The winter months are often overlooked as a time to visit the mountains of Western North Carolina, but the Asheville and Waynesville area are full of fun activities to do during the colder months. Winters in the mountains also tend to be much milder than most people think. Some days the temperature can reach the upper 50’s, making it perfect weather for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, strolling galleries in downtown Asheville, or even playing a round of golf on the areas many courses.
Whether it’s the outdoors or the indoors there is definitely plenty Waynesville and Asheville Winter Activities during the colder months to keep you and your family busy.
Waynesville and Asheville Winter Activities
Visit The Biltmore House
From November 7 to January 8 experience the Biltmore House with the fragrant smell of fresh evergreens while admiring holiday décor featuring wreaths, garlands, and the sparkle of thousands of ornaments on more than 70 magnificent Christmas trees. At night experience Candlelight Christmas Evenings where the Biltmore House greets you with the soft glow of luminaries and twinkling lights on a towering Norway spruce on the Front Lawn. Inside, candlelight, firelight, and holiday lights reflect on thousands of ornaments decorating dozens of Christmas trees throughout the grand rooms. Live performances of traditional Christmas music add to your evening visit. For more information visit the Biltmore website.
The National Gingerbread House Competition
24th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition is scheduled for Monday, November 21, 2016. The winners will go on display on Sunday, November 27 – January 5, 2017 at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. For more information and to see last years winners visit the Grove Park Inn website.
Skiing and Snowboarding At Cataloochee Ski Area
Typically one of the first ski hills to open in the southeast. Cataloochee Ski Area offers 100% snowmaking coverage of their slopes and includes eighteen skiing and snowboarding slopes and trails. Ski and snowboard lessons are available for everyone from the novice to advanced and they have a huge line of rental equipment that is updated every year. For more information visit the Cataloochee Ski Area website.
A Night Before Christmas In Downtown Waynesville
A holiday tradition in Downtown Waynesville, NC. Includes live music, caroling, Bethlehem Market Place, a live nativity, old-fashioned wagon rides, Santa, luminaries line the street. Shops, galleries & restaurants remain open. For more information visit the Downtown Waynesville Association website.
Tubing in Maggie Valley
Tubing typically opens in mid-December and continues through the first weekend in March. Tube World is located four miles from the ski area in the town of Maggie Valley, across from Ghost Town in the Sky. The cost for tubing is $25 per person, per session. Sessions are one hour and 45 minutes long and run every two hours. There is a 42″ minimum height requirement. Only Tube World equipment may be used. No two person tubing allowed. For more information visit the Cataloochee Ski Area website.
Asheville Winter Warmer Beer Festival
Need something to share the winter blahs? The Annual Winter Warmer Beer Festival is a perfect way. Typically held in early February this festival features some of the best local and regional craft beers along with live music. For more information visit the Asheville Beer Fest website.
Brewery Tours In Asheville
Speaking of beers, Asheville is always a great place to sample beers but it is also a great city to take brewery tours in. Some of our favorites include Highland Brewing, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Highwire, and Catawba, all of which host tours and tastings.
There’s no shortage of holiday parades in the mountains. The biggest takes place in Downtown Asheville on November 19, 2016. The surrounding communities of Waynesville, Canton, and Maggie Valley also have their own parades and town events to get everyone in the Holiday spirit. For more information on Ashevilles Holiday Parade visit the Downtown Asheville website.
Cut & Choose Christmas Tree
There is no better family tradition than choosing and cutting your very own Christmas tree. It’s a timeless tradition and one that will be treasured for years to come. Haywood County is home to five “Choose n’ Cut” Christmas tree farms specializing in North Carolina Fraser Firs. For more information visit http://visitncsmokies.com/listing_category/christmas-tree-farms/
Balsam Range’s Art of Music Festival
Hometown Haywood County musical heroes Balsam Range hold their inaugural event December 2nd and 3rd at the beautiful Lake Junaluska Assembly and Conference Center. The concerts will take place at Stuart Auditorium and include The Lonesome River Band, John Driskell Hopkins (from Zac Brown Band), The Atlanta Pops Orchestra and of course Balsam Range. For more information visit the Balsam Range website.