Holidays in Asheville, N.C.

From gingerbread to ginger beer, Asheville adds a little sparkle to the holiday season. Here you’ll find a festive escape from the hustle and bustle of the shopping season, exploring at your own pace our numerous independent shops and boutiques. Annual events include holiday parades, dazzling light shows, craft bazaars, and the extreme antics of one Mr. Santa Claus, providing memorable experiences for the family and highlighting many of our region’s homespun traditions.

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  • Holiday Traditions at America's Largest Home Christmas Eve 1895, and Biltmore House was bustling with activity. In just a few hours, George Vanderbilt would officially open his new home in Asheville, N.C., to family and friends with a lavish
  • Christmas at Biltmore
    Holiday Traditions at America's Largest Home Christmas Eve 1895, and Biltmore House was bustling with activity. In just a few hours, George Vanderbilt would officially open his new home in Asheville, N.C., to family and friends with a lavish
  • Holiday magic for all ages Asheville is well known for extravagant Christmas celebrations at Biltmore and sweet gingerbread displays at The Omni Grove Park Inn , but the season also offers many holiday events and tours for the whole family.
  • Festive Happenings for Your Holiday Getaway
    Holiday magic for all ages Asheville is well known for extravagant Christmas celebrations at Biltmore and sweet gingerbread displays at The Omni Grove Park Inn , but the season also offers many holiday events and tours for the whole family.
  • Wishing You A Merry Cat-mas Welcome a little warm and fuzzy into your holidays this year with Asheville’s own Christmas cats. Santa has unleashed twelve Christmas kitties, and they’re here to help ring in the holiday season. From
  • O Little Town of Christmas Cats
    Wishing You A Merry Cat-mas Welcome a little warm and fuzzy into your holidays this year with Asheville’s own Christmas cats. Santa has unleashed twelve Christmas kitties, and they’re here to help ring in the holiday season. From
  • The National Gingerbread House Competition William Shakespeare got it right when he wrote, “And I had but one penny in the world, thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.” You’ll find plenty of this spicy holiday
  • Gingerbread House Competition at Omni Grove Park Inn
    The National Gingerbread House Competition William Shakespeare got it right when he wrote, “And I had but one penny in the world, thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.” You’ll find plenty of this spicy holiday
  • Share the city you love with your loved ones It’s that time of year again, when you want to remember family and friends with special gifts. But where do you start looking for items to delight the toughest customers? We suggest you begin right
  • Asheville Gift Guide: 27 Mountain-Made Items for Your List
    Share the city you love with your loved ones It’s that time of year again, when you want to remember family and friends with special gifts. But where do you start looking for items to delight the toughest customers? We suggest you begin right

Dancing Santa

by Cat Kessler

B-boy Santa is back on the scene! Once again he's showing off mad skills in the streets of Asheville, and this year he's got more to offer than sweet windmills and backspins. Follow Dancing Santa’s Asheville Itinerary Looking for a … read more

Warm Up! 5 Great Winter Hikes Near Asheville

by Mark File

Warm Up On These Top Winter Hiking Trails Taking a winter hike offers many rewards! First of all, you’ll appreciate the refreshing temperatures as you climb a mountainside. Often, you’ll have the trail all to yourself since there are … read more

Festive Happenings for Your Holiday Getaway

by Mark File

Holiday magic for all ages Asheville is well known for extravagant Christmas celebrations at Biltmore and sweet gingerbread displays at The Omni Grove Park Inn , but the season also offers many holiday events and tours for the whole family. … read more

Holiday Shopping Hot Spots in Asheville

by Janet Moore

Do your holiday shopping in Asheville Crisp mountain air combines with the smell of evergreens, spice-infused apple cider, and hot chocolate. In Biltmore Village carolers are singing the familiar songs of Christmas and on Asheville's street … read more

12 Ways to Spend Your Winter Days With the Fam in Asheville

by Lindsey Grossman

There’s plenty to do for the whole crew, indoors or out Avoid the crowds (and prices) that come with fall , spring and summer , and enjoy Asheville with your family at the coolest time of the year. Indoors With more than 30 pinball machines … read more