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Friday, Dec. 24
It just isn’t Christmas without “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This year, catch the family classic on the big screen at the Grail Moviehouse, 17 Foundy St., and follow George Bailey and the residents of Bedford Falls on one incredibly unforgettable journey. The movie repeats several times throughout the weekend on Friday at 1, 4 and 7 p.m.; Saturday at 10:30 a.m.; and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. All tickets are $10; doors open 20 minutes before each showing and close 15 minutes after the movie begins. Tickets may be purchased online or at the concession stand. For tickets, visit https://www.grailmoviehouse.com/.
Thursday, Dec. 23 Join Katherine Caldwell as she offers visitors to the Southern Highland Craft Guild a live demonstration on wheat weaving. The event starts at 10 a.m. in the lobby area of the Folk Art Center located at 382 Blue Ridge Pkwy. Learn a little about this local artform as Caldwell weaves and braids wheat stalks into ornaments for the home. Call ahead for updates, 828-298-7928.
“Make It! Don’t Buy It” workshops offer kids the chance to make wrapping paper, ribbons, tags and bows, or gifts like wreaths, garlands, sugar scrubs, bath bombs and other holiday gifts. Budding chefs can try their hand at baking cookies and pies in a deluxe kitchen, or join teachers in the garden and learn how to make bee hotels, plant markers and terrariums. Workshops run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and continue the week of Dec. 27-30. Classes are $60 per day. For more information, visit Theeducationgardenproject.org, or call 828-989-9647.
Friday, Dec. 24 Get a behind-the-scenes look at Citizen Vinyl’s record-pressing operation and the original WWNC radio station, now home to Citizen Studios. Free factory tours offer something for everyone from music lovers to foodies. The tour runs from 3-4 p.m. at 14 O’Henry Ave.
Join local legend and Christmas comedic enthusiast Cody Hughes as he headlines the Getaway River Bar, 790 Riverside Drive. Hughes will be joined by some of his favorite comedic elves Becca Steinhoff and Morgan Bost. Tickets, $15. The show runs from 8-10 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 25Merry Christmas from The Biltmore Beacon
Sunday, Dec. 26 Join a Chimney Rock State Park naturalist during the “Winter Break Animal Encounters.” Meet some of North Carolina’s resident animal ambassadors and learn what kind of wildlife inhabits the park and their important role in the ecosystem. 2 p.m., Chimney Rock State Park.
Basketry artist Susan Taylor demonstrates several basket-making techniques during this live demonstration in the lobby area of the Southern Highalnd Craft Guild Folk Art Center, 382 Blue Ridge Pkwy. The demo starts at 10 a.m. Call ahead for updates, 828-298-7928.
Burger Night at Hi-Wire Brewing returns to take care of Monday night dinner, 4-8 p.m., 2A Huntsman Place. For $10, get a double cheeseburger with two locally made, quarter-pound patties piled high with fresh toppings and American cheese served alongside hot tallow fries and an ice-cold pint of seasonal beer.
Lindy Focus XIX is a celebration of Swing, featuring a lineup of world-class dance instructors and the best live music on the planet. Enjoy five nights of authentic big band music and learn a little bit about Lindy through dance classes that incorporate fun facts and history. Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resort, 1 Resort Drive. The event starts today at 6 p.m. and runs through Jan. 1.
Tuesday, Dec. 28 The 29th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition welcomes visitors at The Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave. Gingerbread houses on display represent the largest contest of its kind in the United States. The exhibition hall is open from 3-9 p.m. Admission is free. Public viewing reopens on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 after 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 29 Paint your pet during Kids Camp, 9 a.m. to noon, Painting With a Twist, 2 Town Square Blvd., #150. The event is appropriate for children ages 7-14. To get started, email a well-lighted, up close photo of your pet to the studio at https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/asheville no more than three days before the event. Staff artists will sketch pets and kids will be left to paint in the details. Cost, $56.
Asheville Art Museum hosts Holiday Arts Extravaganza from 1-4 p.m., 2 S. Pack Square. The event repeats on Dec. 30,1-4 p.m. Turn your child’s holiday into an adventure to remember. Cost, $40 per day; museum members receive 10% discount. Space is limited; face coverings and social distancing are required. Students are encouraged to wear clothes that can get messy.
The Little Posey Trio takes the stage at District 42, 7 Patton Ave., from 6-9 p.m. Let “unabashed joyful jazz” put a pep in your step and a smile on your face.