Asheville Holiday and Christmas Things to Do

Holiday & Christmas Season Things to Do

Looking for ideas of things to do during the holiday season in Asheville and western North Carolina (including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's)? We have plenty of vacation ideas for a getaway. The area is definitely one of the best places to shop for the perfect gift since it's home to so many talented artists. Find plenty of festive events. Remember, weekends are always busiest, so make reservations well in advance. For better deals and fewer crowds, stay Sunday-Thursday nights. Pic above: Forest City.

For a list of restaurant holiday hours from Thanksgiving to New Years', see AIR (Asheville Independent Restaurants) Holiday Hours.

Asheville Top 25 Holiday Things to Do

Christmas Tree Package
Christmas Tree Package, Banner Elk
Head to the high country, the Christmas Tree Capital, and take home the perfect tree. Includes lodging in Banner Elk, full breakfast, dinner discount, and a choose & cut 7-foot Fraser fir at a farm. Nov 14-Dec 6.
Rate: $144 weekdays, $164 weekends
NC Christmas Towns
Top 12 Christmas Small Towns
Take a photo tour of our Top 12 Christmas Towns & Villages near Asheville, each decorated with plenty of festive things to do in the North Carolina mountains.
Gingerbread Houses Grove Park Inn
Baking Spirits Bright, The Omni Grove Park Inn
October 21, 2020 to January 21, 2021
Learn how to make Gingerbread Houses at-home via a three-part series featuring All-Star Chefs & Competition Judges (including celebrity chef, Carla Hall). A portion of the proceeds goes to ACFEF’s Chef & Child Initiative. Class takers also receive 15% off future stays January-March, 2021. Available for purchase until Jan 21, 2021. Once purchased, the class series is available for unlimited viewing until October 1, 2021. 
Foodie Heaven
Find Foodie Favorites
Check out our very diverse and passionate food and drink scene. Be a little adventurous and try something new. Or, enjoy time-honored classics. In downtown, walk to 60+ locally-owned innovative restaurants, many with outdoor dining. From crafted cocktails to local brews, there's plenty to drink. Forage for food, visit a farm or tour a vineyard.
Art Galleries & Studios
Top Art Galleries
Visit a gallery to be amazed at a big variety of local art and craft, including glass, paintings, pottery and every other medium you can imagine. Asheville and the North Carolina mountains are home to hundreds of world-class artists. Here are our favorite galleries to see the their creations.
Packages
Packages & Specials for Asheville & Mountains
Pick a package or special perfect for your vacation, with discounts and travel deals for hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, country inns and cabin rentals in the North Carolina mountains.
Christmas Tree Farm
Christmas Tree Farms
Pick the perfect Christmas tree for your home at a "choose and cut" Christmas Tree Farm near Asheville. After you find your tree, they cut it, bale it and tie it on your vehicle. See our favorite farms.
River Arts District
River Arts District
Some 185 working artists have set up shop in the River Arts District. Drive a little, walk a little to visit studios and galleries. Find an amazing variety of art and see how the artists create it. It's just a few miles from downtown Asheville and Biltmore Estate.
Art Galleries
Shopping Guide
Shop 'til you drop with a huge variety of stores, galleries and outlets in the Asheville area. Find plenty of local, unique shops with items you won't find anywhere else. See the best areas to hit.
Forest City Christmas Lights
Forest City Hometown Holiday Lights
November 26, 2020 to January 03, 2021
See the million lights that create a magical Main Street in our top Christmas Town Forest City with many events throughout, including carriage rides. Lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving Day.
Tryon Christmas Lights
Christmas Wonderland Lights @ Tryon
November 17, 2020 to January 03, 2021
Drive through an extravangant, 2-mile Christmas light show, synchronized to music at the Tryon International Equestrian Center - open every night of the week.
Carriage Rides near Asheville
Holiday Carriage Rides
See our top spots to take a horse drawn carriage ride down Main Streets covered in lights and during specials events near Asheville in western North Carolina during the Christmas season.
Farm-to-Table Dining
Top Restaurants in & near Asheville
From casual to sophisticated, there are many restaurants for all tastes, with flavors from around the world. Plus, find many more award-winning chefs throughout the mountains. See our top picks for dining in Asheville.  
Spas in Asheville, NC
Get Pampered at a Spa
Be it a simple weekend of relaxation, a romantic couple’s getaway in the mountains or a chance to improve your health, Asheville is the ultimate destination for those seeking spas and wellness. Take some time for yourself for relaxation and rejuvenation. See our Top 15 spots.
Asheville Guided Tours
Top Guided Tours & Experiences
Take a guided tour for sightseeing, art, wildlife, history, food, beer, waterfalls, wellness and more in Asheville and western North Carolina. See our list of favorites.
Winter Hikes in Asheville
20 Winter Hikes Near Asheville
Hiking during the winter has many advantages - including better views thanks to leafless trees, few fellow hikers, no bugs, brilliant skies with more distant views and cool temps. See our top places for winter hikes in the Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains.
Biltmore Village
Biltmore Village
Meander tree-lined streets, explore 40 unique shops and relax at 10 cafes and restaurants. Most businesses are housed in historic cottages and buildings. Don't miss the fabulous New Morning Gallery.
Ski & Snowboard
Ski & Snowboard
Hit the slopes for plenty of winter of fun. Since we have the highest mountains in eastern America, you will find plenty of snow, either natural or man-made, for sking and snowboarding. 
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November 6, 2020–January 10, 2021
The Biltmore House is even more magical when adorned for the holidays - complete with 55 elaborate hand-decorated trees... read more
The 2020 National Gingerbread Competition will NOT have a public display at The Omni Grove Park Inn this year due to COVID.  But don't worry, there are plenty... read more
Where to see the best Christmas light displays in Asheville and the Western North Carolina mountains? Here are our favorite places - including many new and expanded shows.1.... read more
November 6-December 31, 2020
A favorite area holiday tradition for kids of all ages (including the adults!) is the Polar Express Train excursion at the... read more