Holidays

Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum

8 Ways Asheville Sparkles for the Holidays

Every holiday season needs a little bit of sparkle—the twinkle of lights, the flicker of a fireplace, the shimmer of sugarplums or the glow of candlelight. Asheville, North Carolina brings all the sparkle—and gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountain views—to your holiday season this year with festive ways to play, indulge and get away from it all. Discover how Asheville shines for the

Christmas at Biltmore

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 to inspire the spirit of the season. 1. Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum It’s one of the newest light displays in Asheville and

Christmas at Biltmore 2018

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 holiday decorating an art, and in the spirit of the season, they compiled a list of decorating ideas that will help bring the warmth and spirit of a

Christmas Cat at Wicked Weed

O Little Town of Christmas Cats

Wishing You A Merry Cat-mas 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 to viewing the National Gingerbread House Competition & Display at The Omni Grove Park Inn, there’s plenty for a

Bboy Santa at Biltmore 2

Dancing Santa

B-boy Santa is back on the scene! He's been spotted showing off mad skills in the streets of Asheville, and he's got more to offer than sweet windmills and backspins. Follow Dancing Santa’s Asheville Itinerary Looking for a fresher, doper getaway for the holiday season? Pack your break-dancing moves and follow in the (dance) steps of Asheville's very own Bboy Santa. A visit

National Gingerbread Competition

National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C.

The Entries in the National Gingerbread House Competition Go On Public Display Each Year in Asheville For the Holidays. 2019-2020 National Gingerbread House Competition Viewing: Nov. 20, 2019-Jan. 4, 2020** (See details below) See the nation's most creative and incredible gingerbread creations when the entries in the National Gingerbread House Competition go on display to the public at The

Holiday Shopping

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 corners, musicians serenade shoppers with old and new holiday favorites. It is the holiday season in Asheville and throughout the city's diverse

Family Making Smores at Winter Lights

Festive Happenings for Your Holiday Getaway

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. Here's just a sampling to get you started: Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum is one of the newest holiday traditions in Asheville. From

Christmas at Biltmore 2017

Christmas at Biltmore Estate

America’s largest home transforms each holiday season for an awe-inspiring tradition in Asheville, N.C. that dates back more than 120 years. 2019-2020 Christmas at Biltmore Dates: Nov. 1, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020 Welcome the holiday season in style with Christmas at Biltmore -- a two-month holiday celebration featuring incredible decorations, live music and special candlelight evening experiences.

Three Bean Turkey Chipotle Chili #Recipe | ExploreAsheville.com

Three Bean Turkey Chipotle Chili Recipe

photo by Sommer Collier A perfect recipe for those cold winter days, this three-bean chili uses turkey (or tofu if you desire) as a lean protein substitute for meat. You can turn up the heat or dial it down based on your personal preference. This recipe is an original creation crafted by the Wards from Inn on Main Street. Ingredients 2 Tbsp. canola oil 1-1½ pounds lean ground turkey 1 large

Winter Squash Dip Recipe

This flavorful appetizer is perfect for cold weather entertaining. This dip recipe comes from Winter Sun Farms, a program of Blue Ridge Food Ventures in Asheville. Ingredients 2 heads garlic, tops cut off to expose cloves 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 8 scallions, white and pale-green parts only, sliced ¼-inch thick 1 package (16 ounces) WINTER SUN FARMS frozen roasted