Beginning Nov. 16, visitors to the Grove Arcade can recapture the holiday magic of yesteryear with the annual Winter Wonderland celebration amid the historic building’s beautifully decorated halls.
The opening-night festivities from 5-8 p.m. include a Deck the Halls Lighting Celebration; a performance by the Asheville Symphony Chorus starting at 6 p.m.; Story Time and Photos with Santa Claus; and more. There is no charge for admission.
In addition to the wide variety of local shopping, dining and essentials enjoyed year-round in the elegant building, ongoing Winter Wonderland events at the Grove Arcade include Sunday appearances by Santa Claus from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9 and 16. And starting Nov. 21, Grove Arcade’s halls feature a Gingerbread House Display in partnership with The Omni Grove Park Inn, celebrating the 26th year of its National Gingerbread House Competition. It all adds up to a holiday season of wonder in one of Asheville’s architectural treasures.
Adding to this year’s festivities, Jason Probstein, master scientific glass blower, will be blowing his unique Christmas ornaments at Mountain Made at the opening of Winter Wonderland and at various times during the holiday season. Read about his schedule at Mountain Made from Nov. 17 – Dec. 23 here.
Guests attending Winter Wonderland this year also will have a special opportunity to contribute to a fund for Jones County RISE, helping the town of Trenton, N.C., and Jones County recover from the devastation of Hurricane Florence. Donations received at the Grove Arcade will be used specifically for pre-lit Christmas trees for families who lost most or all of their possessions because of the historic storm.