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Christmas Light Displays in Asheville, NC

Fall is slowly drifting away; the leaf season only has a few more days before the winter chill settles in and with it comes the holidays! This is such a magical time here in Asheville, North Carolina and we want to share it with you by letting you know the best places to soak in the Christmas light displays. Afterwards keep the celebration going by cozying up by the fireplace in your suite at The Residences at Biltmore.

NC Arboretum Winter Lights

Be sure to bundle up for this one of a kind walking tour through one of Asheville’s most beautiful gardens. The North Carolina Arboretum has truly transformed their grounds into a whimsical wonderland full many different lighting displays consisting of over 500,000 lights. Some are even synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes. From now through January 1, 2017 you can visit this display for $18 per Adult and $16 per child (ages 5-11) not including any taxes or fees.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights


Want to stay in the car; where it’s warm? The Lake Julian Festival of Lights might be the right fit for you. This drive through light show is made up of 50 different animated and stationary light displays and is less than eight miles from The Residences at Biltmore. The Lake Julian Festival of Lights begins on December 4-22, 2016 and admission is only $5 per car.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Lights

Beginning November 23rd and continuing until December 28, 2016 the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center located near the Asheville Airport is transformed into a spectacular Christmas light show sure to amaze all ages. This synchronized, musical display features some of the classic holiday songs along with more modern high tempo arrangements that are sure to have everyone singing. You can take this tour for $25 per family car/van, $40 for an activity van or mini bus, or $80 for a tour/school bus.

Christmas at Biltmore

Asheville’s most popular home really comes to life around the holidays since George Vanderbilt first opened his home to family and friends on Christmas Eve in 1895. This year’s theme is appropriately named “Hearth and Home” honoring the 65 fireplaces that warm 250 room home. To really take in the true beauty of Christmas at the Biltmore you will want to take the Candlelight Tour. When the sun goes down and the house is lit with the help of 70 meticulously decorated Christmas trees and only then do you feel what it must have been like on Christmas in 1895. Be sure and ask our concierge about how to get tickets to the Biltmore.

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