Gray Line Trolley Tours announces holiday joy rides through Asheville

Photo courtesy of Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville

From Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville

Press release

Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville is premiering its latest red joy ride through Asheville. For 17 days in November and December, the Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour will embark from Biltmore Village on a festive 75 minute trip through the lights and sights of the season. Anyone and everyone up for a jolly good time is warmly invited to pick a date to see the prettiest scenes around town … sidewalks, storefronts, B&Bs and inns, parks and churches, all in their merry finest.

After a successful test run last year, Gray Line decided to make the Christmas Tour an annual event. “This is the first year of what we hope will be a popular holiday experience for visitors and a new family tradition for locals,” says Jonathan Helmken, General Manager of Gray Line. Departing at 7pm, trolley tours will travel through Biltmore Village, Historic Montford, Grove Park and the Grove Park Inn, Pack Square and downtown Asheville. Stories of local holiday traditions, singing of classic carols and popular Christmas songs are on the program, too. Expect smiles and laughter, oohs and ahhs at magical illumination, all along the way.

The Christmas Trolley schedule is Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, always 7 pm, from November 27th through December 29th. The 75-minute tour embarks from the Olde World Christmas Shoppe at 5 Boston Way in Biltmore Village. Trolleys are heated and enclosed with clear curtain windows. Reservations are required, so book now at or call 828-251-8687. Rates: Adults – $22, Children (5-11) – $11. Walk-up tickets available as space allows.

“Winter drives through neighborhoods dressed up for the holidays make for great memories,” says Helmken. “Now, imagine a ride on a bright red trolley, lights, caroling, and hopefully some great Christmas sweaters. What could be jollier?”


Gray line Trolley Tours of Asheville is a locally owned and operated licensee of Gray Line Worldwide, offering local sightseeing tours and transportation for weddings and other special events. The company is owned and operated by Howard and Deborah Helmken and their son Jonathan. Gray Line’s “Hop-On/Hop-Off Trolley Tour” is Asheville’s most popular sightseeing tour, combining an informative and entertaining narration, with the convenience of unlimited “hop-on/hop-off” privileges at several stops located along the tour route. Gray Line also offers the “Haunted History & Murder Mystery Ghost Tour” and the “Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley Tour.”


Founded in 1910, Gray Line has grown into the most recognized name in sightseeing tours and activities in the world. For more than 100 years, Gray Line’s global network of elite licensees and providers has been at the center of creating and operating the best traveler experiences in the world’s most sought-after sightseeing destinations. With thousands of tours and experiences in more than 700 locations, spanning six continents, Gray Line is also the largest direct supplier of destination services to online travel sellers, wholesalers and travel agents. Howard Helmken is a current member and former chairman of the board of directors of Gray Line Worldwide.

About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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