Top 5 Ways to Christmas in Asheville

top-5-ways-to-christmas-in-ashevilleWe all have favorite parts of the holiday season and traditions we make sure are repeated every year. While some of those can be easily brought with you, like favorite music, movies, small decorations or cozy holiday themed pajamas, not everything can be transferred to the back of the car and brought to the mountains. This holiday season don't make the choice between a family vacation and family traditions. True to the zeal with which Asheville embraces the rest of the year, we are nothing if not fervent in our rollicking, frolicking, wassailing, and over all merriment making through the holidays. Here are the top 5 ways Asheville gets our Christmas on, and you have an open invitation to all of them.

1. You Pick Christmas Tree Farms

A Christmas Tree is one of those decorations that's a little hefty to pack up and bring with you on vacation, but why would you want any tree but an Asheville tree while you're in town! You can take your pick of local farms to visit to pick your tree and watch it get cut, baled, and tied to your car. Or if you have a tradition of cutting it down yourself, you can borrow a bowsaw and cut it down before watching it get hoisted and tied on top of your car. Three of our favorite farms are Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree FarmMehaffey Tree Farm, and Little Switzerland Fraser Firs. At each farm you are promised nothing short of friendly service, pleasant memories, and a tree to please everyone!

2. Christmas at the Biltmore

Perhaps Asheville's best known holiday event, Christmas at the Biltmore is everything that is promised in its name. Your ticket for Candlelight Christmas Evenings includes a reserved evening visit to Biltmore House, evening estate access to Antler Hill Village & Winery, estate shops, and restaurants, daytime estate access to Biltmore Gardens, Antler Hill Village & Winery, farm, estate shops, and restaurants on the same day or the day after your evening visit, complimentary wine tasting and guided tour of winery, and admission to the special exhibit: The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad. This is an ideal time to explore this historic home with hundred of ornaments, lights, garlands and dozens of Christmas Trees throughout the estate. Tickets always go fast, so be sure to book yours now with the link above to make sure you don't miss your opportunity.

3. Forest City Hometown Holiday Lightschristmas-lights-closeup

While not technically in Asheville, Forest City is a small town nearby with enough Christmas Spirit to make Ebeneezer Scrooge start humming carols. Their Christmas season begins on November 29th and continues til Sunday November 20th. Every weekend there are a variety of holiday events from Santa's Workshop to ice skating! To make sure you don't miss out, check out their full holiday schedule. Even if you can't make it to the official parades and ceremonies in Forest City, you can still go for a carriage ride any time during the weeks from Thanksgiving Night through January 18th. The streets will shine with light hanging from every tree and storefront, making it a night of family fun or romance to remember.

4. Black Mountain Christmas Parade

Asheville is nestled between several small towns with a similar penchant for the Christmas Spirit and local pride. Don't miss Black Mountain's Annual Christmas Parade Saturday, December the 5th at 4pm. This event is free to the public and quickly as it gained popularity (and quite a bit of personality), it also rooted itself into the traditions of locals and visitors alike.

5. White Christmas Musical Dinner Showwhite-christmas-musical-finale

Go back in time with the White Christmas Musical Dinner Show. Indulge in a four course meal with authentic 1920's and 1930's food and decorations as you watch exactly what it would have been like to be in the audience of a live radio production. Wear cocktail attire or period costume to really complete the effect with quirky commercials, vintage sound effects and a fantastic group of actors and musicians!

But What about Hanukkah?

In Asheville we strive to embrace everyone's beliefs and values, not only those that have been accepted as mainstream. So Asheville is proud to announce that this year will be the 10th year of Asheville's largest Hanukkah Celebration! Chanukah Live will have several bands this year including the Atlanta Tevye Band and Chabad Teen Band. There will also be a variety of food, like the expanded sushi bar and kosher food stations, as well as boutiques for last minute gift shopping, grand raffle drawings, Judah the Maccabi and his interactive Dreidel House, and a giant Menorah lighting! This is one Chanukah party you won't want to miss!

We're Not Forgetting New Year's Either!

Among other events that will be coming to you in the next month, Tressa's Jazz and Blue's Club has a great New Year's Eve Bash you won't want to miss. Doors open at 7pm, the upstairs lounge opens at 8pm and amazing live jazz will fill the air starting at 10pm. At midnight bring in the 2016 with a complimentary champagne toast and a balloon drop conveniently located on the dance floor!

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