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Asheville Lights Up With July Fourth Celebrations

Fireworks Asheville

Every Fourth of July, the Asheville area plays host to a multitude of Independence Day celebrations, with an array of activities to delight young and old. Choose from one of these Fourth of July fetes, and you’re sure to have a blast! (Unless otherwise noted, all events occur on July 4th.)

Downtown Asheville:

July Fourth AshevilleIngles Independence Day Celebration 2018 – Things kick off in Downtown’s Pack Square Park at 2 p.m. with kids’ activities and a bouncy house. There will be live music at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30. Food trucks, along with beer and wine for sale at the event, mean you can bring your lawn chair or blanket to the park early and plan on spending the day enjoying the festivities. https://www.ashevilledowntown.org/independenceday

Asheville Tourists Baseball – Take in a game, followed by a grand fireworks display, at the Tourist stadium in South Slope. https://www.milb.com/asheville

South Asheville:

Lake Julian offers the perfect backdrop for a night of family fun this Fourth. Enjoy sand volleyball, horseshoe, boat rentals, and a picnic ahead of the fireworks display, which begins at sundown.

Biltmore House:

For a special celebration, head to the Biltmore’s Antler Hill Barn beginning at 6 p.m. to enjoy a dinner buffet, live music, Biltmore wines and old-fashioned fun and games for all ages. The evening culminates in a dramatic fireworks display on the estate grounds. $125/adult, $60/child. https://www.biltmore.com/events/detail/july-4th-celebration-dinner-at-antler-hill-barn

Surrounding Towns:

Fourth of July AshevilleWeaverville – Lake Louisa Park will feature live music, vendors and food, followed by fireworks over the lake at 10 p.m.

Bryson City – From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., downtown Bryson City comes alive with a 5K, crafts, food, live music and fireworks.

Sylva – Take in the shops and restaurants along Sylva’s picturesque Main Street, then enjoy live music starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks.

Marion – A parade at 6 p.m. kicks off Fourth festivities. There will be live music, food vendors and fireworks.

Lake Lure – This celebration, on July 3, features fireworks over the lake that you can view from the beach, so bring a picnic and make an evening of it!

Hendersonville – Downtown will feature live outdoor music at its Visitors’ Center, followed by fireworks.

Waynesville – While there won’t be fireworks, Main Street will light up with music, sidewalk sales and children’s parade at 11 a.m.

Brevard – An 8 a.m. Firecracker Run kicks off the festivities, followed by a Fine Arts & Craft Festival. The Courthouse Gazebo will host live music all day. Fireworks will happen at Brevard College.

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Semi-Professional Soccer Kicks Into High Gear in Asheville

Asheville City Soccer Club

Bringing a community-driven semi-professional soccer experience to Western North Carolina, Asheville City Soccer Club continues the region’s history of love and support for the world’s game by offering up another season of unique excitement in the heart of Downtown Asheville. Asheville City SC, which saw an incredible outpouring of community support for its inaugural men’s team in 2017, will debut its women’s team as it kicks off its 2018 season, truly bringing to life its “Two Teams, One City” motto.

The club – proudly co-sponsored by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and Mosaic agent (and Asheville City SC women’s head coach) Stacey Enos – will start things off with a 2018 season launch party at Hi-Wire’s Big Top (2 Huntsman Place) Thursday, April 19, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fans will have a chance to meet and mingle with Asheville City SC players and staff. There will also be soccer pool, giveaways, speeches and special guests.

Sport Your Support for Asheville Soccer!

Asheville City Soccer ClubAsheville City SC is offering fans a new home jersey season ticket for the 2018 season, which will be unveiled and distributed at the launch party. Not only does the jersey give fans entry to all home games for both the men's and women's teams, it also allows them the opportunity to proudly display their team support anytime they wear it. Fans who purchase the season ticket option will also have an exclusive entry gate, with no lines. Of course, fans can also buy a ticket at the door for any game. And all kids 5 years old and under get in free with an accompanying adult.

Asheville City SC will play all home games at Memorial Stadium, bordering South Slope in Downtown Asheville. The stadium, built in 1925 to serve as a regional athletic and special events facility, stands adjacent to McCormick Field, home of the Asheville Tourists. It has seen action as the home field of the Asheville Splash women’s semi-professional soccer team (2002-2004) and the Asheville Grizzlies semi-pro football team. With last year’s men’s soccer club debut, the stadium contained an average 2,000 loyal and loud fans per game.

Kick-Off Soccer Matches in the Heart of Asheville

Asheville City Soccer ClubThe men kick things off May 4 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, facing the Myrtle Beach Mutiny. The women’s inaugural season gets under way May 5 at 7 p.m., when the team takes on Chattanooga FC at Memorial.

With the men’s team reaching the National Premier Soccer League's Southeastern Conference playoffs last year, this season promises to bring unprecedented excitement for fans. For more information, or to purchase season tickets, visit https://www.ashevillecitysc.com.

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Native American Knowledge and Western Science Intertwine in N.C. Arboretum's Roots of Wisdom Exhibit

NC Arboretum Asheville

Studying the Earth’s past in order to improve its future may be a tried-and-true strategy, but The North Carolina Arboretum brings fresh perspective to the process in its exhibit Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science., on display through May 6, 2018. The national traveling exhibit, proudly sponsored by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, educates visitors about the ways in which traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples and cutting-edge Western science are intertwined to enhance the natural world.

Roots of Wisdom Exhibit NC ArboretumOn display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily inside the Arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center, Roots of Wisdom spotlights four indigenous communities, including the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The exhibit features the voices of elders and youth, engaging video interactives, and hands-on games, whereby visitors can learn about and take part in the growing movement toward sustainability and the incorporation of age-old yet timeless practices into today’s world to restore vital ecosystems, provide sustainable food sources and improve human health.

Each of the indigenous communities featured in the exhibit holds a sacred relationship with its homeland, and it’s the traditional knowledge gleaned from this relationship that helps to complement Western science in its quest for solutions to a multitude of ecological and health challenges. Visitors to the exhibit will come away with a new perspective on some not-so-new methods for drawing from the Earth’s resources for the greater good.

Roots of Wisdom NC ArboretumThe North Carolina Arboretum, located just south of Asheville on 434 acres of public gardens, has an ongoing history of and keen interest in working with native indigenous communities. Most recently, its Germplasm Repository has joined forces with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, United South and Eastern Tribes, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs to assist in conserving traditional ecological knowledge through a variety of initiatives. It is this inspiring collaboration to help preserve the Asheville region’s botanical diversity that continues to shine through in exhibits like Roots of Wisdom.

The central mission of the Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants. A standard $14 per vehicle parking fee is required for non-members; no other admission fee is required for entry to the exhibit. For more information on the Arboretum and Roots of Wisdom, visit www.ncarboretum.org or call (828) 665-2492.

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Beyond the Mountains: The Inside Scoop on Asheville Entertainment

Asheville Entertainment and Music

Looking for something to do in Asheville after a day of driving along the Blue Ridge, hiking the waterfalls of DuPont State Forest, or floating down the French Broad River? Asheville is brimming with lots of enriching, entertaining indoor activities to rival even the most invigorating outdoor adventures. Below, a taste of some of the most popular options:

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra, established in 1960, presents seven full orchestra Masterworks concerts per year in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville.

The Orange Peel

Housed in a historic building in downtown Asheville, the Orange Peel has been recognized by a range of publications as one of the best live music venues in the nation. The club is known for presenting fresh talent as well as legendary performers.

Asheville Community Theatre

The oldest continuously operating theater in Asheville and one of the oldest community theaters in the country, ACT presents performances on its mainstage as well as at 35below, its intimate black-box performance space.

Blue Ridge Orchestra

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium AshevilleThe Blue Ridge Orchestra is a nonprofit, all-volunteer ensemble dedicated to engaging Western N.C.’s music community in opportunities to perform, listen to and learn about great symphonic music.

Diana Wortham Theatre

Located in the heart of the Pack Square Cultural District, Diana Wortham Theatre is an intimate 500-seat theatre offering live performances of music, theater and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists.

The U.S. Cellular Center and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

The U.S. Cellular Center, located downtown, is the largest event venue in Asheville, with a seating capacity of 7,600. Notable acts include Celtic Woman, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the Avett Brothers, and Steve Miller Band.

The Center’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium first opened its doors in 1975 and has a seating capacity of 2,431. The Auditorium is the annual home of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and has hosted such acts as B.B. King, Willie Nelson and Jerry Seinfeld.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Indoor Rock Climbing AshevilleTo get a rock climbing adventure in, opt for an indoor climbing wall. Climbmax Climbing has two Asheville locations (downtown and West Asheville), and offers basic belay instruction, climbing basics skills courses, and lead skill courses, among others.

Expressive Dance

At Studio Zahiya, a downtown boutique dance and movement space, you can take belly dance, hip hop, and Bhangra – an energetic and joyful dance from Northern India. Drop-in dance classes are available for adults and kids.

The Galleries of the River Arts District

This popular destination boasts a vast array of artists and working studios to visit in 22 former industrial and historical buildings spread out along a 1-mile stretch of the French Broad River. Twice a year, the River Arts District holds an artist’s studio stroll, where visitors can see the more than 200 artists showcasing their art in paint, pencil, pottery, metal, fiber, glass, wax, paper and more.

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The 2018 Southern Conference Basketball Championships Promises a Winning Weekend in Asheville

SoCon Tournament Asheville

The Southern Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships are an exciting annual draw to Asheville, and this year’s event promises another fun-filled weekend of nonstop action, on and off the courts. The college basketball championships will take place March 1-5, 2018, at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. Women’s quarterfinals kick off Thursday, March 1, while Men’s first round starts Friday, March 2.

For fans visiting the city to attend the games, Asheville offers plenty of restaurants, breweries, shopping and activities to make the weekend an all-around winner. Businesses around town – including Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville’s Fun Depot, Asheville Outlets, Gray Line Trolley Tours, and Adventure Center of Asheville – will be offering discounts and special deals for fans.

SoCon Tournament AshevilleThe championship games are sponsored in part by Mosaic Community LIfestyle Realty and Mosaic agent Kathleen Cook.  " I'm thrilled to be supporting a college sports tournament that brings so much to our Asheville community. As an avid sports fan, it's amazing to see how the SOCON basketball tournament positively impacts our city. In it's 7th consecutive year in Asheville, SOCON draws an average of 30,000 - 35,000 sport fans to our downtown and more than 6 million dollars in expected economic impact to the area.  That's tremendous not only for us college-hoops-lovers, but for Asheville as a whole,” says Cook.

For fans wanting to get in on the basketball action, there will be a series of fun family events:

·      Downtown Dribble & Kid Fest Saturday, March 3, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Pack Square. Families will enjoy a pep rally filled with inflatables, obstacle courses and more. The first 700 children who register to participate in the event will receive a free basketball and t-shirt and the opportunity to participate in the dribble parade from Pack Square to the Cellular Center. In addition, they will receive free admission to the Men’s Quarterfinal noon session.

SoCon Tournament Asheville·      The SoCon Teddy Bear Toss, Saturday, March 3, at noon. When you make a small donation to Mission Children’s Hospital, you’ll receive one of 1,500 stuffed animals to throw on the court during the Teddy Bear Toss. The bears will be donated to the children’s hospital.

·      The second annual Ingles Jamfest, Sunday, March 4, from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. (after the women’s championship game and before the men’s semifinals). The outdoor tailgate party, outside the Cellular Center, will feature popular local musicians, as well as local food and beverage vendors.

·      Hometown Heroes Night, Monday, March 5, at 9 p.m. The final evening of competition will honor Hometown Heroes, the people and organizations that help keep us safe every day. Members of military, fire, police, emergency and medical services, charitable organizations, and civil service will have the opportunity to attend the men’s championship game at 9 p.m.

·      Hoops Against Hunger, all tournament weekend. Anyone bringing an approved food item to donate will get $5 off a single-session ticket for any session.

For tickets and more information on all the championship weekend events, visit SoConSpors.com .

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Enjoy Show-Stopping Performing Arts in Asheville

Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Looking for an exciting and enriching entertainment experience in Asheville? The city brims with performing arts events grand and intimate. With an ever-changing roster of shows across Asheville, you’ll have plenty of inspiring options to choose from all year long.

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra, established in 1960, presents seven full orchestra Masterworks concerts per year in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. Each concert features a performance by a guest artist. The Symphony’s programming reflects a desire to present both the old favorites as well as more recent works.

Blue Ridge Orchestra

The Blue Ridge Orchestra is a nonprofit, all-volunteer ensemble dedicated to engaging Western N.C.’s music community in opportunities to perform, listen to and learn about great symphonic music. The BRO, sponsored by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, performs in a range of venues across the region, bringing music into the heart of local communities and creating symphonic experiences of unparalleled intimacy.

Performing Arts in AshevilleThe Asheville Ballet

The Asheville Ballet is N.C.’s oldest non-profit regional ballet company. First incorporated in 1963, the ballet has produced both cutting-edge interdisciplinary work and full-length major performances. From “Cinderella,” “Swan Lake” and “Carmen” to “Peter and the Wolf” and “Winnie the Pooh,” there’s a production for every age and interest.

Diana Wortham Theater

Located in the heart of downtown Asheville, Diana Wortham Theatre is a small, 500-seat theatre that brings nationally touring music, dance and theatre performances to our small city. With it's proximity to Pack Square, grabbing a drink and bite to eat before the performance is easy! They also have a unique education program that helps many students, teachers and parents access the performing arts in Asheville.

Asheville Lyric Opera

Asheville Lyric Opera, a professional non-profit opera company, stages original productions of opera and lyric theater to enrich, engage and educate. It offers a variety of theatrical experiences – from Broadway classics to light operatic comedy to classic dramas – at its main performance venue, the Diana Wortham Theatre, in the heart of downtown Asheville.

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre is a non-profit professional dance company created in 1979. As western North Carolina’s first professional modern dance company, ACDT is devoted to local and international work, forging collaborations and partnerships between Asheville artists and dance artists from around the world. Most of the shows are created and premiered in ACDT’s cozy and intimate black-box BeBe Theatre.

Asheville Community TheatreAsheville Community Theatre

For more than six decades, Asheville Community Theatre has been entertaining audiences, making it the oldest continuously operating theater in Asheville and one of the oldest community theaters in the country. It presents performances on its mainstage as well as at 35below, its intimate black-box performance space. The popular Saturdays at ACT program offers high-quality family theater at affordable ticket prices.

The Magnetic Theatre

The Magnetic Theatre, a not-for-profit production company, is the only professional theatre in the Southeast dedicated to world premieres, and one of the few in the country that gives original works and the people who make them a home to share with audiences. Almost all of the more than four dozen plays the theater has debuted since 2009 have been written, directed, designed, performed and staffed by Asheville residents. The theater operates year-round out of Magnetic 375 in the River Arts District.

NC Stage Company

Founded in 2001, the NC Stage Company prides itself in creating theater that is as consequential as it is entertaining.  The company’s dedication to artistic excellence and exploration includes education programming and community engagement. Productions from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to “Matt & Ben” promise a varied year-round roster.

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Muscle Up With These Unique Asheville Fitness Options

Asheville Area Fitness Options

With the New Year come fitness resolutions that often by February fall by the wayside. Keeping exercise interesting and varied is key to a regimen that sticks. In Asheville, fun, unique ways to work out are plentiful; the hardest part will be choosing a fitness track to take. Below, a few options to inject some excitement into exercise:

Circus Arts in Asheville

No, this isn’t clown school. Think silks, trapeze, hand balancing and other specialized movement arts. At Aerial Space studio – the first circus arts studio in N.C. – students can take group classes and private lessons in these specialties, along with contortion, slacklining, pushing hands and more.

Interval Training

If you’re looking for an innovative interval-based strength and endurance program, intentionally crafted to deliver a specific intensity, try the MADabolic program. Everything is predetermined, carefully structured and built to complement any active lifestyle. MADabolic – which stands for momentum, anaerobic and durability – is designed around work-to-rest ratios, providing an intense environment scalable to your abilities.

Pole Fitness

CrossFit AshevilleOnce confined to gentleman’s clubs, pole dancing has gained popularity as a mainstream form of fitness. At Empyrean Arts in South Slope, students can try their hand at pole or chair dance, pole spin, flexibility contortion, or partner acrobatics, along with an array of circus arts options.

CrossFit Asheville

CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. Regardless of sport or competitive level, CrossFit helps people feel solid, move efficiently, and recover quickly, reducing risk for injury while increasing overall athleticism. Two local options are CrossFit Asheville and CrossFit Pisgah.

Hot Yoga

If you love yoga but also crave a cardiovascular boost, here’s a cool option: hot yoga. Hot yoga is performed in intentionally heated studios to protect muscles for safe deep stretches and greater freedom of movement. The heat opens pores to flush out toxins, and increases the heart rate. Hot Yoga Asheville offers beginning (Bikram) hot yoga classes – a series of 26 postures done two times over – and hot Vinyasa flow classes, set to upbeat music and incorporating more Ashtanga postures like downward dog, warrior and pigeon.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing Gym AshevilleWhen the weather’s inclement, or you just don’t want to venture outside Asheville to get a rock climbing adventure in, opt for an indoor climbing wall. Climbmax Climbing has two locations, and offers basic belay instruction, climbing basics skills courses, and lead skill courses, among others.

Barre Workout

Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to music, barre workouts tone glutes, thighs, abs and arms. At Pure Barre in South Asheville, all classes are the same level, and the positions and movements are basic – it’s how deep you work them that creates a challenging workout.

Expressive Dance

Exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise might just be the ticket to a sustained fitness regimen. At Studio Zahiya, a boutique dance and movement space, you can take belly dance, hip hop, and Bhangra – an energetic and joyful dance from Northern India. Drop-in and enrollment dance classes are available for adults and kids.

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Gear Up to Get Down for New Year's Eve 2018 in Asheville

Asheville New Year's Eve Celebrations

Asheville abounds in celebrations small and large to welcome in the New Year. Whether you’re seeking an intimate dinner, an uplifting musical performance, or an energetic dance party, you’ll find an array of options to fete the final moments of 2017!

Eat Your Heart Out, Asheville

New Year's Eve Dinner in AshevilleRestaurants around Asheville, already brimming year-round with inventive dishes, take things up a notch on New Year’s Eve. Restaurants including Chestnut, Corner Kitchen, Jargon, Pack’s Tavern, Ambrozia Bar and Bistro, just to name a few, have special dinner menus for the occasion. Offerings range from prix fixe to buffet-style to meal-and-entertainment packages. Even if you’re skipping the meal, you can still make an evening of it at the many lively restaurant bars around town.

Room for Fun

Why not extend the celebration with an overnight package at one of Asheville’s picturesque inns? The Omni Grove Park has a two-night package for two offering luxurious accommodations, tickets to a Classic NY Style Dinner & Show in Heritage Ballroom with Crossroads, a tribute to music legend Eric Clapton, tickets to its NYE Times Square Party featuring Oh No Stereo, plus two tickets to its Saturday Comedy Show.

The Inn on Biltmore’s annual black tie celebration includes pre- and post-VIP party receptions, a five-course dinner with wine pairings, live entertainment, party favors, an open bar, and a toast at midnight accompanied by fireworks.

Asheville New Year's Eve Celebrations of Note

Asheville Live Music New Year's EveIf you’re looking for a concert to round out 2017, Asheville’s got your ticket. Lounges and entertainment venues around town have a range of acts on tap. Just a sampling: Langhorne Slim and special guests perform at the Orange Peel; New Year’s Eve Celebration With Sirius.B at Jack of the Wood; Jeff Austin and Fireside Collective at Oskar Blues; New Year’s Eve With Eric Gales and Marvelous Funkshun at the Grey Eagle; and Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s Orff’s “Carmina Burana” concert at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

Wind it Up (or Down)

Step into the new year with a blood-pumping dance party. Salvage Station will feature a New Year’s Eve dance party with live music by Lyric. The Grove House will hold its 36th New Year’s Eve Bash with dancing on three floors (Club Eleven, Scandals & Boiler Room) for one price. The Mothlight is hosting its 12th New Year’s Freak Out Dance Party with ZenSoFly and DJs Abu Disarray, Bridal Parti Burcardi and Debbie Fred.

If you’re looking for a more spiritual transition into 2018, join Sangita Devi’s New Year’s Eve Celebration at Odyssey Community School. Experience a kirtan, a meditative sound healing bath, and an intention-setting ceremony and peace prayer, culminating in an ecstatic dance wave.

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Enjoy an Embellished Asheville This Holiday Season

Biltmore Holiday Lights Asheville

Do you light up at the thought of the holidays? So does Asheville – quite literally! Every year, festive displays of glittering, glorious decorations adorn Asheville and the surrounding areas and make already breathtaking vistas even more dazzling. Following, a few favorites:

Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum

Open evenings from mid November through Dec. 31, Winter Lights is an outdoor holiday light exhibit placed throughout The North Carolina Arboretum’s gardens. Visitors can walk through a winter wonderland and enjoy uniquely lit displays and landscapes composed of nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights. All tickets are date-specific and must be purchased in advance.

Christmas at the Biltmore Estate and Biltmore Village Lights

Beginning in early November, and running through early January, the Biltmore Estate takes on a magical glow. Across the estate, dozens of Christmas trees, thousands of lights and poinsettias, and miles of garland set the holiday scene. With a 35-foot live Fraser fir towering over the Banquet Hall, elegant decorations in platinum, gold, silver, and jewel tones adorn the grand spaces. In the evenings, visitors can enjoy Candlelight Christmas Evenings, replete with live music, candlelight and firelight. After visiting the estate, make a stop at Biltmore Village for a stroll through the shopping district’s dazzling display of lights for a truly wondrous Old-World holiday experience.

National Gingerbread House Competition at the Omni Grove Park Inn

Biltmore Asheville Holiday ActivitiesFor a quarter of a century, this highly anticipated gingerbread house competition has wowed thousands of visitors to the Omni Grove Park Inn. Held annually in late November, the competition features houses from all over the country. The winning creations are on display through early January, interspersed with glowing, elaborately decorated Christmas trees. Enjoy a commemorative cup of whipped-cream-topped hot cocoa as you take in the amazing array of gingerbread creations.

Buncombe County Festival of Lights at Lake Julian Park

Beginning the first of December and running until right before Christmas, this annual drive-through event transforms Lake Julian Park into a winter wonderland. The park is brightly lit with thousands of colored lights and more than 50 animated and stationary light displays. The road circling the park becomes a magical journey through tunnels of dazzling lights. Advance tickets can be purchased online.

Explore Holiday Lights in Downtown Asheville

Asheville Holiday LightsEnjoy a post-dinner feast for the eyes in downtown Asheville, where a lights display weaves through the trees in Pack Square and the surrounding streets. Historic buildings take on a festive veneer (don’t miss the fun façade of the Grove House) that adds even more magic to downtown’s architecture. Make a stop inside the Grove Arcade, where the grand hall becomes even more spectacular with added holiday sparkle and garlands.

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Unique, Locally Crafted Holiday Gifts Abound in Asheville

Asheville Local Gifts

Holiday shopping’s in full swing, and Asheville offers an amazing range of locally made gift ideas to please just about everyone on your list, from foodies to art aficionados to fashion-forward friends and family. Below, a small sampling of the many Western N.C.-crafted wares sure to wow.

Local Asheville Cookbooks

For a gift with some local flavor – quite literally – look no further than the array of cookbooks offered by the area’s popular eateries. Featuring signature dishes to replicate at home, these cookbooks cover a range of cuisines: Among them, “12 Bones Smokehouse: A Mountain BBQ Cookbook,” “Biscuit Head: New Southern Biscuits, Breakfasts, and Brunch” , Sunny Point Café’s “Breakfast and Beyond: Comfort Food From Dawn to Dark”, and “Curate: Authentic Spanish Food From an American Kitchen”.

An Asheville Art Form

Asheville Local GiftsCapture the creative spirit of the region with a piece crafted by one of myriad artisans who live and work in Western N.C. From paintings and pottery to jewelry and apparel, there’s no shortage of gift ideas that perfectly encapsulate Asheville. Places to peruse local art include the Kress Emporium, the Woolworth Walk, the Folk Arts Center, the Westside Artist Co-op, and of course the River Arts District.

Think Outside the (Gift) Box

Asheville offers a number of gift ideas for that hard-to-impress friend. If you’re looking for a standout surprise this holiday, you won’t be disappointed: think Firecracker Hot Honey at Asheville Bee Charmer, a custom-made bamboo/organic cotton nightgown from On the Inside Lingerie, or Chocolate Sip! Dark Chocolate at French Broad Chocolates.

Asheville Local GiftsFor the budding folk musician on your list, a handcrafted stringed Woodrow Rambler, with a mandolin-like tone, makes the perfect first instrument (complete with an instructional songbook). Funny, cheeky handmade t-shirts for adults and kids – think standout stocking stuffers – are aplenty at Moonlight Makers. Custom-made leather sandals (along with belts and other leather goods) created to perfectly suit the recipient can be had at Paul Taylor Sandals.

A Local Asheville Gift for Liquid Lovers

Locally brewed beer is plentiful in Asheville, and most breweries have limited-edition holiday beers perfectly packaged for gift-giving. For a unique holiday party gift, bestow a pack of locally crafted Holiday Kombucha from Buchi. Or consider a growler of Appalachian Ginger beer from Ginger’s Revenge. For cider lovers, Noble Cider’s Friar Fig complements the season with flavors hinting of the holidays.

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