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'Candlelight' events at Biltmore

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 Aquarium’s 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.

John Bordsen

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