Just named by Country Living as one of the best towns to visit for Christmas; Asheville, NC is a magical place to be this time of year.
While Christmas at the Biltmore might be Asheville’s main attraction during the holiday season, there are plenty of other fun things to do and see to really you get you in festive spirit!
Dating back to the 1800s the Vanderbilt home, better known as the Biltmore Estate, has been hosting lavish Christmas festivities. Purchase an estate tour, a self-guided walk through the castle-like home decked out with 55 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, colorful lights, fanciful garland, and holiday blooms. Enjoy commemorative Christmas wine at the winery, shopping at Antler Village, and so much more. Choose from a daytime tour or a candlelight evening tour.
Explore downtown Asheville
Asheville’s funky and eclectic downtown is fun to explore no matter what time of year, but it is particularly enjoyable during Christmas. With the streets decked out in holiday decorations, adorned storefronts, and of course incredible light displays, downtown Asheville really knows how to get into the holiday spirit. The Local Lights display will illuminate Pack Square and Pritchard Park in the heart of downtown.
Be sure to also add shopping at the historic Grove Arcade is added to your Christmas in Asheville list of things to do. Spruced up for the holidays this historic shopping center goes all out with their winter wonderland display.
Winter lights at the North Carolina Arboretum
Brighten up your holiday with a visit to the Winter lights at the North Carolina Arboretum. As Asheville’s brightest holiday tradition, visitors enjoy a walk through their own winter wonderland with unique displays of more than a half-a-million holiday lights. Running November 16th – December 31st.
Shop Asheville’s art galleries
Asheville, NC is home to a plethora of local art galleries, selling everything from paintings, glass work, and pottery. Downtown Asheville has the largest collection of art galleries, but visitors can find a variety of art and crafts galleries at the Biltmore Village and other small villages. A great place to hunt for a unique piece of art is at the River Arts District.
Join us every year for our Dinner with Dickens. A raucous and funny one-man performance, retelling the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”. Enjoy a fresh look at an old, time-honored tale beautifully staged at the historic Red Rocker Inn Bed and Breakfast. Always charming, the Inn will be lavishly decorated in her holiday finest. Dinner menu options include prime rib, roasted chicken, roasted spaghetti squash and other festive delights all served with impeccable style.
Reservations are required. Please call 828-669-5991 to reserve your spot today!
Ticket price is $65 and includes dinner, gratuity, and the show.
Enjoy a preview of past performances here.
Upcoming dates for “A Christmas Carol” – 4 nights of dinner theater in December 2018
- Tuesday Dec 18
- Wednesday Dec 19
- Friday December 21
- Saturday December 22
Stay at Red Rocker Inn
Enjoy the historic charm of our 1896 Victorian bed and breakfast, nestled in the quiet hills of Black Mountain, NC. Located off of the spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway and near the Biltmore Estate, our rooms are a great home-base for your next North Carolina getaway. So, book your stay with us and enjoy the best of Christmas in Asheville or any time of year!