Holiday Carriage Rides in NC Mountains

Holiday Carriage Rides near Asheville

What says "Romantic Christmas" more than a carriage ride during the holiday season? Here are some options in November and December 2022 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, 6-8:30 PM. Come early to get in line since it's very popular! Read about Forest City Hometown Lights. 

Dillsboro Festival of Lights Wagon Rides

2022 Carriage Rides on November 19-December 23 on Fridays and Saturdays, plus Thursday, December 22 (Rides not available on Christmas Day). Start your carriage ride on the historic Courthouse Square (102 East Union Street), 5:30-9 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.

Lake Junaluska
On December 11, enjoy a leisurely 15-minute ride with mountain and lake views!  To participate in this activity, reserve your seat online for the 4-person carriage or 8-person wagonette. 12-3 PM. Read more about Lake Junaluska. 

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. December 10, 6-9 PM. Read about Downtown Waynesville. 

Main Street Weaverville is illuminated for its Candlelight Stroll on December 9 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 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.

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