When the lights mesmerize, the breeze refreshing, the food tantilizing, the view outstanding, the people kind and the adventures abundant - Asheville during the Christmas season may be the place to be.
Here are a few to make your holiday trip unforgettable.
Dating back to 1930 when the town hung its first set of lights on two trees, Forest City in Rutherford County is a festive small town experience. Main Street is decorated with a million lights wrapped around the live oaks, the path leading to the town fountain and the Christmas trees. On Thanksgiving night from 6-9PM, Christmas songs will be preformed by a local quarter. After which take stroll down the street to Santa’s House to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. There is also an ice skating rink for even more fun. This is open from November 28-January 1, 2020.
The North Carolina Arboretum has a stunning display of over a half-a-million holiday lights transforming the gardens into a wonderland. Make sure to dress warmly to walk the gardens - although if it gets a little chilly take a break roasting smores by the fire or enjoy a cup of cocoa. Beer is also available. It is highly advised to purchase tickets in advance. The display is open form November 22- January 4, 2020, 6-9PM nightly. https://www.ncarboretum.org/winter-lights/
We're all for snow days and cuddling up with loved ones by the fire, but the month of December is also prime time for traveling—mainly to see how the rest of the world celebrates the holidays. Many Carolina cities are magical during the holiday season although one stands out from December through the New Year.
If you have not been to Asheville during the holiday season, it is a must see at least once. Chances are there will be trips back every year to see the lights and feel the holiday cheer all through the city.
There are many couples as well as family events to attend, carriage rides to take, beautiful decorations to see, train rides, wine tastings, breweries and shopping...many great shops to find the perfect gift for you loved ones and friends.
As always the Biltmore House will not disappoint. They adorn the home with 55 hand-decorated trees including the 35ft live Fraser Fir in the Banquet Hall. To complete the breathtaking views there will be miles of garland, hundreds of wreaths, thousands of poinsettias and of course, 100 kissing balls. Hint: Buy tickets at least 7 days in advance and save $10 or more per ticket. While there, don’t forget to visit the Winter Garden, the shops and the winery.
A new Edition for 2019 is the Downtown Abbey Exhibition opening November 8th in the Antler Hill Village at Deerpark.
The Polar Express Train is back. Take the one and a half hour round trip excursion from Bryson City depot, over the river and through the woods to the North Pole to visit with Santa. Cocoa and cookies will be served, as will all the smiles of the adults and children alike. Santa greets all the children presenting each one with their own silver bell (just like in the movie). The tentative departure times are November 8-9 and 15-30 at 6:35 and 8:15PM.