If you love Christmas as much as I do and are in the Asheville area during the holidays, you and your family will love seeing Christmas at the North Carolina Arboretum. It’s called Winter Lights, and you don’t want to miss it!
Bundle up and head to the arboretum, located just 20 minutes outside Asheville, to wander through an amazing display of over 500,000 holiday lights scattered throughout the gardens. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, cider, or beer, while you walk through this outdoor winter wonderland. I particularly enjoyed the enormous Christmas tree and light display that dances to holiday music, while my fiancé showed off his skills at playing the whimsical games of snowflake tic tac toe and wreath Simon. Where else can you do that?!? If you’re vising on a Friday or Saturday night, consider taking a Winter Holiday Lights Tour. A trolley will pick you up and drop you off at a specific location in Asheville or Hendersonville. Upon arrival at the gardens, you’ll receive a complimentary cup of hot cocoa to enjoy as you see the lights. Admission is included. For more information see the botanical gardens’ website.
Christmas at the North Carolina Arboretum: Winter Holiday Lights is held in the evening from mid November to the end of December. Check out their website for exact details and to purchase tickets.
The North Carolina Arboretum is located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way in Asheville, North Carolina. Click on the map below to get specific driving directions.
Pair a night at Christmas at the North Carolina Arboretum with a day trip to Christmas at Biltmore. For more, see my blog post “The Biltmore Estate: How to See It at Christmas and All Year Long”.