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Calendar of Events
December 2014 Events

 

Compiled by Henderson County Tourism Development Authority
Information Subject to Change or Cancellation


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Garden Jubilee | Music on Main Street | Street Dances | NC Apple Festival | Farm City Day
Home for the Holidays | Holiday Dining Guide | Christmas Tree Farms

December 1 - 31
Golden Age l & ll - "Coming of the Railroad" Exhibit, a replica of the Saluda Mountain Grade - steepest main-line standard gauge railroad in the US & the History of Laurel Park when visitors crowded the area's lakes and pavilions to swim by day and dance by night; and a replica of a general store; Henderson County Heritage Museum, Wed.- Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm, free, Hendersonville, NC 828-694-1619 www.hendersoncountymuseum.com


December 1 – January 3, 2015
Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evenings, Biltmore Estate, tour America's largest home by candlelight and the glow of fireplaces, decorated for the holidays and music, by reservation only, not available on the following dates: November 25, 27, December 24 & 25; begins @ 5:30PM, Asheville, 800-411-3812 or 828-225-1333 www.biltmore.com

December 1 – January 4
Shadrack Christmas Wonderland, WNC Agricultural Center Fairgrounds, drive through and watch Christmas lights dance music, admission into Santa’s Village is free, dusk-10pm every night, including holidays & even in the rain, cars or family vans: $20, activity van or mini bus: $30, limo $30, tour/school bus: $75, Fletcher, NC  888-321-7547 shadrackchristmas.com/asheville

December 1 – January 6
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Decorated for Christmas, decorated in the simple style of the Sandburgs with poinsettias and a traditionally decorated Christmas tree, House Tour Admission - Adults $5.00 age 16-61, Seniors 62 & older, $3, children 15 & under admitted free; closed Christmas and New Year's Days, Flat Rock, NC 828-693-4178 www.nps.gov/carl


December 1- January 7
Smith-McDowell House Museum Holiday Tours, (authentically decorated with trees, garlands, ornaments and toys of the Victorian Period), Wednesday-Saturday: 10am-4pm, Sunday: 12pm-4pm, Adults $9, Children ages 8-18 $5, closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, the day after Christmas, New Years Day, Asheville, NC 828-253-9231 www.wnchistory.org

December 1 – January 11
Christmas at Biltmore, America's largest home decorated with dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows, and poinsettias, miles of evergreen garland, and thousands of ornaments; 9am-5pm, Asheville, NC 800-411-3812 or 828-225-1333 www.biltmore.com


December 3 - 21
Flat Rock Playhouse presents the “A Christmas Carol “, a new take the famous Dickens story and infuses it with a brand new score that celebrates the holiday season, (subject to rights confirmation), Wed-Sat 8pm; Thurs, Sat & Sun 2pm, Flat Rock, NC 828-693-0731 or 866-732-8008 www.flatrockplayhouse.org  


December 4
Flat Rock Holiday Market, Courtyard behind Little Rainbow Row in Historic Flat Rock, crafts, gifts, wreaths, food, farm goods & more; 2pm-6pm, Flat Rock, NC

Keeping the Fires Burning series presents The Mountains Are Alive With Bluegrass featuring Grammy Award winner Marc Pruett and acclaimed mandolin Darren Nicholson, both members of Balsam Range, 7pm, Blue Ridge Community College Bo Thomas Auditorium, Flat Rock, NC  828-692-8062 www.saveculture.org


December 4 - 7
SRA Finals Rodeo, WNC Agricultural Center, McGough Arena, Fletcher NC 828-254-8681 www.wncagcenter.org


December 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 & 14
Tryon Little Theatre presents “A Christmas Story”, Dec 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 & 13 8pm, Dec 7 & 14 3pm, Adults $16, Students $11 (ages 18 & under), Tryon, NC  828-859-2466 tltinfo.org


December 4 – January 1
National Gingerbread House Competition & Display, The Omni Grove Park Inn, competitors from around the country travel with their edible creations to be a part of the Annual National Gingerbread House Competition, public viewing hours days are Sundays - Thursdays, excluding holidays from10am-10pm, no charge to enter the hotel or see the display; parking charges where applicable, Asheville, NC 800-809-6664

December 5
Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas, Historic Downtown, (merchants host an open house with refreshments, entertainment & late night shopping), 5pm-8pm, Hendersonville, NC  828-233-3216 www.downtownhendersonville.org

Visitor Center Open House, 201 South Main Street, 5pm-8pm, stop by and enjoy holiday treats with the Center’s friendly staff and volunteers, Hendersonville, 828-693-9708 or 800-828-4244 www.historichendersonville.org/holidays.htm

Ye Olde Christmas Gathering at the People’s House”, Henderson County Heritage Museum in the Historic Courthouse on Main St., 5pm-7pm, free, featuring Christmas stories & crafts for children, music & refreshments; Hendersonville, NC  828-694-1619 www.hendersoncountymuseum.com

Fletcher Community Tree Lighting, Fletcher Community Park, local groups perform, lighting of the community Christmas tree, visits with Santa, cookies & hot chocolate; 6pm, Fletcher, NC  828-687-0751 www.fletcherparks.org


December 5 & 6
Bullington Gardens Holiday Sale, freshly cut Fraser fir trees, wreaths & garland; benefits the educational programs at Bullington Gardens, 10am-4pm, trees must pre-ordered by Dec. 1, Hendersonville, NC, 828-698-6104 www.bullingtongardens.org

Santa Under the Sea, Team ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium, visit with Santa in his under the sea workshop, free photo disk of you visit; Dec 5 6:30PM-8:30pm & Dec. 6 1:30pm-3:30pm, General Admission $3 per person, Hendersonville, NC  828-692-8386 www.teamecco.org

“A Night in Bethlehem”, French Broad Baptist Church, 6:30-9pm, indoor walk through the city gate, you will be transported back in time to a little town called Bethlehem, Hendersonville, NC  828-891-4665 www.frenchbroadbaptistchurch.com

WNC Fly Fishing Expo, WNC Agricultural Center Expo Bldg, Fletcher, NC 828-687-1414 www.wncagcenter.org


December 5 - 7
Books for Good (nonprofit organization), Holiday Sale, Fri & Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm, over 30,000 books available-adult and children, hardback and paperback, fiction & nonfiction; donors specify which nonprofit will benefit when Books for Good sells their donated items, Fletcher, NC  828-989-4655 www.booksforgood.net


December 5 - 7, 11 - 14, 18 - 21
Hendersonville Little Theatre presents “Little Women”, based on Louisa May Alcott's own family experiences (and novel), Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2pm, Hendersonville, 828-692-1082 hendersonvillelittletheater.org


December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21
Asheville Community Theatre presents A Charlie Brown Christmas, based on the beloved annual television special, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 2:30pm, Tickets $12- $22, Asheville NC 828-245-1320 www.ashevilletheatre.org

December 6
Christmas Open House at the Historic Johnson Farm, guided tours of the farmhouse & the weaver’s building, refreshments, farm animals, sale of baked goods, small greenery centerpieces & fiber creations; bring your camera for family photos in front of the antique sleigh, wagon rides available - weather permitting, no reservations required; 10am-4pm, Adults $5 Children $3 preschoolers free parking in the Rugby Middle School, shuttle bus available, Hendersonville, NC 828-891-6585 www.hendersoncountypublicschoolsnc.org/johnson-farm

Hendersonville Christmas Parade, Main Street (Five Points to Caswell Street), 10am, Hendersonville, NC 828-692-4179 or 828-595-0901 nchmba.com

Rugby Craft Fair, Rugby Middle School, 9am-3pm, over 100 vendors selling jewelry, wood-working, glassware knitting and more; admission is free, Hendersonville, NC  828-891-6589 www.hendersoncountypublicschoolsnc.org/rug/craft-fair

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Holiday Craft Fair, 10am-3pm, crafts & home-baked goodies, Hendersonville, NC 828-693-3157 www.uufh-nc.org

Carolina Concert Choir Christmas Concert, Blue RIdge Community College Bo Thomas Auditorium, 3pm, $20, Students 5, Flat Rock, NC 828-693-7889 www.carolinaconcertchoir.org


December 6 & 13
Santa on the Chimney, Chimney Rock State Park, 11am-2pm, Santa practices on one of the world's largest chimneys at 315 feet tall! meet Santa and Mrs. Claus & refreshments; included with paid Park admission, Chimney Rock, NC 828-625-9611 or 800-277-9611 www.chimneyrockpark.com


December 7
Hendersonville Community Band Christmas Concert, Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall, 3pm, Adults $10, free for students, Flat Rock, NC 828-692-8801 www.hcbmusic.com


December 11
Fletcher Community Chorus presents "Sing We Now of Christmas", Feed & Seed, 7pm, free, donations appreciated, Fletcher, NC www.feedandseednc.com

December 11 - 14
United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) Dog Agility Trial, Western North Carolina Agricultural Center McGough Arena (dogs jump hurdles, race through tunnels and climb over A-frames at high speed) 8:00am-2:00pm, free admission & spectators are welcome, please leave your dogs comfortably at home, Sponsored by Blue Ridge Agility Club, Fletcher, NC  828-243-3821 blueridgeagility.com

Brevard Little Theatre presents "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever", Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm, Brevard, NC 828-884-2587 www.brevardlittletheatre.com


December 11 – 14 & 18 - 21
Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown presents Music on the Rock: A Motown Christmas, tribute concert featuring the hits of the artists, 8:00pm, Hendersonville, NC  828-693-0731 or 866-732-8008 www.flatrockplayhouse.org  


December 12
Diana Wortham Theatre presents Intersections Sing Together Series “Winter Songs”, singing in spirited sessions led by musicians Beth & Jim Magill, 6:30pm, Adults $10, Children $8 12 & under, children under 2 free, Asheville, NC  828-257-4530 www.dwtheatre.com


December 12 - 14
Asheville Ballet presents The Nutcracker, the full length, professional performance; Diana Wortham Theatre, Dec 12 & 13 7:30pm, Dec 13 & 14 2:30pm,Tickets: Adult $50/$35/$25, Students $18, Children 12 & under $15; Asheville, NC 828-257-4530 www.dwtheatre.com


December 13
Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra presents “A Carolina Christmas, featuring the Greenville Chorale,” Blue Ridge Community College Concert Hall, HSO and the magnificent Greenville Chorale collaborate once again in a holiday celebration including sacred and seasonal favorites, tickets $35, $5 for students, Flat Rock, NC hendersonvillesymphony.org

Holiday Cookie & Book Sale, First Congregational Church, 10am-2pm, holiday cookies & used books will be for sale, complimentary coffee & tea; Hendersonville, NC  828-692-8630 fcchendersonville.org

Fletcher Christmas Parade, Hwy 25 between Old Airport Rd to Town Hall, 10:30am, 2014 parade theme "The 12 Day of Christmas", Fletcher, NC 828-687-0751 www.fletcherparks.org


December 14
Holiday Tour of Historic Inns and Cookie Caper, self-guided tour of 7 inns & the Cookie Caper part of the tour is a Christmas treat from each inn, (1898 Waverly Inn, Aunt Adeline's, Claddagh Inn, Elizabeth Leigh Inn, Inn on Church, Pinebrook Manor & Echo Mountain Inn), 1pm-5pm, $20 per person, sponsored by the Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission, Hendersonville, NC 828-697-3088 www.hendersonvillehpc.org

Asheville Symphony Orchestra, A Classical Christmas, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 3pm, Asheville, NC 828-254-7046 ashevillesymphony.org


December 21
Winter Solstice Night, DuPont State Recreational Forest, 7pm, hike to Hooker Falls in the darkness of the longest night to quietly welcome the sun as it begins its journey toward the northern hemisphere, weather permitting, moderate trail, bring flashlights to be used sparingly & a warm drink to toast the winter solstice, meet at Hooker Falls parking lot on DuPont Road, Hendersonville, NC 828-692-0385 www.eco-wnc.org

A Swannanoa Solstice, award-winning recording artists Al Petteway, Amy White, and Robin Bullock are joined by special guest musicians, storytellers, dancers; Diana Wortham Theatre, 2pm & 7pm, Tickets: Regular $40; Students $35; Child $15; Asheville, NC 828-257-4530 www.dwtheatre.com


December 26 & 27
Indoor Motocross, WNC Agricultural Center, McGough Arena, Fletcher NC 423-323-5497 www.wncagcenter.org

December 27
Christmas at Connemara, Carl Sandburg Home is decorated in the simple style of the Sandburgs with poinsettias and a traditionally decorated Christmas tree from Thanksgiving until January 6th, 2015, music/storytelling from 10:30am-12:30pm in the garage adjacent to the Sandburg Home, refreshments, holiday craft-making from 10am-1pm, Flat Rock, NC 828-693-4178 www.nps.gov/carl


 
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