Winter

Light up the Holidays in Asheville at the NC Arboretum

Winter Lights Asheville

The holiday season is not complete without a trip to scout out the best winter light displays in the area. Here, we would like to highlight one display that is created and hosted by one of our favorite Asheville area organizations, the North Carolina Arboretum.

The North Carolina Arboretum, located on the southwest side of town off of Highway 191, is a favorite destination in warmer months due to its stunning landscape displays and fantastic exhibits.  In the past few years, they have extended their viewing season by offering up an incredible winter light display, and many area residents are beginning to claim it as a family holiday tradition.

Arboretum Winter LightsThe 3rd Annual Winter Lights Holiday Lights Exhibit opens on Friday, November 18th and runs through Sunday, January 1st, from 6 to 10 pm every night.  Visitors walk through a self-guided tour of nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights arranged to highlight the natural beauty and landscapes of the Arboretum.

Highlights of the exhibit include a projection show and educational program about animal hibernation during winter. Other attractions include a 50 foot animated tree, Rocky Cove G-Scale model train and lighted Quilt Garden.  You can purchase festive food and beverage at the cafe, including hot cocoa, s’mores, wine and beer.

Attending this event not only allows you to meander through a winter wonderland, but proceeds from the Winter Lights fundraiser will help the Arboretum to expand its educational programs, exhibits and facilities year-round.

Arboretum Winter LightsWinter Lights tickets are available for purchase online at www.ncwinterlights.com. All tickets must be purchased in advance and are date-specific. Pricing is $18 for adults and $16 for children (ages 5 to 11), not including handling fees and required sales tax. Children age four and under are free.

Mosaic Realty is a huge supporter of the North Carolina Arboretum because we believe in its mission of cultivating connections between people and plants.  For more information on our fantastic community or real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Shop Your Local Farmer's Market in the Middle of Winter in Asheville

Fresh Bread

Winter food selections at the grocery store got you down? We have a deliciously local, fresh, sustainable and tasty solution!  The YMCA Indoor Winter Market will keep you toasty while browsing and send you home with an armload of fresh edibles.

This lovely market is held in two different locations, the Crosspoint Community Church at 119 Cumberland in downtown Asheville and the YMCA at Mission Pardee Campus in Fletcher.  The opening of the winter market is Saturday, January 7th, with subsequent dates each Saturday from 10:00am to 12:30pm from January until the outdoor tailgate markets begin with the warmer weather.

Winter Farmers MarketYou will find among the stalls a wide selection of winter greens, mushrooms and vegetables. Additionally there are local vendors offering meats, fish, cheese, breads, pasta, and baked goods.  Speciality products such as vinegars, homeopathic herbal remedies, local wine, soaps, lotions and more are abundant as well.

Lisa Riggsbee, program coordinator, states, “we are excited about the Winter Market season.  It is a great place to enjoy locally made food and craft, as well as a welcoming place for fellowship and to learn from each other.”

Among other farms, the following are represented at this market: Wildwood Herbal, Spinning Spider Creamery, East Fork Farm, Creasman Farms, Meadow Cove Farm, Sleight Family Farm, and Farmin’ the Sky.  Detailed information about the market is listed at Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture's website here.

Winter Market AshevilleCome out to the YMCA Indoor Winter Market to enjoy fresh food, local vendors and a fantastic community of proactive and healthy individuals from in and around Asheville!

For more information on living in our community or on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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