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What says "Romantic Christmas" more than a carriage ride during the holiday season? Here are some options in November and December 2023 in Asheville and surrounding towns in the North Carolina mountains. 

Forest City (pic above)
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, 6-8:45 PM. Come early to get in line since it's very popular! Read about Forest City Hometown Lights. 

Dillsboro Festival of Lights Wagon Rides

Kickstart the Christmas season with a Winter Carnival on November 18 from 2:30-5:30 PM in downtown Morganton. Watch the Morganton Christmas Parade December 5 from 6-8 PM. Take a carriage ride every Friday and Saturday throughout the holiday season. Then, stroll the streets or have dinner nearby. Read about downtown Morganton.

During the downtown's "A Night Before Christmas" event, take a ride on luminary-lined streets, enjoy live music and shop the Bethlehem Market Place. 6-9 PM. Read about Downtown Waynesville. 

Main Street Weaverville is illuminated for their Candlelight Stroll on December 8 with music, entertainment, Santa, kid activities, carolers, horse carriage rides, and more. 6-9 PM. Read more about Downtown Weaverville.

Biltmore Estate
Take a 30-minute ride aboard a classic 12-passenger carriage through the estate Thursday and Monday at 3 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM, and 5 PM; and Friday-Sunday at 1:30 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM, and 5 PM. Rate: $35/person. Reserve at least four days ahead for any day of the week. Call 828-225-6398 to book. Read about Christmas at Biltmore.

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