Festive holiday happenings and all things merry and bright abound in Asheville, N.C. Each year, beloved longtime traditions and fresh offerings combine to make this Blue Ridge Mountain city a must-visit Christmas destination, from the opulent decorations at America’s Largest Home to half-a-million lights strewn throughout a magical winter garden to sugar-and-spice masterpieces competing for national gingerbread glory. GLITTERING ILLUMINATION AT AN AMERICAN TREASURE An enduring legacy of America’s Gilded Age, Biltmore is the 250-room grand vision of George W. Vanderbilt and America’s Largest Home. Christmas comes naturally here, as the Vanderbilts welcomed their first guests to Biltmore on Christmas Eve 1895. During the holiday season, the estate sparkles with 30,000 lights and hundreds of candles illuminating the entry way during the Candlelight Christmas Evenings. A giant 55-foot Norway spruce is strung with 55,000 lights on the front lawn and leads the way into the home where 60 mo..