Christmas is a wonderful time of year but in Asheville, North Carolina it is absolutely magical! And it makes a PERFECT weekend trip. Here are some of the best things to do on YOUR magical Christmas trip to Asheville.
Christmas at Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate is one of the premiere “castles” in America. It is a magnificent estate on the southern edge of Asheville overlooking the Pisgah National Forest. At Christmas, it becomes a magical place full of decorated trees in almost every room, aromatic wreaths and garlands, and candlelight.
The house is open for tours by day all year long, but at Christmas, you can tour this marvelous home by candlelight. The candlelight brings a sense of peace and wonder to an already fascinating tour of this historic home.
A visit to Antler Village and Winery on the estate grounds is a fun time as well. The trees, buildings, and winding paths are all illuminated with white twinkling lights. The shops and Winery Tasting Room are special places to visit at Christmas.
You can even stay on the estate in their Village Hotel or the Inn at Biltmore Estate. There are all kinds of activities to keep you busy at Biltmore. Click here for more information.
National Gingerbread House Competition, Omni Grove Park Inn
Remember when you were little and the family spent time together building the perfect little gingerbread house to display on the table. Yeah, me neither. But there are people who can really put together amazing gingerbread creations.
The best of the best gingerbread house creators display their masterpieces at the national competition every year at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville. And masterpieces they really are and every decoration on the houses is edible except the base.
You can see the creations after the winners are picked. From November 20 through January 4 on Sundays after 3:00 PM and Monday through Thursdays the public is welcome to visit the historic Grove Park Inn to see the gingerbread houses. If you stay at the Inn on your visit to Asheville, you’re welcome to see them at any time. Click this link to learn more about days and times to view the gingerbread masterpieces because times and days are limited.
Winter Lights, North Carolina Arboretum
This year the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville turns on the Winter Lights Show on November 22 and it runs through January 4. If you want to get in the holiday spirit, this is your place.
There are over 500, 000 LED lights in static display sets, on the ground, and in the trees. It is a truly magical artistic Christmas display of lights throughout the grounds of the Arboretum.
Some of the displays are synchronized with holiday music, making everything “merry and bright.” If you love everything Christmas as I do, (my husband calls me “Ms. Merry Christmas”) you’ll love this place. Click here for more details because tickets must be bought in advance.
The Wrap Up
There are tons of things to see and do in Asheville, North Carolina at Christmas. I’ve just told you about my favorites. The Candlelight Tour at Biltmore Estate, the National Gingerbread Competition at the Omni Grove Park Inn, and Winter Lights and the NC Arboretum will nicely fill a weekend trip to this magical city. If you want to know more about visiting Asheville, click here to see their website.
If you want to read more about Christmas trips click on these posts.
- Best Five Christmas Markets in the US
- Best European Christmas Markets
- Best 5 Christmas Ski Destinations
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