Looking for Family-Friendly Holiday Fun in Asheville?
The holiday season is quickly approaching, and Asheville will soon be transformed by Halloween ghouls, over-the-top floats, and fancy gingerbread houses. There are so many exciting things to do in Asheville for family fun year-round, but from October through the new year, the city also offers great holiday activities for both the young and young-at-heart! Check out these upcoming family-friendly events in Asheville during the holiday season.
Halloween Fun for Kids
Halloween kicks off the holiday season and brings with it some spooky things to do and see. Ghosts, superheroes, and princesses of all kinds can trick-or-treat along safe, friendly streets where neighbors welcome kids on this spooky night. Favorite haunts include:
- The elegant Montford neighborhood near downtown
- Bustling Vermont Avenue in west Asheville (they block off the street for extra safe fun!)
- The hilly Kenilworth neighborhood
- The Asheville Mall, if October continues its rainy trend
Have older kids who are more interested in thrills than treats? Get their adrenaline pumping at an outdoor haunted house.
Keep the fun going at home by hosting an apple bobbing game with family and friends. It’s fun to visit one of the area’s many apple orchards in October, and turning the apples you pick into a favorite Halloween game makes them even sweeter.
November Parades and Feasts
For many, it’s never too early to start the winter holiday fun—and the Asheville Holiday Parade is a popular way to kick off 2015 holiday season in Asheville. Held on November 21, 2015, the parade features floats, marching bands, dancing, and a visit from a very special Christmas guest.
Thanksgiving is just a few days later and a chance to share the bounty of the season with your family. Kids can meet real farmers while helping you pick out the freshest produce for your Thanksgiving table at one of Asheville’s farmers markets. You can also find bread made from local flours and sweet treats. If you’re hoping to also get your turkey from a local farmer, just be sure to reserve your bird well in advance, either in person or online.
Tip: To get a preview of what produce will be available at the markets ahead of time, sign up for the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s weekly newsletter. It’ll tell you what’s fresh at local farmers markets.
Winter Holidays are Here!
Winter is a magical time in the Asheville area, whether our beautiful mountain ridges are graced with snow or not. No matter the weather, some of Asheville’s most treasured attractions make for festive holiday fun.
The annual Gingerbread House Competition at the historic Grove Park Inn shows off the work of some of the country’s most creative artists and bakers. Tiny candy houses are displayed next to gingerbread castles; whimsical trees tower next to miniature gumdrop walkways. The contest is open to the public and entries are on display throughout the holiday season.
Trade in gingerbread walls for historical ones by visiting the Biltmore House, a perennial wintertime favorite. Christmas at the Biltmore twinkles with holiday magic, and its candlelight evening tours are spellbinding. Santa makes a visit most Saturdays and Sundays in nearby Antler Village, which also offers dining and shopping.
Have a favorite not on the list?
Share your family’s best bets for fall and wintertime family fun in the comments!