By Sandy McLeod
Evoking the style, atmosphere, décor and cuisine of Christmas past has been a tradition in Biltmore Village for 24 years now. Charles Dickens, the late 19th and Early 20th Century Victorian writer, wrote the famous book, A Christmas Carol that was later made into a movie. Taking a cue from Dickens’ masterpiece, Biltmore Village restaurants, cafes and retail shops come alive with vintage dress, entertainment, and food from Dickens’ era the first weekend in December each year.
Live Performances During A Dickens Christmas
This year the celebration begins on November 30 (5-7 p.m.), continues December 1 (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and concludes December 2 (1-5 p.m.). The main stage will provide continuous entertainment with musicians, choral groups, singers and dancers. Actors and actresses from the Montford Park Players will perform scenes from A Christmas Carol. Once their stage performances are complete, many musicians and singers will appear on the streets and in the restaurants and cafes of Biltmore Village and continue to entertain.
This is a wonderful way to put your self and loved ones into that holiday mood and explore the artistry and delicious fare in South Asheville. Vanderbilt conceived of Biltmore Village as a traditional English village — and it retains these architectural and design features today.
A Short History of Biltmore Village
Biltmore Village is at the foot of the mountain where the gate to Biltmore Estate is located. During the early days of the Estate’s history, the area provided housing, churches, public space, restaurants, markets and cafes to the artisans, craftsman, laborers and their families who came to Asheville to build America’s largest home. Today, Biltmore Village is a thriving shopping district with some of the finest cuisine and cafes in Asheville.
Deck the Halls
Christmas decorations in Biltmore Village are traditional, emphasizing simplicity. See 250,000 white lights and a tree illuminated for this festival. Walk the brick lined streets and explore some of the turn of the century cottages and buildings. Christmas trees and wreaths are dressed in the style they may have been in the Late 19th Century. Shopkeepers, musicians, and others celebrate Dickens Christmas by dressing in Late Victorian vintage clothing, adding to the ambience.
Visitors can sample roasted chestnuts, take a horse drawn carriage ride through this historic district, and shop until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Visit BiltmoreVillage.com to download a performance schedule for the event.
Stroll around Biltmore Village with family and friends and catch the spirit of
A Christmas Carol. Listen to carolers singing traditional Christmas songs and take some time out to shop for unique gifts for family, friends and business associates. Afterwards, stop into a Biltmore Village restaurant, like the Corner Kitchen, Rezaz or Fig Bistro for a meal and something hot to drink.
Asheville Cabins is a 10 minute drive from Biltmore Estate and Biltmore Village. Book a luxury cabin in Asheville, close to all amenities. Guests enjoy fully stocked wood fireplaces and hot tubs in every cabin.
Learn about the December special here.