Hot Holiday Happenings in Asheville

Hot Holiday Happenings in Asheville
Discover Your Best Bets For Asheville's Holiday Season.

Looking for cool holiday happenings around the Blue Ridge Mountains? Check into these festive events happening all season long.
Nov. 17: 66th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade The parade will feature about 90 entries, including marching bands, dance teams, local non-profits and businesses and much more! Santa will make his usual appearance, and after the parade, will head to Pack Square Park to meet the public.
Dec. 1:Weaverville at 1 p.m. (at North Main Street and Dula Springs Road, visit
Dec. 8: Black Mountain at 4 p.m. (

Holiday Displays
19th Century Carolina Christmas The Smith-McDowell House Museum is decked in Victorian holiday decor. Candlelight tours available by reservation for groups of 12 or more.

Christmas at Biltmore 
Holiday traditions return to America's largest home. Regular admission applies until dusk. Additional charge for Candlelight Christmas Evenings, Nov. 9-Dec. 31.
National Gingerbread House Competition Judging is Nov. 17. Entries on display Nov. 20-Jan. 2 at The Grove Park Inn. Community viewing recommended Monday-Thursday. Parking $10.

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Display The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be on display at Asheville Mall from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in the parking area between Barnes & Noble and Sears. The tree has been wrapped and is being transported to Washington, D.C.

Vance Birthplace Christmas Guided candlelight tours and a look at Christmas in the southern Appalachians during the early 1800s. 
For the Family

The Polar Express Read along with the story “The Polar Express” on Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Meet Santa, enjoy caroling, hot cocoa and a treat. Times and dates vary. 

Biltmore Village Dickens Festival Biltmore Village, Asheville. Storytellers, carolers and entertainers on the stage and streets.
Inspecting Carol A Christmas Carol meets Waiting for Guffman meets Noises Off in this hilarious hit. Asheville Community Theatre,
In the Nutcracker Mood Asheville Puppetry Alliance presents Mountain Marionettes’ holiday production with holiday classics performed by marionettes. At Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 p.m. Nov. 24.
The Nutcracker Flat Rock Playhouse presents “The Nutcracker” as you’ve never seen it before in a new interpretation choreographed by Playhouse YouTheatre alumnus Chase Brock. Tickets $40 with discounts available. Nov. 29 - Dec. 22. 

The Return of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King Expect the brilliantly unexpected from Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s annual performance of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

Guild Artists’ Holiday Sale Southern Highlands Craft Guild artists sell their work at Folk Art Center, Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville.
The Big Crafty Stock up for the holidays at this independent craft fair at Asheville Art Museum in Pack Place.

Handmade Holiday Exhibition The annual juried Handmade Holiday exhibition at Desert Moon Designs Studios and Gallery celebrates the season of giving handmade.

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