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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Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evenings
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Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evenings

November 4, 2016
Cost: A special ticket is required. Visit website for details.

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2016 Christmas in the Mountains Package
2016 Christmas in the Mountains Package

December 21, 2016 to December 29, 2016
Gingerbread houses, festive decorations and the warmth of two, thirty-six foot…

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  • Christmas Candlelight Evening
    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 party. From the kitchen came rich smells of holiday
  • Christmas at BiltmoreChristmas Candlelight Evening
    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 party. From the kitchen came rich smells of holiday
  • Family Making Smores at Winter Lights
    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. Here's just a
  • Festive Happenings for Your Holiday GetawayFamily Making Smores at Winter Lights
    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. Here's just a
  • Christmas Cat at Wicked Weed
    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 decking the halls at  Biltmore
  • O Little Town of Christmas CatsChristmas Cat at Wicked Weed
    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 decking the halls at  Biltmore
  • National Gingerbread 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 favorite during The Omni Grove Park Inn
  • Holiday Magic at the Omni Grove Park InnNational Gingerbread 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 favorite during The Omni Grove Park Inn
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    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 here. The city’s creative community is
  • Asheville Gift Guide: 27 Mountain-Made Items for Your ListHolidays at the Grove Arcade
    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 here. The city’s creative community is
Family Making Smores at Winter Lights

Festive Happenings for Your Holiday Getaway

by Mark File

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. Here's just a … read more

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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

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Holiday Shopping Hot Spots in Asheville

by Janet Moore

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 corners, musicians serenade shoppers with … read more

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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

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

by Lindsey Grossman

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 over a dozen classic video games in the “Arcave,” … read more