Dickens in the Village Festival in Asheville, N.C.
By Jason Tarr
Dickens in the Village Festival: December 5-6, 2020
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.
In 2020, the festival kicks off Friday, December 5 from 5-8 p.m. There will be live music and entertainment, the Mugs of Merriment Hot Chocolate Competition and a festive tree and street lighting at sundown. This family-friendly event will also allow children to experience a Letters to Santa station, and give them the opportunity to decorate holiday cookies and make ornaments for the tree.
On Saturday, December 6, 20 roving performance acts will provide entertainment throughout Biltmore Village for you while you shop! The entertainment begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 5:30 p.m. Entertainers include English country dance troupes, outstanding choral groups, brass ensembles, musicians of all types, jugglers, bubble makers and balloon animal makers, the legendary chestnut roaster and the inspirational Montford Park Players performing vignettes from A Christmas Carol.
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:
2020 Dates: December 5-6
Kick Off celebration and tree lighting: Friday, December 5, 5-8 p.m.
Roving performances and entertainment: Saturday, December 6, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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.