2021 Dickens Festival


A Dickens Christmas" In Biltmore Village celebrates the history, culture, arts and architectural treasure for which the Village has become renowned.

An Asheville area, beloved holiday season tradition — and now in its fourth decade — "Dickens" is staged on the first full weekend in December (December 3rd & 4th in 2021). The celebration begins on Friday evening with a 'cozy' tree-lighting ceremony on the Village Green, featuring regional choral groups, instrumentalists, excerpts from the Montford Park Players' annual production of Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol" and, of course, visits with St. Nicholas.

The Village takes on a seasonal magic with thousands of tiny, white lights adorning buildings, colorful lighting displays, shop windows filled with whimsical exhibits and the overall feel of stepping back in time to nineteenth century Biltmore. Saturday is filled with over two dozen roving acts (singers, brass ensembles, balloonists, mimes and theatrical presentations) greeting visitors throughout the Village. And, yes, even an authentic chestnut roaster will delight you with those delectable "chestnuts roasting over an open fire"!

Experience the enchantment, complete your holiday shopping and dine in seasonal splendor during the Biltmore Village "A Dickens Christmas" and begin your own holiday season tradition.