Christmas at Biltmore
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Christmas at Biltmore is here and will continue through Jan. 1, with its evening candlelight tours of Biltmore House ending Dec. 31.
This year, the Christmas displays throughout Biltmore House, the gardens and grounds will follow an art motif, with inspiration coming from various art forms found in and around Biltmore House. Each of the 68 decorated trees and their complementing display pieces will be designed to accent a particular piece of art found in a room or composed around an expression of art, such as the literary arts or music.
Miles of fresh garlands and wreaths create a yuletide scent throughout the house, with around 1,000 red and white poinsettias in the Winter Garden and other areas.
Guests can pick up Biltmore decorating secrets during free holiday craft seminars offered at A Gardener's Place in the lower part of the Conservatory, near the Walled Garden. Classes are offered four times daily: "Wreath-Making" (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.); and "Tabletop Inspirations" (1 and 3 p.m.).
To learn more about Biltmore and for ticket prices, visit www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Ten of the harness racing barns that face U.S. 219 north at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds in Fairlea will be decorated for Christmas again this year.
Decorations will be finished by Dec. 3.
Charlotte holiday show
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Southern Christmas Show runs through Nov. 18 at the Park Exposition and Conference Center in Charlotte.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Nov. 18, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Tickets are $10 at the door; $3 for children ages 6-12, 6 and under free.
European holiday market
PITTSBURGH -- Downtown Pittsburgh's first European holiday market opens Nov. 24. Inspired by the original Christkindlmarkt created in 1545 in Nuremberg, Germany, the Peoples Gas Holiday Market features vendors displaying unique collectible and gift items in Alpine-style wooden chalets.
Also, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will feature a new outdoor Winter Light Garden exhibit with scores of LED light forms. The public garden's seasonal displays will feature glowing orbs, "dripping" snowballs, luminous trees and a brilliant fountain of lights. The exhibit opens Nov. 25 and stays up through Jan. 6.
Smokies guide app
GATLINBURG, Tenn. -- Going to the Smokies? There's an economical app for that.