THROUGH JAN. 1 Asheville
Candlelight events at Biltmore
Evenings through Jan. 1, Biltmore Estate in Asheville is offering Candlelight Christmas Evenings, modeled on the first Christmas celebrated there, in 1895. Guests will see 68 trees throughout Biltmore House decorated by the Biltmore floral team. Miles of fresh garland and wreaths and about 1,000 red and white poinsettias have been placed throughout the house. Local choirs and small musical ensembles in the Winter Garden perform music of the season; soloists perform traditional Christmas music elsewhere. Candlelight admission: $44-$79; 9 and younger, free; timed admission, starting at 5:30 p.m. Reservations required.
Details on this and other holiday events at Biltmore: 800-411-3812; www.biltmore.com.
DEC. 15 Columbia
Items by artisans
About 100 Southeastern crafters who focus on the unique, novel, experimental, handmade or purposed will display and sell their items at Crafty Feast, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Admission: $2; 12 and younger, free. Details: www.craftyfeast.com.
THROUGH DEC. 23 Atlanta
Holiday mermaids at aquarium
In the style of the Weeki Wachee mermaids of Florida, the Georgia Aquariums Festival of the SEA-son has mermaids and SCUBA Claus diving into tanks among its holiday events. The aquarium is in downtown Atlanta, at 225 Baker St. NW. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. Admission: $29.95-$34.95; $23.95-$30.95 for ages 3-12 and 65 and older. Details: www.georgiaaquarium.org.
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