Our guests arriving for holiday fun in Asheville in the aftermath of “leaf season” seem to have holiday lights right at the top of their holiday agenda. We arrived in Asheville in 1999 and at that time the only real recommendation to be made in response to that question would have been Biltmore House. We’ve come a long way baby!
Number 1: New this year, in conjunction with another event I will cover in a bit, hosted by the NC Arboretum, is Winter Lights Downtown. At Pack Square, located at the center of town in the city of Asheville, 8 beautifully lit trees will be displayed shining bright their message of holiday cheer. Really pretty and just a great Christmas present to guests and locals alike as they enjoy our downtown area.
Number 2: Winter Lights NC Arboretum: The NC Arboretum lights up the holiday season with one of my very favorite light displays in our entire area. From now through January 1, 2017 they will have over half a million lights artistically displayed throughout their gardens guaranteed to deliver to all but the hardest of hearts the real meaning of the Christmas spirit. I have provided in this blog a link to last year’s blog I did on this event. Go to this event, it’s so awesome. This is an up close and personal encounter as the event is enjoyed in our cool, crisp mountain air walking about the arboretum. Fire pits dotted throughout providing a perfect place to warm your hands while enjoying some hot cocoa or a smore before continuing on the trails. Cost is approximately $18/pp including all fees. Hours: 6-10 p.m.
Number 3: Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland: A cacophony of lights and music streak through the night with the gusto of Rudolph leading his reindeer pack. Not for the faint of heart nor those with a sensitivity to photophobic elements. Designed to drive your car through as the hundreds of thousands of lights wink and blink to the tunes of your favorite Christmas music. All the way live, a sure kid favorite. $25 a vehicle will provide access to both the drive-though element as well as admission to Santa’s village where pizza, smores, cocoa and other Santa treats can be purchased.
Number 4: Biltmore Estate Candlelight Christmas: Every year from early November till January’s first few days are spent, Biltmore Estate offers the child in all of us the opportunity to tour the house all decked out in Christmas finery and lit by candles. When the day is done and evening time arrives at this grand home, Candlelight Christmas makes its sparkling debut. To add to the magic of the indoor splendor, musicians playing (flutes, cello, dulcimers, harp and some of the finest voices the angels have ever heard) transport you to the very best of Christmas. In the Main Banquet Hall, the primary Christmas tree (35′ of hand decorated,awesome wonder) keeps company with the 69 other trees lavishly decorated displayed throughout the house. More poinsettias and garland than you have likely ever seen all in one place couple to make this experience one you will never forget. Candlelight Christmas at Biltmore can be enjoyed as a solo event or packaged with more options for enjoying the house. We are happy to arrange your tour as part of your stay with us.