The historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville is a special place to visit any time of year. From now until Jan. 4, Grove Arcade guests also can recapture the holiday magic of yesteryear with the annual Winter Wonderland celebration.
The Nov. 17 opening-night festivities included a Deck the Halls Lighting Celebration; caroling by the Asheville Symphony Chorus; Story Time and Photos with Santa Claus; Tree Ornament Making and Santa Paws Fund and Food Collection, benefiting Asheville Humane Society; Holiday Cider and Cookies; and, as always, Local Shopping and Dining in the alluring Grove Arcade.
In addition to shopping and dining, ongoing Winter Wonderland events at the Grove Arcade include return appearances by Santa Claus from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 3, 10 and 17. And starting Nov. 22, the building features a Gingerbread House Display in partnership with The Omni Grove Park Inn, celebrating the 25th year of its National Gingerbread House Competition. It all adds up to a lengthy season of wonder in one of Asheville’s architectural treasures.
“The Grove Arcade is a beautiful, historic building; when she puts on her holiday finery she becomes a sparkling jewel not to be missed,” says Ruth Summers, Grove Arcade executive director. “We hope people of all ages will make the Grove Arcade part of their Christmas and holiday tradition, as they come see us for the free, family-friendly Winter Wonderland.”