Christmas at Biltmore. Biltmore Estate. Holiday décor of the main house, plus live music, visits with Santa, gingerbread house workshops and evening candlelight tours. Nov. 4-Jan. 8. 1 Lodge St., Asheville N.C. Asheville, NC. Dates and pricing vary. Visit biltmore.com for details.
The Polar Express. Great Smoky Mountains. A 75-minute round-trip train ride with Santa Claus visit. Includes warm cocoa, carols and a treat while reading along to the story. Nov. 11-Jan. 1. Departure times at gsmr.com. 226 Everett St., Bryson City, NC. 800-872-4681. Adults, $42-88; ages 2-12, $28-$64; ages 23 months and younger, $0-$21.
Fantasy in Lights. Callaway Gardens. Drive through more than eight million twinkling lights and a garden decorated for the season. Nov. 12-Jan. 7. Opens at 6 p.m. Hwy. 27, Pine Mountain. 800-225-5292. Adults, $21-$28; ages 6-12, $10.50-$14; ages 5 and younger, free.
North Pole Limited. Tennessee Valley Railroad. A round-trip journey to the “North Pole”, featuring storytelling, light refreshments and an appearance by Santa. Nov. 18-Dec. 31. Departure times at tvrail.com. 4119 Cromwell Rd, Chattanooga, TN. 423-894-8028. Ages 2 and older, $34; Ride in Santa’s private car, $65.
Festival of Trees. Unicoi Lodge. Beautifully-decorated trees and wreaths throughout Unicoi Lodge. Nov. 9-Dec. 10. 1788 Hwy. 356, Helen. 706-878-2201. Free admission; Parking, $5.
A Country Christmas. Gaylord Opryland Resort. Enjoy lavish holiday displays, performances of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, snow tubing and more. Nov. 11-Jan. 1. 2800 Opryland Dr., Nashville, Tenn. 615-889-1000. Activity times and prices vary.