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Dickens in the Village
December 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - December 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Join us as we celebrate the holiday season here in Asheville at our gallery in Biltmore Village! With the holidays in full swing, we’re hosting a weekend-long event for you to come browse handmade gifts and meet our makers. On Friday, November 30, we will be having cider and cookies for our shoppers. Then starting on December 1, Marc Tickle of On Reflection Kaleidoscopes will be demonstrating his kaleidoscopes on Saturday and Sunday. As well as Bill Apelian of The Linden Wood Studio showcasing his woodcarving skills on Sunday. The gallery will have music from the Charles D. Owen High School Barbershop Quartet, Fourmata, along with cider and cookies to get in the spirit of the season. We look forward to having you here in Biltmore Village!
More about Dickens Village Festival:
A beautiful historic district in Asheville transforms during the holidays, transporting you back in time to the days of Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol.
On the first weekend of December, Historic Biltmore Village takes on new life as a quaint Victorian town for the Old World Dickens in the Village Festival. Biltmore Village is a unique shopping and dining destination in Asheville, located just outside of Biltmore Estate and just two miles from downtown.
The Dickens in the Village festival is an immersive holiday experience featuring performances by strolling carolers, actors and musicians dressed in Dickensian era costumes. As you stroll the brick-lined streets of the Village during the festival, pick up freshly roasted chestnuts or hop on a horse-drawn carriage ride.
Each year, this Asheville holiday tradition features a tree lighting ceremony on the Village Green. To go with these lights are beautiful white lights outlining the historic buildings and streetlights throughout the Village, which all combine to create a magical atmosphere.
The Dickens Festival is expanding in 2018 with the addition of an enhanced light display. The new Local Lights holiday display in Biltmore Village will be designed by the same team that creates the wildly popular Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum. The new lights will feature large 3-D angels and stars hanging across Biltmore Village Streets. The Local Lights display is a partnership between the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA), the North Carolina Arboretum, the City of Asheville, the Asheville Downtown Association and the Historic Biltmore VillageAssociation.
Also new this year, is "Mugs of Merriment," a free tasting event and hot drink contest featuring local restaurants! Sip these delicious drinks and vote for your favorites at this event presented by The Blind Pig.
And, stroll the new Show and Tell Pop Up Market slated for Friday. This village-style market will offer local crafts and gift items. Roots + Wings School of Art and Design will have crafts for kids and wreath-making classes.
As you enjoy the festivities, head inside the warm and welcoming shops to discover unique finds for each person on your list. Biltmore Village offers a collection of retailers which include everything from local merchandise stores to high-end boutiques and international retailers. During Dickens in the Village, many of the shops stay open late.
Biltmore Village is also home to highly-sought and diverse dining experiences. And, it’s home to outstanding accommodations from luxury hotels to family-friendly lodging.