Biltmore Village Annual Dickens Festival

  • Historic Biltmore Village

  • Address: 7 All Souls Crescent, Asheville, NC 28803
  • 5pm-7pm Fri; 11am-7pm Sat; 1pm-5pm Sun
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 828-274-8788

Set aside December 2nd and 3rd for a magical weekend of merriment, music and memories--all on the streets and in the shops, restaurants and galleries of Historic Biltmore Village.

There's entertainment for every age and interest. The main stage will be filled continuously with musicians, choral groups, singers, dancers, and Montford Park Players. This year the Festival will feature more than 300 performers who, after their stage segments, will rove throughout the Village entertaining on the streets and in the shops and restaurants. Friday and Saturday evenings will feature main stage concerts for the entire family.

And when dusk turns into evening, the more than 250,000 white lights outlining the historic Village buildings will combine with the streetlights to enhance the ambiance. Shops will stay open both evenings until 7pm with many of the shopkeepers dressed in Victorian-era garb. In addition, there'll be horse-drawn rides through the tree-lined Village streets all day Saturday and Sunday. Chestnuts roasted on an open fire by chestnut roaster Sakshi Gentenbein will be available next to the main stage.

The Village will be decked out with Fraser fir holiday wreaths on each streetlight, on the entrance doors to the shops and at other special locations throughout the Village.