The world-famous Biltmore House Christmas season begins on November 2! America’s largest home will be filled with 56 decorated trees, miles of garlands and 1,000 poinsettias. In addition, enjoy candlelight tours (beginning November 9), great shopping, dining, decorating workshops, live music and more.
When George Vanderbilt opened Biltmore House for the first time to family and friends on Christmas Eve 1895, it was a special day. The grand celebration began a treasured estate tradition that continues more than a century later. Known as one of the Southeast’s most elegant and awe-inspiring holiday travel destinations, the modern-day celebration is modeled after the estate’s first Christmas. This year, the decorations will remain until January 12.
The “star” of the show is the 35-foot tree in the Banquet Hall. You can watch the raising of the tree on the morning of November 1 as Santa Claus ushers in the giant Fraser fir on a horse-drawn carriage.
The enchantment continues with Candlelight Christmas Evenings. Luminaries dot the front lawn of Biltmore House and thousands of tiny white lights adorn the 55-foot tall Norway Spruce. Inside the House, soloists and choirs perform traditional Christmas music, with the rooms taking on a magical glow as candles illuminate holiday decor. Special holiday menus at estate restaurants and holiday packages at the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate complete the experience and promise a memorable visit.
Your ticket includes tours of Biltmore House, the gardens and Antler Hill Village. The village links to the Winery, where visitors may take a guided tour and enjoy a complimentary wine tasting. Also see the special exhibit “The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad.”
Tips for Visiting
- To save and get discounted Biltmore tickets, purchase tickets on their website at least seven days in advance.
- Arrive early and allow a full day – or two to see it all.
- Often, a ticket purchased from a hotel/B&B/rental is good for an extra day at Biltmore.
- Your self-guided visit of Biltmore House requires a house tour reservation on Friday, Saturday, Sundays and the week of Christmas.
- Visit Monday through Thursday for fewer guests.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes and layers to allow for changeable mountain weather.
- Bring a car. Parking is free and some of the estate venues are several miles apart. Shuttles from the parking lot to Biltmore House are provided, but you’ll need your own transportation to the other estate attractions.
- Candlelight Christmas Evenings require a separate ticket for entry from daytime admission. Tickets are available by reservation only and include an evening self-guided candlelight tour of Biltmore House, next-day or same day visit to the gardens and Biltmore Estate Winery.
- See our Christmas at Biltmore Guide.
- See more holiday events and things to do in Asheville.
- See Holiday Vacation Packages and Specials for area hotels, B&Bs and cabin rentals.