Best Places to Find Holiday Cheer This YearFrom Victorian charm to world's largest musical light show
|Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland|
Light Up the Night
This year, the world's largest drive-through synchronized light show comes to Asheville! Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland features hundreds of thousands of lights programmed to perform to popular holiday tunes. In addition to the musical show, this unique attraction also has Santa's Village, which offers photos with Santa, inflatable bounce houses and hot chocolate and s'mores.
Asheville's other festive lights show is a hometown favorite. The Lake Julian Festival of Lights opens tomorrow, December 6, and features more than 50 animated and stationary light displays, live music and appearances by Santa himself!
|Winter Wonderland at the Grove Arcade|
For more than 20 years, The Omni Grove Park Inn has hosted the National Gingerbread House Competition & Display. In addition to festive decorations throughout the 100-year-old resort, visitors can see the winning entries and all of the other competitors close-up.
And if that isn't enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, head over to the Grove Arcade in downtown where they are celebrating with an all-out Winter Wonderland. Additional gingerbread entries will be on display, and shops will stay open until 8 p.m. on Friday evenings for eclectic and locally inspired shopping. Plus, Santa will be dropping by on Saturday afternoons!
|Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore|
In 1895, George W. Vanderbilt opened his grand new home, Biltmore, to family and friends on Christmas Eve. Biltmore still celebrates this occasion in grand style with 56 decorated trees, more than 1,000 feet of garland, live music, special restaurant menus, and the always-inspiring Candlelight Christmas Evenings.
Just steps from the entrance to America's Largest Home is Biltmore Village, which also hauls out the holly each year. This weekend, make your way to the village for the annual Dickens Festival, with performers in period dress, choral music, shopping and roasted chestnuts.
A Step Back in Time
Experience the holidays like the "days of yore" at one of Asheville's many historic homes. The Thomas Wolfe Memorial in downtown presents Victorian Candlelight Christmas on December 14. And the Smith-McDowell House highlights the changes in decorations and celebrations over the years.
Find more cheer in Asheville this season.
December 5, 2013