Classic Holiday Tradition Comes To ‘Land Of The Sky’

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Historic holiday events, lavish light shows, fun gatherings, and distinctive pop-up markets spread holiday charm around Asheville, North Carolina. This holiday season, locals and visitors join together to celebrate with both time-honored customs and newly revitalized artistic experiences that have something to offer everyone. The custom of Biltmore decorating America’s largest home dates back to 1895, when George Vanderbilt first welcomed family and friends into Biltmore House. This year’s “Winter Landscapes” theme, which was motivated by the 200th birthday of the estate’s renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, brings the outside in. Visitors can anticipate enchanted wintertime views and harrowing landscapes reminiscent of famous Olmsted designs.

Daytime celebration of Christmas at Biltmore, November 4, 2022–January 8, 2023. This well-loved custom involves a daytime tour of Biltmore House, which is decked out with 67 hand-decorated Christmas trees, more than 14,000 ornaments, 45,000 holiday lights, 250 candles, 1,000 feet of garland, and 150 classic poinsettias.

Christmas Eve candlelight services, November 4, 2022–January 7, 2023. During this tour at night, candles and roaring fireplaces illuminate Biltmore House. NEW: The short documentary “Countdown to Christmas at Biltmore 2022” explores the process behind putting together the annual Christmas at Biltmore. The movie is currently available for streaming on the Biltmore’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

The North Carolina Arboretum will once again host a magical walk-through open-air light display this holiday season. The Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Arboretum’s groomed grounds already have a natural beauty that is enhanced by the Winter Lights exhibition. A 50-foot animated tree that responds to music as well as an outdoor firepit and s’mores station are among the special delights. In the south, a well-liked Buncombe County park hosts a weekly drive-through light show. A magnificent trip through tunnels of brilliant lights is created by the Lake Julian Festival of Lights, which features 50 moving and still light shows. Winter Lights, Nov. 18 – Dec. 31, 2022. Lake Julian Festival of Lights, Dec. 4 – 23, 2022.

On display at the 30th Annual National Gingerbread Competition is a hot holiday favorite. The entire Christmas season, this old inn and Asheville are decorated with hundreds of sugary landscapes, castles covered in gumdrops, and whimsical candy cabins. Since more than 20 years ago, contestants from all around the nation have entered this adjudicated competition in the hopes of taking home prizes and having their moment of fame on national television.

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