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.

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    While you're making your list, and before you start checking it twice, be sure to add a trip to Asheville, North Carolina, to the top of your holiday to-do's. Why? Asheville takes the holidays to the next level with these five
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    It's called the brightest holiday tradition in Asheville! The North Carolina Arboretum’s annual Winter Lights , which began in 2014, features one million bright, energy-efficient LED lights throughout the nationally-known gardens. The
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Asheville Restaurants Open on Christmas and New Year's

Asheville Restaurants Open on Christmas and New Year's

Asheville welcomes you for the holidays! It's an exciting time to be in town Asheville shines with twinkling lights, festive traditions and exciting new year's celebrations! If you'll be here in the mountains for Christmas or New … read more

5 Great Winter Hikes Near Asheville

5 Great Winter Hikes Near Asheville

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

Top 8 Places to See Holiday Lights in Asheville, N.C.

Top 8 Places to See Holiday Lights in Asheville, N.C.

Few experiences embody the excitement of the holidays like enjoying a display of bright, twinkling Christmas lights and meticulously-designed decorations. Visitors to Asheville, N.C. can enjoy these dazzling, family-friendly light shows that are sure … read more

12 Family-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Winter in Asheville

12 Family-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Winter in Asheville

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

Holiday Shopping Hot Spots in Asheville

Holiday Shopping Hot Spots in Asheville

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

Decorating Tips from Biltmore

Decorating Tips from Biltmore

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