Enjoy our annual photo tour of the Biltmore House decorated for Christmas! My favorite day of the year is getting a pre-opening tour right before the doors open (November 3, 2017). 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 - including 50+ trees, miles of garlands and hundreds of poinsettias. New this year, find expanded decorations in other locations on the estate, including Antler Hill Village and Winery.
George Vanderbilt open the doors of Biltmore House on Christmas Eve 1895. The family gathered in the Banquet Hall for dinner and merriment beneath a towering evergreen tree, lighted with 500 electric lights and decorated with hundreds of ornaments and wrapped gifts (as it is this year). Edith Vanderbilt made lists of all employees' children (more than 100), and choosing special gifts for each of them. It takes a 37-foot live Christmas tree with giant ornaments to command a presence in this towering 7-story tall room. The colors are slate blue, platinum and gold, drawing out the colors in the tapestries.
On the big Banquet Hall tree, look for the acorn ornament - a tribute to Mr. William A.V. Cecil (grandson of George Vanderbilt and owner of Biltmore House) who died at the age of 89 on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. The acorn, a symbol of strength, is part of the Vanderbilt family crest. Mr. Cecil's children and grandchildren will continue the legacy. Mr. Cecil's wife, Mimi, passed away three weeks later.
The Entry Hall welcomes you will a giant, gilded twine ball draping lit garland and fabric. Fresh poinsettias continue the Vanderbilt's love of bringing the outdoors in.
The Library is themed around George Vanderbilt’s love of travel as well as the adventures one can take in a book.
The tree in the Library carries the travel theme, decorated with hot-air balloons, paper stars, sailing ships, Asian fans and Eiffel towers.
Breakfast Room glows with orange, gold and rich tones. See a miniature model of All Souls Church in Biltmore Village under the tree.
The Tapestry Gallery glows with four identical trees with mirrored ornaments and cherubs taking on a “Heaven and Nature Sing” theme, framing the large creche.
Mr. Vanderbilt's Bedroom red tones naturally has the Christmas feel - especially with two decorated trees and garland on the mammoth fireplace.
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 red poinsettia tree. Great for family photos!
The 55-foot tall Norway Spruce is lit with 45,000 lights!
We were thrilled to get a surprise snowfall on December 9, 2017! See more snow photos at Biltmore.
The 35-foot Christmas tree arrived with Santa to much fanfare on November 1, 2017. Read all about the tree raising, complete with photos and video.
During our November 6th visit, fall color was still framing the house with Christmas red.
See the sparkling bubbles overhead in the Winery tasting room.
Antler Hill Village is decked out with many more lights this year.