Top 5 Things to do around the Holidays in Asheville
(These are a few of our favorite things...)
1.) Christmas at The Biltmore Estate:
The first thing that we think of when we think of Christmas in Asheville is the festival of lights at the Biltmore Estate. It is pure magic. If you only visit the Biltmore Estate one time in your life, make it a visit during the Holidays! You can visit America’s largest home and see it completely decked out for the holidays from November 3rd to January 3rd. Candlelight Evenings are especially magical.
So what makes their Christmas display so grand? The biggest show stopper is their towering 35-ft. live Fraser fir in the Banquet Hall, a thousand poinsettias, miles of garland and live music. Throughout the estate, find 100+ decorated trees with 25,000+ ornaments, 1.5 miles of fresh garlands, 500 wreaths and sprays, 2,000 poinsettias and other favorite holiday plants and 100 balls of mistletoe for those romantic holiday moments!
Buy tickets at www.biltmore.com
2.) The Winter Lights show at The North Carolina Arboretum:
Go Walking in a winter wonderland while strolling through the gardens of the North Carolina Arboretum. At night you'll see the gardens in a whole new way (light ;-) as they transform into a winter wonderland with over 500,000 lights. You’ll also hear some of your favorite holiday tunes as you meander through the garden paths, complete with synchronized lights that match up to the beat of the music!
What could make strolling through these illuminated gardens even more magical? A cup of hot cocoa from their cocoa shack!
The display is open nightly November 16th to December 31st from 6 to 10pm and you’ll want to buy your tickets in advance as they often sell out.
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3.) The Asheville Holiday Parade:
Even if you miss it this year on Saturday November 17th, you should definitely add it to your calendar next year. This festive parade features local business’s, local school dance and band troops, and your favorite holiday characters from 11 am to 1pm. The parade marches right through downtown so you’ll want to arrive early for the best parking and viewing spots! After the parade, head on down to pack square for photos with Santa Clause himself!
4.) The Gingerbread House Competition at the Omni Grovepark Inn and Spa-
If you haven’t been to the Omni Grovepark Inn yet then here is your reason for visiting Asheville’s most iconic hotel! Every year (from November 25th to January 4th) The Grovepark becomes home to dozens upon dozens of elaborate gingerbread houses that enter this competition categorized by age. Gingerbread building is serious business here and some folks spend all year completing their sugary masterpieces! It’s free to visit and view all the gingerbread houses, but they do charge you $20 to park. I’m going to be honest and tell you that we are cheap and we end up parking a mile away and walking. No shame. After enjoying the gingerbread houses enjoy a drink on the back patio and take in one of the best views of town and the surrounding mountains.
5.) Go on a Holiday Comedy Tour with La Zoom bus Tours!
Start a new tradition and get on the big purple bus! If you opend any time walking around downtown Asheville then you are probably familiar with Asheville’s favorite Comedy bus tour, and perhaps their even more famous “nun” Book your holiday comedy tour around town here: https://www.lazoomtours.com and get your “HO HO HO’s” in…..(hey I tried to be funny, I’ll leave it to the professionals now.)
Plan your next visit to Asheville Glamping or buy that special someone a gift certificate for Christmas here :
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