Holidays in Asheville, N.C.

From twinkle lights to gingerbread, Asheville, North Carolina, brings a little sparkle to the holiday season. Plan a festive escape to our Blue Ridge Mountain city, and you’ll find an enormous celebration during Christmas at Biltmore, sweet traditions at the National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn and an after-dark wonderland at Winter Lights at the N.C. Arboretum.

Explore unique holiday shopping at independent boutiques and galleries in downtown Asheville and beyond. Gather around tables of local food at award-winning restaurants. Take in the refreshing winter views of surrounding mountains. And discover new traditions with classic holiday light displays, theater performances, activities for families and other Christmas and holiday events.

  • Festive Holiday Happenings
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  • Top 8 Places to See Holiday Lights in Asheville, N.C.Top 8 Places to See Holiday Lights in Asheville, N.C.
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  • Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum in AshevilleWinter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville
    A relatively new tradition is lighting up the holidays in Asheville. The North Carolina Arboretum’s annual Winter Lights, which began in 2014, features 500,000 bright, energy-efficient LED lights throughout the nationally-known gardens. The
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  • Holiday Shopping Hot Spots in AshevilleHoliday Shopping Hot Spots in Asheville
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PHOTOS: 2019 National Gingerbread House Competition Winners

PHOTOS: 2019 National Gingerbread House Competition Winners

by Jason Tarr

The winners have been crowned in the 2019 National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn! And soon, you'll have the opportunity to see them on display! The display is open from Nov. 20, 2019 through Jan. 4, 2019 (*select … read more

PHOTO TOUR: Christmas at Biltmore 2019

PHOTO TOUR: Christmas at Biltmore 2019

by Jason Tarr

Biltmore shines with holiday grandeur as Christmas at Biltmore 2019 gets underway. Red and gold trimmings provide a feast for the eyes at Biltmore, where the Christmas decorations epitomize elegance. The ornate decorations transport you back in time … read more

5 Great Winter Hikes Near Asheville

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

12 Family-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Winter in Asheville

12 Family-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Winter 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 and … read more

Decorating Tips from Biltmore

Decorating Tips from Biltmore

by Asheville Insider

If you think decorating your home for the holidays can sometimes be a little overwhelming, imagine what it's like to deck the halls at a home with over 250 rooms! Decorators at Biltmore House, America's largest private home, have made … read more