Holiday Activities in Asheville
With so many reasons to visit Asheville during the holidays. Let us take care of you at our Inn as you enjoy all the fun that Asheville has to offer this time of the year. From The Biltmore Estate, Shopping at the Grove Arcade and the other stores downtown, the brewery tours and the River Arts District you will have days of fun.
Below are just some of the most popular places to visit in December. We will guide you to whatever your interests may be!
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Christmas at the Biltmore Estate
Daytime Tours: November 3, 2018–January 6, 2019
Candlelight Evenings: November 3, 2018-January 5, 2019
Best Deals on Biltmore Tickets & Special Offers:
- Buy daytime tickets at least 7 days in advance on the Biltmore Estate website and save $10 or more per ticket. Tour time reservations for house entry are required for many days, so plan ahead! Many days will sell-out in advance.
- Save $100 on Annual Pass through November 30th ($119/person). Buy online on the Biltmore Web site. Great for gifts too.
- Seniors save $10 on Tuesday & Wednesday at the Ticket Center.
- Military save $10 at the Ticket Center.
- Tickets purchased from us usually include a second day for free.
Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum
Tickets & Hours
- Advance tickets only – no tickets sold at the gate! 2018 rates $18/adults and $12/children 5-11, plus tax & fees (so adult’s total is $21.49).
- Tuesday discount nights are $15/adult and $10/children (excludes Dec 25).
- The discount week is November 26-29 with tickets $15/adult and $10/children.
- Members of The North Carolina Arboretum Society get a $2 off.
- Open nightly from 6 to 10 PM, including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
- Pick your entry time (6, 7 or 8 PM) when purchasing tickets. Enter any time after.
- Click here to buy tickets on their Web site.
Remember that this is outdoors and changing weather. Dress in layers! No pets. No outside food or beverages. For other questions, call the Arboretum 9 AM-5 PM, 7 days a week, at 828-665-2492.
The Grove Arcade
Through Jan. 6, Grove Arcade’s halls feature a Gingerbread House Display in partnership with The Omni Grove Park Inn, celebrating the 26th year of its National Gingerbread House Competition. It’s part of the annual Winter Wonderland, when visitors to the Grove Arcade can recapture the holiday magic of yesteryear amid the building’s beautifully decorated halls.
In addition to the wide variety of local shopping, dining and essentials enjoyed year-round in the elegant building, other ongoing Winter Wonderland events at the Grove Arcade include Sunday appearances by Santa Claus from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9 and 16. It all adds up to a holiday season of wonder in one of Asheville’s architectural treasures.
Jason Probstein, master scientific glass blower, will be blowing his unique Christmas ornaments at Mountain Made at various times through Dec. 23.
Probstein sets up his portable glass-blowing studio right inside the gallery and displays how he makes his fantastic holiday ornaments, wine goblets, and champagne flutes. Watching his holiday-season demonstrations and selecting new Christmas tree ornaments have become a cherished tradition for many families in Western North Carolina and beyond.
Probstein earned a degree in scientific glassblowing from Salem Community College in Alloway, N.J., and studied at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C. His spirited, passionate commitment to perfection makes each piece an original work of art.
Go here to see Probstein’s schedule at Mountain Made during the holiday season.
What is the Grove Arcade?
A group of community leaders and concerned citizens then formed the Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation. This not-for-profit, 501(c)3 corporation, had the mission of restoring the Grove Arcade to its original form and function. In 1997, the City of Asheville acquired title to the building under the National Monument Act and signed a 198-year lease with the Foundation.
Since then, the Foundation has seen to the restoration of the Grove Arcade building and its spirit. The restored Grove Arcade opened in late 2002 and includes shops, restaurants, services, offices and 42 apartments. Grove Arcade remains Western North Carolina’s largest commercial building and has become a wonderful downtown resource for residents and visitors.