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Your Guide to the Best Holiday Lights in Asheville

Events updated for 2021. It seems a little crazy to be thinking of the winter holiday season when summer is just ending. Planning ahead will ensure you get to experience all that Asheville has to offer. Here is your guide to the best holiday lights in Asheville.

FREE Holiday Events:

Biltmore Village and the Dickens Festival

You won’t want to miss Biltmore Village dressed for the holidays, straight out of a Dickens novel. Originally modeled after an English village, Biltmore Village is especially festive during the Dickens Festival. The shops are decorated with holiday lights while carolers, actors, and musicians all in full costume stroll about the streets. You can even get roasted chestnuts!

  • Date & Time: Dec 3 & 4, 2021
  • Location: Biltmore Village, 7 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803



Light Displays in Neighboring Villages

Some neighboring villages also have some holiday light displays. About an hour away, Dillsboro hosts its annual Lights & Luminaries event. Adopting a Scandinavian celebration to light the way for the Christ child, you will see over 2,500 luminaries lining the streets with quaint shops and galleries to explore. In Hendersonville, just a little over 30 minutes away, you can celebrate Home for the Holidays.

  • Hendersonville Home for the Holidays
  • Date & Time: Nov 26, 2021 – Jan 1, 2022, times vary per activity
  • Location: Hendersonville, NC 28739


  • Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries
  • Date & Time: Dec 3-4 and 10-11, 2021, 5-9pm
  • Location: Dillsboro, NC 28779




The Biltmore

You won’t want to miss The Biltmore itself – Christmas at Biltmore is a celebration for the senses. You can see the daylight decorations and take part in complimentary seminars on home decor as part of your daily admission fee. Candlelight Christmas Evenings offers the romance of flickering candles, glowing fireplaces, and live music. With over 100 decorated trees, 10,000 ornaments, and 100,000 twinkling lights, the Biltmore will truly provide brilliant holiday light displays. There is so much more to experience, so plan ahead and secure your admission tickets.

  • Date & Time: Nov 5, 2021 – Jan 9, 2022
  • Location: One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Telephone: 800-411-3812
  • Admission: Purchase tickets



Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum

This is another can’t-miss holiday lights extravaganza! The Winter Lights is returning to its traditional walk-through display in the gardens. There have been a few changes in the ticketing process as well as the array of displays. You’ll once again see the famous 50-foot lighted tree and the Quilt Garden. New designs and amazing displays will be seen at every turn. The Winter Lights is also accessible for those with mobility challenges. If you have any other questions, they have the answers!

  • Date & Time: Nov 19, 2021 – Jan 1, 2022, times are determined by your ticket purchase
  • Location: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806
  • Telephone: 828-665-2492
  • Admission: Purchase tickets



Shadrack’s Christmas Light Show

In Mill Springs, the Tryon Resort dazzles the eye with hundreds of thousands of lights at Shadrack’s Christmas Light Show. This light show can be viewed from the comfort of your car as you drive through the display. For more details, check out their FAQ page.

  • Date & Time: Nov 23, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022, 6-10pm
  • Location: 3580 Pea Ridge Road, Mill Spring, NC 28756
  • Telephone: 828-863-1015
  • Admission: Purchase tickets 



Twinkling Lights at Wildberry Lodge

One other place we’d like to share is our own Wildberry Lodge. We’ll be decking the halls with twinkling lights, stoking the fires in our cozy rooms, and stirring up a scrumptious breakfast to warm up your cool, winter mornings. Whether you choose to stay in, venture out to see the light displays, or choose another fun activity, we’d love to host your holiday getaway. Check availability today.

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