Christmas in Asheville: 6 Fun Holiday Things to Do in a Weekend



Looking for ways to celebrate Christmas in Asheville? It’s such a great place to experience the winter! There are places nearby where you can go skiing or hiking in the snow, but if you’re looking for more holiday activities, there is lots you can do within the city. If you’re spending the weekend in Asheville in the winter, these are 6 fun Christmas activities you can do!

Christmas in Asheville: 6 Fun Holiday Things to Do in a Weekend

Christmas at the Biltmore

Christmas at the Biltmore is AMAZING! I have an entire blog post on Christmas tours at the Biltmore with lots of photos of the stunning Christmas decor. If you only have time for one thing to do in Asheville, you can’t miss the Christmas tours at the Biltmore! It’s the closest thing to Christmas at Hogwarts that I’ll probably ever experience.

The Biltmore Estate with Christmas trees

Winter garden with poinsettias in the Biltmore

Grand hall decorated for Christmas in the Biltmore

Large Christmas tree in grand hall in the Biltmore

Library with fireplace decorated for Christmas in the Biltmore

Grand staircase with chandelier and Christmas garland in the Biltmore

Walk around downtown Asheville

Downtown Asheville has lots of pretty Christmas lights and decorations! We weren’t there in the evening, but I bet it looks pretty lit up and night, too. And if you want to see more Christmas lights, Romantic Asheville has some great recommendations!

Painting of the Biltmore during winter in Asheville

Christmas star decoration in Asheville

Lamppost with Christmas wreath in Asheville

Decorated Christmas tree in Asheville

Storefront with white Christmas trees in Asheville

Winter Wonderland at the Grove Arcade

The Grove Arcade is one of the coolest places to experience Christmas in Asheville. And if you’re thinking it’s a place to play arcade games (I definitely did before I did research), it’s like a small mall with a variety of businesses (including an awesome bookst0re). Architecturally speaking, an “arcade” is just a succession of arches, and they can often be walkways lined with stores, fun fact!

So the Grove Arcade has lots of small businesses, so you can do your Christmas shopping AND check out their beautiful Christmas decorations in their Winter Wonderland.

Grove Arcade in Asheville

Grove Arcade decorated for Christmas in Asheville

Grove Arcade decorated for Christmas in Asheville

Grove Arcade decorated for Christmas in Asheville

Christmas tree in the Grove Arcade in Asheville

Grab hot chocolate at French Broad

You can definitely go to French Broad Chocolate Lounge at any point in the year (and you should!), but if you’re out doing Christmas shopping downtown and need a pick-me-up, you can’t beat grabbing a cup of their hot chocolate! And you can get some cake while you’re at it. And you can also do some Christmas shopping while you’re there and get some delicious chocolates for your friends 🙂

French Broad Chocolate in Asheville

French Broad Chocolate in Asheville

French Broad Chocolate in Asheville

Tiramisu and hot chocolate from French Broad Chocolate in Asheville

National Gingerbread Competition

The Omni Grove Park Inn hosts the National Gingerbread Competition every year! The competition started as something casual in 1992, and it’s become of the most popular holiday competitions in the country. And these are not your ordinary gingerbread houses, they are works of art!

If you’re not a guest of the Omni Grove Park Inn, you can see the gingerbread houses Monday-Thursday, but they’re closed to the public on the weekends. Unfortunately, I was in Asheville on a weekend so I wasn’t able to see the gingerbread houses for myself, but the pictures I’ve seen look incredible!

Biltmore estate at night with light up Christmas trees

Seeing the Biltmore at night is so worth it!

One extra thing to experience Christmas in Asheville is the Winter Lights show at the NC Arboretum! I didn’t get to go the weekend I was in Asheville because we did the Candlelight Tour at the Biltmore one night (which was totally worth it), but the Winter Lights show is at the top of my list when I get to go back! 🙂

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