Are you celebrating the holidays in Asheville? There is no better place to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas than in western North Carolina. The high peaks of the southern Appalachians are the perfect backdrop for the lights and decorations of the season. 

While your holidays will likely be spent catching up with friends and family, you may find you have some downtime with kids (or adults) who are getting antsy. If you need some ideas for how to entertain relatives during the holidays in Asheville, we’re here to help. 

Activities for You and Your Family in Asheville, NC

Get Outside

You might not think of the holidays as a time to get outdoors, but temperatures are often mild enough to enjoy our beautiful natural surroundings. Winter hiking and biking provide unique views not visible when the leaves are still on the trees. 


A few winter hikes your family or visitors will enjoy include:

  • Mount Mitchell
  • Crabtree Falls
  • DuPont State Forest
  • Mount Pisgah
  • Rainbow and Turtleback Falls
  • Craggy Mountain and Gardens
  • Linville Falls

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking does not close for winter. Some of the best winter mountain biking options include:

  • Ride Kanuga
  • Kolo Bike Park
  • Riveter
  • Dupont State Forest
  • Brevard/Pisgah National Forest
  • Biltmore Estate
  • Bent Creek Experimental Forest
  • Kitsuma and Heartbreak Ridge  – Old Fort and Black Mountain, NC

Area Parks

We are fortunate to have a number of beautiful, well-maintained parks in our area. Some of the parks you and your family might enjoy on Thanksgiving weekend include:

  • Lake Tomahawk Park Black Mountain, NC
  • Riverwalk Park Black Mountain, NC
  • Charles D Owen Park Swannanoa, NC
  • Black Mountain Disc Golf Course Black Mountain, NC
  • French Broad River Park Asheville, NC
  • Carrier Park Asheville, NC
  • River Arts District Asheville, NC
  • Lake Louise Park Weaverville, NC
  • Richmond Hill Park Asheville, NC

Indoor Activities at Black Mountain Adventure Zone

GellyBall at Black Mountain Adventure Zone

Gellyball is a new, lower-impact shooting experience for players as young as five and yet still exciting for teens and adults!

In a variety of gaming settings, players shoot at targets and other players using our battery-powered, automated blasters. The unusual gel-based water orb ammo has a rubber band-like sensation when used. The ammo doesn’t stain clothing or leave a mess. 

GellyBall is the perfect alternative to airsoft and paintball. Book Your GellyBall party here

Laser Tag at Black Mountain Adventure Zone

“Laser tag at BMAZ is not your typical arcade-style activity. Featuring LaserWar technology with multiple games and weapon modes, so every battle is different and exciting.”

VR at Black Mountain Adventure Zone

We are excited to announce the launch of our VR Games and VR Escape Rooms in time for the holiday season!

We presently offer five VR Games and seven VR Escape Rooms, depending on the type of event, age range, and the number of participants you decide. The games during your party will be planned and overseen by your BMAZ Host.

Battle Cage at Black Mountain Adventure Zone

Battle Cage Sword-Fighting Game at Black Mountain Adventure Zone. Players dare their friends to a battle they won’t soon forget. Thanks to the ingenious belt and blade combo, this sword battle experience will wow you in every way, including the sound effects and the live music. Additionally, your audience can support their preferred competitor as they wait for their turn.

If you have questions or you’re ready to finalize your Thanksgiving weekend plans, reach out to the team at BMAZ!

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