Nativity scenes from around the world on display in Asheville

Creche Fest, featuring more than 250 Nativity scenes from around the globe, is happening at First Baptist Church in downtown Asheville. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

There are a lot of holiday happenings to enjoy this weekend. One of them is underway right now.

Creche Fest, featuring more than 250 Nativity scenes from around the globe, is happening at First Baptist Church in downtown Asheville. This is the third year for the event.

A crèche, often called a Nativity scene, is an artistic representation of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Organizers said the event started because they wanted something that would focus more on the true purpose of Christmas.

"We've actually heard from some several people that as they walk around they just feel happy and light feeling. You're out there in all that traffic and come in here and, maybe, it's a burden lifted off, and kind of gather yourself back up and feel ready to get back out there," Kim Garner, of the Asheville Nativity committee, said.

Creche Fest runs through Sunday with special live performances. Admission is free.

You can also check out these other holiday events.

Friday night and Saturday, you can enjoy Christmas Fun at Historic Johnson Farm in Hendersonville.

From 4-7 p.m., there will be activities for all ages, including visits from Santa, ornament making, cake walks and wagon rides. Free cookies and cider will also be offered.

Tickets for each activity are $1, and proceeds will support the preservation and operation of the farm.

Theater students at East Henderson High, along with Hendersonville Ballet, are holding a Christmas performance. You can watch "A Home for Christmas" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at East Henderson.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Friday through Sunday, you can catch David Sedaris' "The Santaland Diaries" at Asheville Community Theatre.

Actor Tom Chalmers performed the show from 2005-11, and this is the 16th year ACT has held the performance.

Performances are 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15.

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