November 7, 2014–January 11, 2015
Biltmore is open Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Candlelight Christmas Evenings
November 7, 2014–January 3, 2015
The Biltmore House is even more magical when adorned for the holidays. The Christmas at Biltmore extravagant celebration includes 56 Christmas trees (including the favorite 35-foot Fraser fir in the Banquet Hall), 1,000 poinsettias, miles of garland and lights, live music and inspirational holiday demonstrations. This year’s design draws inspiration from the theme “A Vanderbilt Christmas Celebration.” Décor trends toward the opulent to create a sense of the Gilded Age, while incorporating elements that nod to George Vanderbilt’s legacy in Western North Carolina.
Tickets include tours of Biltmore House, the gardens and Antler Hill Village. The village is home to the Winery, where you may take a guided tour and enjoy a complimentary wine tasting.
Limited-Time Annual Pass Offer
On November 1-30, 2014, save $50 on a Biltmore Annual Pass (regularly $149/person)! Visit as often as you like during an entire year, including the upcoming Dressing Downton exhibit. Plus, receive two free tickets for friends and family to visit in January-March. Buy your annual pass now on Biltmore's site.
Best Deals on Tickets
Buy tickets at least 7 days in advance on the Biltmore Estate Web site and save $10 or more per ticket. Also see overnight Biltmore Vacation Packages offered by area B&Bs, hotels and cabins that include discounted tickets. Remember, tickets are good for an entire day, including the Winery, gardens, conservatory, shops, Antler Village and more!
Candlelight Christmas Evenings
Biltmore House takes on a warm glow during Candlelight Christmas Evenings, even an air of mystery, creating a unique holiday experience for guests. Choirs and ensembles perform traditional music of the season throughout the house. The front lawn of Biltmore House will glow with a 55-foot Norway spruce with 45,000 lights and 300 luminaries. Candlelight Christmas Evenings require a separate ticket for entry from daytime admission - and reservations are required. Included is an evening self-guided candlelight tour of Biltmore House with same day or next day visit to the gardens and Biltmore Estate Winery.
Conservatory, Gardens & Holiday Decorating Classes
Don't miss strolling through the gorgeous blooms and huge array of plants inside the Conservatory. And walk through the winter gardens and along the peaceful hiking trails. Biltmore’s floral arranging and gardening experts conduct free, daily seminars at A Gardener’s Place retail gift shop at the Conservatory from October 17 through January 11. Seminars are “Winter Wreaths” at 11 AM and 2 PM, and “Front Door Swags” at 1 and 3 PM.
On Christmas Eve 1895, Vanderbilt opened Biltmore House for the first time to his friends and family. In subsequent years, the couple welcomed family, friends and the estate’s employees into the Banquet Hall for the annual Christmas party. Each child who lived on the estate at that time received a gift from the Vanderbilt family. Biltmore’s modern-day Christmas celebration is modeled on that first Christmas.