From gingerbread to ginger beer, Asheville adds a little sparkle to the holiday season. Here you’ll find a festive escape from the hustle and bustle of the shopping season, exploring at your own pace our numerous independent shops and boutiques. Annual events include holiday parades, dazzling light shows, craft bazaars, and the extreme antics of one Mr. Santa Claus, providing memorable experiences for the family and highlighting many of our region’s homespun traditions.

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5 Crazy Reasons Why Asheville Should Top Your Holiday Travel List

by Cat Kessler

While you're making your list, and before you start checking it twice, be sure to add a trip to Asheville to the top of your holiday to-do's. Why? Because this year, Asheville takes the holidays to the next level with these five can't-miss things to … read more

O Little Town of Christmas Cats

by Cat Kessler

Welcome a little warm and fuzzy into your holidays this year with Asheville’s own Christmas cats. Santa has unleashed twelve Christmas kitties, and they’re here to help ring in the holiday season. From decking the halls at Biltmore to viewing the … read more

Dancing Santa

by Cat Kessler

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 … read more

Holiday Shopping Hot Spots in Asheville

by Janet Moore

Crisp mountain air combines with the smell of evergreens, spice-infused apple cider, and hot chocolate. In Biltmore Village carolers are singing the familiar songs of Christmas and on Asheville's street corners, musicians serenade shoppers with old … read more

Holiday Magic at the Omni Grove Park Inn

by Janet Moore

William Shakespeare got it right when he wrote, “And I had but one penny in the world, thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.” You’ll find plenty of this spicy holiday favorite during The Omni Grove Park Inn ’s National Gingerbread House … read more

Festive Happenings for Your Holiday Getaway

by Mark File

Asheville is well known for extravagant Christmas celebrations at Biltmore and sweet gingerbread displays at The Omni Grove Park Inn , but the season also offers many holiday events and tours for the whole family. Here's just a sampling to get you … read more

The Legendary E.W. Grove

by K.C. Cronin

Edwin Wiley Grove (1850 – 1927) E.W. Grove not only shaped the city of Asheville, he set in motion his dream that Asheville would become the alluring destination it is today. But who was the man behind the legendary name? Tragedy Leads To Purpose … read more

Christmas at Biltmore

by Janet Moore

Christmas Eve 1895, and Biltmore House was bustling with activity. In just a few hours, George Vanderbilt would officially open his new home in Asheville, N.C., to family and friends with a lavish party. From the kitchen came rich smells of holiday … read more