Your winter wonderland awaits, right here in Waynesville. This season at Avalon brings snow-capped mountain views, powdery flurries, holiday magic, and tons of festive outdoor fun for the whole family to enjoy.
This month, we’re sharing how you can take full advantage of winter events in the Avalon area for the best white Christmas yet!
A Waynesville Wonderland
Drive time from Avalon: 15 minutes
Right in Avalon’s very own backyard, you’ll find an array of wintery festivities. From making snow angels and drinking hot cocoa at home, to exploring the local things to do in Waynesville, there’s something for everyone.
Waynesville averages about 11 inches of snow per year (and plenty of sunshine, too), making it the perfect setting for getting in the holiday spirit. Visit the bustling downtown area for Waynesville’s annual Christmas Parade down historic Main Street. Don’t miss illuminated floats, a special appearance from Santa, dancing, and more fun. Whether it snows or not, it’s the perfect way to experience a traditional small town holiday celebration while enjoying some fresh mountain air.
Is choosing a Christmas tree part of your annual family tradition? Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm is a local Waynesville favorite, and has been family owned for more than 100 years. Head to their farm where you can find your perfect tree — and they’ll cut it for you!
Explore even more fun things to do in Waynesville with this list of local festivities from holiday light shows to plays.
Plan an Asheville Escape
Drive time from Avalon: 40 minutes
There’s no shortage of things to do in Asheville during the holiday season. From December 23-25th, the city even offers free downtown parking so you can swing by for last-second shopping and festive winter events, effortlessly.
Winter explorers will love Gray Line Trolley Tours for the most magical Asheville experience yet. Hop on the Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley for a festive tour of the Asheville area and surrounding neighborhoods. The perfect family activity, everyone will enjoy caroling, holiday storytelling, and seeing festive decor throughout the city on a decked-out trolley. Book your tour here.
Stay cozy with a cup of hot cocoa from downtown Asheville’s own French Broad Chocolates. Named one of the best hot chocolates by Travel + Leisure Magazine, you definitely won’t want to miss this tasty treat! Be sure to add The Hop’s hot chocolate float to your list of sweet treats to try this holiday season, too.
The Grove Park Inn is home to the National Gingerbread House Competition, a beloved event celebrating 30 incredible years. All of the talented winners were just announced — check out the amazing artistry here. Don’t miss the exhibits now through January 2nd!
Your list of things to do in Asheville this winter wouldn’t be complete without experiencing Christmas at Biltmore. America’s Largest Home® hosts a beloved annual tradition full of enchanting holiday experiences. From elaborate hand-decorated trees and thousands of twinkling lights to incredible garlands, live music, and flickering fireplaces, it’s the ultimate way to get in the holiday spirit this Christmas in WNC.
Experience the Great Outdoors
Western North Carolina is home to some of the best winter sports destinations, from renowned skiing to snow tubing for the whole crew. Visit Cataloochee Ski Area in beautiful Maggie Valley (just 15 minutes from Avalon) for a day of snow tubing for the family. Take some ski or snowboarding lessons or grab your lift tickets here.
Sapphire Valley Resort features a 1,600-ft. main run with a vertical drop of 200 ft. for a thrilling ski and snowboarding experience! Just a little over an hour’s drive from Avalon, this winter destination even offers tubing, a learning slope for beginners, and plenty of professional instructors to show you the winter sport ropes.
Hop off the skis and take a scenic winter hike! Just about 40 minutes from the Avalon area is the famed Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy a breath of fresh air as you trek through trails, mountains, and paths. Check out this list of moderate hikes to enjoy while taking in the stunning winter wonderland views.
Christmas in WNC is truly magical. Whether you’re searching for high-energy outdoor activities in the snow, or ways to relax and take in the scenic mountain views, there’s possibility in every direction when you call Avalon home. Plan your winter wonderland getaway and experience the magic of our mountain community for yourself. Schedule your discovery tour today.