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Christmas at Biltmore Estate 2014

Our Biltmore Guide: Biltmore Overview | Biltmore House Inside Photos | Downton Abbey Costumes | Gardens | Winery | Antler Hill Village | Christmas at Biltmore | House Christmas Photos | Christmas Tree Raising | Biltmore Blooms | Summer Concerts | Fall at Biltmore | Winter Outings & Specials | Hiking, Biking, Outdoors | Events | Inn on Biltmore | Specialty Guided Tours | Vanderbilts | Garden Photos | Biltmore Romantic Spots | Dream Wedding | Biltmore Snow | Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate | Make a Biltmore Holiday Wreath | Asheville New Years | Top 10 Asheville Holiday Outings

Biltmore House Christmas
A bright 55-foot tree and luminaries greet you on Candlelight Evenings.
See our exclusive Photo Tours: Christmas in Biltmore House | Candlelight Evening | Tree Raising

Biltmore House Staircase
See photos & video of Christmas
inside Biltmore House

Christmas Biltmore House
See photos of Biltmore Candlelight Christmas

Daytime Celebration
November 7, 2014–January 11, 2015
Biltmore Estate 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 40-foot Fraser fir in the Banquet Hall), 1,000 poinsettias, miles of garland and lights, live music and inspirational holiday demonstrations. Watch the tree arrival and raising in the Banquet Hall on the morning of November 1. Decorations are based on this year's theme, "The nature of Christmas." For the first time in many years, floral displays will decorate the newly restored Second Floor Living Hall.

Tickets include 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. Special seasonal seminars are also available.

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.

Christmas Tree Raising
See photos of the arrival and raising of the 35-foot tall Christmas Tree for the Banquet Hall (November 5, 2014). Watch it arrive at 10 AM.

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.

Holiday Decorating Sessions
Located beneath the historic Conservatory in A Gardener's Place gift shoop, enjoy free daily holiday demonstrations concentrating on decorative wreaths and swags at 11 AM., 1 PM, 2 PM and 3 PM.

Looking Back
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.

Library at Biltmore House
See our photo tour of Christmas in the Biltmore House

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 on the estate
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. 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.

For more holiday fun in Asheville, see our Top 10 Asheville Holiday Outings.

Take a video tour inside the Biltmore House during the holidays.

Christmas at Biltmore

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!
  • Admission Rates
    • November 7-21
      • Sunday-Friday: $59 ($47 if purchase online 7 days in advance on Biltmore Web site)
      • Saturday: $74 ($62 if purchase online 7 days in advance)
    • November 22-December 20
      • Sunday-Friday: $59 ($49 if purchase online 7 days in advance)
      • Saturday $74 ($64 if purchase online 7 days in advance)
    • December 20-January: $74 ($64 if purchase online 7 days in advance)
    • January 4-11, 2015: $59 ($49 if purchase online 7 days in advance)
  • For more information and to purchase advance discounted tickets, go to the Biltmore Estate Web site.
Christmas Tree Biltmore HouseBanquet Hall in Biltmore House

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 hoisted the tree into place using ropes and pulleys to secure it into position. Then a separate team added 500 lights and 1,000 ornaments. See our photo tour of decorated Biltmore House!


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Enjoy your vacation to Biltmore House, Estate, Winery & Gardens in Asheville! Writing & Photography By Mark File - ©2003-2014 File Investments, Inc