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 treats at the National Gingerbread House Competition & Display 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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    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
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PHOTO TOUR: Christmas at Biltmore 2018

by Jason Tarr

Biltmore shines with holiday grandeur as Christmas at Biltmore 2018 gets underway. Magical. That's the word guests so often use when describing Biltmore during the holidays. Ornate decorations transport you back in time and showcase a tradition … read more

20 Holiday Performances to See in Asheville, N.C.

by Jason Tarr

Feel the holiday spirit rise with the curtain onstage in Asheville, N.C. These 20+ performances are your ticket to a holiday filled with song, laughter, and the Asheville area’s top-notch talent in theater, dance, and music. Dance Dancers help … read more

PHOTOS: 2018 National Gingerbread House Competition Winners

by Jason Tarr

The winners have been crowned in the 2018 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. 25, 2018 (after 3 p.m.) through Jan. 4, … read more

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

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