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32nd-Annual Candlelight Evenings at Biltmore

  • Nov 6 - Jan 2
  • Biltmore
  • Address: One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Candlelight and firelight accent Biltmore House’s extravagant holiday décor during these nighttime tours. The house glows, appearing much as it would have at the turn of the 19th century. Candlelight Christmas Evenings include a self-guided candlelight tour of Biltmore House, next-day visit to the gardens, Antler Hill Village and Biltmore Winery.

41st-Annual Christmas at Biltmore

  • Nov 6 - Jan 10
  • Biltmore
  • Address: One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Holidays arrive at America’s largest home in style. More than a century ago, George Vanderbilt chose this magical season as the time to unveil his new home to family and friends. This year’s Christmas at Biltmore promises another extravagant celebration, complete with dozens of Christmas trees, miles of ribbon, garland and lights.

Dickens In The Village

Dickens In The Village is a tradition in Historic Biltmore Village. On Friday night at 6:30, you will want to join us as we light our 25' Frazier fir tree, complete with carolers, hot cocoa, cookies, horse drawn carriage rides and freshly roasted chestnuts. Then on Saturday beginning at 11:00, local musicians and singing groups will be performing and carolers will be strolling through the Village reminiscent of days long ago.

Fall Studio Stroll in the River Arts District

  • Nov 14 - Nov 15
  • River Arts District
  • Address: Clingman Avenue at Lyman Street, Asheville, NC 28801

The River Arts District is a lively art destination along the French Broad River in Asheville North Carolina. The former warehouse district has grown to house nearly 200 studios and galleries in more than 20 historic buildings. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and open year-round, the River Arts District draws visitors from around the region, and around the world. Every Spring and Fall, the Artists of the River Arts District open their doors for a weekend “Studio Stroll.” It&rs...

Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk

  • Apr 3 - Dec 4
  • Downtown Asheville Art District
  • Location: Downtown Asheville Art District
  • Address: Various Locations, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday

The Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) invites you to visit the more than 20 galleries that contribute to Asheville's reputation as vibrant arts community and "The Paris of the South." Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity....from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.  Asheville an...

Asheville Holiday Parade, presented by Bojangles

  • Nov 21
  • Location: Downtown Asheville
  • Address: Biltmore and Patton Avenues, Asheville, NC 28801

The holiday season in Asheville officially kicks off the week before Thanksgiving with the 69th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade, presented by Bojangles, on November 21 beginning at 11am. The parade begins on Biltmore Avenue and South Charlotte Street, heads north to the Vance Monument, then west on Patton Avenue ending about South French Broad. The performance stop is located at the Vance Monument at the corner of Biltmore Avenue and Patton Avenue and at Pritchard Park.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Bring the whole family for the sweetest Christmas celebration of the season! Experience the exquisite artistry of world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes. Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is the holiday tradition that brings the Christmas spirit to life! New York Times raves, “Real beauty!” and Los Angeles Times, “Bravura expertise!” 

Lake Julian Festival of Lights

  • Dec 4 - Dec 22
  • Location: Lake Julian Park
  • Address: 406 Overlook Road Ext., Arden, NC 28704
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Light up your Holiday nights at the Lake Julian Park Festival of Lights. The park is brightly lit with thousands of colored lights and over 50 animated and stationary light displays. The road circling the park becomes a magical journey through tunnels of dazzling lights.