Why Christmas in the Asheville Mountains is Magical
Asheville and Christmas make for a perfect match. There is just something about the beauty of the mountains and the magic of Christmas that can't be explained. Maybe it is the cool, crisp air or the snow. Perhaps it is that sense of wonderment that we all feel when we look up at those big beautiful peaks surrounding Asheville. Whatever the reason it is especially true of our beautiful city of Asheville and its unique mountain culture. Each year, people flock to Asheville for the holidays. If you're just now discovering Asheville let us help explain why Christmas in the Asheville mountains is like no other.
Christmas at The Biltmore Estate
As we've mentioned before The Biltmore Estate is an extraordinary place. However, the Biltmore Estate truly comes alive during the Christmas season with breathtaking decorations and lights. The Estate is decorated with 70 hand-decorated Christmas trees, more than 1,000 poinsettias, and tens of thousands of lights. During Christmas the estate has Christmas music including live acts. Holiday tours are a wonderful way to see the estate and if you can only come one time in your life, now is the time. The Christmas celebration will continue until January 6th.
Christmas in Asheville isn't complete unless you take in the festive and funky vibe of downtown. During the holiday season downtown Asheville comes alive with the holiday spirit. Whether you enjoy the lights of Pack Park or the decorations at the Grove Arcade, you'll simply love Asheville during Christmas. Don't forget to take in all of the wonderful live music that Asheville is famous for. You never know where the Christmas spirit will find you.
The North Carolina Arboretum Winter Lights
Experience one of Asheville’s best holiday traditions, the Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum. Take a walk through a winter wonderland and enjoy unique displays and landscapes composed of more than half-a-million holiday lights. Listen to the sounds of your favorite holiday tunes, enjoy a cup of cocoa, cider, or beer. Bent Creek Bistro will be offering its regular menu nightly, as well as specialty items on weekends and holidays. All the proceeds from the Winter Lights support the NC Arboretum's programs and exhibits.
Tickets are date-specific and must be purchased in advance ($5 convenience charge applied when purchased at door on non-sell out nights). Guests must select an entry time (6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., or 8:00 p.m.) when purchasing tickets. Ticket holders may enter any time between their selected entry time and 9 p.m.
Find the perfect tree
Did you know North Carolina is the second largest producer of Fraser Fir trees in the United States? The reason for this is that these trees grow best at an elevation above 3,000 feet. This makes the North Carolina Mountains the perfect place to grow these majestic trees. This year plan a short vacation to Asheville to grab a tree, of course, this is also the ideal time to start planning for next year's celebration. So if you want a great destination, an Asheville mountain vacation is the perfect place for your next Christmas tree hunt.
Everyone loves snow at Christmas
So maybe not everyone loves snow during Christmas, but for those of us who dream of a white Christmas, the North Carolina mountains are a great place to be. The average yearly snowfall is about 16" which is just enough to make the mountains beautiful but still easy to get around and enjoy. Plus if you are a skier, a little fresh snow is never disappointing. So if as the song says, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas"... Asheville is the perfect place to be.
Loads of winter fun
For those who love the outdoors and particularly like winter sports, like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding the mountains around Asheville are a winter wonderland. This year you too can enjoy the winter sports around Asheville. All you need to do is book an Asheville vacation, pack the car, load up the kids and head to the North Carolina mountains!
Are you ready to visit Asheville this Christmas season? If so, there this is still time to book your perfect mountain home. Give us a call today at 828-274-6978 or click the button below and soon you'll be experiencing the magic of an Asheville Christmas.