What says "Romantic Christmas" more than a carriage ride during the holiday season? Here are some options in November and December 2019 in Asheville and surrounding towns in the North Carolina mountains. Don't forget to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
Forest City (pic above)
December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19: 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! Read about Forest City Hometown Lights.
December 11-12: Take a free wagon hayride pulled by a tractor by the twinkling lights along the historic Main Street, 5-8 PM. Starts at the Visitor Center at 201 South Main Street. Read about the Hendersonville Home for the Holidays.
2020 Carriage Rides on November 21-December 26 on Fridays and Saturdays (Rides not available on Christmas Day, December 25). 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 15-minute ride. Then you can stroll the streets or have dinner nearby. $5/adult, $3/children 12 and under. Read about downtown Morganton.
December 8: 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. (Waiting to confirm 2020 details)
Take a 30-minute ride aboard a classic 8-passenger carriage through the estate Friday-Sunday at 11:30 AM, 12 PM, 1:30 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:30 PM, or 5 PM. Rate: $30/person. Reserve at least four days ahead - for any day of the week. Call 828-225-6398 to book. Read about Christmas at Biltmore.