A beautiful historic district in Asheville transforms during the holidays, transporting you back in time to the days of Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol.
On the first weekend of December, Historic Biltmore Village takes on new life as a quaint Victorian town for the Old World Dickens in the Village Festival. Biltmore Village is a unique shopping and dining destination in Asheville, located just outside of Biltmore Estate and just two miles from downtown.
The Dickens in the Village festival is an immersive holiday experience featuring performances by strolling carolers, actors and musicians dressed in Dickensian era costumes. As you stroll the brick-lined streets of the Village during the festival, pick up freshly roasted chestnuts or hop on a horse-drawn carriage ride.
Each year, this Asheville holiday tradition features a tree lighting ceremony on the Village Green. To go with these lights are beautiful white lights outlining the historic buildings and streetlights throughout the Village, which all combine to create a magical atmosphere.
The Dickens Festival expanded in 2018 with the addition of an enhanced light display. The new Local Lights holiday display in Biltmore Village was designed by the same team that creates the wildly popular Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum. The new lights feature large 3-D angels and stars hanging across Biltmore Village Streets. The Local Lightsdisplay is a partnership between the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA), the North Carolina Arboretum, the City of Asheville, the Asheville Downtown Association and the Historic Biltmore Village Association.