Enjoy our 2014 Photo Tour of the Christmas decorations inside Biltmore House. Remember, this is just a sampling! Plan your visit with our Christmas at Biltmore Guide (see decorations on November 7-January 11). Photography is not allowed during a tour, so enjoy these!
Also: Repin photos on our Pinterest Christmas at Biltmore Board
The Banquet Hall is decorated with the first Vanderbilt Christmas celebration as inspiration. The table is accented with a deep red velvet runner edged with holly and red berries, with poinsettias and fresh cut flower arrangements. The look is vintage, but also formal and opulent; using ornaments in burgundy, red, gold, and blue on the 35-foot fresh cut Fraser fir and the two 14-foot trees flanking the triple fireplace.
The Grand Stairs are draped in fresh white pine roping and red velvet bows. The tree decorations follow the forest, fields and garden scheme with ornaments in shades of green, white, cream, gold, and brown, along with natural pine cones, sprays of wheat, and dried flowers. The tree is topped with antlers!
The Breakfast Room reflects a family centered holiday celebration. Rich red, gold, and silver vintage style ornaments and a scattering of antique toys decorate the tree, complete with a giant ribbon checklist for Santa.
The table is decorated for a Christmas tea celebration with whimsical pyramids of frosted candies, and small elaborately wrapped gifts placed at each place setting.
More scenes in the Breakfast Room (you can tell it's one of our favorite rooms!).
The Library decorations are inspired by George Vanderbilt’s dedication to learning, both for himself and for others. George was an avid reader and valued education and continued learning, helped to build a library in New York, and provided schools for both children and adults that were residents of the estate and the village.
A first edition copy of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” is on display in the library. The rich colors and textures of the book binding will be repeated in the colors of the ornaments decorating the four trees, garlands and wreaths in this room.
The Tapestry Gallery decorations are inspired by the over mantles in the room where deer and other forest animals are depicted. George Vanderbilt intended his managed lands to also act as a game preserve, where deer, turkeys, and other wildlife could be enjoyed by his guests.
The four trees are decorated with the colors of a late afternoon. Ornaments in the rosy orange tones and the soft silvery blue tones of sunset along with twig deer, a spiraling garland of honeysuckle vine, and crystal icicles suggest a frosty winter woodland.
The Tapestry Hall is ready for entertaining, set for tea by the sounds of the grand piano.
The Music Room is decorated with the art of music as the theme. The soft colors of the rooms décor, soft mint greens and peach tones. Faux musical instruments are tucked into the tree and mantle garland creating a soft romantic look appropriate for an evening of music at Biltmore. Tiny ballet dancers, silver and gold ornaments, and vintage pink and green birds decorate the tree.
The loaded Music Room tree is topped with a black and cream sheet music ribbon. Look for fun details in every room - the gingerbread man cookies are in the Breakfast Room.
The Winter Garden is adorned with creamy white poinsettias with rich greens of the tropical foliage along with the texture of other green and white foliage and blooming plants. Wrought iron candelabras encircle the fountain and the hanging lights will be enhanced with draped garlands and kissing balls (130 orbs made of fresh white pine and Fraser fir, or made of dried and faux materials are found all across the estate).
The theme this year – “A Vanderbilt Christmas Celebration” – is centered on the life of George Washington Vanderbilt and the tremendous contributions he made to the world of art, architecture, landscaping, forestry, farming, education, and the health and wellness of the people of Biltmore and the Asheville area. This is his bedroom.
The smallest tree inside Biltmore House is a German feather tree found on the center table in Mrs. Vanderbilt’s bedroom.
The Second Floor Living Hall features a small village to represent Biltmore Village that George Vanderbilt created. Also see the first costume in the upcoming Dowtown Abbey costume exhibit (read more).
The annual creation of Biltmore House in gingerbread in the kitchen:
15 pounds of sugar dough, two pounds of chocolate rocks, eight pounds of gum paste, five pounds royal icing and one month to complete!
Don't miss the amazing collection of plants and gorgeous design inside Conservatory.
Biltmore’s floral arranging and gardening experts conduct free, daily seminars at A Gardener’s Place retail gift shop at the Conservatory: “Winter Wreaths” at 11 AM and 2 PM, and “Front Door Swags” at 1 and 3 PM.
Biltmore House on November 19, 2014
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