Dickens in the Village Festival in Asheville, N.C.
By Jason Tarr
2020 Dickens in the Village: December 4 and 5
A beautiful historic district in Asheville transforms for a weekend during the holidays, transporting you back in time to the days of Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol.
On the first weekend of December (December 4-5, 2020), 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. As you stroll the brick-lined streets of the Village during the festival, explore the many shops and galleries.
The Dickens in the Village festival is an immersive holiday experience featuring performances by strolling carolers, actors and musicians dressed in Dickensian era costumes. In 2020, there will be 25 roving performance acts -- all outdoors beginning 5 p.m. on Friday and ending at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The performances will take place in about a dozen different locations throughout Biltmore Village. One of the locations includes the stage on the Village Green in the center of the district. There will also be a sound system set up on stage playing holiday music.
Each year, this Asheville holiday tradition features a tree with lights 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.
Please remember to bring your mask as masks are required to enter indoor public places including shops, galleries and restaurants.
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 4 and 5, 2020
Roving performances and entertainment: 5 p.m. Friday, December 4 through 5:30 p.m. Saturday, December 5.
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.