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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by Mark File

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Warm Up! 5 Great Winter Hikes Near Asheville

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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

North Carolina Arboretum's Winter Lights Bring Holidays to Life

by Asheville Insider

A 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 lights … read more