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Appalachian Holiday | Asheville, NC Parade

November 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EST

he 2018 Grand Marshal is a hiker, author, and speaker Jennifer Pharr Davis. In 2011, Davis completed the Appalachian Trail (2,185 miles) in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes, making her the fastest A.T. hiker until the record was broken again in 2015. In total, she’s hiked more than 14,000 miles of long-distance trails on six continents — adventures that informed her seven books, numerous articles and interviews, and speeches on making the wilderness accessible to all. This Ashevillean served as board member for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and an ambassador for the American Hiking Society. The Grand Marshal float is sponsored by Apple Tree Honda.

Other parade entries include a little something for everyone with decorated floats, adoptable pets from area rescue organizations, our Honored Veterans float, live music, performances and of course, Santa Claus, brought to you by the NC Arboretum’s Winter Lights.

The performance stop is located at the corner of Biltmore and Patton Avenues. After the parade, families are invited to Pack Square for photos with Santa (hours TBA).

For a third year, the Arboretum will partner with the City of Asheville for Winter Lights Downtown, an artistic holiday light display festooned in the trees in Pack Square. Winter Lights Downtown will begin with a lighting ceremony (hours TBA). Look for some extra dazzle in the display this year in the form of a giant starflake centerpiece, sponsored by the Asheville Downtown Association, and the display expanded to more trees.