There’s nothing quite like spending a quiet holiday away from your everyday life in the North Carolina mountains. Experience the magical wonderland that is Christmas in Asheville, NC. Browse unique shops for one-of-a-kind gifts. Admire the impressive decor at the Biltmore or Omni Grove Park Inn. If you’re feeling adventurous, you might enjoy a snowy winter hike or a leisurely stroll through a city park. Read on to learn about some of our favorite things about Christmastime around here. Then, be sure to check out our complimentary Vacation Guide for more great suggestions to include in your Asheville itinerary!
10 of the Best Ways to Spend Christmas in Asheville, NC
1. Check out a Christmas Daytime Event at Biltmore Estate
From November through the first week of January, you can experience everything from the scent of fresh evergreens and impressive holiday decor to delicious commemorative Christmas wine tastings at the Biltmore Estate during the daytime.
2. Experience a Candlelight Christmas Evening at Biltmore Estate
Perfect for a romantic winter getaway, the Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore Estate allow visitors to take in the glittering cascade of lights at night time. Sip wine, explore Antler Hill Village, and take in the sights and sounds of this most wonderful time of year.
3. Indulge in a Little Holiday Shopping Downtown
Find handmade gifts, antique knick-knacks, and one-of-a-kind treasures while shopping around Downtown Asheville.
4. Admire Impressive Gingerbread Houses at the Omni Grove Park Inn
Each year, the Omni Grove Park Inn hosts a National Gingerbread House Competition! The winning creations stay on display through the first week of January!
5. Strap on Your Snow Boots and Go Hiking
If you’re unbothered by the snowfall, consider hiking around Asheville for outstanding views of treeless summits, impressive gorges, and stunning, frozen waterfalls.
6. Stand in Awe of Mesmerizing Winter Lights at North Carolina Arboretum
The Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum are recognized as one of the “brightest” Christmas traditions in Asheville. Roast s’mores. Sit by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa or cider. Then, wander around and take in the magical light displays.
7. Attend the Dickens in the Village Festival
Stroll along brick-lined streets full of carolers, actors, and musicians dressed in Dickensian-era costumes at the Dickens in the Village Festival.
8. Wind Through the Lake Julian Festival of Lights Drive-Thru
Drive around the county park at Lake Julian which glows radiantly with festive lights each year. Around 50 different animated and stationary displays stand ready to greet you upon arrival.
9. Hop on a Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour
All aboard the Holly Jolly Trolley! Each year, Gray Line offers a 75-minute tour on which you can listen to local lore, indulge in holiday traditions, and sing classic carols while rolling past festive decor throughout Asheville.
10. Stay in a Decorated, Queen Anne Victorian B&B
If you’re planning a visit to Asheville, NC, this Christmas, make the most of your getaway when you stay at the 1899 Wright Inn & Carriage House! We do our best to fill our beautiful bed and breakfast with enough holiday spirit to squash any Scrooge. Make yourself right at home in our comfortable accommodations adorned with an eclectic mix of antique furnishings and holiday decor. Wake up to a delicious, gourmet, homemade breakfast. Then, head out and enjoy all the amazing attractions that our charming city has to offer. We look forward to making your stay one that you’ll remember for a lifetime!