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.
Daytime Celebration: November 6, 2015–January 10, 2016
Candlelight Christmas Evenings: November 6, 2015–January 2, 2016
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! Tour time reservations for house tours are required on the busiest days (weekends and week of Christmas), so plan ahead!
Candlelight Christmas Evenings
Biltmore House takes on a warm glow duringCandlelight 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.
The estate is open on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days. General tours are self-guided. In addition to Biltmore House, admission includes the grounds, Winery, the Antler Hill Village, gift shops, parking and restaurants. Reservations required for Candlelight Evenings. Daytime tickets are available when you arrive. Buy advance tickets on the Biltmore Estate Web site in advance and save!
Holiday Dining and Lodging
Holiday hospitality extends throughout the entire estate. Enjoy a festive meal at Bistro, Deerpark Restaurant, Stable Café, Cedric’s Tavern or The Dining Room at Inn on Biltmore Estate. The four-star Inn offers several packages for holidays, including special New Year’s Eve packages. The Inn will offer its annual Gingerbread House Tea on December 18, 19, and 20. Biltmore boasts retail shops, all perfect for holiday gift shopping. Other activities include taking a cozy horse and carriage ride (blankets provided) and exploring acres of landscaped gardens.
Annual Tree Raising
It takes 40 people to get the 35-foot Fraser Fir inside Biltmore’s Banquet Hall (see photos and video of tree's arrival). Employees hoist the tree into place using ropes and pulleys to secure it into position. Then a separate team adds lights and 1,000 ornaments. It is held a day or two before opening day.
Tips for Visiting
- See our Biltmore Estate Guide for more things to do, including guided tours.
- You may be amazed by the size of the estate and all the things to see and do. Arrive early and allow a full day - or two!
- Get your tickets in advance and SAVE online on the Biltmore Estate Web site or by calling 800-411-3812. Or check with your hotel, B&B, cabin rental etc. to see if they sell tickets or include them in a package. Often, a ticket purchased from a hotel/B&B/rental is good for an extra day at Biltmore!
- Visit Monday through Thursday for fewer guests and lower ticket prices,
- Your self-guided visit of Biltmore House requires a house tour reservation on their busy days. Ask at arrival.
- 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 packages page for special offers & Biltmore packages from hotels, cabin rentals and bed and breakfast inns!
- While you in the area, see five other House Museums for Holiday Tours.
For more holiday fun in Asheville, see our Top 50 Asheville Holiday Outings.