show, the SMCPA noted, “‘Christmas Back Home’ opened its inaugural season in December 2017 to rave reviews. Scott Thompson and an eight-piece, all-star band of musicians (go) for a new take on the timeless holiday masterpieces. A classic Christmas show with a twist, ‘Christmas Back Home’ will win its way into your heart as a new family Christmas tradition.” For tickets, which are $17-$20, visit greatmountainmusic.com.




Sunday, Dec. 22

“A SWANNANOA SOLSTICE” SHOW, 2 and 7 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. The annual Asheville event is touted by DWT as “a world-class display of folk” (music) and “reflecting the heritage of the hills and spreading a peaceful, united and uplifting message, perfect for the holiday.” Among the renowned recording artists who will perform are Al Petteway, Amy White, Robin Bullock, Grammy-winner David Holt and special guests Ellie Grace, Doug Orr, Phil Jamison and E.J. Jones. The music will include a selection of creative Celtic, American-roots and world-influenced music. For tickets, visit worthamarts.org.




Wednesday, Dec. 25

BOUNTY OF BETHLEHEM CHRISTMAS DINNER,12:30 -5 p.m., gymnasium, Immaculata Catholic School, 711 Buncombe St., Hendersonville. The annual Community Christmas Dinner will be served by volunteers on Christmas Day for the 37th consecutive year. There is an “open invitation to anyone who would like to join us for dinner,” the event website noted. “We work with community organizations and media to spread the word.” Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.




Tuesday, Dec. 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE APPLE RISE, 6 p.m.-midnight, Historic Courthouse, Main Street, downtown Hendersonville. The city will celebrate with its 4th annual New Year’s Eve Apple Rise. The event includes a family celebration at 6 p.m., with a countdown to the Greenwich Mean Time (midnight in London), which will be held at 7 p.m. (EST). Starting at 11p.m. is the official Apple Rise ceremony, which leads up to the local midnight New Year celebration. Noisemakers, glow sticks and hot beverages will be given out while supplies last. In addition, a DJ will play the top hits of 2019, and warming stations, corn hole and giant jenga games will be available to help to pass the hour. Admission is free and all are welcome.




Wednesday, Jan. 1

NEW YEAR’S DAY POLAR PLUNGE, noon, beach, Lake Lure. To wrap up the holiday season and to launch the new year, the annual Lake Lure New Year’s Day Polar Plunge will be held. An event promotion stated, “You’ll be ‘freezin’ for a reason.’ Brave souls will take a chilly plunge into beautiful Lake Lure to enliven and invigorate the senses, have fun and get some well-earned bragging rights. There will be a bonfire, games, costume contest, cash prizes and hot chocolate.” Registration will begin at 9 a.m. 




Saturday, Feb. 15

JEFF FOXWORTHY COMEDY SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee. Comedian and author Jeff Foxworthy will perform. Foxworthy is billed as “back by popular demand” in Cherokee — and “the largest-selling comedy-recording artist of all time.” He recently released his ninth and final solo comedy album “Have Your Loved Ones Spayed Or Neutered.” For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.




Friday, March 13

SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO COMEDY SHOW, 9 p.m., Event Center, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee. Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will be performing in his “You Bother Me” tour. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.



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