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Top Ten Festive Things to Do in Asheville this December


Discover the best of Asheville, North Carolina, this holiday season with a little help from your friends at Carolina Mornings. Here's a few helpful hints that will help you and yours make the most of time spent in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.


1. Shop Local 'Til You Drop
Whether it's antiques, art, technology, or fashion that jingles your bells, Asheville, North Carolina, is home to hundreds of independent stores eager to help you find the perfect gifts. Take a stroll through downtown, inside the Grove Arcade (which is beautifully decorated for the holidays!), down West Asheville's Haywood Street, or through the River Arts District to get your dose of the warm and cozy local spirit.

2. LaZoom Special Holiday Tour
The big purple LaZoom bus is a moving Asheville landmark, cruising through downtown with full loads of laughing participants. The LaZoom crew will certainly help you get your holiday jollies on! Carolina Mornings wants to give you a hand in getting on the bus: the Mountain Discovery Pass, which comes complimentary with any vacation rental, includes one free LaZoom ticket per day of stay.


3. Look at All the Pretty Lights!
This holiday season, millions of tiny lights will be twinkling all around Asheville! To delight your eyes with visions of Christmas, take a drive through Montford, a walk around Biltmore Village, or a visit to Lake Julian Park's Festival of Lights.

4. Support Local Theater
Nothing like a little theater action, and maybe some mistletoe, to get you in the mood. The Ballet Conservatory of Asheville is putting on The Nutcracker, Asheville Community Theater performs The Santaland Diaries, and the Montford Park Players presents the classic A Christmas Carol. Pick up a copy of the Mountain Xpress for showtimes and ticket info.


5. Christmas at the Biltmore Estate
Witness the splendor of a Victorian Christmas at the Biltmore Estate. Enjoy a Candlelight Evening Tour where grandiose rooms come together with a cozy fire and passageways are lit by flickering candlelight. This is a family-friendly splendor not to be missed! Discount Biltmore Estate tickets and special deals such as the Romantic Biltmore Package are available through Carolina Mornings. Our on-staff concierge will even book your Candlelight Evening Tour reservations for you!

6. Buy Handmade Arts and Crafts
Say "I Love You" to that special someone with a handcrafted gift made by an Asheville artisan. You'll find plenty of arts and crafts to choose from at any one of the local holiday craft fairs taking place in Asheville this December. Check out the popular Holiday Bazaar at UNC-A, the Black Mountain Center for the Arts Holiday Market, or the Grow Down Home Market, all taking place right up until Christmas.


7. Discover Your Home Away from Home
After you load up the family and make your way to the Blue Ridge Mountains for the holidays, you'll need a comfortable spot to call home. Carolina Mornings, the area's premiere provider of vacation rental cabins in Asheville, NC, welcomes you to your very own mountain retreat. Call one of our professional Vacation Planners today to book your getaway in one of our luxury Asheville cabins - check out the huge selection offered by Carolina Mornings!

8. Sit Back, Relax, and Take in the Mountain Skyline
You work hard all year: now is your time to take it easy! What could be more relaxing than soaking in the sunshine while you gaze out at the rolling skyline surrounding Asheville. Claim a rocking chair on the deck of one of the cabins at Scenic Wolf Resort. The view from 4,300 feet is truly tremendous! Carolina Mornings also offers dozens of mountain vacation rentals all around the Asheville area, as well as numerous convenient, in-town locations.


9. Spend Quality Time with Your Family
During the hectic hustle and bustle, we sometimes overlook the most important part of holiday time: making memories with the ones you love. A Carolina Mornings mountain cabin provides you with many conveniences that will make your vacation a breeze, including a fully equipped kitchen, private amenities, fireside hearths, and plenty of space under one roof for everyone to gather together. Even the family dog is welcome: Carolina Mornings offers dozens of pet-friendly vacation cabins!


10. Plan a Spring Ski Trip
Just past the holidays comes another exciting time of year: ski season! Book your cabin now at Scenic Wolf Resort to be sure you get a prime weekend or week-long spot - reservations are pouring in already. The Mountain Discovery Pass, complimentary with any Carolina Mornings' vacation rental, includes one free ski lift ticket per day of your stay. Hit the slopes on Scenic Wolf Resorts' 22 runs covering 72 acres. Call Carolina Mornings today to secure your spring ski plans!