Things to do Thanksgiving Weekend in Asheville

Throw those leftovers in the fridge and get out for a fun Thanksgiving weekend in Asheville!  From indulgences, the arts, adventure and play, we’ve got a Thanksgiving weekend round up sure to get your holiday season off to a merry start.

Wake Foot Sanctuary

Take a load off from Black Friday shopping and indulge in a foot soak at Wake Foot Sanctuary.  Wake Foot soaks are handmade using apothecary products, soaps, essential oils and salts.  Relax in their dimly, chandelier lit soak room with comfy chairs and hand-hammered copper bowls filled to the brim with warm and aromatic suds.  Each soak comes with a heated neck wrap and tea.  Choose from their massage add on options to upgrade your soak!  Enjoy the Date Night Package ($175/60 mins) which includes a custom soak, a 10 minute head, neck and shoulder massage, and a 20 minute foot and lower leg massage.  As well as herbal tea and treats.  

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Lavender Chamomile foot soak. Photo Credit: Jen Brooks
thanksgiving weekend in asheville
Do some holiday shopping and stock up on pampering gifts for loved ones. Photo Credit: Jen Brooks

Wake Foot Sanctuary
1 Page Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
Monday-Sat | 10am-8pm
Sunday | 11am–5pm

A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas

Ring in the holiday season with A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas!  Be transported through the times of Charles Dickens, Santa’s Toy Shop and the Blue Ridge Mountains with holiday classics, humor and dancing.  Light concessions, soft drinks, beer and wine are available one hour prior to all performances and during the 15 minute intermission.  Most performances run approximately two hours with a 15 minute intermission. 

thanksgiving weekend in asheville
A Flatrock Playhouse Christmas

Flat Rock Playhouse
2661 Greenville Hwy
Flat Rock, NC 28731
(828) 693-0731

Tickets: $15-50

November 25, 2pm & 8pm
November 26, 2pm

Box Office Open:
Monday-Friday | 10am-5pm

Fox N Otter

Jump into holiday action with Fox N Otter escape rooms!  Combining brain-twisting puzzles with inventive rooms, Fox N Otter is a great way to change it up and have fun.  Knock out some holiday shopping while you’re there and pick up some Fox N Otter gift certificates.

Adults: $25 (weekend)
Youth: $20 (weekend)
Whole Room Rental: $100 (Up to 6 people)


thanksgiving weekend in asheville
Fox N Otter. Photo Credit: Jen Brooks
thanksgiving weekend in asheville
Solving riddles and puzzles to make the great escape. Photo Credit: Jen Brooks

Fox N Otter
3749 Sweeten Creek Road #2
Asheville, NC 28704

Monday-Friday | 9am-10pm
Sunday | 1pm-10pm

Winter Lights at NC Arboretum

Experience an Asheville tradition with Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum!  Walk through nationally known gardens, transformed into a winter wonderland.  Winter Lights exhibit illuminates 6-9pm through the holiday season.  Enjoy some holiday cocoa, cider or beer while you stroll through the light show.

Adult: $18
Children: $12

thanksgiving weekend in asheville
Winter Lights at NC Arboretum

NC Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, N.C. 28806

Winter hours: 8am-7pm

Winter Lights Exhibit Hours: 6-9pm

Toubab Krewe @ Salvage Station

Head to the River Arts District for some globally inspired music by Toubab Krewe with special guest Johnathan Scale Fourchestra.  With a wide range of influences from African to folk, this instrumental band offers a unique sound.  Salvage Station’s riverfront bar, restaurant and open fields make it a fun, full service evening!  

thanksgiving weekend in asheville
Salvage Station
thanksgiving weekend in asheville
Toubab Krewe at Salvage Station.

Salvage Station
466 Riverside Drive
Asheville, NC 28804

Saturday Nov. 25th, 9 – midnight
Tickets: $10

Tuesday – Thursday | 4pm – 12am
Friday – Saturday | 12pm – 2am
Sunday | 12pm – 12am

Saturday Afternoon Tea

On the Southside of town?  Enjoy afternoon tea at Ivory Road Cafe & Kitchen on Saturday, Nov. 25.  Afternoon tea includes an individual pot of tea or French press coffee, scratch-made warm scones and short bread cookies with homemade jam and Devonshire cream, plus traditional finger sandwiches and petit-four style desserts. 


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Afternoon tea refreshments. Photo Credit: Ivory Road Cafe
thanksgiving weekend in asheville
Ivory Road Cafe & Kitchen.

Ivory Road Cafe & Kitchen
1854 Brevard Road
Arden, NC 28704
(828) 676-3870

Sat, November 25, 2017
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Reservations are required.

Monday – Saturday 9am-4pm

Green Friday at Adventure Center of Asheville

Enjoy an alternative to Black Friday and go Green!  The 6th Annual Green Friday at Adventure Center of Asheville is a great way to get adventurous with ziplines, climbing and play.  And the best part?  50% of all revenue goes to local non-profit organizations.  Bring the family and have fun with a giving spirit.  Gift a loved one an annual pass so they can enjoy the adventure year round!

thanksgiving weekend in asheville
Adventure Center of Asheville Ziplines

Adventure Center of Asheville 
85 Expo Drive
Asheville, NC 28806
Reservations: 877-247-5539

Friday-Sunday | 10am-5pm

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure Asheville

Check things off your Asheville Bucket List with an interactive city scavenger hunt!  Launch your tour near the Vance Monument via your smartphone for a 2.5 hour city tour.  Think Amazing Race meets Asheville.  Have a large group?  Break up into teams, solve riddles and check popular destinations off your sightseeing bucket list during this self-guided urban adventure.

thanksgiving weekend in asheville
Vance Memorial.

Urban Adventure Quest

Start At:
Vance Memorial
U.S. 74 Alternate
Asheville, NC 28801

City Scavenger Hunt

Saturday Night 80’s Dance Party @ Post 25

Work off that pumpkin pie and get your 80’s dance on!  Wear those stone washed jeans, parachute jackets and bangs so puffy and stiff that it adds visible height to your body frame and you may win a gift card for best dressed! 

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Post 25

Post 25 Kitchen & Lounge
2155 Hendersonville Road
Arden, North Carolina 28704
Saturday, November 25 | 10 PM – 2 AM

Gingerbread House Competition, Grove Park Inn

Visit the Grove Park Inn’s 25th Annual Gingerbread display!  With varying levels of skill, design and expertise, you wont want to miss these  gingerbread creations.  Enjoy the Christmas tree and a warm fire in the Inn’s giant lobby!  Be sure to arrive early, as parking and lines can fill up fast.  

thanksgiving weekend in asheville
Ann Bailey of Cary, NC is the 25th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition Grand Prize Winner! Photo Credit: Grove Park Inn
thanksgiving weekend in asheville
Enjoy the fire and a drink in the Grove Park Inn lobby. Photo Credit: Grove Park Inn

The Omni Grove Park Inn
290 Macon Ave
Asheville, NC 28804

When: November 26, 2017-January 4, 2018

View the display after 3:00 p.m. on Sundays or anytime Monday-Thursday.

It’s A Wonderful Life: Live From WVL Radio

This spin on an American classic will play out on main stage at the historic Isis Music Hall in West Asheville. Enjoy a seated dinner and drinks while you are swept into the Golden Age of Radio, as WVL Radio Theater brings this classic story to life before your very …ears!

Tickets: $15 ($20 Day of show)
thanksgiving weekend in asheville

Isis Music Hall
743 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 575-2737

When: Nov 26th | 7:30pm


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