Visitors staying at our Asheville luxury cabins have always loved the English manor-style architecture of Biltmore Village, but you will feel like you have time-traveled back to Victorian-era England during the Dickens Festival.
More than 300 performers will be on hand, singing, playing music, dancing and performing vignettes at stages and strolling throughout the village to create a unique holiday atmosphere. The spectacular holiday decorations, horse-drawn carriage rides and chestnuts roasting on an open fire – literally – add to the ambience.
Now in its 25th year, the event will be held Dec. 6-8. Festivities last from 5-7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Carriage rides are only held on Saturday and Sunday.
Even when the Dickens Festival isn’t happening, the Biltmore Village is one of Asheville’s most popular shopping and tourism destinations.
Begun in the late 1800s, the village was commissioned by George Washington Vanderbilt while he was building his Biltmore Estate next door. The buildings feature a combination of brick, pebbledash and timbers that have become known as the “Biltmore style.”
The mix of upscale shops, eateries, galleries and salons makes this the perfect place for some Christmas shopping. You’ll find everything from antiques to modern art, stylish clothes to fly fishing gear. Shops will be open until 7 p.m. each evening during the festival.
Some of Asheville’s best restaurants, such as the Corner Kitchen, Red Stag and Rezaz, are also located here, so you can combine the experience with breakfast, lunch or dinner.