Holiday Happenings Around Asheville

The holiday season is in full swing here in Asheville. In the air, there is definitely a feeling of Christmas. While there are a multitude of fun activities, we have listed a few of our favorites.

Festival of LightsLight Up the Night!
Pack the family up in the car, put on the Christmas tunes, and head toward one of three fun holiday light displays around the area. The 14th annual Festival of Lights at Lake Julian has it's very own FM station that people can listen to while driving through the over 50 animated displays. The North Carolina Arboretum hosts Winter Lights, a self-guided nighttime tour through the gardens and buildings all decorated with holiday light displays. The area’s largest light display can be found at Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland which takes place at the WNC Agricultural Center (across from the airport) promises hundreds of thousands of twinkling holiday lights all syncronized to holiday music.

Christmas by Candlelight
The holidays are a special time at the BIltmore Estate. The evening Candlelight tours set the estate aglow in warm holiday light and decor. America’s largest home and it’s grounds are decorated with all of the beauty and splendor of the holiday season. Day or night, the holiday season is a great time to visit the Biltmore.

When you stay with Carolina Mornings, we make it easy for you to enjoy the Biltmore. With each reservation, you receive our Mountain Discovery Pass which gives you one ticket to the Biltmore ofr the entire length of your stay (execpt the departure day). This ticket can be upgraded to the evening Candlelight tour ticket and additional tickets to the Biltmore can be purchased through Carolina Mornings.

All Aboard
Head out to the Smoky Mountain Railroad and check out the Polar Express Train Ride. This is wonderous adventure is fun for all ages. This 1.5 hour trip departs Bryson City and heads to the "North Pole”. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Upon reaching the "North Pole”, Santa boards the train and greets each of the children and presents them with their own special silver sleigh bell.

Charlie Brown ChristmasSet the Stage for Holiday Fun

Get into the spirit of things with A Christmas Carol performed by the Montford Park Players. Their annual production of this Dicken’s play, written in 1914, is a timeless classic that is sure to shake the "Bah Humbug” out of any scrooge and place holiday joy into the hearts of the entire audience.

A play for the whole family awaits at the Asheville Community Theater’s interpretation of A Charlie Brown Christmas. This great musical (based on the TV special) includes the whole Peanuts gang - Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and, of course, Snoopy and Woodstock.


Sweet Treat
City RetreatThe holidays are definitely a bit sweeter when you visit the Grove Park Inn's National Gingerbread House CompetitionThe public is welcome to check out these edible works of art. 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.


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!).