Last weekend ushered in the beginning of the holiday season and the frenzy that, despite our best efforts, always comes with it. In the midst of the parties, shopping, and endless events, why not slow down and enjoy the season by attending some of the great holiday activities our area has to offer? To make it a little less complicated for you, we’ve narrowed the list down to five activities you and your family are sure to love!
“A Night before Christmas”
December 10, 6pm – 9pm
Set in picturesque downtown Waynesville, “A Night before Christmas” is an event you don’t want to miss. From bundled up carolers to a quaint Bethlehem marketplace to old fashioned wagon rides in the brisk December air, this event will have you in the Christmas spirit in no time.
Christmas at Biltmore
Now through January 7, 2016
Biltmore Estate, Asheville
Who can resist the beauty of the Biltmore House, especially during the holidays? The Candlelight Christmas Evenings come complete with a candlelight tour of the house and the Estate adorned in thousands of twinkling lights that will take your breath away. Find Santa at Biltmore’s nearby Antler Village and complete your visit with a tour of the Biltmore winery.
Now through January 1
Bryson City, NC
All aboard the Polar Express for a train ride with Santa to the North Pole! The beloved children’s book and film comes to life in this unforgettable experience for young and old alike. Sip hot chocolate on board and then enjoy exploring Bryson City’s festive shops and restaurants. Tickets go fast so book ahead!
Winter Lights at the Arboretum
Now through January 1, 2016
NC Arboretum, Asheville
The gardens come to life with thousands of lights, including several synchronized musical displays and a 50 foot tall tree. After the three mile walk, you can make your way to the fire pit to warm up and enjoy a s’more. Tickets sell out fast so call ahead or check online before you go.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Lights
Now through December 28
Western NC Agricultural Center, Asheville
Drive through an award winning synchronized light show that’s sure to keep the kids’ attention! Hum along to favorite carols and holiday songs and enjoy the show from the warmth and comfort of your own vehicle.