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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

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

December 1 – January 11
Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration, 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

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  

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

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

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

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

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

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

WNC Fly Fishing Expo, WNC Agricultural Center Expo Bldg, Fletcher, NC 828-687-1414

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

December 5 - 7, 11 - 14, 18 - 21
Hendersonville Little Theatre presents People’s Choice, people vote on the following plays: “A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol (musical),” “Little Women”, “It’s a Wonderful Life (musical)” or “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2pm, Hendersonville, NC 828-692-1082

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; Adults $5 Children $3 preschoolers free parking in the Rugby Middle School, shuttle bus available, Hendersonville, NC 828-891-6585

Hendersonville Christmas Parade, Main Street (Five Points to Caswell Street), 10am, Hendersonville, NC 828-692-4179

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

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 21
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

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

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

Call phone number listed on each event to confirm dates. times, location & possible cancellations