Asheville, NC, is in the South, but in the mountains, too. It gets cold here. We even get snow sometimes. It might slow us down, but it won’t stop us. Here are some Asheville events going on in Decemb Asheville, NC, is in the South, but in the mountains, too. It gets cold here. We even get snow sometimes. It might slow us down, but it won’t stop us. Here are some Asheville events going on in December 2014: 2014 National Gingerbread House Competition From now through January 1, the Omni Grove Park Inn is displaying the gingerbread houses from this year’s competition. The viewing is free, but you must pay for parking. It’s really worth it if you’ve never seen them. Get details, directions and dining options at the Grove Park Inn.  cHbJTSX72mVSSSgzCetW63oGqwE-3dqeL5aV2PYpj9A Christmas at Biltmore The time to go to the Biltmore Estate is from now through New Year’s. Come see the enormous Christmas trees and all the holiday cheer. There are also evening tours. Learn more about Christmas at the Biltmore Estate. Xmax_facade copyLR Paws to Give The local no-kill animal rescue center Brother Wolf is throwing a fundraiser on Thursday, December 4, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in The Millroom. For $20, you get live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, two free drinks and a “huge silent auction.” Get the facts about the event and order your tickets.  Biltmore Village Dickens Festival The area just outside the Biltmore Estate gateway is a quaint shopping/dining area called Biltmore Village. Workers and artisans lived there during the Estate’s construction, but now it’s a commercial district. On December 5–7, the Village comes to life with more than 300 musicians, singers (including choral groups) and dancers. The Montford Park Players also make an appearance. Read more about the Dickens Festival. imgres Southern Rodeo Association Finals On December 5–7, at the WNC Agricultural Center in nearby Fletcher, the SRA holds a rodeo. If you’ve never been to one, you’ll be able to watch events like bareback riding, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and breakaway roping. You might want to dress warm, but it promises to be a fun day. Find more information about the rodeo.  The Big Crafty If you’re worried about what to get your loved ones for the holidays, don’t! Instead, attend the free arts and crafts extravaganza called The Big Crafty. Held on Sunday, December 7, in Pack Square, Asheville. It’s been called the city’s best community holiday bazaar. Find out why the Big Crafty is so awesome. Warren Haynes Presents: The 26th Annual Christmas Jam An Asheville holiday tradition, the Christmas Jam is a start-studded concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity. This year’s Jam on December 13 features Gov’t Mule, Billy & the Kids, Hard Working Americans, Jason Isbell, and many many many more. Tickets sell out fast, so get yours soon. Get the Christmas Jam details.  10483243_10152729805479780_1457775059282906014_n Cirque Dreams: Holidaze On December 17, this theater production comes to the U.S. Cellular Center with 20 unique acts, 30 artists from around the world and more than 300 costumes. If you’re a Cirque fan, do something different on your vacation and see this show. Find out more about Cirque Dreams: Holidaze.  New Year’s Eve 2015 There are no city-sponsored fireworks this year, but downtown Asheville will still be jumping. Most restaurants are open late, and clubs throughout the city will feature live music. Pick a place and make reservations. Let the office at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds know if we can help, either when you arrive or in advance. hsF-Zrp5IPIvgCG1Xdxxk37yyEtlRMSFeB9OzrnvKoM Asheville opens its doors, figuratively speaking, to guests in December. When you stay at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, we’ll help you find what you’re looking for. Let us help make your Asheville vacation memorable.