This delightful extravaganza features over 500,000 LED lights throughout the Arboretum’s gorgeous gardens - making winter just as spectacular as the growing season! There is a three-acre tour, the highlight of which is a 50-foot animated tree that sways along with the music. As you stroll through the grounds, enjoy cocoa, cider, s’mores, wine, and beer.
If you’ve never visited the Biltmore, put it on your Christmas list ASAP. Touted as America’s largest home, this 8000-acre masterpiece offers a taste of French Renaissance style right in the Blue Ridge Mountains. During the holiday season, the Biltmore delivers a classic experience with a 55-foot Norway spruce with 55,000 lights, 60 intricately decorated trees in the castle, 30,000 lights and 150 candles, and much more.
Go during the day to enjoy the sites and lights on a self-guided tour, admission into the Downton Abbey exhibit, as well as a special wine tasting. In the evening, you can enjoy all of this and wonderful live music.
Other family-friendly daytime/early evening events include: the National Gingerbread House Competition & Display at The Omni Grove Park Inn, shopping at Biltmore Park, a ride aboard the Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley, Biltmore Village and Dickens Festival, and much more!
Ready to ramp up your evening? Try:
Cultivated Cocktails combine two of our loves: cookies and cocktails into one fun evening. From 3-7 PM on December 12th, your ticket entitles you to one cocktail and cookie decorating. You can get $5 off your ticket price if you bring a new toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Let’s give some kiddos a great holiday!
There is always something scrumptious on the menu at our favorite restaurants, and the holiday season is especially warm and welcoming. Stop by and grab a bite before you continue your festivities.
While you can wear an ugly sweater wherever you want, why not join the fun at this holiday-inspired pub crawl. You’ll hit Wild Wing Cafe, Twin Leaf Brewery, Ben’s Tune Up and other hotspots and enjoy exclusive drink specials on December 10. Get your tickets now!
We don’t need an excuse to celebrate at Off the Wagon - but it never hurts! We guarantee a festive experience set to downtown Asheville’s best soundtrack. Will our musicians play Christmas carols? Maybe…. Will you have a fantastic time? Absolutely.
Make Asheville, NC your destination for holiday fun this year. There are tons to see, do, eat, and experience!