’Tis the Season: Dickens in the Village Returns Dec. 1-2

An Old Fashioned Dickens of a Christmas Festival is held in Biltmore Village this weekend. / Photo by Colby Rabon

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose; the holiday season is upon us and the Historic Biltmore Village is about to come aglow.

The spirit of Christmas befalls on Historic Biltmore Village Dec. 1 – 2 with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and a true holiday family tradition – Dickens in the Village.

“There is something about the amazing history, the lights and the smell of chestnuts roasting that brings me back to being a kid at Christmas time,” said Robert Foster, Biltmore Farms Hotels. “What makes this even more amazing is to see generations of families coming every year to share in the spirit of Christmas with us.”

Festivities kick off Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. with the annual lighting of the 25′ Christmas tree on the Village Green. The opening celebration will be filled with freshly roasted chestnuts, horse-drawn carriage rides and roving acts throughout the Village.

Vance Elementary and Asheville High School students will perform Friday evening, as well as the famed Montford Park Players, and a very special guest appearance by Kris Kringle himself.

Saturday brings new magic to the Village with over 25 performing acts, festive treats and strolling carolers dressed in Dickensian period costumes for Dickens in the Village from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. throughout the Village and on the Village Green stage.

“Biltmore Village is an incredibly picturesque setting that offers up a feeling of ‘stepping back in time to Christmases past,” said Joey Moore, entertainment coordinator. “Add to that the Christmas Carol theme for the Dickens event and the ‘spirit’ is all-too-obviously infectious.”

Stores and businesses throughout the Village will also observe extended holiday hours and serve festive treats throughout the weekend.

“Of all the area holiday season activities, “Dickens” and particularly Biltmore Village, has always said “Christmas” to me more imaginatively, more romantically, and more historically than any other,” Moore said. “Of course, the Village’s connection with the Biltmore Estate and the Estate’s incredible seasonal activities make it all the more inviting.”

This is a very merry family-friendly event and free to the public. For more information visit www.historicbiltmorevillage.com. “Dickens in the Village” is sponsored by The Olde World Christmas Shoppe in addition to the merchant members of Historic Biltmore Village Partnership.


About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.