We hope you enjoy our annual photo tour of the Biltmore House at Christmas. The great folks at Biltmore took me through on a pre-opening tour on November 6, 2015. See our big Christmas at Biltmore Guide to plan your trip (find ticket specials, event details, tips and more photos). And please share this gallery with your friends!
The overall decoration theme for 2015 is “A Gilded Age Christmas”. So expect grand and elegant, gilded with rich colors and accented with touches of gold, silver, and platinum. Many of the elaborate displays give a nod to Biltmore stories of the holitday sesaon. America's largest home bears a striking resemblance to Highclere Castle on the PBS Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey,” Photo at top: The Library is decorated with traditional reds and greens along with festoons of greenery.
The live 35-foot Banquet Hall tree is adorned with 500 Edison style white lights, 500 gift boxes and toys tied on with bows, tinsel and 500 colorful ornaments (as George Vanderbilt had on his first tree). The triple fireplace is flanked by two pairs of trees. Wow!
The opulent Breakfast Room is decorated in a very formal style, playing up the warm tones of orange and gold. Be sure to check out all the details in the room - it appears as if the Vanderbilts will be arriving any minute!
The Music Room is filled with soft green and icy tones.
The colors of an evening sunset enhance the Tapestry Gallery, complete with the large navity.
Candlelite trees in George Vanderbilt's bedroom compliment the rich red tones.
Edith Vanderbilt's Bedroom is even more spectacular with matching trees.
See the wedding dress worn by Gwyneth Paltrow in the movie Emma, a preview of the "Wedding Gowns in Film" exhibition (read more) coming to Biltmore in February 2016.
Always a favorite! The delicious looking Biltmore House in gingerbread in the kitchen. Wow! It smells so good!
After your tour of the house, don't forget to stop at the Conservatory by the Walled Garden. Stroll through the tropical paradise. Great for photos!
The Banquet Hall 35-foot Christmas tree arrives to much fanfare on November 4, 2015. Read all about the tree raising, complete with photos and video.
Candlelight tours and the towering Christmas tree on the front lawn (taken November 20, 2015).
See more photos of Christmas at Biltmore from previous years.
Biltmore House was first shared with George Vanderbilt’s family and close friends on Christmas Eve 1895, as the housewarming for the home he had spent the past six years building and furnishing. Most of the family arrived on Christmas Eve, with close friends arriving over the following days. During the holidays, 40 people signed the guest book, and the house buzzed with activity. On Christmas Eve, George held a party in the Banquet Hall around a 40 foot tall Christmas tree. A table piled high with gifts was placed under the tree, and the Imperial Trio provided music. On Christmas morning, George hosted the employees and their families in the Banquet Hall.