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January 1
First Day Hikes, Chimney Rock Park, 1pm hike at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, 3pm hike at Rumbling Bald Location: 1pm hike meet at Hickory Nut Falls trail; 3pm hike meet at Tunnel Entrance at 2:30pm for shuttle to Rumbling Bald, Shuttle will return to the Park at 4:30pm; bring water and wear comfortable hiking shoes, both hikes will be led by a Park naturalist or State Park Ranger and are considered moderately difficult, Cost: Included with Park admission, Chimney Rock, NC

New Year’s Day Polar Plunge 2015, 12pmNoon, featuring a costume contest, cash prizes, hot chocolate, games, and plenty of cold water; registration $20 which includes your Plunge permit & a Plunge towel to keep, register online or onsite starting at 10:30am, Lake Town Center on Memorial Hwy., after-party will have activities, toasty fire pits to keep you warm; a portion of the proceeds support local fire and rescue workers, Lake Lure, NC 828-243-0540

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

January 1 - 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

January 1 - 10
Christmas Tree Recycling Project, trees may be dropped off in Jackson Park in parking lot of Field 3, Christmas trees will be chipped into mulch on January 10 from 9am-2pm, no trees with roots balls or greenery with wire, non working Christmas lights and used Christmas cards accepted, to collect mulch bring a box or bag, coordinated by Mountain True, Hendersonville, 828-693-9263

January 1 - 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

January 2 - 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

January 2- 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

January 16 - 18
American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Agility Trial, Western NC Agricultural Center McGough Arena (dogs jump hurdles, race through tunnels and climb over A-frames at high speed) Fri. - Sun. 8am –2pm, this trial is one of six major ISC qualifying events for the 2015 AKC/USA Agility World Team Tryouts in Hopkins, Minnesota - see some of the top handlers in the Southeast competeing, free admission & spectators are welcome, spectators please leave your dogs comfortably at home, Sponsored by Blue Ridge Agility Club, Fletcher, NC 828-713-3278

January 17
Naturalist Niche: Winter Birding;  Chimney Rock Park, 10:30am-12pm, observe birds that don’t mind chilly temperatures, meet at Tunnel Entrance, Cost: $22 Adult (includes Park admission), $12 Youth (ages 5-15), Chimney Rock, NC 828-625-9611

Diana Wortham Theatre’s Mainstage Series presents Shana Tucker, a sultry fusion of acoustic pop and soulful jazz-folk, 8pm, Regular $30; Student $25; Child $15, Asheville, NC  828-257-4530

January 19
National Parks Fee Free Days, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and national parks across the country are honoring the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday by waiving admission fees, open from 9am-5pm, Flat Rock, NC 828-693-4178

January 22
Sheila Jordan in Concert, Cummings Memorial United Methodist Church, 7pm, free, peace offering, Horse Shoe, NC 828-891-9433

January 22 - 24
Diana Wortham Theatre’s Mainstage Series presents Martin Dockery's Wanderlust From Here to Timbuktu, a one-man storytelling event that is dynamic, fast-paced, quirky, and hilarious, 8pm, Regular $28; Student $23; Child $15, Asheville, NC  828-257-4530

January 24
Town of Fletcher Chili Cook-Off, Veritas Christian Academy, 12pm – 2pm, sample some of the best Chili in Western North Carolina, free and open to the public, accepting cash donations for the Fletcher Park Development Fund, Fletcher, NC 828-687-0751

8th Annual Asheville Beer Fest Winter Warmer; US Cellular Center; 3pm-7pm, Held on the main level of the US Cellular Center, featuring dozens of local, craft brewers, quality food, great entertainment and tastings with a unique, intimate atmosphere, Cost: $45 per person. Asheville, NC (828) 259-5743

January 25
Jazz Piano Trio, St. James Episcopal Church.  Featuring pianist Deanna Witkowski, Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition. With Shannon Hoover, bass and Justin Walt, Drums. 4pm. Catered reception to follow. Tickets $20, benefits local hunger relief, Hendersonville NC, 828-693-7458

January 30
Diana Wortham Theatre’s Mainstage Series presents Aquila Theatre Company in Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, Aquila Theatre brings to life Emily Brontë’s classic story of all-consuming passion with its new production of Wuthering Heights, which recounts the tale of ill-fated lovers on the lonely moors of northern England 8pm, Regular $35; Student $30; Child $15, Asheville, NC  828-257-4530

January 30 & 31
Indoor Motocross, WNC Agricultural Center McGough Arena, Fletcher, NC 423-323-5497

January 31
Diana Wortham Theatre’s Mainstage Series presents Aquila Theatre Company in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Shakespeare’s final play, is imbued with magic, the supernatural, and a heightened sense of theatricality and in the experienced, nuanced hands of the Aquila Theatre actors, 8pm, Regular $35; Student $30; Child $15; Child $15, Asheville, NC  828-257-4530

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