A Carolina <strong>Christmas</strong>

A Carolina Christmas

North Carolina - South Carolina

Buckle up your sleigh in Asheville and cruise to the glittering Biltmore Estate. You’ll take “America’s Favorite Drive” to Boone for wintersports fun, enjoy twinkling lights in Winston-Salem and explore Tinsel Town in Greensboro.

You’ll experience Charlotte's Christmas village next and after meeting Santa Claus in Florence, you’ll finish your adventure at Myrtle Beach’s fabulous Night of a Thousand Candles show.

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A Carolina Christmas

Stop 1: Asheville 1/10

What better place to start your Christmas in the Carolinas than in the heart of the winter wonderland between the Blue Ridge Mountains?

Travel to “Christmas Town” at Forest City for a festive stroll on Main Street. And go extra big on the celebrations by taking a carriage along a cavalcade of twinkling light-adorned oak trees.

Take your Christmas cheer back to the Downtown Marriott AC Hotel with a cup of hot cocoa, before heading out for a day Christmas shopping in the River Arts District.

36 Montford Avenue, Asheville, NC, 28801

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Biltmore Estate

A Carolina Christmas

Stop 2: Biltmore Estate 2/10

From the River Arts District, head towards Lyman Street for the short drive to the breathtaking Biltmore Estate.

Watch the châteauesque mansion come alive in the holiday season, with towering Christmas trees, mistletoe and ivy-adorned fireplaces capturing the holiday spirit. Stay late into the evening to enjoy the cozy glow of flickering candlelight and visit Antler Hill Village for restaurants and shops, all illuminated by enchanting lights.

Be sure to explore the glittering light corridor, before resting your head at the on-site inn.

1 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803

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Blue Ridge Parkway

A Carolina Christmas

Stop 3: Blue Ridge Parkway 3/10

Take US-25 and the Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 388.8 to start ‘America’s Favorite Drive”, the magnificent Blue Ridge Parkway.

Enjoy epic views of the stunning Southern Appalachians as you travel through Grandfather Mountain State Park. Be sure to stop off at several lookout points along the route, with sensational panoramas found at Chestoa View and Rough Ridge Lookout.

Various cafes and restaurants line the route, so enjoy a bite of Applewood Smoked trout at The Switzerland Café – a fantastic halfway point on your drive on NC-226A.

3884 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC 28803

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A Carolina Christmas

Stop 4: Boone 4/10

Leave Blue Ridge Parkway for NC-221 to continue the festive fun in Boone. Dust off your ski boots and go galivanting in the snow in the “Ski Capital of the South”.

Adrenaline junkies can hit the halfpipe or the slopes with snowboarding and skiing at Sugar Mountain Resort. Looking for more relaxing afternoons? Enjoy a day at the spa and take in the Festival of Lights at Chetola Resort.

Head to Downtown Boone for a crackling fire in your cozy cabin at Blue Ridge Haven, on Snowflake Lane.

331 Queen Street, Boone, NC 28607

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A Carolina Christmas

Stop 5: Winston-Salem 5/10

Head south down US-421 to experience over 265 years of historic holiday traditions at Winston-Salem.

Experience a magical Nutcracker performance at the Stevens Center, and enchanting illuminations at Tanglewood Park’s Festival of Lights. It’s truly a gift for all the senses when you a drive through the displays, set to festive tunes, and nibble on Christmas candy from the Farmers Market. There’s also the chance to marvel at candlelit homes and meander through the markets for tasty treats.

200 Brookstown Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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A Carolina Christmas

Stop 6: Greensboro 6/10

Continue south on US-421 Highway and feel your heart warming from the community spirit of Greensboro.

Enter a world of Christmas cheer at ‘Downtown in December’, where you can stroll through fifty festive Christmas trees in Tinsel Town and vote for your favorite. Embrace Winterfest and get frosty with ice-skating or curling, guaranteed family-fun for all ages. Head to Peppermint Alley for that all important selfie, before finishing the evening with a good ol’ sing-song at the Festival of Lights.

532 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27406

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Charlotte Christmas Village

A Carolina Christmas

Stop 7: Charlotte Christmas Village 7/10

On route to Charlotte, you’ll travel along I-85 S for an hour-and-a-half  to arrive in North Carolina’s most populous city.

Grab a cup of hot cocoa when you arrive and soak up the holiday cheer at the Christmas Village. Sample a selection of European goodies, including bratwurst and strudel and delve into stocking fillers at the bustling market.

As night falls, head to Winter Wonderland to witness the Christmas lights in all their glory, before hitting the hay at Charlotte Marriott.

324 S Mint Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

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Christmas Lights in Columbia

A Carolina Christmas

Stop 8: Christmas Lights in Columbia 8/10

Your Christmas quest takes you over the border to South Carolina, via I-77 S, to Columbia’s longest-running holiday tradition.

Roast smores, ride the candy cane carousel, visit Santa’s village and, of course, gaze at the spectacular light show at The Lights before Christmas.

Don’t miss out on the Holiday Lights on the River drive in Saluda Shoals Park. Take your rental car through three miles of glittering lights reflected onto the River and discover fantastic Christmas roadside displays.

1010 Lincoln Street, Columbia SC 29201

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A Carolina Christmas

Stop 9: Florence 9/10

Take your sleigh to Florence via I-20 E for the glitz and sparkle of Downtown.

Stroll through music and festivities, cozy up with a hot chocolate, roast marshmallows, vote for the ugliest sweater, and even meet Santa Claus. If you’re travelling with little ones, don’t miss the chance for a photo-op with the Christmas creatures on display.

Rest your legs at Hotel Florence, before heading down US-76 E and US-501 S to the final stop on Santa’s list in the morning.

152 South Dargan Street Florence, SC 29506

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Myrtle Beach

A Carolina Christmas

Stop 10: Myrtle Beach 10/10

Sadly, you’ve reached the last stop on our Christmas cruise – the fabulous Myrtle Beach. Who’d have thought the famous beachfront could look so spectacular as Santa’s Grotto?

Head to Brookgreen Gardens for the Night of a Thousand Candles to – you’ve guessed it – gaze at illuminated candles.

Enjoy the last hurrah of the trip and let the sweet music of carol singers fill your ears. Take a sip of cocoa and reflect on your adventure through the Carolinas.

1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

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