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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

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

December 1 – 31
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

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 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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

“A Night in Bethlehem”, French Broad Baptist Church, 6:30-9pm, take a walk through the shops of Bethlehem and experience the live nativity,
an indoor walk-through experience for all ages, free, Hendersonville, NC  828-891-4665

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 “Little Women”, based on Louisa May Alcott's own family experiences (and novel), Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2pm, Hendersonville, 828-692-1082

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

December 5 - 23
Lake Julian Festival of Lights, Lake Julian Park, the park is brightly lit with 1000's of colored lights and over 50 animated and stationary light displays, 6pm-9pm nightly, $5 For a Car / $10 For a Van / $25 For a Motor Coach, Arden, NC 828-684-0376

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

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

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

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

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

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
Fletcher Community Chorus presents "Sing We Now of Christmas", Feed & Seed, 7pm, free, donations appreciated, Fletcher, NC

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

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

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
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

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
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

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 25
Bounty Of Bethlehem Christmas Day Dinner, Immaculata School, 1pm-5pm, free & open to the public, Hendersonville, NC 828-693-5115

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

December 26 - January 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

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