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Saturday, Nov. 27
Join Asheville Outlets for its annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., 800 Brevard Road. Celebrate the start of the holiday season in the center circle in front of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Home Furnishings. The countdown will begin at 3:30 p.m. with Santa visits and the Enka High School marching band.
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Friday, Nov. 26
Holiday Gift Market-Black Friday, noon to 6 p.m. at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy #200. An outdoor market, featuring live music, food trucks, craft beer and fun.
Enjoy a live basket-making demo at the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Folk Art Center, 382 Blue Ridge Pkwy, at 10 a.m. Admission is free. Call ahead for updates, 828-298-7928.
A “Forge Your Own With Village Blacksmiths” class, 161 N. Broad St. in Brevard, gathers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Class prices vary, depending on item made from $40-$250. Space for individuals and groups. Learn to make many items in metal — a horseshoe knife, a horseshoe fish, a steak turner, an oyster shucker, a blacksmith knife with sheath, a railroad spike knife with a twisted handle and more. Goggles provided, wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Call 828-966-7220.
Saturday, Nov. 27 Lake Lure welcomes visitors to its annual tree lighting ceremony from 4:30-7 p.m. at Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure, 112 Mountains Blvd. Prepare for an evening of merriment and cheer.
The ASAP Holiday Farmers Market is a great place to start some holiday shopping. The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Asheville City Market, 30 Victoria Road. Find a selection of locally made gifts, including handmade pottery, hand-dyed fiber, art, jewelry, dried flowers, wreaths and more.
The Holiday Bazaar at The Refinery AVL, 207 Coxe Ave., gets underway from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit the many private art studios and check out the variety of gifts available for those on your holiday list.
A weekend of fun and excitement for families and kids of all ages kicks off at the Black Friday RADical Weekend at Black Wall Street AVL in the River Arts District, 8 River Arts Place, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. The event will feature a Black Santa, food trucks, Christmas Carol-oke, a kids corner, a mix and mingle party, a BWS marketplace and more.
Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road, hosts the American Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the Blood Connection Mobile Bus at Asheville Outlets (located behind the Food Court). Advance registration is available at Donate.TheBloodConnection.org. For more information, visit ShopAshevilleOutlets.com.
UGA takes on Georgia Tech at UpCountry Brewing Company, 1042 Haywood Road, starting at noon. The game will play on the big screen on both sides, along with plenty of beer and pizza to keep you company.
Enjoy “Thanksgiving Weekend Animal Encounters” at Chimney Rock Park, 431 Main St. in Chimney Rock. Events start at 2 p.m. Join a Park naturalist to meet some of our WNC’s resident animal ambassadors. Participants will learn what kind of wildlife inhabits the Park and the important role each species has in the local ecosystem. firstname.lastname@example.org
One World Brewing in West Asheville welcomes Andrew Wakefield in a solo show, 6-9 p.m., 520 Haywood Road.
Sunday, Nov. 28 Kids can make their requests to Santa during Asheville Outlets’ free photos with Santa event, 1-4 p.m. Meet the merry old elf at 800 Brevard Road in the center circle in front of Nike Factory Store. Visitors will receive one free 4x6-inch photo and digital download of a single image while supplies last.
See which confectionary artists took home top honors in the 29th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition 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. (Note: Guests not staying at the resort can view the displays after 3 p.m. Sundays or anytime Monday-Thursday, based on parking availability. Closed to non-hotel guests on Dec. 23-25 and 29 to Jan. 1. Public viewing on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 will reopen after 3 p.m. All Fridays and Saturdays are reserved for registered resort guests and those with confirmed dining reservations.)
Don’t get “Lost in the Woods,” this weekend — head to a free screening of “Frozen 2,” instead. The movie starts at 2 p.m. at Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave., and offers a great afternoon of family entertainment. Call 828-255-4077.
Monday, Nov. 29 Members of the Asheville Mountains-to-Sea Trail Hiking Club meet at the parking area of the French Broad River/Arboretum, 1610 Brevard Road, by 9:10 a.m. and depart by 10 a.m. The brisk hike is a total of 5 miles.
Tuesday, Nov. 30 Rabbit Rabbit welcomes the community to its Winter Tree Carnival, 75 Coxe Ave, daily, from 4-8 p.m., except Mondays, through Jan. 2. The inaugural event has taken off with a bang, since opening on Nov. 9 and features a winter wonderland of spectacularly decorated trees and scenery in support of the Asheville community. A portion of the proceeds benefit the MANNA Food Bank; visitors are invited to donate shelf-stable food items throughout the winter season.
Wednesday, Dec. 1 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. Save $2 when you enter code MAGIC2021 by Dec. 1, making it just $8 per personal vehicle. 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.
Don’t forget to your wear your pajamas for your trip aboard the Polar Express at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City. Synchronized light shows, Christmas carols, golden tickets, hot cocoa, sweet treats, dancing chefs and a visit from Santa. The Polar Express is a 1-1/4-hour round trip excursion. Face masks are required. Tickets, $43-$93. Call 800-872-4681, or visit https://www.greatsmokies.com/polar-express/