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Celebrate the Holidays in the NC Blue Ridge Mountains

The holidays are especially festive in the mountains and foothills of North Carolina.  From the century-old Christmas traditions of Biltmore to the craziness of Asheville’s LaZoom Comedy Tour, there is something for the whole family to enjoy.  Here are a few highlights of the season in this beautiful mountain region.

Choose and Cut Christmas Trees

Start a new family tradition in North Carolina’s High Country!  You’ll get in the spirit of the season with the scent of freshly cut firs and spruces, the crisp mountain air, and the chance to pick out that tree that is perfect to take home!

National Gingerbread House Competition on display at the Grove Park Inn

This nationally acclaimed annual exhibit is a delight for young and old!  You’ll be amazed at what these artists do with gingerbread, candy, and other food decorations.

Christmas at Biltmore

George Vanderbilt opened his new home in the mountains to family and friends on Christmas eve, 1895.  The family still owns the estate and continues this tradition, decorating the 250 rooms with beautiful, Victorian influenced decorations and lights.  Their Candlelight Christmas Evenings will warm your heart and lift your spirits during this holiday time.

Christmas Lights in Forest City – Over Half a Million on Display!

The tiny town of Forest City is not to be outdone by larger neighbors.  For a truly charming small town holiday experience, take a drive to Forest City to see their amazing light show!

Holiday Events and Parades

Literally hundreds of events and parades celebrate the spirit of the holidays in every nook and corner of the mountains and valleys of North Carolina.

La Zoom Tours

Part theater, totally funny, this troupe of players will tickle your fancy while they actually give you good information about the history of Asheville.

Craft Brewery Tours

Beer lovers rejoice!  Tis the season for special brews at the many craft breweries in the region.

Hometown Music

The music that was born and bred in the North Carolina mountains and foothills has had a profound impact on American music, and you can experience it in venues throughout the region on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina. Buy the book and start your journey through some of the finest old-time, bluegrass, gospel, and offshoots of these genres in our country.


The mountains and foothills of North Carolina are renowned for the exquisite handcrafted gifts created here. Pick one-of-a-kind gifts at the many craft galleries in towns large and small.

Winter in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina not only has its own special beauty, but also offers a whole lot of fun! As winter approaches, make plans to visit the ski mountains of Western North Carolina. No other state in the region can boast of so many slopes and opportunities to have fun in the snow all winter long!