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.

Ringing in the New Year: Asheville Style

The parties, the bubbles, the balloon drops! If you are ringing in the New Year in Asheville, NC – it’s time to make the resolution  to do it in style!

Whether you are planning a romantic evening out with dinner and champagne or a full night of party hopping, Asheville Premier Transportation offers luxury town cars, SUV’s and our new fully equipped 14-passenger Ford Transit to fit your entire New Year’s Eve party!

Enjoy the sparkle and grandeur of the Blue Ridge Mountains, dine in our award-winning culinary city and stroll through the romantic winter streets of Downtown Asheville this holiday’s eve. It’s not too late to book your personal transportation and discover why Asheville, NC was the only US city in the world to make the Forbes “15 Coolest Places to Go in 2018.”   Ride into the New Year in style with Asheville Premier Transportation!

Check out our favorite ways ring in 2018

Tryon Intl Equestrian Center is hosting two parties in celebration of New Year’s Eve  Sunday, Dec. 31 –  Legends Club and Campagna Italian Grille – for the price of one all-access pass. Individual tickets are $80 per person or $150 per couple and include passed heavy hors d’oeuvres from theme of country celebrating New Year’s at that time throughout the night, a dinner buffet, two live bands, a DJ, champagne toast, party favors and more as you watch the ball drop!

Winter Lights at NC Arboretum: Asheville’s brightest holiday tradition, walk through the winter wonderland of nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights at the Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum. This outdoor holiday exhibit is one of the most popular holiday experiences each year in Asheville. Open New Year’s Eve! Dress warm & grab a cup of hot cocoa or cider for the walk!

Biltmore Estate: Biltmore Estate is open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Experience the wonder of the holiday season at the breathtaking Christmas at Biltmore. Visitors can cozy up by candlelight under the grand holiday décor of the Biltmore House and experience the holidays underneath the extravagant 35-foot Frasier Fir Christmas Tree in the banquet hall. With miles of ribbon, garlands, and lights, this is an experience the entire family will remember for a lifetime.

The Omni Grove Park Inn: Famous New Year’s buffets & parties!  Blue Ridge Dining Room will feature the big New Year’s Eve Buffet and a New Year’s Day “Good Luck” Buffet. Plus, ring in 2018 with the Grove Park’s special New Year’s Eve Times Square Party in the Grand Ballroom.

Asheville Symphony Orchestra: Celebrate in the U.S. Cellular Center banquet hall following the performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The after-party will feature a 1940s jazz band, dancing, and a midnight toast. Tickets for the after-party are $125 per person and include party favors, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and champagne.