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CCRC Free Week Gym Membership @ Central Clemson Recreation Center
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm – Dec 22 @ 8:30 pm

Free Week of Fitness
In the spirit of holiday giving we are giving away two free weeks to anyone who would like to join us. Free weeks will will be December 16th – 22nd and January 6th – 12th. Each week you will be able to work out, swim, play basketball, and take classes. In order to participate and for all details you must register at at the front desk. Don’t miss your FREE WEEK.

https://www.facebook.com/events/246307496065142/

Dec
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Mon
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Guild Member’s Show
Dec 17 all-day
Reclaimed Creations @ NC Arboretum
Dec 17 all-day

Reclaimed Creations is a unique sculpture exhibit created by renowned artist Sayaka Ganz. Utilizing reclaimed plastic objects, such as discarded utensils, Ganz creates amazing sculptures that visually appear unified at a distance, but are in fact separated when examined up close. Described as using a “3D impressionistic” style, Ganz’s exhibit includes installations of animals in motion, which are in rich in color and energy, to create an illusion of form.

About the Artist

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sayaka Ganz grew up living in Japan, Brazil and Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. A lecturer and teacher, Ganz’s work has been displayed at various institutions around the globe, including the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy, the Isle Gallery in Isle of Man, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.

My work is about perceiving harmony, even in situations that appear chaotic from the inside. When observing my sculptures up close, one might see gaps, holes and items being held on only by small points; step away, however, and the sculptures reveal the harmony created when the objects are aligned to the same general (but not identical) direction. Similarly, it is important to gain perspective by stepping back from current problems and look at the larger picture. Then one can perceive the beauty and patterns that exist.”

THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride
Dec 17 all-day

All Aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS! This memorable journey will take you on an incredible journey! Believe the magic this Holiday season!

Over 88,000 guests rode THE POLAR EXPRESS with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2017 and we hope to see you in 2018! The 1¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot.

THE POLAR EXPRESS begins November 9, 2018, and operates through December 31, 2018.

Black Friday Opening Weekend Event
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

Its All Wrapped Up, LLC will be at West Gate Mall beginning Black Friday Weekend through Christmas Eve. For all of your gift wrapping needs, come see us. We will be sure to make your gift giving experience as Beautiful on the outside as Beautiful as the gift is on the inside.

https://www.facebook.com/events/763694040651942/

Black Friday Opening Weekend Event
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

Its All Wrapped Up, LLC will be at West Gate Mall beginning Black Friday Weekend through Christmas Eve. For all of your gift wrapping needs, come see us. We will be sure to make your gift giving experience as Beautiful on the outside as Beautiful as the gift is on the inside.

https://www.facebook.com/events/291279741719020/

Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration (December) @ Biltmore
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration*
Saturday, November 3, 2018 – Sunday, January 6, 2019 (daily)

*Included with estate admission.
*Does not include “Candlelight Christmas Evenings”

Experience the holidays wreathed with the wonder of Biltmore. Our celebration presents Christmas on a grand scale with more than 55 trees decorated by our talented staff, accented with miles of ribbon, garlands, and lights. Festive menus in our restaurants and holiday wine tastings make for a memorable visit.

Learn more about #ChristmasAtBiltmore or plan your visit: biltmore.com/Christmas

https://www.facebook.com/events/104655743803303/

Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration (December) @ Biltmore
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration*
Saturday, November 3, 2018 – Sunday, January 6, 2019 (daily)

*Included with estate admission.
*Does not include “Candlelight Christmas Evenings”

Experience the holidays wreathed with the wonder of Biltmore. Our celebration presents Christmas on a grand scale with more than 55 trees decorated by our talented staff, accented with miles of ribbon, garlands, and lights. Festive menus in our restaurants and holiday wine tastings make for a memorable visit.

Learn more about #ChristmasAtBiltmore or plan your visit: biltmore.com/Christmas

https://www.facebook.com/events/104655743803303/?event_time_id=104655797136631

Gift Wrapping for a Cause @ Barnes & Noble
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Gift Wrapping for a cause

Every Holiday season Barnes & Noble allows non-profit organizations to come in and wrap gifts for contributions To their cause/organization.

 We supply the gift wrap & supplies
 Your organization keeps all contributions
 Your presence helps raise awareness for your cause

*organizations must sign up & be approved- to be scheduled.

Interested? See a manager or send an email to [email protected]

Dates are Nov.25-December 24th

https://www.facebook.com/events/486366075105345/

FREE Santa Photos at Asheville Outlets @ Ashevlle Outlets
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

FREE Santa Photos are back at Asheville Outlets (ShopAshevilleOutlets.com)! From November 17th through December 24th, every family who visits Santa will receive two FREE 4”x6” Santa photo prints and a digital download of a single image. Additional photos and Christmas merchandise are available for purchase. FREE Santa photo is sponsored by Great Beginnings Great Smiles; the FREE Santa photo set is sponsored by North Carolina Arboretum Winter Lights.

Santa’s Photo Hours are:
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday, Sundays, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Santa takes a break to feed his reindeer weekdays and Saturdays: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. + 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sundays, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Located at food court. One giveaway per family, per Christmas season. Some restrictions may apply, valid only through December 24, 2018.

Solar Observing in the Boeing Observatory
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Get an up-close look at the Sun through our solar scope on these days and times:
Mon. – Fri: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.*
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: All Observatory activities are dependent on clear skies.
*Observatory may be in use for scheduled school classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Tis the Season” 2018 @ Silver Hill Memorial United Methodist Church
Dec 17 @ 11:00 am – Dec 22 @ 9:00 pm

“Tis the Season” is a Non-Denominational, Non-Profit event Free of charge to All. Artist, Musicians, Performers of every kind come together to celebrate the birth of Christ. We share the gifts that our God has given to us with the community at large. You are invited, bring the family, bring your friends to the Best Free Christmas Celebration of the season. Saturday, December 22nd 6pm @ the HILL – Silver Hill Memorial UMC.

https://www.facebook.com/events/552350931855285/

Foothills Chess Club @ Polk County Public Libraries
Dec 17 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Do you know how to play chess? Players of all ages and experience ranges are invited to join the Foothills Chess Club on Monday afternoons at the Columbus Library. Learn the basics and then challenge yourself by playing with someone new!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2180380255568638/

Rescheduled: Adult Craft Class @ Saluda Community Library
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This class was rescheduled from Dec 10 to Dec 17 due to the snow.

Join us in December to decorate celebration glasses! All materials will be provided. This class is limited to 15 attendees, so advanced registration is strongly encouraged. To sign up, contact Amelia at (828) 894-8721 x283 or [email protected]

https://www.facebook.com/events/1643566325744092/

Hans&FranzWinterland @ Hans&Franz Biergarten
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

One of the Upstate oldest building, Hans&Franz Biergarten will be again a spectacular Winter Wonderland during the “cold” months, big life size nutcrackers, snow, skies, hundreds of lights will be the theme. Special features like our homemade Gluhwein. A must to see and to be.

https://www.facebook.com/events/511528319328882/

Teen Movie (Ages 12-18) @ Cherokee County Public Library
Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Elf: Watch a holiday movie with your squad (PG). Snacks will be provided.

https://www.facebook.com/events/721815311524726/

Holiday Stroll on the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge @ Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
Dec 17 @ 4:45 pm – 10:15 pm

No holiday trip to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village is complete until you’ve immersed yourself in the night-time charms of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge all lit up for the holidays. It takes hundreds of volunteer manhours to create the holiday look for the gardens on this historic bridge. Take in the beauty, the quiet serenity of the lake and the mountains, and enjoy this gorgeous work of art in motion all month long. It’s free, open to the public, and the perfect holiday activity either before or after dinner in the Gorge!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1886812734771313/

Holiday Stroll on the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge @ Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
Dec 17 @ 4:45 pm – 10:15 pm

No holiday trip to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village is complete until you’ve immersed yourself in the night-time charms of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge all lit up for the holidays. It takes hundreds of volunteer manhours to create the holiday look for the gardens on this historic bridge. Take in the beauty, the quiet serenity of the lake and the mountains, and enjoy this gorgeous work of art in motion all month long. It’s free, open to the public, and the perfect holiday activity either before or after dinner in the Gorge!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1886812734771313/?event_time_id=1886812804771306

DTD Christmas Party! @ Fuddruckers
Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come celebrate the Holiday Season with the Dorman Theatre Department! Wear your best ugly Christmas sweater! We will eat, sing Christmas Karaoke, and exchange white elephant gifts. Fuddruckers will donate a portion of all sales that night to our program!

https://www.facebook.com/events/342695822975645/

Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo @ Riverbanks Zoo
Dec 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bring the kids and the camera and see why Lights Before Christmas has continued as a family tradition for 30 years!

  • Nearly one million twinkling lights
  • Countless decorative images
  • Holly Jolly Christmas Parade
  • Animated Story Tree
  • Animal Characters
  • Nightly visits with Santa (start at 6:00PM through December 23)
  • Warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire
  • Hot cocoa, s’mores and other festive foods available for purchase

While you may spot a few night owls during Lights, most of our residents will be off-exhibit to catch some zzz’s.