Holiday Celebrations in Asheville, North Carolina

Craving a high altitude getaway? Asheville gets a little brighter, a little sweeter, and a little more festive around the holidays. While there are a myriad of fun activities in the month of December, here is a list of our Top Five Favorite Holiday Celebrations.

Christmas at the Biltmore Estate
A favorite spot any time of year, the majesty of the Biltmore Estate gets even more amazing during the holiday season. From gazing up at the 35-foot-tall Christmas tree in the grandiose Banquet Hall to spending time with Santa in Antler Village - the Biltmore Estate is definitely our favorite place to get into the holiday spirit, Victorian style. Stay with Carolina Mornings and you'll receive our exclusive Mountain Discovery Pass. For each night of your stay, you'll be treated to one admission ticket to the Biltmore Estate. The decor and celebrations at the estate are magical! For something extra special, consider the Candlelight Evening tour upgrade. It is a wonderful way to experience the splendor of holiday evenings by the glow of firelight. After exploring the estate, consider staying at the Biltmore Villa Hideaway. Just blocks away from the Biltmore Estate, this two-bedroom luxury condominium is located in historic Biltmore Village. The village is decorated with thousands of twinkling lights for the holidays, perfect for enjoying a festive evening stroll.

2. Setting the Stage for the Holidays
Step inside another world by attending one of the many theatrical performances around town. A Christmas Carol, the wonderful Charles Dickens tale, is being performed by theMontford Park Playersat the historic Masonic Temple from December 5th through December 22nd. Another adaptation of the story, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, is playing at theNorth Carolina Stage Company between December 11th and December 29th. Additionally, The Flat Rock Playhousehosts A Christmas Story from December 4th until December 22nd. It is based on the film of the same title and is sure to provide laughs for all. Also, on the less traditional side, on stage at the Asheville Community Theaterfrom December 19th through December 22nd, The Santaland Diaries is an irreverent, one-man show based on the essay by David Sedaris about working as an elf at a department store. Make it a date night and get in the holiday mood!

3. A Sweet Treat
The holidays are definitely a bit sweeter when you visit the Grove Park City RetreatInn'sNational Gingerbread House Competition. The public is welcome to check out these edible works of art Sunday through Thursday until January 2nd. The exhibit is spread out throughout the hotel, giving visitors the chance to check out all of the holiday decorations, as well as the historic beauty of this 100-year-old resort. Nearby City Retreat is located in West Asheville. This stylish vacation rental home offers great views and the convenience of being in the center of it all. This beautiful three-bedroom retreat has all the comforts of home. Best of all, it has a wonderfully appointed kitchen that will inspire you to bake your own gingerbread cookies.

4. Poetic Holidays
Join storytellers and musicians in celebration of the holidays atConnemera - the home of poet Carl Sandburg in Flat Rock. Carl Sandburg was not only a great poet, he was also a fan, collector, and singer of regional folk music. Christmas is Connemara honors Carl Sandburg, folk music, and the natural beauty that is found in holiday traditions. This festival is scheduled every Saturday until December 28th. Visitors will love the experience of sing-alongs, storytelling, craft making, and traditional, simple decorations throughout the grounds. Make sure to say hello to Connemara Farm's dairy goats on the property. A premier goat dairy farm run by Mrs. Sandberg from 1935 until 1965, the park service now runs the farm and raises goats that represent the three breeds originally raised at Connemara.

5. Light the Night
The 12th annual Lake Julian Festival of Lights invites you to drive into a magical winter wonderland. Between December 6 and December 23, put on the Christmas carols and drive through the park to experience the delight of over 50 animated and stationary light displays. Conveniently close to the Lake Julian, Rainbow Ridge is a beautiful two-bedroom log cabin. Featuring views to swoon over, a hot tub for relaxing, and a fenced-in yard for your pooch, Rainbow Ridge is the perfect home away from home for your whole family.

The wide variety of holiday activities in the Asheville area offer wonderful ways to make memories and establish new family traditions. Carolina Mornings welcomes you to come celebrate the season with us.

Call Carolina Mornings today at (877) 902-9441 to reserve your Asheville mountain cabin. A professional Vacation Planner will help line up your vacation rental accommodations, Biltmore Estate tickets, and outdoor adventures such as ziplining and skiing (included with every Carolina Mornings rental!).

By: Carmen Ybarra