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Holiday Events in Asheville, North Carolina

A colorful, creative city, Asheville comes alive over the holiday season. From Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland Lights and Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum to Candlelight Christmas Evenings at the Biltmore Estate, there are many exciting things to do in Asheville, North Carolina to bring joy to your holidays. Put some sparkle in your season at our Biltmore Farm hotels.

 

Check out the DoubleTree Asheville's 2015 Holiday Menu.

Check out the Hilton Asheville's 2015 Holiday Menu.

 

Holidays in Asheville Package

DoubleTree Biltmore Hotel

'Tis the Season at the DoubleTree by Hiltone Asheville-Biltmore! Join us this season as we celebrate the Holidays in beautiful Asheville, N.C. Our Holidays in Asheville package includes overnight accommodations, two general admission tickets to the beautifully decorated Biltmore Estate, a bottle of Biltmore Christmas Wine and delicious chocolates created by our executive chef.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Holiday Lighting Celebration

Biltmore Park Town Square

Friday, November 20th, 2015 6-8:30pm
 
Biltmore Park Town Square is welcoming the holiday season with the seventh annual Holiday Lighting Celebration on Friday, November 20th. This old fashioned holiday lighting will take place along Town Square Boulevard from 6-8:30pm. The evening's most pivotal moment is Santa Claus leading a countdown to the Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30pm., filling Biltmore Park Town Square with over 65,000 lights. It's the perfect addition to everyones family traditions and a delightful way to kick-off the holidays. Strolling carolers, magicians, and visits with Santa Claus are hallmarks of this enchanting event. It's a delightful way for family and friends to spend an evening together. Crafts for the kids, story tellers, along with refreshments for all, are truly something for everyone to enjoy. Bring your camera and capture your family's special moments as they visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus throughout the evening. 

DoubleTree Biltmore Thanksgiving Feast

DoubleTree Biltmore Hotel

Thursday, November 26th, 2015
 
Celebrate and give thanks! Gather around our table and celebrate Thanksgiving at the DoubleTree Biltmore with our traditional feast, featuring seasonal classics with an elegant twist. Our culinary team has created a menu full of Roasted turkey, autumn greens, herb roasted fingerling potatoes, pork loin stuffed with apples, pears and rosemary, pumpkin cheesecake, spiced apple pie tarts, and much more! Available Thursday, November 26th, from 1:30 - 6 pm. Adults $35; Children 12 and under $14. Reservations required at 828-274-1800. Full menu available here.

 Roux Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

 

Join us for traditional favorites and innovative classics this Thanksgiving day at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park. Our menu consists of a carving board with Roasted NC Tangle Wood Farms Turkey, Baked Ham, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, and more! Available Thursday, November 26th, from 1pm-8pm. Adults $36; Children 12 and under $16. Reservations required at 828-209-2715 or Opentable.com 

32nd Annual Candlelight Evenings

Biltmore Estate

November 27, 2015-January 2, 2016; 5:00pm-9:00pm
 
Explore Biltmore House during holiday evenings when candles and fireplaces fill the grand home with a warm glow, accenting delicate ornaments and priceless treasures with metallic shine and sparkle, and music warms the heart. This year, book a Candlelight Christmas Evening at Biltmore to make holiday memories with your family that will last a lifetime. Price Varies. http://www.biltmore.com/visit/plan-your-visit/buy-tickets/candlelight-evenings

Crest Mountain Christmas

The Crest Pavilion

December 1st, 2nd, 7th and 15th; Doors open at 5:30pm, Dinner at 6:00pm, 7:00pm Showtime.

 

$44 Dinner & Show, $40 Dinner & Show for Groups 20 , Military, and Senior Citizens. $22 Dinner & Show for Children ages 5-17, $25 Show Only Adults, $22 Show Only Children, Under 5 years old FREE.

2015 National Gingerbread House Competition & DisplaysTM

The Omni Grove Park Inn

November 29th, 2015 through January 3rd, 2016
 
Open to the public on Sunday through Thursday from 9am-9pm. Resort guests only on Friday and Saturday. For a sweet treat, tour the amazing display at the 22nd Annual National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Except for the base, the entries are constructed entirely of edible materials.
 
While there is no admission charge to view the gingerbread creations, there is a $10 per car parking fee. 

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland Lights

Western North Carolina Agricultural Center

November 25th, 2015-December 30th, 2015
 
This award winning Christmas light and music extravaganza is a two mile maze filled with hundreds of thousands of LED lights performing in perfect synchronization with the Christmas tunes playing through your car radio. Featured among the lights are huge customized displays of the 12 Days of Christmas with a comical twist.
 
At the end of the drive route, visit Santa's Village with Santa Claus under a big tent. Refreshments like hot cocoa, S'mores, funnel cakes and more are available for purchase. Fun activities for kids include a Santa train, giant spider bungee jump and inflatables. Christmas Wonderland supports Toys for Tots.
 
Open everyday, dusk until 10 PM, even in the rain.
  • Cars or Family Vans - $20
  • Limo - $40
  • Tour/School Bus - $80
http://shadrackchristmas.com/asheville/

The 69th Asheville Holiday Parade, presented by Bojangles & Ingles JingleFest

Downtown Asheville

Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
 
Ingles JingleFest will feature nonstop entertainment with performances from many of the groups that participated in the parade, inflatables and bouncy houses, kid's activities, and of course, photos with Santa. There will be children's activities in the arena, and a small craft/holiday market on the concourse. Free Event. http://www.ashevilledowntown.org/holidays

Winter Lights

The North Carolina Arboretum

November 27, 2015 - January 2, 2016 6:00 - 10:00 p.m Nightly.
 
Walk through a winter wonderland and experience the gardens in a whole new way! This new light show is unlike anything in Asheville. Designed with an artistic aesthetic, Winter Lights will enhance the natural beauty of the gardens and landscape. The Arboretum has collaborated with Jerry Stripling, former designer and manager of holiday decorations, special projects and events for Walt Disney World®, to create a truly magical experience. Winter Lights will also feature music, gifts, and food & beverages.
 
  • Adults$18
  • Children (ages 5 to 11)$16
  • Children age 4 & under FREE
  • Tuesday Nights are $15

41st Annual Christmas at Biltmore

Biltmore Estate

November 27th 2015-January 10th 2016. 9:00am-5:00pm.

 

Price Varies.

Winter Wonderland

The Grove Arcade

November 27th 2015-January 3rd 2016. Hours 10:00am-5:00pm. 

Head out to Winter Wonderland at the Grove Arcade for Santa, holiday decor, gingerbread houses, and more! Free Admission.

A Night Before Christmas

Downtown Waynesville

December 12th 2015, 6:00pm-9:00pm. 

Free Admission.

Dickens In The Village

Historic Biltmore Village

December 4-5, 2015

Friday night lighting of the 25' Frazier Fir with snacks, starting at 5:30pm. Saturday December 5th there will be carolers, and more! Free Admission.

http://www.historicbiltmorevillage.com/

Lake Julian Festival of Lights

Lake Julian Park

December 4-22, 2015; 6:00pm-9:00pm Nightly
 
Drive through a festive holiday light display along Lake Julian in south Asheville (near Biltmore Park). Their Festival of Lights is lit with thousands of colored lights and 50 animated and stationary light displays. The road circling this Buncombe County park becomes a magical journey. The light show is open 6-9 PM and admission is $5/car $10/van $25/motor coach.

Candlelight Christmas Stroll

Downtown Weaverville

December 11th 2015, 6:00pm-9:00pm.
 
Free Admission.

Asheville Symphony: Simple Sinatra Christmas Concert

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

December 11th, 2015; 8:00pm.

Come out and celebrate Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday. Ticket prices vary based on seating section. ($22-74). 


 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Asheville Community Theatre

December 4-20th, 2015; Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm.
 
Admission $15-25.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

December 8, 2015 - 7:00pm.

 

Tickets Necessary.

Holly Jolly Christmas

Downtown Black Mountain

December 5, 2015; 5:00pm-8:00pm.
 
Free Admission.

A Swannanoa Solstice

Diana Wortham Theatre

December 20, 2015, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
 

Intimate Holiday Concert with Irish and Scottish inspired music, poetry readings, and more.
Tickets: Regular $45; Students $40; Child $20.

 

A Big Crafty Hand to Heart Holiday Fair

Asheville Art Museum

December 6, 2015, 12:00 p.m-6:00 p.m.
 
Head to the Asheville Art Museum for Arts and Crafts with local food, beer, and music. Free Admission.

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Dining options near you

DoubleTree Biltmore Thanksgiving Buffet

DoubleTree Biltmore Hotel
Thursday, November 26, 2015
 
Celebrate and give thanks! Gather around our table and celebrate Thanksgiving at the DoubleTree Biltmore with our traditional feast, featuring seasonal classics with an elegant twist. Our culinary team has created a menu full of Roasted turkey, autumn greens, herb roasted fingerling potatoes, pork loin stuffed with apples, pears and rosemary, pumpkin cheesecake, and much more! Available Thursday, November 26, from 1:30 - 6 pm. Adults $35; Children 12 and under $14. Reservations required at 828-274-1800. Full menu available here.
 

Roux Thanksgiving Feast

Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park
Thursday, November 26, 2015
 
Join us for traditional favorites and innovative classics this Thanksgiving day at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park. Our menu consists of a carving board with Roasted NC Tangle Wood Farms Turkey, Baked Ham, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, Sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, and more! Available Thursday, November 26th, from 1pm-8pm. Adults $36; Children 12 and under $16. Reservations required at 828-209-2715 or Opentable.com 
 

Shopping options near you

  • Biltmore Park Town Square

    Discover some of Asheville's best shopping at Biltmore Park Town Square. This outdoor plaza is lined with a delightful mix of unique shops interspersed with big-name retailers such as Barnes & Noble, LOFT, Orvis and outdoor outfitters REI. From alluring little boutiques to major shopping galleries, Town Square is where to find everything you need, any time you need it.
  • Historic Biltmore Village

    Even without its history, even without its architecture, even without its charm, Biltmore Village would be among Asheville's can't-miss destinations based on its shops alone. You'll find the national chains you love as well as one-of-a-kind shops you won't find anywhere else. Men's, women's and children's clothing. Gifts, jewelry and art. Housewares, furniture and books. Everything you can imagine.
  • Asheville Mall

    Regional mall features specialty and department stores including Belk, Sears, Dillard's, Eddie Bauer, Gap, and The Disney Store.