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Five Must-See Holiday Performances in Asheville

Five Must-See Holiday Performances in Asheville

Asheville has become known across North Carolina for its active art scene, and this holiday season will be no exception. From street artists lining the street to live music and more, Asheville has something for everyone this holiday. 

Live performances will be a big part of Asheville’s holiday festivities, and with so many to choose from, it is hard to go wrong. In this article, we will discuss five of the most exciting holiday performances popping up around Asheville this year. 

Tickets for these shows and others may be selling quickly, so now is the time to make your plans and secure your spot at any of these amazing Asheville events!

Five Must-See Holiday Performances in Asheville

1) “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at Flat Rock Playhouse

A Christmas classic is coming to Asheville’s Flat Rock Playhouse this December, and you won’t want to miss it. Now is the time to get your tickets for A Charlie Brown Christmas, adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s indelible story and accompanied by Vince Guaraldi’s timeless music. 

This show is fun for the whole family! Tickets are already on sale, so make sure you snag yours before it’s too late. Grab your popcorn and get ready to laugh and sing with the entire Peanuts gang at the Flat Rock Playhouse

2) NC Stage Presents: Be Here Now

Since opening in mid-November, reviews for NC Stage’s Be Here Now have been nothing but glowing. The play, written by Deborah Zoe Laufer, has been described as poignant, insightful, and hilarious. The story features an unlikely pair of young professionals trying to make it in a confusing and always-changing world.

The play does include some mature language and adult themes. While this means it may not be family fare, it could be the perfect escape for adults this holiday. Plus, at only 90 minutes, the performance can be paired with other fun outings. 

Tickets can be accessed online. If you are planning on attending the show, make sure to refresh yourself on NC Stage’s Covid-19 policies, as they are subject to change. 

3) The Nutcracker

This famous and timeless holiday ballet will be back in Asheville this December. Presented by DreamWeaver, The Nutcracker is a classic you will not want to miss!

Since its opening in Saint Petersburg in 1892, The Nutcracker has been delighting audiences, both young and old, with its whimsy. This year, The Fountain Performing Arts Center is excited to put its own twist on this timeless Christmas tale.

Come along and dance with the sugar plum fairy, the mouse king, and the rest of The Nutcracker gang as you learn the true meaning of Christmas. 

4) The Asheville Choral Society’s Holiday Concert

If you are looking for something a little different than a play or musical, the Asheville Choral Society might be offering exactly what you need. Their annual holiday concert, is titled Yuletide Candlelight.

The show mixes well-known classics with selections from up-and-coming composers for a truly magical night of music and song. This concert marks the group’s first public show since 2019, and they could not be more excited to be back and singing with you.

Keep in mind that the concert is intended for adult audiences, as children may get restless during the concert. With the adults ready to go, head over to First Presbyterian Church of Asheville for a great and memorable holiday show. 

5) New Year at the Asheville Symphony with 007

One of the most unique performances coming to Asheville this winter will be at the Asheville Symphony. To ring in the new year, the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium will come to life with the music of James Bond. Featuring stunning vocals and epic musical scale, this is a concert you will not want to miss. 

Starting at 8:00 pm, concertgoers will be treated to some of 007’s most memorable musical moments, from classics like Goldfinger to modern hits like Skyfall. This concert is perfect for movie lovers and symphony heads alike who will enjoy compositions both new and old. 

Get Your Tickets and Find Your Seats

With so many different shows available, Asheville will be bumping with amazing live performances this December. Off The Wagon is happy to give you the scoop on some of the most exciting shows around the city, and if you are looking for other holiday outings, check out some of our other suggestions for this winter here.

While you’re in town, be sure to stop in at Off The Wagon Dueling Piano Bar for an unforgettable evening! No tickets necessary, and a good time is had by all.

Now that you know about some of Asheville’s biggest December performances, you are ready to enjoy the wonder and the magic of the holiday season.