(To submit an item for consideration to our weekly calendar, email thebiltmorebeacon@gmail.com. List the event title, date, time, admission price, location, website and photo, as well as a brief description. All events take place in Asheville unless noted otherwise.)

Friday, Dec. 17

Winter Wonder Walk — A Family Storybook Performance, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Adventure Center of Asheville, 85 Expo Drive. Support MANNA Food Bank as guests are transported inside a winter storybook, where actors bring to life the wonderful world of Winterland and set you on a quest to find Jack Frost. After the Winter Wonder Walk Trail, a warm cozy festival tents welcomes you back to Mrs. Clause’s Kitchen with Cookies For A Clause, kids activities, a stocking stuffer market with local vendors, and concessions. Admission, $15. For more information, visit www.winterwonderwalk.com.

Thursday, Dec. 16

Sunset Holiday Market, featuring live music and drinks at the Sly Grog Lounge, 271 Haywood St., 5 p.m. Find locally made items, cool clothes, art, crafts and more.

Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center presents “Needle Felting — a Live Demo,” at 10 a.m., 382 Blue Ridge Pkwy. Lorraine Cathey will demonstrate how she paints pictures using wool roving and a barbed needle. The event gets underway in the lobby.

Snap a photo with Santa Paws at Archetype Brewing — West, 265 Haywood St. This puppy photo shoot is popular, so arrive early and be patient. Well-behaved dogs on leashes, please. The event is ideal for families.

“First Language,” 7 p.m., Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Square. The Cherokee language was spoken in North America thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans and is still used today by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the mountains of North Carolina. However, this fascinating language is endangered, with the final generation to learn the language in the home now reaching middle age and the number of native speakers dwindling. This Emmy award-winning film documents the extraordinary fight to rescue the very heart of Cherokee identity. In English and Cherokee with English subtitles. Free for museum members, or included with museum admission.

Friday, Dec. 17

“Silent Disco: Everybody’s Santa Party,” 6:30 p.m., Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave. Appropriate for ages 18+. Admission, $5, includes one set of wireless headphones. Wear a Santa hat and get in free.

Slip into history during Engaged Asheville’s 1920s Vintage Holiday Party, 5-7 p.m., 41 N. Merrimon Ave., #107. The event welcomes revelers into the speakeasy with music, libations and holiday fun. Admission, free with a toy donation.

Grove Arcade Merchant Mini-tree Competition, 1 Page Ave., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wander amid vendor-decorated trees and see if you can pick the winner. Cast your vote on Instagram.

Saturday, Dec. 18

The North Carolina Arboretum’s “Winter Lights” extravaganza features 1 million lights throughout a walk-through display. Enjoy live music, shopping and sip hot cocoa from the Cocoa Shack, while snapping selfies and making brilliant new holiday memories. The event is the Arboretum’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Tickets for standard-size vehicles, $30 (bronze); $45 (silver); and $60 (gold) when purchased online in advance. Admission also will be available at the gate for an additional $10 on the night of the event. “Winter Lights” runs through Jan. 1, 100 Frederick Law Olmstead Way.

Sunday, Dec. 19

Break out your ugliest holiday sweater and head to Pleb Urban Winery for “Ugly Sweater Mimosa Yoga,” 289 Lyman St., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Mountain Running Company and Altra invite everyone out to a free, fun and RAD family friendly ugly sweater scavenger hunt. The event takes place on foot through west Asheville’s famed River Arts District.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” at Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St. in Black Mountain. Enjoy this clever take on the holiday classic with a twist.

Head to Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road, to snap a free photo with Santa, 1-4 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 20

Holiday glass blowing by Jason Probstein, Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave., Watch a glass master at work and perhaps take home one of his creations for your Christmas tree.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

Discover your inner “Elf” as this funny holiday favorite screens at 4 p.m., at Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave., just in time for the holidays. Admission is free.

Wednesday, Dec. 22

Lake Julian Festival of Lights gets underway at Lake Julian Park, 37 Lake Julian Road in Arden. Tickets must be purchased online, https://buncomberecreation.simpletix.com/. The driving-only tour includes thousands of dazzling lights and displays placed along a magical journey on the road circling Lake Julian Park. Tickets are valid for a one-time use only any night of the festival; they are not date-specific, and 20% of all proceeds benefit Special Olympics programs in Buncombe County.

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