If you enjoy the city of Asheville, then you’ll love Asheville during the holidays. The city transforms into a winter wonderland offering a holiday kick-off parade featuring Santa himself, a festival fit for an expert foodie, stunning snow-covered mountain views, America’s largest home with 55 immaculately decorated Christmas Trees and so much more. View the events and plan your escape!


2018 Holiday Events

Christmas at Biltmore features 55 hand decorated trees throughout the Biltmore Estate. For a magical experience, schedule a Candlelight Evening tour. This self-guided tour presents the estate under candlelight, firelight, and holiday lighting. November 3, 2018 – January 6, 2019.

The Polar Express Train is a favorite for kids and adults alike. Take a tour with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad on this 1.25 hour excursion to the North Pole where Santa is waiting. He then boards The Polar Express and presents each child with a gift! November 9 – December 31, 2018. 

Go back in time with the Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum. This exhibit in downtown Brevard features dozens of vintage aluminum Christmas trees and ornaments at the Transylvania Heritage Museum. Admission is free! November 10 – December 22, 2018. 

Head over to the River Arts District on November 10 to find Asheville’s best collection of local artists exhibiting their work. The River District Artists Studio Stroll covers both Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11, from 10 am – 5 pm. 

Taste of Asheville returns on Thursday, November 15, 2017. This year’s festival will features vendors from over 40 of Asheville’s best local restaurants. November 16, 2017.

Discover Asheville’s brightest holiday tradition at Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum. Open nightly November 16 – December 31, from 6 – 10 p.m., walk through a winter wonderland and experience unique displays and landscapes composed of more than 500,000 holiday lights. Tickets are date specific and must be purchased in advance by visiting ncwinterlights.com

Join us in Downtown on Saturday, November 17 for the Asheville Holiday Parade. Kick off the season with a full parade with marching bands, floats, dancers and even Santa himself! 

The list continues with even more festivals, fairs, lights and tours! Our friends at Romantic Asheville has put all of the information together for you. Visit their site here for the full calendar.


See the Historic Biltmore Village transform into a Victorian Village for the An Old Fashioned Dickens of a Christmas Festival on November 30 – December 1.The festival features live music, horse-drawn carriages refreshments and more all in the period era setting.   

Enjoy the twinkling lights from the comfort of your own car the Lake Julian Festival of Lights. This drive-thru light show features animated light displays in a lakeside park setting. December 1 – 23, 2018.

Take a stroll through Downtown Asheville’s Galley Art Walk. Galleries stay open late to offer special exhibits and artist meet and greet opportunities. Friday, December 7, 2018. 

Get an insiders look at historic homes in the Montford neighborhood during the annual Montford Holiday Tour of Homes. This self-guided tour of 10 homes features Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Greek Revival, and Dutch Colonial architecture styles. December 8, 2018.

Experience the Thomas Wolfe House in a new light at their An Angel Christmas event. This event features the home adorned with period decorations, special tours, angel wreath auction, activities for children and so much more. December 15, 2018. 

Asheville’s largest Hanukkah party, Chanukah Live! kicks off on December 2, 2018. This event features music, Kosher food stations, a sushi bar and attractions for teens and adults. 

For a full list of December events, please visit Romantic Asheville’s website.