Because of winter storm Diego, Santa Claus has rearranged his schedule to return to Grove Arcade from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 23. His two remaining appearances are part of Grove Arcade’s Winter Wonderland that continues until Jan. 6.
In addition to the building’s beautifully decorated halls, Grove Arcade features a Gingerbread House Display during Winter Wonderland, in partnership with The Omni Grove Park Inn’s 26th National Gingerbread House Competition. Guests can view the display free of charge as they recapture the holiday magic of yesteryear and enjoy the wide variety of local shopping, dining and essentials available year-round in the elegant building. It all adds up to a holiday season of wonder in one of Asheville’s architectural treasures.
The opening-night festivities of Winter Wonderland on Nov. 16 included a Deck the Halls Lighting Celebration; a performance by the Asheville Symphony Chorus; Story Time and Photos with Santa Claus; and ornament making.
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.