Dickens in the Village Festival in Asheville, N.C.
By Jason Tarr
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.
Explore Biltmore Village
As you enjoy the festivities, head inside the warm and welcoming shops to discover unique finds for each person on your list. Biltmore Village offers a collection of retailers which include everything from local merchandise stores to high-end boutiques and international retailers. During Dickens in the Village, many of the shops stay open late.
Biltmore Village is also home to highly-sought and diverse dining experiences. And, it’s home to outstanding accommodations from luxury hotels to family-friendly lodging.
Know Before You Go:
2019 Dates: To Be Announced
Where to Park
Parking is available along the streets in Biltmore Village and in surface lots. Festival organizers recommend parking in the garage next to Williams and Sonoma. The garage is located on Brook Street.