Enjoy our annual photo tour of the Biltmore House at Christmas! The great folks at Biltmore took me on a pre-opening tour on November 4, 2016. See our big Christmas at Biltmore Guide to plan your trip (find ticket specials, event details, tips and more photos). This is just a small sampling of what you will see - with 70 trees, miles of garlands and 1,000 poinsettias!
The floral theme inside Biltmore House for Christmas 2016 is “Hearth and Home.” George Vanderbilt gathered friends and family in the Banquet Hall first in 1895 to enjoy dinner and merriment beneath a towering evergreen tree, lighted with 500 electric lights, decorated with hundreds of ornaments and wrapped gifts (as it is this year). The Banquet Hall décor is inspired by Biltmore Village. The table is decorated with a scene of houses, a replica of The Cathedral of All Souls and trees and plants covered in snow.
The mantle and the balcony are hung with the double swagged lighted garlands. Each Christmas, Edith Vanderbilt made lists of all employees' children (more than 100), and choosing special gifts for each of them. Then everyone gathered in the Banquet Hall by the massive fireplaces for a very festive party.
The 40-foot tree and lighted forest in front of Biltmore. Make your candlelight reservations well in advance, especially for weekends!
Red is the big color in the Winter Garden with masses of red blooming plants such as poinsettias, kalanchoes, and begonias.
The Breakfast Room décor is inspired by Mrs. Vanderbilt’s Bohemian taste. The 12’ tree is decorated with lanterns with multicolored glass, jewel tones, rich colors, rhinestones, and gold and silver ornaments with hot pink tones. The table top features a platinum leaf “V” at each setting with silver touch bud vases. A swag of various beaded garlands and lights grace the mantle.
The Library design is inspired by George’s love of books. The single towering tree is decorated with ornaments that reflect the written word. The color schemes are shades of blues, greens, and champagne gold. Be sure to look up to see the cherubs on the ceiling. Evergreen wreaths symbolize the circle of life.
The grand staircase (left) is decked with red bows and double greenery swags. The Tapestry Gallery (right) has four 15-foot trees that represent the four seasons (love them!) and the large nativity.
George Vanderbilt’s rich red bedroom has two slim trees decorated with red, gold, crystal, mercury glass, and wax ornaments along with red berries and gilded stems. Red ribbon with a gold pattern enhance the mantle garlands, sconces and trees.
Mrs. Vanderbilt’s oval bedroom has trees placed in the windows with mirrors positioned to create the illusion of more trees. Color scheme is purple, cream and gold tones.
A favorite tradition is seeing the Biltmore House in gingerbread, displayed in the kitchen. Check out the many details.
After you tour the house, don't forget to stop at the spectacular Conservatory by the Walled Garden. Stroll through the tropical paradise, complete with the towering white poinsettia tree. Great for family photos!
The 35-foot Christmas tree arrives with Santa to much fanfare on November 2, 2016. Read all about the tree raising, complete with photos and video.