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Here's big list of holiday events

Violet Summey, the daughter of April and Keith Summey, visits Santa at the Santa House in the 700 block of North Main Street. Violet Summey, the daughter of April and Keith Summey, visits Santa at the Santa House in the 700 block of North Main Street.

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From ice skating to music to holiday greenery to custom hot chocolate treats downtown Hendersonville offers loads of events for Christmas.

Here is a list of holiday events downtown and beyond:

Dec. 5 – Jan. 1: Winter Lights Holiday Tour: Take a trolley trip to the North Carolina Arboretum to experience the Winter Lights display – masterful outdoor displays created by a Disneyworld lighting veteran – tour is 6-8:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays, Asheville, NC 828-606-8606, ncwinterlights.com

Dec. 5 – Dec. 30: Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is a drive-through display with acres of lights and music. Open nightly at the WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, 888-321-7542, shadrackchristmas.com/asheville

Dec. 5 – Dec. 25: Santa House: Come see where the jolly old elf lives at the corner of 6th and North Main St., Hendersonville

Dec. 5 – Dec. 24: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Photo Display: (Mon-Sat. 8 am-7 pm; Sun. 10 am-5 pm) – FREE Carolina Ace Hardware, 911 Greenville Hwy., Hendersonville, 828- 697-2237, carolinaace.com

Dec. 5 – 24: Carolers: Hear local church and community group singers perform favorite Christmas carols each weekend – Main Street, Hendersonville

Dec. 5 – Dec. 22: Holiday Greenery Market: Shop for your garland, wreaths and Fraser fir trees downtown on an old-time filling station lot with retro trailer, lighting display and Santa House – 620 North Main St., Hendersonville, 828-698-7525

Dec. 5 – 18: A Christmas Carol at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. Wed-Sun. $15-$40. Flat Rock, NC 828-693-0731 www.flatrockplayhouse.org

Dec. 5 -18: Music on the Rock “A Celtic Christmas”: Christmas music of Scotland and Ireland through the ages – Thursday-Sunday – Flat Rock Playhouse – Downtown, 125 South Main St., Hendersonville, 693-0731, flatrockplayhouse.org/show/a-celtic-christmas

Dec. 5 – 18: Santa’s Gourmet Hot Chocolate Workshop: Warm up your holidays with a special hot chocolate creation you design! Available at The Green Room, 536 North Main, Hendersonville, every weekend between November 4 and Dec. 18 – all day Friday and Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm Sundays, 828-692-6335, thegreenroomcafe.biz

Dec. 9-10, 16-17: Carriage Rides on Main tour historic Main Street in an elegant horse-drawn carriage – rides start at the corner of 6th and Main, Hendersonville, 828-693-9708, visithendersonvillenc.org

Dec. 9 – 11: Hendersonville Little Theatre presents Heaven in Your Pocket, a new musical by Mark Houston, Fri& Sat 7:30pm, Sat & Sun 2pm, Hendersonville, NC 828-692-1082 www.hendersonvillecommunitytheatre.org

Dec. 10 and 17: Christmas Music at The Green Room, come for dinner and drinks while enjoying enjoy live Christmas music performances. Saturdays, 5:30-7:30 pm, 536 North Main, Hendersonville, 828-692-6335 - thegreenroomcafe.biz

Dec. 10 and 17: Children’s Christmas Workshop is a chance for kids to make a craft project as a gift for a parent, grandparent or sibling while watching a children’s Christmas movie. Jongo Java, 117 South Main St., Hendersonville, 828-696-9052

Dec. 10: Santa on the Chimney, Chimney Rock State Park, witness Santa’s daring stunt as he practices on one of the world’s largest chimneys with multiple 200-foot rappels! Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, hot cocoa, cookies and kids’ activities, plus meet live critters, 11am-2pm, 828-625-9611, www.chimneyrockpark.com

Dec. 10: Christmas Fun at the Farm features a variety of activities including twilight house tours, pictures with Santa and make your own ornaments. 3 – 6 p.m. at Historic Johnson Farm, 3346 Haywood Rd. Hendersonville, 28791, 828-891-6585, www.historicjohnsonfarm.org

Dec. 10: Christmas at the Zoo offers a Nativity scene; Santa Claus; caroling; music all day; animals; decorations, from 10 am – 5 pm (weather permitting). Jackson Farm & Petting Zoo, 2025 Gilliam Mountain Road, 828-551-2883, jacksonfarmandpettingzoo.com

Dec. 10: Pet Photos With Santa is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Humane Society – come in and have your pet’s photo taken with Santa Claus from 10 a.m. – noon. ACE Hardware, 911 Greenville Hwy, Hendersonville, 828-329-3753, blueridgehumane.org

Dec. 10: Christmas Tea at Connemara is hosted by “A Southern Cup” at the Carl Sandburg Home in Historic Flat Rock (formal tea attire optional) , two seating’s: 10 am and 2 pm. 81 Carl Sandburg Ln., Flat Rock, 828-674-2003, friendsofcarlsandburg.org

Dec. 10: Hendersonville Symphony “A Carolina Christmas” is a world-class Christmas performance by Hendersonville’s professional symphony orchestra. Begins at 3 p.m., Blue Ridge Community College, Hendersonville, 828-697-5884, hendersonvillesymphony.org

Dec. 10: Henderson County Crafters Association Winter Arts & Crafts Show, featuring 30 juried, local artisans offering a variety of handmade items, 10am-3pm, NC National Guard Armory, Flat Rock, 828-489-2494, www.hendersoncountycrafters.org

Dec. 10: Fletcher’s Annual Christmas Parade. 10:30 a.m. Between Old Airport Rd and Hwy 25.

Dec. 10: Nnenna Freelon, Winner of the Billie Holiday Award from the Acadamie du Jazz, Freelon delights audiences with hit originals and beloved standards that recall the heydays of jazz legends; Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, 28782; 828-859-8322 www.tryonarts.org

Dec. 11: Cookie Caper & Inn Tour is a tour of thehistoric inns in the Hendersonville area. Collect a tasty treat at each destination. 1-4 pm, 828-697-3088, hendersonvillenc.gov

Dec. 11: Gingerbread House Competition, watch teams build and decorate gingerbread houses, From 1 – 4 p.m. at Jongo Java Coffee House, 117 South Main St., Hendersonville, 828-696-9052.

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List of Home for the Holidays events was compiled by the Tourism Development Authority.