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Holiday events and special celebrations make your mountain time even more interesting and exciting. Peanuts characters come to life for Easter and Halloween excursions on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Biltmore displays its "flower carpet" in spring and Candlelight Christmas events in December. July 4th fireworks light up the mountain skies from Lake Lure to Boone after picnics and family activities. Memorial Day Weekend offers fishing tournaments and outdoor fun for the entire family.
Nationally known festivals such as Merlefest and the Wooly Worm Festival draw 1000s of visitors every year.  The Southern Highland Craft Guild offers two annual 4 day craft fairs with 100s of exhibitors, heritage craft demonstrations and good old mountain music.
 
There are year around events held on the same day of each week as well as varying schedules each year. You can listen to the best in local music, see live theatre, attend art walks and show openings, buy produce and handmade goods from tailgate markets or participate in nature programs and hikes.
 
Tailgate and Farmers Markets
There are dozens of markets throughout the mountains offering local produce, foods, handmade products and crafts. Hours and days vary so check locally for details. 
Asheville Area
Asheville City Market Sat 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, April - December
Public Works Building lot,  S. Charlotte St.  Asheville, NC 
French Broad Food Coop Sat 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, April - October
76 Biltmore Ave.   Asheville, NC 
Greenlife Tailgate Market
Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, May  - October 
At Greenlife Grocery, N. Merrimon Ave.   Asheville, NC 
North Asheville Tailgate Market
Sat 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM April - December 20 UNCA, take Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC  
Riceville Tailgate Market
Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May  - September parking lot of the Riceville Community Center Asheville NC  
Wed PM Downtown Tailgate Market
Wed 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM, April  - December 23 76 Biltmore Avenue, next to the French Broad Food Coop, Asheville, NC  
West Asheville Tailgate Market
Wed 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - October 28 grassy area at parking lot for West End Bakery and Haywood Road Market. Asheville, NC  
Bryson City
Bryson City Market
Friday 9AM - 1 PM,
May  - October 29 You'll find locally grown produce and other edibles, plants, flowers, crafts and more at the market.
Parking lot next to Fred's, Bryson City NC  
Black Mountain
Black Mountain Market Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, May  - October 31
First Baptist Church, 130 d Black Mountain, NC  
Weaverville
Weaverville Market
Wed 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM, April - late October Behind the community center at Lake Louise Weaverville, NC   
Barnardsville
Big Ivy Tailgate Market Sat 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, May 5 - October 24
At the Old Fire Station, center of town Barnardsville, NC  
Sparta
Alleghany County Farmers' Market
Sat  8:00 AM-12:00 PM
County Fairgrounds, Hwy. 21 North, Sparta, NC  
Andrews
Andrews Farmers Market
Sat  8:00 AM - 12:00 PM First Street,
Andrews, NC
West Jefferson
Ashe Farmers Market Wed and Sat
8:00am-1:00pm
108 Backstreet
West Jefferson, NC
Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock Farmers Market
Thursday  4-6 PM
Wallingford Street
Blowing Rock NC
This week's Featured Event in the mountains:
Date:      November 28 - January 4, 2015
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Lights and Legends Christmas  
This holiday evening entertainment features a custom-designed light show by the Colorado based Holiday Artisans and has been designed to reflect Cherokee stories that were traditionally told during the winter months. There will be synthetic ice skating, carnival rides, a holiday bazaar featuring local craftsmen, local food vendors and, of course, Santa Claus. 
 
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Date:      November 7 through Dec 29, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.
Date:      November 9 - January 4, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    
Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore   Explore Biltmore House during holiday evenings when candles and fireplaces fill the grand home with a warm glow, accenting delicate ornaments and priceless treasures with metallic shine and sparkle, and music warms the heart. Your evening admission includes:  a Reserved evening visit of Biltmore House, Daytime access to Biltmore Gardens and Antler Hill Village & Winery on the same day or next day as your evening visit, Free parking.  
Date:      November 19, 2014 - January 1, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    The National Gingerbread House Competition and Display  
Contestants from across the country bring their architectural masterpieces to The Grove Park Inn for display over the holidays. Delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations, strolling through the competition is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit. There is no admission charge to view the entries to the National Gingerbread House Competition. In addition to the gingerbread overload, see the beautiful holiday displays throughout and warm by the giant fireplaces in the grand lobby. Pick up a map in the lobby to find the various areas where the entries are displayed.
Date:      November 19 - January 1, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Winter Wonderland at The Grove Arcade  
Asheville's historic downtown arcade displays all the trimmings of the holiday season along with the annual National Gingerbread House Competition display, co-hosted with The Grove Park Inn. Santa will be visiting the Arcade on Saturdays from noon – 4 PM, November 29-December 20. Photos with Santa will be available for purchase. In addition to the Arcade’s restaurants regular evening hours, many shops will be open until 8:00 PM on Fridays, starting November 28 until December 20.
Date:      November 20 - December 21, 2014
NC City:  Flat Rock

Event: 
   The Flat Rock Playhouse Presents A Christmas Carol   The words of the Dickens classic come to life. This new, adventurous interpretation of A Christmas Carol takes the famous story and infuses it with laughter, love and a brand new score that celebrates the holiday season. With over a dozen new songs and exciting new characters, this world premier is a Christmas event for the whole family. Tickets are $40.
Date:      November 21 - December 19, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD

Event: 
  Sacred Spaces at the TC Arts Gallery   The Transylvania Community Arts Council is proud to present this collaborative art exhibit by three Brevard artists: Christine Kosiba, Shannon Whitworth and Eatherley Schultz. The Sacred Spaces exhibit will be on display daily from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM. TC Arts hosted a reception for the public to meet the artists on November 21. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard.
Date:      November 22 - January 4, 2015
NC City:  ASHEVILLE

Event: 
   Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum  For the first time in its history, the Arboretum’s most visited landscapes will be adorned with unique light installations, artistically designed to enhance  the natural beauty of the gardens. In addition, visitors can enjoy Rocky Cove Railroad, a special winter exhibit featuring garden scale model trains. Winter Lights will also feature a nightly DJ and dancing in the newly-completed outdoor courtyard of the Education Center. The Savory Thyme Café will offer food and beverages, including a hot chocolate and coffee bar. An outdoor s’mores station will give visitors the opportunity to roast marshmallows and build their own gooey confections. Holiday gifts and souvenirs will be available in the Baker Exhibit Center Connections Gallery as well as a satellite outpost in the Education Center.  
Date:      November 26 - December 2014
NC City:  MARION
Event:     Blue Ridge Artisans Show and Sale 
 f
eatures crafts from local artisans, including woodwork, paintings, photography and various Christmas ornaments. The Show is held at the McDowell Arts Council Association Gallery, Main Street in Historic Downtown Marion.
Date:      November 27 - January 1, 2014
NC City:  ENNICE
Event:     High Country Lights  
Northwest North Carolina's premier animated light show features over 100,000 lights choreographed to your favorite Christmas tunes on 96.5 FM. This free light show, hosted by Glade Creek Volunteer Fire Department, can be seen nightly starting at 6 PM Thanksgiving through New Year's Day.  6374 Glade Valley Road, Ennice NC
Date:      November 28 - December 24, 2014
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    Festival of Trees  
 Come to historic downtown West Jefferson and enjoy the Festival of Trees at the Ashe Arts Center, participate in the handmade and home-grown Holiday Market at the Farmer's Market and stroll the streets and galleries of the historic downtown area, all dressed up for the Christmas season. To kick the holiday season off right, enjoy the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree on November 28 when Santa and friends arrive in an old-fashioned fire engine and hands out treats to all the children.
Date:      November 28 - January 4, 2015
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     Cherokee Lights and Legends Christmas  
This holiday evening entertainment features a custom-designed light show by the Colorado based Holiday Artisans and has been designed to reflect Cherokee stories that were traditionally told during the winter months. There will be synthetic ice skating, carnival rides, a holiday bazaar featuring local craftsmen, local food vendors and, of course, Santa Claus.
Date:      December 1, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD 
Event:     First Monday Concerts at Brevard College   The Brevard Music Center, in partnership with Brevard College, presents free concerts to the public on the first Monday of each month from October through May. The concerts begin at 12:30 PM and are performed at The Porter Center of Brevard College. This month's concert features Sue Barber, bassoon Lori Piitz, piano with Dilshad Posnock, flute. This month's local charity partner is Western Carolina Community Action. WCCA assists low income and underserved people in Henderson, Transylvania, and Polk counties in achieving their full potential through quality services and advocacy that demonstrate compassion, respect, and the belief that all people are worthy.
Date:      December 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 2014  (event continues through January 4, 2014)
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    
The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad  The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.
Date:      December 5, 2014
NC City:  WEST JEFFERSON
Event:    
West Jefferson Gallery Crawl   Stroll the streets of an historic mountain town, enjoy the cool mountain breeze while listening to the sounds of street musicians and "popping" in and out of West Jefferson's many galleries. Open House in more than 15 art galleries and studios.
Date:      December 5 - 6, 2014
NC City:  MURPHY
Event:    
Murphy Hometown Christmas Celebration   The annual tree lighting ceremony starts Friday at 6 PM in downtown Murphy.  Saturday's Celebration begins at 10 AM with a Christmas festival including arts, crafts and food. The parade begins at 2 PM.  Santa will be strolling around town and merchants will offer incentives to shoppers such as sales, snacks, etc.
Date:      December 5 - 19, 2014
NC City:  TRYON
Event:     100X100 Art Sale Fundraiser at the Upstairs Art Space. 
This popular  fundraiser returns just in time for holiday gift-giving. Original artwork by 100 artists will be sold on a first-come, first served basis for $100 each. The sale begins with an opening reception held on Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 - 8 pm; the same evening as the Tryon Holiday Stroll. Participating artists will remain anonymous until the final day of the exhibit when their identities will be revealed during a closing reception Friday, Dec. 19, from 5 - 7:30 pm.
Date:       December 5, 2014    
NC City:  ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk   Enjoy the fine art and craft of the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association and see one  of the reasons Asheville has been voted #1 small city in the country by the readers of American Style Magazine 2 years running. 25 downtown venues participate with a complete  Downtown Gallery Guide and a map available at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce, or Pack Place.
Date:      December 5, 2014
NC City:  WAYNESVILLE
Event:     Art After Dark   Downtown Waynesville transforms into into "an exquisite visual, culinary and performing arts center" with local galleries and studios remaining open until 9 PM.  The evening features special openings, demonstrations, artist receptions, and music.
Date:      December 5 - 6, 2014
NC City:  DILLSBORO
Event:     Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries  Journey back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night from 5-8 pm (cost + tips). Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa at Town Hall.
Date:       December 6, 2014  
NC City:  BLACK MOUNTAIN  
Event:    
Black Mountain Christmas Celebration   Enjoy and afternoon and even of Christmas events beginning at noon. Visit Santa on Town Square, watch the Christmas Parade - "It's a Wonderful Life" and shop the specials at local merchants. As dark falls head for Lake Tomahawk and a variety of music, food, hayrides and a bonfire. ALL FREE EVENTS.
Date:      December 6, 2014
NC City:  FRANKLIN
Event:     Winter Wonderland Night 2     Franklin's Holiday Celebration continues with night two of Winter Wonderland.  Historic Downtown Franklin will be transformed into a "Winter Wonderland" featuring living window displays of Christmas and the Holidays, live sounds of the season outdoors at the downtown gazebo and inside stores, FREE wagon rides, refreshments, hot cider, great sales from downtown merchants and much more. The Annual Gingerbread House Competition is hosted by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and held on the lower level of Franklin Town Hall. Be part of the judging process for this year's Gingerbread House Contest when you vote for the People's Choice award in one of three categories. 
Date:      December 6, 2014
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Santa on Chimney Rock How is Santa able to climb down millions of chimneys around the world in a single night? He practices, of course. Witness Santa’s daring stunt as he practices on one of the world’s largest chimneys with multiple 200-foot rappels! Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities, plus meet live critters. Sponsored by Coffee on the Rocks in Chimney Rock Village. Buzzfeed recently ranked our rappelling Santa as one of the “8 Most Extreme Santas in the World.” Win a Free Climb with Santa’s Elves! Each day, one lucky guest will win free two-hour rock climbing lessons for two with Santa’s professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides. Must be present to win the drawing. Included in Park admission.
Date:      December 5-6, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     
Biltmore Village Dickens Festival  
Historic Biltmore Village transforms itself into a quaint Victorian village with entertainment for every age and interest. The main stage will be filled continuously with musicians, choral groups, singers, dancers and the Montford Park Players. This year the Festival will feature more than 300 performers who, after their stage segments, will rove throughout the Village entertaining on the streets and in the shops and restaurants. Friday and Saturday evenings will feature main stage concerts for the entire family. As dusk turns into evening, more than 250,000 white lights outlining the historic Village buildings will combine with the streetlights to enhance the ambiance. Shops stay open late with many of the shopkeepers dressed in Victorian-era garb. In addition, there’ll be horse-drawn rides through the tree-lined Village streets. Friday  at 6 PM there will be a tree lighting, Saturday hours are 1-7 PM. FREE event.
Date:      December 4 - 23, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE (Arden)
Event:     Lake Julian Park light Festival
 The drive through show is open nightly from 6 - 9 PM. The park is brightly lit with thousands of colored lights and over 50 animated and stationary light displays. The road circling the park becomes a magical journey through tunnels of dazzling lights.
Date:       December 6, 2014    
NC City:   ASHEVILLE  
Event:      Guild Artist Holiday Sale   Held on two consecutive Saturdays at The Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 on The Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. There will be a different group of craftspeople participating each Saturday. Find handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, fiber, wood and more by members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild with 10 - 50% off regular retail prices.
Date:       December 6, 2014    
NC City:   BLOWING ROCK  
Event:      Anniversary Weekend at Appalachian Ski Mountain    Celebrate the 53rd year of Appalachian Ski Mountain as they roll baack the prices to 1962. Tickets are only $5 for the entire day from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Date:      December 6, 2014
NC City:  BOONE 
Event:     Annual Downtown Boone Christmas Parade   Join Santa Claus and all your friends and neighbors on King Street in Downtown Boone for the Annual Boone Christmas Parade. 11 AM - 12:30 PM.
Date:      December  6, 2014
NC City:  ROBBINSVILLE (Stecoah Valley)
Event:     Indoor Holiday Arts and Crafts Show   Held at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Gallery from 10 AM to 5 PM, just in time to finish  your Christmas gift shopping. The Center's cafe will be open all day.  Have breakfast with Santa for 9 - 11 AM and enjoy Pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee for only $5.
Date:      December  6- 7, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:     Appalachian Ski Mountain Anniversary Weekend   Come celebrate Appalachian's 53 year of family fun as they roll back tickets to 1962 prices. Pay only  $5 for Ski Tickets for the Day Session  from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Date:      December  6- 7, 2014
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:     2nd Annual Cataloochee Ski & Snowboard Swap Shop   Say goodbye to your old gear and welcome the new by selling your "gently used" equipment and clothing from 8 AM to  5 PM on Saturday, 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM  Sunday. Registration and equipment drop off is 3:00 - 7:00 PM Friday December 5 and 7:00 - 9:00 AM on Saturday morning. More information is available online. Give back to the local community by bringing 24 cans of food or 2 warm winter jackets of good quality and receive your lift ticket on that Sunday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM for free - a $62 value.
Date:      December 6, 2014
NC City:  WEAVERVILLE
Event:    
Vance Birthplace Christmas Candlelight Tours   Experience living history from the 1830s with candlelight tours of the Vance Home from 4 - 7 PM.  The tours will have a Christmas season theme and traditional music will be provided in the Visitor Center by Primrose. Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children (6-16 years old), and free for "Friends of the Vance Birthplace" members.
Date:      December 10 - 24, 2014  (event continues through January 4, 2014)
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    
The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad  The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.
Date:       December 11-14, 18-20, 2014
NC City:   HENDERSONVILLE
Event: 
   The Flat Rock Playhouse Presents Music on the Rock Series: A Motown Christmas   Originally released in 1973, A Motown Christmas featured performance by Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations and Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. These unique arrangements of beloved Christmas classics like “Silent Night” and “White Christmas” featured harmonies that epitomized the Motown sound. This amazing album will come to life at Playhouse Downtown with a group of singers that are guaranteed to bring some extra joy to your Christmas season. Tickets are $24.
Date:      December 12, 2014
NC City:  WEAVERVILLE
Event:     Candlelight Stroll   Celebrate the spirit of the holiday season in a small town way. Main Street will be lined with luminaries and alive with music and entertainment. Stroll through the shops and restaurants and see for yourself the “art of small town hospitality”. Take a horse and carriage ride though town, enjoy performances by Weaverville Dance Academy and the Southern Connection Cloggers, strolling carolers, and a special performance by the Weaverville Baptist Handbell Choir. The kids will enjoy story time with Jill Totman, the local librarian, and a visit with Santa.
Date:      December 12 - 13, 2014
NC City:  DILLSBORO
Event:     Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries  Journey back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night from 5-8 pm (cost + tips). Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa at Town Hall.
Date:      December 12 - 14, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    3rd Annual Cool Craft Market  This events is hosted by HandMade in America in partnership with Blue Ridge Food Ventures. The Market will feature over 40 craft artists and artisan food and body care makers. Not just "Cool", this Craft Market has become one of the most popular opportunities for craft and handmade goods shopping  for the holiday season.
Date:      December 12 - 14, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Second Annual Holiday Pop up Shop   Hosted by the SHELTER COLLECTIVE design studio work will be available for purchase from over 30 designers and creatives from the Asheville area and beyond.  The event is held at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design with the opening reception on Thursday evening from 6 PM - 20 PM. 
Date:      December 13, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     26th Annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam   Held at the US Cellular Center (Asheville Civic Center) this one-of-a-kind, semi-structured marathon of music brings together old friends like an annual family reunion. Many consider this to be one of the top annual concerts in the US.
Date:      December 13, 2014
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:     Santa visits Beech Mountain   Santa makes a special stop at 4 Seasons on Beech mountain at 11 AM. Kids can talk with Santa and give him their wish lists then have hot chocolate and cookies. Sit by the fire and enjoy the Christmas tree.  FREE event.
Date:      December 13, 2014
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:     Santa on Chimney Rock How is Santa able to climb down millions of chimneys around the world in a single night? He practices, of course. Witness Santa’s daring stunt as he practices on one of the world’s largest chimneys with multiple 200-foot rappels! Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities, plus meet live critters. Sponsored by Coffee on the Rocks in Chimney Rock Village. Buzzfeed recently ranked our rappelling Santa as one of the “8 Most Extreme Santas in the World.” Win a Free Climb with Santa’s Elves! Each day, one lucky guest will win free two-hour rock climbing lessons for two with Santa’s professional helpers, Fox Mountain Guides. Must be present to win the drawing. Included in Park admission.
Date:      December 13, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:     Holiday Tour of Artists Studios   The Transylvania Community Arts Council will host its Holiday fundraiser with a Holiday Tour of Artists’ Studios from 10 AM to 5:00 PM. Get tickets and directions at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in downtown Brevard. Tickets are $20 and will also be on sale at the TC Arts Council on the day of the tour. Proceeds will benefit the TC Arts Council youth programs including Arts In Schools, Summer Art Camps and Kids Art Day.
Date:      December 12, 2014
NC City:  SALUDA
Event:     Hometown Christmas   Enjoy the Hometown Christmas Stroll in historic downtown Saluda from 6 PM - 8 PM sponsored by the Saluda Business Association. Events include live music.
Date:      December 12 - 14, 2014
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:     Preseason Ski Clinic at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort    Enjoy three days of non-stop individual instruction and attention from accomplished ski racers and certified instructors.  The clinic includes a three-day lift ticket, coaching fees, tuning clinic, video analysis, and a scrumptious Saturday night dinner. Participation is welcome for 1 day or for the entire three days. 
Date:      December 12 - 24, 2014
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:     Skiing with Santa on Sugar Mountain   Santa will be skiing, riding and talking with all the good boys and girls who enjoy the slopes on Sugar Mountain.
Date:      December 12 - 14, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    The Nutcracker Ballet   Asheville's classical Ballet Conservatory breathes new life into every child's favorite holiday tradition, emphasizing elegant ballet on a mysterious December's eve. Share an affordable family holiday experience with the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville performed at the Diana Wortham Theatre
Date:       December 13, 2014    
NC City:   ASHEVILLE  
Event:     Guild Artist Holiday Sale   Held on two consecutive Saturdays at The Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 on The Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. There will be a different group of craftspeople participating each Saturday. Find handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, fiber, wood and more by members of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild with 10 - 50% off regular retail prices.
Date:      December 13, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:   
  Thomas Wolfe's Gimcrack Day   Free admission to guided tours of Old Kentucky Home is planned for children throughout the day. Make holiday ornaments in the visitor center, see Thomas Wolfe’s boyhood home and learn about Victorian holiday traditions. Thomas Wolfe wrote of his childhood in his novel Look Homeward, Angel; “He was liberally dowered with bright-painted gimcracks upon Christmas Day; and in his heart he hated those who advocated “useful” gifts.” A gimcrack, pronounced ˈjimˌkrak, is a cheap and showy ornament - a knickknack. Children will be admitted to house tour free.
Date:      December 13, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     River Arts District Second Saturday  Asheville’s River Arts District Artists open their studios for a day of family friendly fun, educational experiences, live demonstrations and to share their creations. Visit dozens of artists working in all types of media, available for viewing or purchase.
Date:      December 13, 2014
NC City:  CHIMNEY ROCK
Event:    Santa on the Chimney   How is Santa able to climb down millions of chimneys around the world in a single night? He practices, of course. Witness Santa’s daring stunt as he practices on one of the world’s largest chimneys in Chimney Rock Park (315 feet tall). Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, complimentary hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities and see live critters. See why Chimney Rock was named one of “10 great places to catch up with Santa” by USA Today,
Date:      December 13, 2014
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:     4th Annual Nanta Claus Christmas Children's Benefit  Join the Nantahala Brewing Company for a fun evening out with a purpose. Have fun with the “Worst Holiday Sweater” contest. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to children in Swain County who otherwise will not have a Christmas this year.
Date:      December 13, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:     Annual Monford Holiday Tour of Homes   Montford, Asheville's most historic neighborhood, showcases another offering of homes and holiday cheer this year. Explore eclectic architecture that has been lovingly restored or carefully constructed to reflect the neighborhood's historic past. Enjoy homes both old and new, and experience all the Holiday warmth and hospitality that Montford has to offer. Festive treats and entertainment will be on offer throughout the tour. This is a self-guided tour. With your ticket you will receive a map to all tour locations & information about the individual properties.
Date:      December 17 - 19, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    The Nutcracker Ballet   Asheville's classical Ballet Conservatory breathes new life into every child's favorite holiday tradition, emphasizing elegant ballet on a mysterious December's eve. Share an affordable family holiday experience with the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville performed at the Diana Wortham Theatre
Date:      December 19, 2014
NC City:  BREVARD
Event:    4th Friday Gallery Walk - Holiday Gallery Walk  
Enjoy an evening stroll in downtown Brevard, NC as you explore the art galleries, art stores, retail stores and restaurants that are staying open late from 5-9 pm on the 4th Friday from April – November. (December Gallery Walk is held on the 3rd Friday due to the Holidays) Experience art, music and wine. Be sure to look for the animal sculptures and the murals located in downtown Brevard as well. Make an evening of it and stop by and have dinner in one of the downtown restaurants. A brochure for the gallery walks can be found at any of the participating galleries or at the Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce
Date:      December 19, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    SPY Super Session at Appalachian Ski Mountain  
SPY Optics is partnering with Appalachian Ski Mountain Terrain Park to bring you a super fun, super sweet, super session with a brand new park setup, exciting prizes and fun contests that only the SPY crew can dream up
Date:      December 20, 2014
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:    Breakfast with Mrs. Claus   Held at the Buckeye Recreation Center from 9 AM - 11 AM. Join Mrs. Claus for holiday cheer,  Christmas stories and photos with the children.  A light breakfast will be served free of charge, but donations are accepted.
Date:      December 20, 2014
NC City:  OLD FORT
Event:    Classic Car Cruise-in   
Held the 3rd Saturday of every month. Bring your car, truck or motorcycle. Downtown Old Fort, 3-5 PM. A  free Sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers.
Date:      December 21, 2014
NC City:  ASHEVILLE
Event:    Swannanoa Solstice   A tapestry of joyful and thoughtful seasonal reflection beautifully woven from the mountains' Appalachian, Scots-Irish and world influences. Celebrate winter's allure at a special 10th anniversary edition of this beloved holiday tradition. Bring family and friends to delight in each moment, from sharing a cup of wassail, to enjoying an enormous breadth of acoustic performers gathered on one stage. Award-winning recording artists Al Petteway, Amy White, and Robin Bullock are joined by the talents and voices of special guest musicians, storytellers, dancers, and host and founder of The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College, Doug Orr, for a joyous and contemplative performance featuring seasonal Appalachian, Celtic, Scots-Irish, and world-influenced music. Performed at the Diana Wortham Theatre.
Date:      December 24, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    Skiing with Santa on Appalachian Ski Mountain   Can you spot Santa on the slopes from 1pm – 4pm on Christmas Eve? You'll get your chance this year at ASM. The slopes will be closed for the Night Session on Christmas Eve, and are closed for both Day and Night skiing on Christmas Day. The Appalachian Ice Arena is open for afternoon sessions only.
Date:      December 25, 2014
NC City:  MAGGIE VALLEY
Event:     Ski with Santa at Cataloochee Ski Area   Cataloochee will be open for skiing and riding with Santa from  1 PM  until 10 PM.
Date:      December 26 - 29, 2014  (event continues through January 4, 2014)
NC City:  BRYSON CITY
Event:    
The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad  The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season.
Date:      December 27, 2014
NC City:  FLAT ROCK
Event:     Christmas at Connemara   The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is decorated as the Sandburgs did, with traditional decorations, holiday music and programs. Take a leisurely stroll of the grounds and visit the goat barn. Christmas at Connemara features music with local musicians and storytellers. Music/storytelling will be held from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the garage adjacent to the Sandburg home. Hot cider and cookies will be served. Holiday craft-making will be offered from 10 AM to 1 PM. Christmas decorations will remain until January 4.
Date:      December 27, 2014
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:    Yule Log Bonfire and Hayride   Welcome in the New Year around a roaring Yule Log fire.  Grab your blankets and hats and head for the Famous Brick Oven Pizzeria at 7:30 PM to have  hot cocoa, cider, and s ‘mores. Enjoy FREE hayrides to see the lights of the Holidays.
Date:      December 29 - 30, 2014
NC City:  SUGAR MOUNTAIN
Event:     USSA Giant Slalom Competition at Sugar Mountain    A competition for licensed USSA racers. U10-U21, and Masters. Registration follows USSA procedures. No registrations on race day. 9 AM start.
Date:      December 31
NC City:  BRASSTOWN
Event:    20th Annual New Year's Possum Drop 
20th Annual New Year’s Eve Possum Drop at Clay’s Corner in Brasstown. Ring in the New Year with a Miss Possum contest, bluegrass music, Little Brasstown Church Choir, the Blessings, cider and good clean fun. For more information call 828-837-3797.
Date:      December 31, 2014
NC City:  BEECH MOUNTAIN
Event:    Rockin' New Year's Eve Party  Held at the Buckeye Recreation Center this is a family-friendly celebration with food, games, jamming music, a bounce house, a kid-friendly New Years Eve count down and more. Activities  run from 5 PM-8 PM, and are FREE.
Date:      December 31
NC City:  CHEROKEE
Event:     New Year's Eve Fireworks   Held at the Acquoni Center the festivities kick off  at 8 PM with the fireworks starting at 9 PM.  Come and enjoy this special holiday event with your entire family, surrounded by the scenic mountains of Western North Carolina.
Date:      December 31, 2014
NC City:  MARION
Event:    New Year's Eve Celebration   The celebration begins  in historic downtown Marion at 9:00 PM and continues through midnight to ring in the New year with music, food, carriage rides, the gold nugget drop and more. Downtown businesses will be open with their own form of entertainment including the McDowell Arts Council at 50 S. Main Street where you can enjoy “the oldies” and a dance floor for a little toe tapping. This is a free event on Main Street with street vendors and musicians providing entertainment for all ages.
Date:      December 31, 2014
NC City:  BLOWING ROCK
Event:    New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Appalachian Ski Mountain   Fireworks, torchlight skiing and more, Moonlight ice skating from 10 PM to midnight. Restaurant Specials also available from 9 PM to midnight.
 
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11/21 Light Up Downtown 
11/22 Asheville Holiday Parade and JingleFest 
11/27-1/1 High Country Lights
11/28-11/24 Festival of Trees 
11/28 Christmas in the Park and Lighting of the Town  Blowing ROck
11/28 Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa on the Green   Cashiers
11/28 Tree Lighting Ceremony  and Candlelight Ceremony   Franklin
11/28 Holiday Downtown Lighting Celebration   Hendersonville
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11/29 Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting    Highlands
11/29 Sparta Christmas Parade
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Year Around & Season-long Events:
Music and Live Theatre:
When:  Saturday 7 PM, June - Oct
Where: Bryson City Train Depot
What:   Music in the Mountains 
Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue located in the heart of historic downtown. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. 828-488-3681
When:  Friday 7 PM, all year
Where: Old Fort NC
What:    Old Time Mountain Music -
for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody’s paid, everyone’s welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter!
When:  Saturdays 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Tracks Music and Dance -  
music and dancing at the Tracks Event Center located just outside Old Fort. The house band is, Rewind, playing a mix of 50s, 60s, 70s, a little country and bluegrass plus special requests! Free line dancing classes from 6:00 - 7:00 PM
When:  Sundays, 2 PM - 4 PM
Where: Old Fort NC
What:   Informal Jam on the Porch -
Bring an instrument or bring an ear! Happening each Sunday on the porch at the Mountain Gateway Museum in downtown.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Diana Wortham Theatre 
A variety of professional and touring music, dance and theatrical performances. Dining discounts and special performances offered.
When:  First Monday, Oct - May
Where: Brevard NC
What:   Brevard Music Center First Mondays 
Classical music performances by local and touring professionals.
When:  June-August
Where: Brevard
What:   Brevard Music Center  
An annual festival of classical, chamber and opera performances by students, faculty and guest musicians.  The Center is considered one of the premier summer training programs and festivals in the US.
When:  May-August
Where: Brevard
WWhat:   Sounds of Silvermont 
Local musicians in a jam session playing bluegrass, country, gospel and more.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville
What:   North Carolina Stage Company

Professional productions, with the best actors, directors and designers from Asheville and across the country.
When:  7-9 PM,  Thursdays, All year
Where: Marion NC, downtown Depot
What:   Bluegrass Music Jam 
Open to all musicians, no scheduled performers. Outdoors, bring chairs or blankets. Free
When:   7 PM Fridays
Where:  Marion
What:    Woody's Original Mountain Music 
An ever changing line up of musicians and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends.
When:   7 PM Fridays, June - August
Where:  Downtown Hendersonville
What:     Music on Main 
Concert series featuring " oldies rock, beach music, variety and top 40 music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music, admission is free
When:   Feb - Dec, various dates
Where:  Flat Rock, Hendersonville
What:    Flat Rock Playhouse
 The theatre season includes world premieres and standard Broadway musicals, comedy, and drama. Music on the Rocks concert series with pop to country.
When:  Most Saturday nights
Where: Saluda NC
What:   The Party Place and Event Center  
LLive music with country, top 40's, oldies, beach, southern rock and a variety of good party music for listening and dancing.The facility and grounds are available for special events.
When:  All year
Where: Franklin NC
What:   Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts 
A 1,500 seat state-of-the-art facility presents the finest in performing arts to the surrounding towns.
When: Thursdays, 6:30 PM, 6-23 to 9-1
Where: Banner Elk NC
What:   Concerts in the Banner Elk Town Park 
Gathers in the town park for a summer concert. Performers range from bluegrass to beach, to country, to top 40, to blues, to jazz, to Motown, to big band
When:  Thursdays, 7:30 PM, June-Aug
Where: Black Mountain NC
What:   The Park Rhythms Outdoor Concert 
A variety of musical groups from throughout the region provide live music in the picturesque setting of Lake Tomahawk
When:  2nd Sun., 7-9 PM, April - Oct
Where: Blowing Rock NC
What:    Jazz Concerts 
Blowing Rock Jazz Society performs. General Admission is $20 for non-members, $5 for students and FREE to BRJS Members
When:  Fridays, 7-9 PM, June - August
Where: Canton NC
WWhat:    Pickin' in the Park. 
Free concerts with Live bands and clogging groups at the Canton Recreation Park./td>
When:  Fridays, 7PM, June - August
Where: Newland NC
What:   Friday Night Free Concert.
(Weather-permitting) held at the Riverwalk Bandstand local musicians perform. Food vendors available.
 
 
NC Parks, Nature Programs:
When:  All year, some closings
Where: Northwest NC Mountains
What:   Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  Events throughout the year. View the full calendar online.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   North Carolina Arboretum
   Touring and permanent exhibits, events and educational programs.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Western North Carolina Nature Center  
Special events and programs, wild walks, Junior Naturalist program, wildlife workshops and more.
When:  various times, all year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   Grandfather Mountain
 Special programs with naturalists, Habitat tours, Special kids events, Junior Ranger programs, walks and hikes
When:  All year
Where: Chimney Rock NC
What:  Chimney Rock Park Nature
Programs and hikes  Learn the secrets and wonders of nature, attend photography or dulcimer workshops or enjoy special events and campouts.
When:  All year, Mon-Sat
Where: Brevard NC area
What:  Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education  
Exhibits, special programs, fishing, Nature Nuts and Eco Explorers
When:  All year, various times
Where: Nebo, near Marion NC
What: Lake James Park Programs  
Ranger conducted hikes, nature programs, boat trips and special events. Free to the public.
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Art and Crafts:
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   The Folk Art Center
  Touring exhibits, craft demonstrations, special events, educational opportunities and workshops.
When:  All year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   North Carolina Arboretum
   Touring and permanent exhibits, events and educational programs.
When:  5 PM 4th Friday, May - Oct
Where: Brevard NC
What:   4th Friday Gallery Tour
An evening of Art, Wine and Food in Downtown Brevard
When:  All Year
Where: Asheville NC
What:   River Arts District 
daily open studio tours and special events.  Over 120 artists in an historic setting with restaurants and a brewery.
When:   May - Nov, 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: Blowing Rock NC
What:    Craft demonstrations 
Members of the renowned Southern Highland Craft Guild demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts.
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Miscellaneous activities:
When:  All year, Mon - Sat
Where: Bryson City NC
What:   Marianna Black Library 
Special events, classic movies, Anime Club, Music programs, Artisan displays
When:  May - October
Where: Between Spruce Pine and Little Switzerland on Parkway
What:   The Orchard at Alta Pass
  Live mountain  music and mountain dancing, storytelling and hayrides, monarch butterfly raising, naturalist tours and birding walks, arts and handwork demonstrations, book signings and more.
When:  6 PM, 1st Fridays, May - Dec
Where: Sylva NC
What:   Sylva After Dark
   A night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more.
When:  All year
Where: Mount Airy NC
What:   The Surry Arts Council
 Performing and visual arts events
When:  last Saturdays, 9-11 AM
Where: Black Mountain NC
What:  Cruz-N Black Mountain.
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