There's no place like home for the holidays–but some places are definitely exceptions. That is certainly true for the towns and cities named on House Beautiful's list of 20 Best Christmas Towns.
The online publication has scoured the country for the best and most festive communities that come alive during the holidays and North Carolina's Asheville has come in at number 8.
This vibrant Blue Ridge Mountain city is jam-packed with holiday attractions. Some of the best places to start include The Biltmore. This iconic estate is known as America's largest home and it truly goes all out come Christmas time. This 120 year tradition features incredible decrorations including plenty of festive lighting and massive Christmas trees, live performances, and special candlelight evening experiences. The perfect backdrop for a holiday photo, The Biltmore will begin its holiday transformation this Friday, November 4th.
If you'd rather venture into town, Asheville's arsty shopping district is no disappointment. This scenic mountain town truly comes alive in the winter when it's decked out in a million lights. Take in the relaxing winter views of the surrounding mountains as you shop the eclectic mix of boutiques and restaurants that line these festive streets.
Asheville is also host to numerous events during the holiday season like the Gingerbread House Competition at the Omni Grove Park Inn that will take place November 21st or the after dark winter wonderland light show at the North Carolina Arboretum that will begin on November 18th this year.
To learn more about Asheville and the many events taking place there in the coming months, be sure to check their official site here.