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Guide to the Best 2022 Holiday Lights in Asheville

It seems a little crazy to be thinking of the winter holiday season with fall leaves still on the trees. Planning ahead with our guide to the best holiday lights in Asheville will ensure you get to experience all that Asheville has to offer. Put on some holiday music, and start dreaming about these magical decorated spots. Book your room now!


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Biltmore Village and the Dickens Festival

Date & Time: Dec 2 & 3, 2022
Location: Biltmore Village, 7 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803

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!


Light Displays in Neighboring Villages

Hendersonville Home for the Holidays
Date & Time: Nov 25, 2021 – Dec 23, 2022, times vary per activity
Location: Hendersonville, NC 28739

Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries
Date & Time: Dec 2-3 and 9-10, 2022, 5-9pm
Location: Dillsboro, NC 28779

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.



The Biltmore

Date & Time: Nov 4, 2022 – Jan 8, 2023
Location: One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803
Telephone: 800-411-3812
Admission: Purchase tickets

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.


Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum

Date & Time: Nov 18, 2022 –  Dec 31, 2022, times are determined by your ticket purchase
Location: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806
Telephone: 828-665-2492
Admission: Purchase tickets

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!


Shadrack’s Christmas Light Show

Date & Time: Nov 17, 2022 – Jan 1, 2023 6-10pm
Location: 3580 Pea Ridge Road, Mill Spring, NC 28756
Telephone: 828-863-1015
Admission: Purchase tickets 

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.


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.


Events updated for 2022.

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