What says "Romantic Christmas" more than a carriage ride during the holiday season? Here are some options in November and December 2018 in Asheville and surrounding towns in the North Carolina mountains.
Forest City (pic above)
December 1, 8, 15, 22: Our top pick is our top Christmas Town near Asheville! Take a horse drawn carriage ride on a Saturday night through a million lights that cover Main Street, 6-8:30 PM. Come early to get in line since it's very popular! $7/adult. Come on Friday nights for a hayride through the lights. Read about Forest City Hometown Lights.
December 21-23: Take a free wagon hayride pulled by a tractor by the twinkling lights along the historic Main Street, 6-9 PM. Starts at the Visitor Center at 201 South Main Street. Read about the Hendersonville Home for the Holidays.
December 7, 8, 14, 15: Ride a carriage through the Festival of Lights celebration with thousands of luminaries, singing and more in this artsy village with many galleries and studios. 5-9 PM. Read about Dillsboro Festival of Lights.
Friday and Saturdays, November 23-December 22, 2018: Start your carriage ride on the historic Courthouse Square (102 East Union Street), 5-9 PM. While reservations are not taken in advance, show up at 5 PM to book a time for a 20-minute ride. Then you can stroll the streets or have dinner nearby. $5/adult. Read about downtown Morganton.
December 8: During the downtown's "A Night Before Christmas" event, take a wagon ride on luminary-lined streets, enjoy live music and shop the Bethlehem Market Place. 6-9 PM. Read about Downtown Waynesville.
November 30 & December 1: During the annual Dickens in the Village festival on Friday 6-8 PM and Saturday 11 AM-5 PM, ride the horse-drawn carriage through the historic village by roasting chestnuts, strolling vocalists and costumed entertainers. Read about Biltmore Village.
Take a 60-minute ride aboard a classic 6-passenger carriage through the estate on Saturdays and Sundays, $65/person. For a VIP experience, book a 90-minute private, elegant carriage ride. Reserve at least four days ahead - for any day of the week. Cost is $350 for up to 4 guests, so great for a double date. Call 828-225-6398 to book. Read about Christmas at Biltmore.
December 7: During their Candlelight Christmas Stroll on Main Street, ride the horse-drawn buggy past luminaries and music. 6-9 PM. Read about Weaverville.