Thanksgiving Traditions...

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Dancing Santa

B-boy Santa is back on the scene! Once again he's showing off mad skills in the streets of Asheville, and this year he's got more to offer than sweet windmills and backspins.

Follow Dancing Santa’s Asheville Itinerary

Looking for a fresher, doper getaway for the holiday season? Pack your break-dancing moves and follow in the (dance) steps of Asheville's very own Bboy Santa. A visit to Asheville is Santa's favorite way to unwind before and after the busy holidays, and a weekend away may be just what you and your crew need, too.

Day One

  • Opening Moves: Make the Visitor Center your first stop. Pick up a map, book a room and check out all the great things there are to do in Asheville.
  • Street Style: From the Visitor Center, hop on one of Asheville's trolley tours for a guided tour of downtown Asheville and its historic districts. Be sure to stop at Pack Square Park and take in the sights and sounds of downtown, including street performers, funky boutiques and the Urban Trail.
  • Put Your Dancin' Feet Up: Grab an evening drink at the Great Hall Bar at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa and get cozy in front of one of their 15-foot stone fireplaces.

Day Two

  • Fancy Footwork at Biltmore: Dance on over to America's Largest Home, which celebrates its birthday on Christmas Eve each year. The Biltmore House has 250 rooms, 57 decorated Christmas trees, 16 chimneys and 65 fireplaces-that's quite a workout and a lot of stockings!
  • Beer City Sippin' Santa-Style: Enjoy a festive evening in downtown Asheville and kick back like Santa-with one of "BeerCity USA's" signature craft brews. Or go on a microbrewery tour with the Asheville Brews Cruise! Follow Santa's lead and check out the Lexington Avenue Brewery for a delicious dinner, or try one of Asheville's 250+ independent restaurants.
  • Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree: Those looking for some music to go with their dance moves will enjoy catching a show at the Orange Peel, named one of the "Top Five Rock Clubs in the Country" by Rolling Stone magazine.

Day Three

  • Moves with a View: Welcome the day by taking in Asheville's mountain vistas. Take a sunrise drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, go for an invigorating hike in Bent Creek Forest and wrap up with lunch at Santa's own choice, the Sunset Terrace at The Omni Grove Park Inn.
  • Remix Your Relaxation: Your muscles are likely to be sore after dancing all over Asheville, so soothe them with a Gingerbread Indulgence Wrap at the Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn, ranked 13th best spa worldwide.


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Upcoming Events

Winter Wonderland at the Grove Arcade 2014

  • November 21, 2014
  • Location: Grove Arcade
  • Address: 1 Page Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Grove Arcade

Downtown Asheville’s historical Grove Arcade is a spectacular spot to enjoy the holidays and support locally-owned shops and restaurants. As to be expected, the Arcade will be “decking the halls” with holiday décor inside and out. The main attraction is once again the annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ hosted in partnership with The Omni Grove Park Inn. Come experience a Winter Wonderland full of wintery décor and gingerbread houses from Nov. 21...

Asheville Holiday Parade & JingleFest, presented by Bojangles

  • November 22, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Asheville
  • Address: Biltmore Avenue heading North, turns on Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

The holiday season in Asheville officially kicks off the week before Thanksgiving with the 68th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade on November 22. Details to come soon. Of course, downtown Asheville will be a great destination to experience the beautiful decorations and festivities of the holiday season through the end of the year. Check back for updates.

Ingles JingleFest

  • November 22, 2014
  • Address: 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  US Cellular Center

Following the Asheville Holiday Parade, American Idol Winner and Grand Marshal, Caleb Johnson will stop by Ingles JingleFest for a meet and greet with area fans and sign autographs. Also during Ingles JingleFest, U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows will honor Johnson with a Congressional Record for his significant contributions to North Carolina. Ingles JingleFest will feature nonstop entertainment with performances from many of the groups that participated in the parade, inflatables and bouncy hous...

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

  • November 26, 2014
  • Location: WNC Agricultural Center
  • Address: 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732
  • Venue:  WNC Agricultural Center
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Welcome to Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland! You may wonder, why go to such great lengths to create an attraction of this magnitude? It's simple; we uncovered a passion and followed our dreams. After physically crafting each element, placing and bracing them, tediously programming hundreds of thousands of lights to perform with music, we managed to light up the nights!  There are over sixteen hundred individual and unique channels simultaneously directing this orchestra of lights. Using t...

DoubleTree Biltmore Thanksgiving Buffet

Celebrate and give thanks! Gather around our table and celebrate Thanksgiving at the DoubleTree Biltmore with our traditional feast, featuring seasonal classics with an elegant twist. Our culinary team has created a menu full of roasted turkey, autumn greens, herb-roasted fingerling potatoes, pork loin stuffed with apples, pears and sage, creamy pumpkin pudding, vanilla cheesecake and much more! Available Thursday, November 27, from 1:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Reservations required at 828-274-1800. Ful...

Roux Thanksgiving Buffet

  • November 27, 2014
  • Location: Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park
  • Address: 43 Town Square Boulevard, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Venue:  Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park

Roux will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal, buffet-style with none of the hassle or clean-up! Come dine with us and enjoy delicious selections of Traditional Roasted All-Natural N.C. Turkey, Baked Ham, Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel, Gluten-Free items, assorted pies and much more! Buffet will be served from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Reservations required at 828-209-2715 or Roux is located in the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park. Full menu available ...

Thanksgiving at Burial Beer Co.

  • November 27, 2014
  • Address: 40 Collier Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Burial Beer Co.

We love our community here and therefore, instead of staying home, we want to celebrate with everyone. Burial Beer Co. will be open from 4-8PM on Thanksgiving Day. Zaq, Jess and Doug will be there bartending and serving up a delicious Thanksgiving meal- potluck style! Beer sales are business as usual but we will have a Thanksgiving buffet. We will be deep frying a turkey from East Fork Farms as well as making other favorite holiday dishes. All are welcome and please bring YOUR favorite dish and/...

Thanksgiving Day at Writer's Bistro

Bring the family and let us do the work! In addition to Writer's Bistro's regular menus, our chefs will be cooking up a Thanksgiving buffet. Check out our special Thanksgiving menu, featuring everything from roasted turkey breast, to sweet potato casserole, to snicker cheesecake, and more!

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

  • November 28, 2014
  • Location: Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place
  • Address: 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol — November 28 & 29, 2014 (three shows) Creator and remarkably versatile actor Jeremy Webb has re-envisioned this classic by creating a 25 character, family-friendly, one-man play with puppets for ghosts. A definitive holiday experience. Mainstage Theatre Series, Diana Wortham Theatre. Friday, November 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530 or

Christmas in Black Mountain - Shop Small Saturday & Light Up Black Mountain

  • November 29, 2014
  • Address: Cherry Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Venue:  Black Mountain

Light Up Black Mountain will take place on Town Square at 6 p.m., with shops open until 7 p.m.

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