It just isn’t Christmas without a bevy of bright lights and gaudy, over-the-top holiday decorations. And if you spend Christmas in Asheville, North Carolina, you won’t be disappointed. The town and surrounding areas get into the spirit whether we’ve got snow on the ground or sunshine over the mountains. Drive through some of the neighborhoods surrounding your cabin or take a tour a little further out. The lights of Christmas are alive and well in Asheville.
- Biltmore Estate
Don’t even plan on leaving the area without at least one day, or evening, touring Biltmore at Christmas. You’ll find lights, trees and decorations on display at the historic mansion. It’s one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country during the holidays, and you’re just minutes away.
- Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Lights
Take a 20-minute drive out to the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center for a real treat. For only $20 per car, you can drive the winding two-mile stretch of LED lights that are synchronized to music you listen to through your car radio. The 12 Days of Christmas forms the theme for the display, which is sure to produce giggles and guffaws as the nationally acclaimed light show adds touches of humor and diversity.
- Lake Julian Festival of Lights
Not far from your cabin, you’ll find thousands of lights surrounding beautiful Lake Julian and the adjoining park. Admission here is only $5 per car ($15 for a van and $25 for a bus). The spectacle provides a show of nearly 50 lighted displays that are both stationary and animated. The light show is put on by the Buncombe County’s Parks and Recreation Department. It highlights (literally) some of the features of the Arden park, such as boating and fishing. Expect to see lighted fish flying through the Christmas air. You might even catch a glimpse of a few real fishermen too because the lake offers some great fishing this time of year.
- Winter Lights at NC Arboretum
A first for the mountain park, Christmas in Asheville will be transformed with lights transforming the well-maintained gardens in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This winter wonderland light show is a walking tour that features designs by former Walt Disney World lighting guru Jerry Stripling. In addition to the nightly lighted walking tours, you’ll be able to dance outdoors in the courtyard of the newly completed Education Center and purchase snacks, coffee and hot chocolate at the Savory Thyme Café. Admission is $18 for adults and $16 for children 5 through 11. Kids younger than four get in free.
Christmas in Asheville is never boring when you share all the blessings our mountain town has to offer. Spend a day skiing at nearly Wolf Laurel, eat at one of the world-famous restaurants near your cabin and then take in the holiday lights. Your cabin and its wood-burning fireplace will welcome you home when you return.
The staff at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds wishes you and your friends and families the very merriest holiday season. We hope you’ll choose us for your stay while you celebrate Christmas in Asheville.