Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Nutcracker, Santa Sightings, Cookie Tour & More in Western North Carolina

Crowning views from Asheville Connections vacation rental Crowning Views
It's mid-December already, and it's hard to believe that the holidays will be here in a few short weeks. We hope you'll consider getting away for a few days in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Whether it's before, during, or after the holidays, we'd love to see you here.

If you happen to be in and around Asheville and the surrounding Western North Carolina region this week, here are some of the special seasonal events that are sure-to-please. Check them out!

The Ballet Conservatory of Asheville Presents The Nutcracker
It's a holiday classic that must not be missed! The Ballet Conservatory of Asheville presents The Nutcracker on Wednesday evening, December 12 at 6:30p.m. and on Thursday and Friday, December 13-14 at 5p.m. and 7:30p.m. The performances take place at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville.
Photo Courtesy of Ballet Conservatory of Asheville

With over 100 performers on set, this performance combines the artistry of dance and storytelling amidst the lavish sets and costumes. Ticket prices range from $10-$25 and sell out quickly, so don't delay. You can purchase online tickets for The Nutcracker here.

Santa Sightings
Santa can be spotted in and around Asheville this weekend. His first stop is at Asheville's Fun Depot on Roberts Road in Asheville on Saturday, December 15. From 9-11a.m., come and enjoy a free pancake breakfast with Santa which includes a feast of pancakes, orange juice, and coffee. Bring your cameras!

Photo Courtesy of Chimney Rock State Park
Hmmm, ever wonder how Santa has become so swift and proficient at chimney climbing? Well, this explains it. Come on out and see where Santa practices his daring feats! Witness firsthand Santa's stunts as he practices on Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. It's one of the world's largest chimneys looming at 315 feet! 

Also enjoy meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus all while indulging in complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, kids' activities, and observing live critters. There's live holiday music, too. All of these activities are free with paid park admission and run from 11a.m. to 2p.m. on Saturday, December 15. You can check out a preview of Santa on the Chimney here.

Visions of Sugar Plums Cookie Tour of Black Mountain
Photo by Stefani Pereira
Mmmm, who doesn't love cookies? Cookie lovers must come to Black Mountain this weekend for the 2nd annual Vision of Sugar Plums Cookie Tour

Guests can enjoy beautiful decorations, unique and delicious cookies, and a take-home recipe book. Establishments included on the tour are the Red Rocker, The Madison Inn, the Inn on Mill Creek, The Monte Vista Hotel, and the Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at the visitor center. Tickets are also available at all of the participating locations during the event.

Cool Craft Market Holiday Edition
It's a fantastic time to come to Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville for a unique shopping event. On Saturday, December 15 from 10a.m. to 5p.m. and Sunday December 16 from 11a.m. to 4p.m., 25 artists are on-hand selling their handmade works of artistry. 

Find that perfect gift for each of the special people in your life while gaining the satisfaction of knowing that you are buying local and supporting local merchants. You won't regret it!

We hope this helps you with your planning for your time in Western North Carolina this week. There's always plenty to see and do no matter what time of year you're here. We hope to see you soon!

Have you been to any holiday events in Asheville or the surrounding Western North Carolina area? We'd love to hear about it. Tell us about it in our comment section!

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