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Christmas In Asheville, NC


View of the Smokey MountainsAsheville North Carolina is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year. Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, there's easy access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, plus for a relatively small town, Ashveville has a really great selection of restaurants and places to stay.

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Life in this part of the world seems to provide artistic inspirations because many fine artisans make the area home and their works fill local galleries and shops.

One of the main attracitons in this area is the famous Biltmore Estate. The spectacular historic home of George Vanderbilt is particularly stunning decorated for the holidays.

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Christmas at the Biltmore Estate

Christmas at Biltmore 2023 will be held from November 3, 2023 - January 7, 2024

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Each year the Biltmore Estate is decorated in grand style for the holidays and open for both daytime and evening candlelight tours. There's a huge Christmas tree in the Banquet Hall as well as 56 decorated trees throughout the mansion.

The Biltmore Tree Arrival and decorating process was once an annual event that was open for guests to experience. Unfortunely, this activity is no longer open to the public.

There are two Biltmore ticket options during the holiday season: Daytime admission, which includes daytime admission to the house, gardens, shops, and restaurants, or Candlelight Evening admission, which allows you to visit in the daytime and during the evening, when the house is decorated with candlight and live music is provided by choirs and solists.

New for 2023! All Biltimore House tickets now include free next day grounds access.

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Biltmore Village

Biltmore Village was constructed in the 1890's as a planned community at the entrance to the Biltmore Estate. Today the village provides shopping and dining opportunities from a mixture of locally owned shops and restaurants.

During the Christmas season the village is decorated with thousands of white lights and holiday wreaths hang from the streetlights and shop doors.

National Gingerbread House Competition at the Grove Park Inn Resort

November 27, 2023 - January 2, 2024 at the historic Grove Park Inn.

These aren't just any ginger bread houses. These are like edible pieces of art. Guests not staying at the Resort are invited to view the display after 4:00 p.m. on Sundays or anytime Monday through Thursday, based on parking availability and excluding holidays and the following dates: December 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and January 1. Community viewing details.

There's no admission fee, but there is a parking fee of $25 per vehicle for self-park and $35 per vehicle for valet parking. Half of the parking fee is donated to local non-profit organizations. More Info.

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Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum

Asheville downtown Winter Lights at the Arboretum takes place November 17 - December 31, 2023.

Winter Lights is a walk-through holiday lights display of thousands of LED lights at the North Carolina Arboretum.

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Asheville Holiday Parade

The Asheville Holiday Parade is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The 2023 parade is November 18th from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Details.

Annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam

For over 25 years the Christmas Jam has brought a "one-of-a-kind, semi-structured marathon of music" to the Arena in downtown Asheville. The event benefits Habitat for Huminity. The London Times has rated it one of the top ten concerts in the US.

The 2023 Christmas Jam takes place December 9th at the Arena.


Inn on Biltimore Estate -  This hotel is located at the Biltmore Estate. Enjoy easy access to the Biltmore House and the Winery.

Haywood Park Hotel - A nice, all suites hotels located right in the middle of downtown Asheville. Within easy walking distance of shops, restaruants and Civic Arena. This hotel is located in a former department store building and retains some of the charm of it's eariler days (such as announcements like "ladies wear" along with your floor number on the elevator). The rooms and common areas are very spacious and well-appointed. See Rates.  

Aloft Asheville Downtown - Another good option with a downtown location that's walkable to the arena, plus lots of shops and restaurants.

Omni Grove Park Inn - This historic hotel is where the national gingerbread house competition is held. It's a beautiful resort hotel that's been in business for over 100 years.

Holiday Inn Express Asheville - Biltmore Square Mall - This Holiday Inn Express has a good central location for your Asheville visit.

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