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Blog :: 12-2013

Fun Holiday Things To-Do in Asheville

Looking for some Holiday-themed fun?  Here's a few ideas for this weekend:
carolA Christmas Carol
Newly revised for the 2013 season, this is The Montford Park Players' retelling of the classic Dickens tale of greed and redemption.  Starring Carney Gray in his MPP debut as Ebenezer Scrooge, and directed by Michelle Schwantes,  this "Asheville tradition" is a must-see for the whole family.  A Christmas Carol is always sold out, so get your tickets early!  For more information call the box office at (828) 254-5146.   Through 12/22 at Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway, Downtown Asheville  
gingerbread13Gingerbread House Competition
Smells of Gingerbread are in the air!  The time has finally arrived for viewing the entries and winners of the 21st Annual National Gingerbread House Competition(TM)! Many of the  unique entries will remain on display throughout the hotel. Available for public viewing from Sunday through Thursday, excluding holidays. A panel of nine judges evaluated more than 150 gingerbread creations in various categories for overall appearance, originality / creativity, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme. As is tradition, the fanciful entries remain on display throughout the holiday season for viewing by resort guests and the general public.  At the Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville.  $10 parking.   
Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland
The world's largest drive-through, fully computerized, LED light and music show of its kind! This show was born from a passion for Christmas with one show in Bristol, TN. By mixing a love of music with Christmas spirit they ended up programming lights to dance to some of our favorite tunes. You'll love this wonderland of lights, and want to make it part of your  family's holiday tradition. At the Western NC Agricultural Center (Fairgrounds) o 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd, Fletcher. Open through January 1st 2014!  Dusk - 10PM* Every Night, Including Holidays! Even in the rain! (* = or later on weekends) 



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        Last Minute LOCAL Holiday Shopping Ideas!


        buy-local-for-blog Saving the best for last? Nobody needs to know that you waited until the last minute to finish up that gift-buying. Just can't think of what to give Dear Old Mom or little Jimmy's favorite teacher? Here are some ideas and places to shop that you might not have thought about...and they are LOCAL, of course.
        Give a GO LOCAL CARD. It only costs $17, but gives you perks and saves hundreds all year round. $5 goes to the Asheville City Schools Foundation,  $5 goes to the Asheville Grown Business Alliance, and $5 goes to the Public School of your choice.
        Some Unique Stores for Unique Gifts

        WOOLWORTH WALK Find art, pottery, metalwork and jewelry, wood, paintings, photography, and fiber arts. Downtown on Haywood St.

        WOOD & SPOON A lovely store in West Asheville, GIFTfilled to the brim with a rotating collection of vintage and hand-crafted goods, paintings, pottery, glass, and metal art, plus custom old and new furniture. Something for everybody. 

        THE DOWNTOWN MARKET  All under one roof: 42,000 sqft of local arts, crafts, antiques, vintage and upcycled clothes, used and antique furniture, local health and beauty products, books and records, local honey, chocolate, herbs, gifts and treats. Need a break from shopping? Hit the Sly Grog Wine and Beer Lounge for a sip, or Hi-Fi Coffee for a pick-me-up. 45 South French Broad Avenue.


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