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Friday, Dec. 1

WINTER LIGHTS EXHIBIT, 6-10 p.m., North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville. The Arboretum’s 4th annual Winter Lights exhibit is on display nightly through Dec. 31. Tickets to Winter Lights are $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 5-11 and free for children ages four and younger. In addition to motion-sensor games and light activities suitable for all ages, the Arboretum has added music and nature-themed displays throughout the garden areas. Visitor favorites — a 50-foot animated Tree of Light, a lighted Quilt Garden, Rocky Cove Railroad and the animatronic children’s program, “Storytime at Woodland Cove” — will return. Food and beverages will be available, including hot cocoa, cider, s’mores, wine, beer and numerous other items, along with a special dinner buffet at the Arboretum’s Savory Thyme Café. As another option, transportation to the Arboretum from Asheville and Hendersonville is available through The Trolley Co.’s Winter Lights Holiday Tour from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m every Friday and Saturday. Tickets for the trolley package, which are $28.50, include hot cocoa, scenic rides with music and admission to Winter Lights. For tickets and more information, visitncwinterlights.com.

LAKE JULIAN PARK FESTIVAL OF LIGHT, 6-9 p.m., Lake Julian, Skyland. The Lake Julian Park Festival of Lights will be held Dec. 1-23. The road circling the park is transformed into what is billed as “a magical drive-through journey through tunnels of dazzling lights.” For tickets, which are $5 per car, $10 per van and $25 per motor coach, call 684-0376.

“THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER” SHOW, 7 p.m., downtown venue of Flat Rock Playhouse, downtown Hendersonville. The show will be presented through Dec 17. “In this hilarious holiday classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history,” the FRP noted.  “When they end up as the leads, their interesting interpretation of the story (which they have never heard of before) helps everyone rediscover the meaning of holiday.” Showtimes vary. For tickets, visit FlatRockPlayhouse.org, or call 693-0731.

ART OF MUSIC FESTIVAL, 7 p.m., Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, 91 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska. Balsam Range and other top bluegrass and acoustic musicians from around the nation will perform in the two-night Art of Music Festival. The festival also will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 2. In addition, workshops will be held on traditional music, instrument-making and dance. For tickets or more information, visit lakejunaluska.com. 

“THE 12 DATES OF CHRISTMAS” SHOW, 7:30 p.m., N.C. Stage Co., 15 Stage Lane, downtown Asheville. The NCSC will perform “The 12 Dates of Christmas” through Dec. 23. Regarding the show’s plot, NCSC noted, “After seeing her fiancé kill another woman at the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mary’s life falls apart, just in time for the holidays. Over the next year, she stumbles back into the dating world, where “romance” ranges from weird and creepy to absurd and comical. It seems nothing can help Mary’s growing cynicism, until ... This heartwarming story offers a hilarious and modern alternative to the old standards of the holiday season.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. For tickets, visit ncstage.org, or call 239-0263.

OAK RIDGE BOYS’ CHRISTMAS SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. The Oak Ridge Boys will perform a Christmas celebration show. For tickets, which are $36, $41 and $46, visit  www.greatmountainmusic.com, or call (866) 273-4615.

“SANTALAND DIARIES” SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Hendersonville Community Theatre, 229 S. Washington St., downtown Hendersonville. The show “Santaland Diaries” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays (Dec. 1-10). It is based on the essay written by David Sedaris, wherein he shares his experience working for a season at Macy’s as a Santa’s Helper elf. For tickets, visit www.hendersonvillecommunitytheatre.org, or call 692-1082.

ASHEVILLE CHRISTMAS SHOW, 7:30 p.m., auditorium, Asheville High School, 419 McDowell St., Asheville. AHS will present its Asheville Christmas Show, featuring music, dance and comedy. For tickets, which are $19-$26, visit www.AshevilleChristmasShow.com. 

“THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER” SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., downtown Asheville. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be performed Dec. 1-18. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays.  For tickets, which are $12 to $26, visit www.ashevilletheatre.org.

CAROLINA CONCERT CHOIR WINTER CONCERT,

7:30 p.m., Hinds Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. WCU’s Carolina Concert Choir, a choral ensemble, will perform its annual Winter Concert titled “Bach and the Holiday Pops.” The choir is directed by professor Lawrence Doebler. For tickets, which are $22 for the public and $5 for students with identification, visit www.carolinaconcertchoir.org.

“CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR” SHOW, 8 p.m., Mainstage, Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock. The Flat Rock Playhouse “Christmas Spectacular” show will be performed through Dec. 22. “Experience the songs and festivities with an original revue that combines singing, dancing and humor with all the traditional scenes in ‘A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas,’” the FRP noted. Showtimes vary. For tickets, visit www.flatrockplayhouse.org.


 


Saturday, Dec. 2

ASHEVILLE DANCE CLASSIC SHOW, 8 a.m., Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Drive, West Asheville. The two-day Asheville Dance Classic will open with registration at 8 a.m., followed by activities all day and late into the night Dec, 2-3. The first-time event will feature welcome two-time United States 9-Dance champions Anna Krasnoshapka and Mykyta Serdyuk, who will serve as adjudicators and master class instructors. The event also will feature World Professional Cabaret champions Travis and Jaimee Tuft. For schedule and to buy tickets, visit www.ashevilledanceclassic.com.

HENDERSONVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE, 10 a.m., Main Street, downtown Hendersonville. “A Southern Christmas” is the theme of this year’s Christmas parade, sponsored by the Hendersonville Merchants and Business Association. After the parade, the Henderson County Heritage Museum will host a Christmas Open House and tours. Cookies and hot apple cider will be served in the Historic Courthouse Rotunda. The gift shop will be open.

WEAVERVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE, 1-3 p.m., Main Street, downtown Weaverville. The annual Weaverville Christmas Parade will begin at North Buncombe Middle School and proceed along Main Street through downtown Weaverville.

BLACK MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS PARADE, 4-6 p.m., Main Street, downtown Black Mountain. The annual Black Mountain Christmas Parade will be proceed from along State Street from Flat Creek Road to Craigmont. More than 100 entries are expected in the parade.

ALEX WATSON’S “PIANO HOLIDAY” SHOW, 5-6 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 10 N. Liberty St., Asheville. Virtuoso classical-jazz piano arrangements of familiar holiday music will be performed by Alex Watson. Admission is free, but a donation of $20 is suggested to benefit ABCCM Veterans Restoration Quarters.

PECHAKUCHA NIGHT PRESENTATIONS, 7:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., The Grove House, 11 Grove St., downtown Asheville. PechaKucha Night will feature what are billed as “fascinating presentations from Asheville’s most creative and interesting people. Twenty images (will be) shown for 20 seconds each.” 

 


Sunday, Dec. 3

MOSCOW BALLET’S “GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER” SHOW, 3 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, downtown Asheville. Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” show is billed as “the biggest Christmas experience of the year, direct from Russia, is an Asheville tradition!” The show features larger-than-life musical props, a 60-foot-tall growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. For tickets, which are $28 to $175, call 259-5736 or visit uscellularcenterasheville.com.

OAK RIDGE BOYS’ CHRISTMAS SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. The Oak Ridge Boys will perform in a Christmas celebration show. For tickets, visit  www.npacgreeneville.com, or call (423) 638-1679.

 



Monday, Dec. 4

WAYNESVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE, 6-8 p.m., Main Street, downtown Waynesville. The annual Waynesville Christmas Parade will proceed along Main Street through downtown Waynesville.

FILM SCREENING, 6:30 p.m., Altamont Theatre, 13 Church St., downtown Asheville. A screening of “13th,” a documentary by filmmaker Ava DuVernay will be co-sponsored by CJJ/West and the ACLU of North Carolina’s Western WNC Chapter. The film explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the nation’s prisons that are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. A panel discussion will follow. The suggested minimum donation is $5.

“THE NAT BEFORE CHRISTMAS” SHOW, 7 p.m., downtown venue of Flat Rock Playhouse, downtown Hendersonville. For one night only, the show “The Nat Before Christmas: A History of Holiday Music” will be performed. In the show, Nat Zegree will perform traditional and contemporary holiday music, combined with his highly requested show-stopping games, requests and improvisation. For tickets, visit FlatRockPlayhouse.org, or call 693-0731.

 



Tuesday, Dec. 5

“LEADING LADIES” FILM SERIES SCREENING, 7 p.m., Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. The film “Moonstruck,” a 1987 romantic comedy starring Cher, will be screened in the monthly “Leading Ladies” film series. Tickets are $6.

WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL LECTURE, 7:30 p.m., Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. “The State of the Middle East in the Post-ISIS Era” will be addressed by Ali Demirdas. Admission to WAC presentations at UNCA is $10 for the public.

 



Wednesday, Dec. 6

“ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914” PRODUCTION, 7:30 p.m., N.C. Stage Co., 15 Stage Lane, downtown Asheville. The NCSC will perform “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” through Dec. 6-30. The play is billed as “a captivating story” that relives a poignant moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate the holiday together during World War II. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. For tickets, visit ncstage.org, or call 239-0263.

 



Thursday, Dec. 7

FILM SCREENING, 5:30-7 p.m., West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Rd., West Asheville. The film “Zora’s Roots: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston” will be screened as part of the Female Authors: Writing America Between the Word Wars Lecture and Film Series. Admission is free.

 



Friday, Dec. 8

WEAVERVILLE CANDELIGHT CHRISTMAS STROLL, 6-9 p.m., Main Street, downtown Weaverville. Weaverville will hold its annual Candlelight Christmas Stroll. Participants will be treated to a charming small-town Christmas atmosphere for both residents and visitors, with music, horse and buggy rides, shopping, Santa and more. Admission is free.

“THE NUTCRACKER” PRODUCTION, 7:30 p.m., Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. The Asheville Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10. For tickets, visit ashevilleballet.com.



 

Saturday, Dec. 9

BLUE RIDGE ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT, 3 p.m., Lipinsky Auditorium, UNC Asheville “BRO Revels 2017,” billed as an upbeat and varied holiday concert, will feature classical and contemporary music. Selections will include  Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo,” beloved favorites by Leroy Anderson, as well as a sing-along of classic carols. For tickets, which are $15 general, $10 for Friend of BRO, $5 for students and free for ages 6 and younger, visit www.blueridgeorchestra.org, or call 782-3354. 

WARREN HAYNES ANNUAL CHRISTMAS JAM, 6:45 p.m., U.S. Cellular Center, downtown Asheville. The Warren Haynes 29th Annual Christmas Jam will feature, among many standout musicians, Phish lead guitarist Trey Anastasio, Heart’s Ann Wilson and The Avett Brothers. Wilson will perform with Haynes and his band, Government Mule, during part of their set, and Anastasio will play with Classic TAB. Haynes, a Buncombe County native, puts the jam together annually as a benefit for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. For tickets, visit www.xmasjam.com. 

“BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER!” SHOW, 7 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be performed. For tickets, which are $12, visit  www.greatmountainmusic.com, or call (866) 273-4615.

 



Sunday, Dec. 10

BLUE RIDGE ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERT, 3 p.m., Folk Art Center (Blue Ridge Parkway MP 382), Asheville. See Dec. 9 listing for details.

“A NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS” GALA, 6-9 p.m., Main Street, downtown Waynesville. The town will hold its “A Night Before Christmas” event, featuring live music, caroling, Bethlehem Market Place, live nativity, old-fashioned wagon rides and Santa, with lumanaries lining the street. Shops, galleries and restaurants will remain open later than usual to accommodate what is billed as “an evening of family fun.”

 


Wednesday, Dec. 13

“A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS” SHOW, 7 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be performed live on stage. For tickets, visit  www.npacgreeneville.com, or call (423) 638-1679.

“SANTALAND DIARIES” SHOW, 7:30 p.m., , Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., downtown Asheville. “The Santaland Diaries” will be performed Dec. 13-17. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-16 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Additional late-night performances will be offered at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16. The show is based on the essay written by David Sedaris, wherein he shares his experience working for a season at Macy’s as a Santa’s Helper elf. For tickets, which are $15, visit www.ashevilletheatre.org.

 


Thursday, Dec. 14

AUTHOR’S TALK, 5:30-7 p.m., West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Rd., West Asheville. Dr. Sharon Jones will discuss Zora Neal Hurston’s 1942 autobiography “Dust Tracks on a Road” as part of the Female Authors: Writing America Between the Word Wars Lecture and Film Series. Hurston was a black American writer and anthropologist. Admission is free.

JOE BIDEN SPEECH, 8 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, downtown Asheville. Former Vice President Joe Biden will in Asheville as part of a 19-city “American Promise Tour” highlighting his forthcoming memoir. Tickets to the event include a copy of the book, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose,” which recounts the 12 months leading up to the 2015 death of Biden’s son, Beau, of brain cancer. Biden was a Democratic senator representing Delaware for 36 years, then vice president from 2009 to 2017 under President Barrack Obama. An announcement of the tour bills it as “a series of conversations that will go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most.” Biden said in an announcement that he will talk “not only about my experiences, but about how much we have in common, and what we can do together to continue to build on the great promise of America.” For tickets, visit — online — Ticketmaster.com, or visit the U.S. Cellular Center box office.

 



Friday, Dec. 15

BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION, 11:30 a.m., The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center, Black Mountain. A free book club will discuss the 2014 work, “Every Leaf A Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader.” Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch and a copy of the month’s chosen selection to participate in a casual discussion. Coffee and tea will be provided. 

 



Saturday, Dec. 16

“A MERRY MOTOWN CHRISTMAS” SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. “A Merry Motown Christmas Show” will be performed. For tickets, which are $15, $20, $25 and $30 (VIP), visit  www.greatmountainmusic.com, or call (866) 273-4615.

LAURA STORY CHRISTMAS SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, Tenn. Laura Story will perform in a Christmas celebration show. Story is a contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter from Spartanburg, S.C. For tickets, visit  www.npacgreeneville.com, or call (423) 638-1679.

 



Tuesday, Dec. 19

CAROL NORFOLK’S ART SHOW, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Lola Salon and Gallery, 60 Biltmore Ave. (across from the Aloft hotel), downtown Asheville. Local artist Carol Norfolk will exhibit her paintings Dec.19 through March 3. Admission is free.

 



Friday, Dec. 22

“CHRISTMAS WITH THE ANNIE MOSES BAND” SHOW, 7:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. “Christmas With the Annie Moses Band” will be presented. For tickets, which are $25, visit  www.greatmountainmusic.com, or call (866) 273-4615.

 



Sunday, Dec. 31

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION, 7:30 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, downtown Asheville. The Asheville Symphony Orchestra will perform in a New Year’s Eve celebration concert, with Daniel Meyer as conductor and Isabelle Durrenberger, violin. The concert, titled “A Most Colorful Farewell,” will be Meyer’s final concert as the ASO’s conductor. The program will include Saint Saens’ “Bacchanale” from Samson et Dalila; Wieniawski’s “Violin Concerto No. 2;” Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” with vocal sololists Elizabeth Caballero, soprano, Daniel Curran, tenor, and Corey McKern, bariton. For tickets, which are $24 to $69, visis ashevillesymphony.org or call 254-7046.

 



Monday, Jan. 1

LAKE LURE NEW YEAR’S DAY POLAR PLUNGE, noon, beach, Lake Lure. The 10th annual Lake Lure New Year’s Day Polar Plunge will be held. Registration will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The event’s pre-plunge activities will include fire pits, a fun-run and tug-of-war. 

 



Tuesday, Jan. 2

 “LEADING LADIES” FILM SERIES SCREENING, 7 p.m., Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. The film “Prisoner of Second Avenue,” a 1975 dark comedy starring Anne Banrcroft, will be screened in the monthly“ Leading Ladies” film series. Tickets are $6.



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