7 Holiday Events Happening in Asheville

Mark Your Calendars: Asheville Holiday Events

The holidays are a special time to make lasting memories with your friends and family. And what better way to spend time with your loved ones than gathering everyone and planning a holiday getaway to the fun and festive Asheville, North Carolina? 

With the holiday season quickly approaching, now is the time to start planning how you and your family are going to celebrate. To help you make the most of the holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of the top Asheville holiday events taking place this year. Let’s take a look! 

1. Christmas at the Biltmore

Where: The Biltmore Estate

When: November 4, 2022 – January 8, 2023

The Biltmore Estate becomes even more magical during the Christmas season. Adorned with more than one hundred Christmas trees and thousands of twinkling lights, the Biltmore Estate offers enchanting holiday celebrations. Enjoy live music and complimentary wine tastings as you take in the beauty of seasonal plants and extravagant decorations all over the 175,000 square feet home. When day turns into evening, the pathways illuminate throughout the property creating a cozy atmosphere of flickering lights and blazing fires. Gather your loved ones and experience the holiday magic of the elegant Biltmore Estate. 

2. Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour

Where: The Olde World Christmas Shop

When: November 14, 2022 – December 30, 2022 

Journey through a holiday wonderland on the Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley for a cheerful and entertaining depiction of the Christmas season. Operated by Gray Line Tours, this holly jolly trolley features live music, storytelling, and Christmas carol singing. The walkway passes through Grove Park, Biltmore Village, Montford, and the downtown Asheville area lit with holiday lights and festive decorations. 

3. Polar Express Train

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad 

When: November 10, 2022 – December 31, 2022

All aboard the Polar Express Train! Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, the picturesque town of Bryson City offers this exciting Christmas tradition every year for all to enjoy. Each Christmas season, more than 90,000 passengers take the hour-long journey as they experience the holiday story while sipping hot chocolate and snacking on cookies. In the end, the star of the train ride, Santa Claus, appears to greet each child and give them a silver sleigh bell, just like in the movie. 

4. National Gingerbread House Competition

Where: The Omni Grove Park Inn

When: November 28, 2022 – January 2, 2023

Enjoy the smell of gingerbread as you stroll through the Omni Grove Park Inn and view the handmade, inventive gingerbread houses competing in the National Gingerbread House Competition. For more than 30 years, contestants from all over the world have come to compete for more than $25,000 in rewards. This Asheville holiday event offers a unique opportunity to spend time with loved ones while also supporting local non-profit organizations. 

5. Winter Wonder Walk

Where: Adventure Center of Asheville

When: December 9, 2022 – December 18, 2022

Walk through a real-life winter wonderland as you travel an outdoor route filled with live characters, bright decorations, and a special guest, Jack Frost. The Winter Wonder Walk is a magical holiday adventure for all ages that unfolds within the pages of the Winterland storybook. In order to find Jack Frost and halt a snowy storm, guests will be taken on a journey across the realm of Winterland, encountering many charming characters and creatures along the way.

6. Holiday Sip & Shop at Grovewood Gallery 

Where: Grovewood Gallery 

When: December 9, 2022 – December 11, 2022

Browse the Grovewood Gallery for a wide selection of one-of-a-kind Christmas presents by participating in the Holiday Sip & Shop. Sample complimentary wine or cider while you discover beautiful merchandise crafted by local artists. All handmade items including ceramic cutlery, wooden bowls and utensils, blown glass, custom jewelry, woolen scarves, and stationary cards will be discounted during this time so be sure to take advantage of these prices. 

7. Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum

Where: The North Carolina Arboretum 

When: November 18, 2022 – December 31, 2022

Within the well-known NC Arboretum, the 434 acres take on a new appearance in the illumination of dazzling holiday lights. Explore the Winter Lights to see exhibits that highlight the Arboretum’s lush surroundings, vibrant native butterflies, and winter wildlife. Especially featured attractions and popular favorites are the Quilt Garden and the dazzling 50-foot tree.

Make Asheville Your Home  

For many, the holiday season is one of their favorite times of the year to visit Asheville. However, these Asheville holiday events are just a glimpse of what living in the mountains is like. Located a short, 20-minute drive from downtown Asheville is our community The Cliffs at Walnut Cove — perfect for those who love the Carolina mountains. Becoming a member at The Cliffs can further enhance your life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

When you live at The Cliffs, exploring the blue-toned mountain peaks is just the beginning of the lifestyle our members experience. With luxury mountain homes and an assortment of member amenities, our exclusive communities in the Carolinas make living in the mountains that much more enjoyable. 

Are you ready to embark on your exciting journey as a member at The Cliffs? All you have to do is find the perfect mountain home and purchase a club membership. Then you and your family will have access to endless outdoor adventure and luxury amenities our community boasts. 

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