Holidays in Asheville, NC

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.

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…

2016 National Gingerbread House Competition™ Display
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2016 National Gingerbread House Competition™ Display

November 27, 2016
Sundays at 3pm through Thursdays for day visitors, excluding holidays, based on availability
Cost: Free ($10 to park)

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Holidays at the Grove Arcade

Asheville Gift Guide: 27 Mountain-Made Items for Your List

by Janet Moore

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 … 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 holiday … read more

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5 Crazy Reasons Why Asheville Should Top Your Holiday Travel List

by Cat Kessler

While you're making your list, and before you start checking it twice, be sure to add a trip to Asheville to the top of your holiday to-do's. Why? Because this year, Asheville takes the holidays to the next level with these five … read more

Christmas Cat at Wicked Weed

O Little Town of Christmas Cats

by Cat Kessler

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 … 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

Grove Arcade Holidays

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

National Gingerbread Competition

Holiday Magic at the Omni Grove Park Inn

by Janet Moore

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 … read more

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

Christmas Candlelight Evening

Christmas at Biltmore

by Janet Moore

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 … read more