Biltmore House Christmas Photo Tour

Biltmore House Christmas Photo Tour

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.

Biltmore Banquet  Hall Christmas

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.

Biltmore Acorn Ornament

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.

Biltmore Entry Hall

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.

Biltmore Library Christmas 2017

The Library is themed around George Vanderbilt’s love of travel as well as the adventures one can take in a book.

Biltmore House Travel Tree

The tree in the Library carries the travel theme, decorated with hot-air balloons, paper stars, sailing ships, Asian fans and Eiffel towers. 

Biltmore Breakfast Room Christmas

Breakfast Room glows with orange, gold and rich tones. See a miniature model of All Souls Church in Biltmore Village under the tree.

Biltmore Tapestry Hall Christmas

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.

Biltmore Mr Vanderbilt Bedroom

Mr. Vanderbilt's Bedroom red tones naturally has the Christmas feel - especially with two decorated trees and garland on the mammoth fireplace.

Biltmore Christmas Conservatory Poinsettia Tree

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!

Biltmore House Christmas Tree

The 55-foot tall Norway Spruce is lit with 45,000 lights!

Biltmore House Snow

We were thrilled to get a surprise snowfall on December 9, 2017! See more snow photos at Biltmore.

Biltmore House Christmas Tree Arrival

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.

Biltmore House Fall Christmas

During our November 6th visit, fall color was still framing the house with Christmas red.

Biltmore Winery Christmas

See the sparkling bubbles overhead in the Winery tasting room.

Biltmore Antler Hill Village

Antler Hill Village is decked out with many more lights this year.

More about Biltmore

Christmas at Biltmore
Christmas at Biltmore
November 03, 2018 to January 06, 2019
The biggest event of the holiday season. See America's largest home decked out in festive finery. Candlelight Evenings are especially magical. See our extensive guide with tips, photos and details.
Biltmore House
Experience Biltmore Estate
Take in the grandeur of our country's largest home, the "Downton Abbey" of America. Explore the many rooms inside the house, walk through breathtaking landscapes and gardens, taste vintages at the winery and enjoy fine dining. See many things to do with our detailed insider's guide!
Biltmore Winery
Biltmore Winery
Experience Biltmore’s historic winery and savor complimentary tastings, relax at the wine bar and enhance your wine knowledge with specialty tastings and tours. Plus, enjoy shopping for all the Biltmore wines and distinctive products to complete your visit. Located in Antler Hill Village, it's open every day and included in your Biltmore Estate admission ticket.

To plan a trip, see our Christmas at Biltmore Guide.

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