Top 5 things to do in January in western North Carolina


It’s cold but the family adventure is still waiting. Hear a story, browse the trees, discover art, or gaze at the stars, all available this month.

Get toddlers out of the house (and hang out with other adults) at story time with music and movement. It’s 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Henderson County Main Library. Visit or call 828-697-4725.

Bundle up and enjoy a quieter season outdoors with a winter special for locals. Residents of Buncombe, Henderson, and Transylvania counties can save in January and February at the Adventure Center of Asheville. Use code AVLVIP for 50 percent off Treetops Park, Kid Zip, or Asheville Zipline tours. ID is required upon check-in. Visit

If your telescope is gathering dust, now is a great time to come back to this hobby and get everyone in the family involved. The Starry Sky Astronomy Night will take place on January 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the PARI – Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. The event is aimed at astronomers of all skill levels. For more details and registration information, visit

ArtPlay is now open in the River Arts District. Saturday Stay + Play takes place on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and offers a chance to experiment with all kinds of materials. 45-minute self-guided tour at $ 10 per person. Take what you win (extra $ 5) or just come and play. For more details, visit

Van Gogh alive

Live the multisensory experience of Van Gogh Alive until March 5 at Biltmore Estate. For up-to-date tickets and health and safety policies, visit


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