There will be lots of places to find Santa Clause this 2011 Christmas Season, in the Asheville, NC area and mountains of Western NC.  Following is a list of some of the upcoming places, many of which are free, compliments of Santa’s day-planner.

November 4 – December 24th, 2011 Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, in Bryson, NC, Ride the Polar Express and see Santa.  Prices vary, see the GSMR website for details and schedule.

Santa arrived at the Asheville Mall on Saturday November 12th, 2011, and may be seen between Barnes and Noble and the new ULTA.  Lots of happenings are available at the Asheville Mall which include Santa.  Click the link here for Santa’s full schedule at The Asheville Mall and photo package prices.

Friday November 18th, enjoy the lighting celebration in the Biltmore Park Town Square, with carolers, magicians, horse drawn carriage and visits with Mr. & Mrs. Clause.  At 7:00 pm Santa Clause will lead the countdown to light the 25′ Christmas Tree and complimentary photos may be taken with Mr. & Mrs. Clause throughout the evening.  Free.

Saturday November 19th, 2011, beginning at 11:00 am along the streets of Downtown Asheville, don’t miss the 65th Asheville Parade, themed “Days Gone By.” Santa will be the last of approximately 100 floats!  Free.

Saturday December 3rd and December 10th, 2011, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, watch Santa scale the 315′ Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock Park, his favorite annual practicing grounds for the real thing.  Park Admission.

Saturday December 3rd, Black Mountain Annual Christmas Parade with Santa begins at 4:00 pm along the streets of Downtown Black Mountain.  Free.

Sunday December 4, 2011, 2-5pm JingleFest at the Roger McGuire Green Terrace in Pack Square with caroling, dance, holiday games and contests.  Sponsored by Fun Depot, so sure to be fun.  Elves & Reindeer will be there, and Santa is sure to stop by.

Need a family friendly place to stay during the holiday season?!  Be sure and call us for your Vacation In Asheville for a Cabin, Vacation Rental, or Asheville Bed and Breakfast stay.  Happy Holidays!  And we’ll keep you posted about more fun events this Christmas in Asheville.