Light Up Your Holiday Spirit in Biltmore Park

Biltmore Park Holiday Lighting

Immerse yourself Holiday Magic & Memories at Biltmore Park’s annual Holiday Magic & Memories Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 2. This family-friendly holiday event will take place along Town Square Boulevard from 1 to 5 p.m. with the lighting of the Christmas tree at 5:30 p.m.  

We are excited to announce this year’s event will feature carriage rides, back by popular demand, a parade, numerous activities and in-store events,” Ashley Watkins, Commercial Marketing Manager of Biltmore Farms, noted in an email.

Be sure to bring your camera to capture that special moment with Santa Claus as he visits with children from 2:30-5 p.m.  

The annual Holiday Lighting celebration began in 2009 with a festive wonderland of lights and free pictures with Santa.  Since then the annual event has grown to include a parade, magicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, musical entertainment and  activities for the entire family to enjoy. 

“The idea for the annual holiday event was inspired by Biltmore Farms Chairman George Cecil and President Jack Cecil’s vision to create a destination that fostered a sense of community and to build magical memories for families,” Watkins noted. “Many families have attended the event year after year making the tree lighting at Biltmore Park Town Square a beloved holiday tradition.”

Schedule of Events:

1-5 p.m. — Enjoy activities, crafts and fun for the entire family along Town Square Boulevard.  

There will be jugglers, magicians, stilt walkers, face painting, balloons and more. Visit the Whoville Hair Salon courtesy of Natural Impressions, coffee and baked goods from Mosaic Cafe, hot cocoa and mini muffins, handmade ornaments, apple cider and more

1 p.m. – Meet Sparky and the crew from the Asheville Fire Department

2:30 – 3 p.m. – Catch the Fairview Flyers Unicycle Team as they perform.

2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Visit with the Jolly Man himself and have your photo taken.  Be sure to bring your camera to capture that special moment.

5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Listen to the sounds of the TC Roberson Band while awaiting the lighting of the Christmas tree.

5:30 p.m. – Join us as we light the tree and celebrate the Holidays in Biltmore Park Town Square.

 In-store events, activities and one day only discounts:

  •  Zaniac – Customize a holiday ornament design to print in 3D during the Open House.
  • Baggie Goose & Blossoms – Letters to Santa – Stop in to write your letter to the Jolly Ole Man himself. 
  • Cheveux Salon – Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and enter for a chance to win a free haircut.
  • Oil & Vinegar – Try a cup of cinnamon vanilla apple cider, brownies with chocolate cherry jam or some herb roasted pecans. For the kids, come create a holiday wreath with colorful pasta.
  • Oodles & Maggie – Enjoy a bag of fresh popcorn while you shop and save 20 percent off all regular priced merchandise. 
  • Stretch MD – Art Exhibit: Preview artwork on display from James Sanders.  Enjoy refreshments and snacks as you view the artwork and meet the artist himself.
  • LOFT – Enter for a chance to win raffle prizes.  Sip and snack on light refreshments while you shop. Save 20 percent off your full priced purchase.
  • Barnes & Noble – Educator Holiday Shopping – Pre-K through 12 educators will receive a 25 percent discount on books, toys, games, movies, music and more. Plus, 10 percent off café consumables and select NOOK® devices.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Storytime at 11 a.m. “Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes!” and celebrate all things Grinch with a reading of the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! We will have good deed badges and tracking booklets for kids to log all the good things they do this holiday season. Activities to follow.             

Author Signings

  •  2-4 p.m. Biscuit Head: New Southern biscuits, breakfasts, and brunch by Jason Roy, Carolyn Roy
  • 3-5 p.m. The Book of Malachi: Adventures of an Ethiopian Adoptee and his TV News Dad by Jay Siltzer
  • 4-6 p.m. The Twelve Days of Christmas in North Carolina by Judy Stead
  • Luella’s Bar-B-Que – Come decorate your very own Christmas ornament and sample a cup of hot spiced cider.
  • Woof Gang Bakery – Bring your pups to the Doggie Photo Booth for a holiday picture.
  • 131 Main – Decorate a sugar cookie and treat yourself to a cup of chocolate with homemade marshmallows. 
  • Ideal Image – Have a cup of hot coffee or cider and Christmas cookies while you learn about the many services offered at Ideal Image.
  • Beverly Hanks – Warm greetings from the Beverly Hanks team, serving hot chocolate and candy canes.
  • Roux – Serving complimentary Spice Cake and Cider. 
  • Inspired Change Yoga – Visit the studio for children’s activities, cookie decorating, cookies and cocoa.  For the adults, enjoy complimentary tasting and snacks. 

Shop specials and activities

  • Oil & Vinegar – Purchase a 250ml set of oil & vinegar of your choice and get a 2nd of equal or lesser value free.
  • Oodles & Maggie – 20 percent off all regular priced merchandise.
  • LOFT – 20 percent off your full priced purchase. 
  • Luella’s Bar-B-Que – Save $5 off a $25 gift card purchase.
  • Woof Gang Bakery – 10 percent off all bagged treats.
  • O.P. Taylor’s – 10 percent off your entire purchase when you sing a holiday song at check out.
  • Inspired Change Yoga – Purchase a month unlimited membership for $55.
  • Zaniac – 10 percent off any technology or math programs.
  • Barnes & Noble – Educators Appreciation – All Educators receive 25 percent discount on books, toys, games, movies, music and more.
  • Sensibilities Day Spa – Complimentary travel tin candle ($11 value) with any gift certificate purchase of $50 or more. While supplies last.
  • Stretch MD – $50 off a 4 session package. (Regularly $200).  Purchase a $50 gift certificate for only $35. 
  • Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery – Make it a half dozen! Buy 5 cupcakes and get the 6th one FREE!
  • Ideal Image – Receive a $250 gift card with the purchase of a laser hair removal or CoolSculpting package.

For more information about this free event, call 210-1660.

Shelby Harrell

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.