Asheville’s Top 5 Magical Holiday Must-dos

Omni Grove Park Gingerbread Houses

A visit to the National Gingerbread House Competition has become a holiday tradition for both locals and visitors alike. What began as a small group of gingerbread houses built by community members in 1992, has become one of the nation’s most celebrated and competitive holiday events. Judges consider 195 entries, with designs that range from amazing to out of this world. You’ll have to see it for yourself! The 27th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ winning creations will be on display until January 4, 2020.

Downtown Asheville Lights

A walk through Downtown Asheville at dusk is sure to get you feeling all the feels and into the holiday spirit! Be mesmerized in Prichard Park by the thousands of lights, dripping icicles and giant snowflake centerpiece.  

Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum

All of the lights! Asheville brightest holiday tradition just keep getting brighter! Walk through the Arboretum’s gardens Winter Lights and enjoy unique displays and landscapes deck out in over half-a-million holiday lights. Perfect for the entire family!

Christmas at Biltmore 

From the stunning 35-foot Frasier Fir Christmas Tree to the garland, spectacular light displays, candlelight evenings, and glowing fireplaces a trip to Christmas at Biltmore is the ultimate way to immerse yourself in holiday cheer. The Biltmore Estate offers both daytime and evening packages designed to make your holidays shimmer.

Dickens Christmas Biltmore Village

Go back in time with Dickens in the Village in Biltmore Village! First celebrated in the late ’80s’ as a way to bring both locals and visitors together for the holiday season,  the holiday affair has grown into a favorite weekend long and time honored tradition in Asheville. The event brings magic to the Village with over 25 performing acts, festive treats and strolling carolers dressed in Dickensian period costumes.