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Old 09-24-2012, 12:25 AM
 
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Default Christmas time in Asheville

My family and I were just wondering what Asheville is like around the holidays? We were looking to spend maybe a weekend there during the holiday for a little vacation. Does downtown Asheville do any kind of festivals or markets? Also, how terrible is the weather? We would be driving about 4 hours from the sandhills region of NC. This would not be our first trip to the wonderful city. I also noticed the hotel prices are reasonably cheaper during December compared to summer and fall prices. Any info/advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:27 AM
 
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This may be earlier than you want, but the Dickens Festival in Biltmore Village is very nice. Roving carolers in Victorian garb, horse-drawn carriage rides, roasted chestnuts, etc.
Dickens Festival, Historic Biltmore Village

The national gingerbread house competition at the Grove Park Inn is also very worth seeing, though if you're not staying at the Inn you are supposed to go on a weekday.
Grove Park National Gingerbread House Competition, Asheville NC

And the Biltmore Estate, of course, is always beautiful when it is all decked out for the holidays.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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Watch out for gingerbread men running in traffic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1b3U6mxPXc
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:42 AM
 
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Watch out for gingerbread men running in traffic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1b3U6mxPXc
This is so sad. We saw gingerbread people (no longer "gingerbread men") lying alongside many local roads and highways. People just don't slow down. Soon the gp will be extinct.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:47 AM
 
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Soon the gp will be extinct.
Can we get them on the endangered species list?
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:13 PM
 
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Engingered Species.

Last year was my Christmas here. I was surprised (sort of) by no real holidy decor/lights downtown during the Christmas season. I agree with other posts suggestions.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:44 PM
 
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Ah! That video is priceless!
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:33 AM
 
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Last year was my Christmas here. I was surprised (sort of) by no real holiday decor/lights downtown during the Christmas season.
Really? In Asheville? Strange for a tourist town!
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:19 AM
 
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They do light up Vance Monument like a Christmas tree, and I seem to remember wreaths, red bows, and lighted stars on the street lights. There is also a window display competition among the local businesses downtown, some of which were very creative last year. Down in Biltmore Village they outline all of the stores in lights. I thought it was all very festive - do other cities do a lot more?
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:42 AM
 
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As far as the weather, Asheville itself is in a valley, so it usually doesn't get too much snow, and it isn't as freezing as other mountain towns. However, if you're coming from all points East, you will have to drive "up the mountain" first to get to Asheville, which could lend itself to weather concerns. However, a lot of that drive is made on I-40 and I-26. And because of Interstate Standards, it would probably be plowed and salted, and the drive wouldn't have too many steep inclines or curves.
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