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Dear Traveller:

When the weather outside is frightful, downtown Brevard is really delightful. It’s a true winter wonderland --  though often with milder weather than that description implies. A heavy snow can be beautiful, but this time of year, it’s also nice to leave the sleigh at home and just spend the afternoon browsing Main Street and then meeting the reindeer over at Oskar Blues for a cold one. Blitzen, as you might expect, is kind of a beer snob. 

There’s more holiday here than you could shake a sugarplum at and we plan to make the most of our time in Transylvania County. Both Comet and Prancer are going to work in a trail run in DuPont. Donner and Vixen are super excited to check out the Aluminum Christmas Trees. Rudolph is planning to sit in on a bluegrass jam. And I? Well, I have precise instructions from the Mrs. about some local art she’d like to see under the tree. While the gang and I will only be around for a few more days (see you at the Christmas Parade!), you have all of December to get out and enjoy the season. So you better make your list, check it twice and don’t miss my very favorite time of year. 

Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays!

Adventure Claus
O Glitter Town of Bethlehem

Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum
Transylvania Heritage Museum
189 W Main St., Brevard
Through December 19

Retronauts, coveters of kitsch and shine freaks rejoice! The nationally-celebrated (no joke!) Aluminum Tree & Aesthetically Challenged Seasonal Ornament Museum (ATOM) and Research Center bring their amazingly, awesomely over-the-top collection of Space Age aluminum Christmas trees and gaudy-as-you-like vintage ornaments to the Transylvania Heritage Museum for a pre-holiday showing. 

Shine on here.
Sleigh Bells In the Air

44th Annual Downtown Brevard Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 5

Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow likely agree that the best reason to stick around for the holiday parade is to catch Santa on one of his junkets. But while waiting for everyone’s favorite jelly-bellied North Pole VIP, those along the parade route will be able to hear brass bands, see sparkling floats and get a peek at some of Transylvania’s favorite folks as they marching-ly interpret this year’s theme of “A Storybook Christmas.”

Bring your figgy pudding this way for more info. 
All Is Merry and Bright

Twilight Tour
Downtown Brevard
Saturday, December 5

Currier & Ives has nothing on this unapologetically picturesque, small town Christmas celebration. Stroll through downtown Brevard and enjoy flickering luminaries, festive decorations, delicious food, strolling carolers and extended hours at the shops along the route. Kids can enjoy pony rides and a spin on the Christmas train. Entertainment will jingle all the way from the lighting of the Courthouse Christmas tree to group sings. 

More information available here.

Strike A Harp and Join the Chorus

18th Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols
Porter Center for Performing Arts
Brevard College
Saturday, December 5; 7:30pm

Modeled on an event first held at King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University nearly 100 years ago, this free program of carols and scriptures performed by the Chamber Chorale and Concert Choir evoke mysteries of times past and illuminate the hope and splendor of holidays present and future. 

Follow (in merry measure) for more info.
Heard on High

Joseph Evans and Douglas Weeks
BMC First Mondays
Porter Center for the Performing Arts
Brevard College
Monday, December 7

Acclaimed tenor Joseph Evans will be accompanied by celebrated pianist Douglas Weeks as they perform a thrilling matinee program featuring works by Vaughan Williams, Stephen Sondheim and Aaron Copland. All BMC First Monday concerts are free to the public and highlight the needs of a local charity. December’s performance supports Mountain Sun Community School.

Get tuned in here
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Handel's Messiah
Porter Center for the Performing Arts
Brevard College
Thursday, December  10

Heaven and Nature may not actually sing, but you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference once the Transylvania Choral Society teams up with the Brevard College Chamber Singers for this triumphant performance of Handel’s holiday classic.

Hallelujah over here for more details.
Fill Up The Stockings

28th Annual Transylvania Handcrafters
   Guild Show and Sale
Mason Lodge
174 East Main Street, Brevard
December 11-12

This juried local craft show is probably the place to find the perfect, handmade gift for your sister, your sweetheart and the person that has (almost) everything. Browse the beautiful goods and come away with something truly unique. Hickory Mountain Gourds pictured. 

Put your hands on more information here.
Ding Dong Merrily On High

Holiday Magic with the Brevard Philharmonic
Porter Center for the Performing Arts
Brevard College
Thursday, December 17

Usher in the holiday with an orchestral performance of the season’s classics as interpreted by the Philharmonic in this magical holiday event. 

Get inspired here

Shopping In a Winter Wonderland

Holiday Gallery Walk
Downtown Brevard
Friday, December 18

Need to do a little last minute Christmas shopping? Why not do it on this stylish, festive Friday night event?  Sip wine, view the best new works in Brevard galleries and do a little shopping at your favorite local boutiques. 

Haul out the holly and head over here for more details.
Auld Lang Pint

New Years Eve Hootenanny
Oskar Blues Brewery
December 31

If your looking for a reason to ring in the New Year, you could do worse than join the party people (and brewers extraordinaire) over at Oskar Blues for this awesome anniversary event. The Black Lillies, Town Mountain and the Pisgah Pickers headline a delicious New Year’s spectacular with delicious food and, of course, a full selection of Oskar Blues brews. 

Settle up here.

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