Biltmore House Christmas Photo Tour 2018

Biltmore Christmas Photo Tour 2018

Enjoy our annual photo tour of the Biltmore House decorated for Christmas in 2018. Our favorite morning of the year is our preview tour early in the morning before opening. Note: Final touches were still underway since we took these on November 2nd. For info about this year's tours, go to our big Christmas at Biltmore 2018 Guide (tips, ticket specials, event details and more).

This is just a small sampling of what you will see - including 50+ trees, miles of garlands and hundreds of poinsettias. Each room is designed individually by super talented members of the Biltmore design staff. This year, find expanded decorations in other locations on the estate including Antler Hill Village and Winery.

Biltmore House Banquet Hall Christmas Tree

George Vanderbilt opened the doors of Biltmore House on Christmas Eve 1895. The family gathered in the Banquet Hall for dinner beneath a towering evergreen tree, decorated with 500 electric lights, 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 to command a presence in this towering 7-story tall room. 

Biltmore House Christmas Staircase

New this year, the first Christmas Tree that you see is wrapped by the grand staircase and "topped" by the massive 4-story chandelier.  The celestial décor matches the Entry Hall. 

Biltmore House Entry Hall

The Entry Hall decorations, along with the grand staircase, are inspired by the painting on the ceiling of the Library. We love the celestial feel, complete with stars and cherubs. The colors are soft blues, gold, pink and white iridescent. 

Biltmore House Christmas Library

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

Biltmore House Living Hall

The Second Floor Living Hall decorations with shades of greens and golds are inspired by the The Waltz painting by the fireplace. It was purchased by George at the Chicago World’s Fair and is one of the first paintings to ever depict electric light. See a little preview of the next clothing exhibition coming inside Biltmore House on February 8-May 27, 2019, A Vanderbilt House Party: The Gilded Age. Read all about it.

Biltmore House George Vanderbilt Room

Mr. Vanderbilt's Bedroom red tones naturally has the Christmas feel - especially with decorations inspired by the alabaster carvings in the House.

Biltmore House Mrs Vanderbilt Bedroom

Look up as you walk through Mrs Vanderbilt's Bedroom. It is decorated in lush purple, amber and orange - inspired by the egg ceiling. The trees are inspired by the first Christmas that George and Edith spent together in Paris while they were courting. George’s friend Willie, stole one of his stockings and gave it to Edith who filled it with treats including the book “Quo Vadis”. 

Biltmore House Billiard Room

As you walk through the house, be sure to notice the many and varied design elements. On the mantle in the Billiard Room, look for the dried hops and other local plantlife under the soaring Golden Eagle.

Christmas at Biltmore House Candlelight

During the Candlelight Tours, the front lawn glows with a 55-ft. Norway spruce with 45,000 lights and luminaries.

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 poinsettia tree. Great for family photos! 

Biltmore House Christmas Tree Arrival

The 37-foot Christmas tree arrived with Santa to much fanfare on November 1, 2018. Read all about the tree raising, complete with photos and video.

Biltmore Winery Christmas

See the sparkling bubbles overhead in the Winery Tasting Room as you sample the Christmas wines (included in your admission). See much to do at the Winery.

Lights at Antler Hill Village Biltmore Estate

Antler Hill Village is decked out with many more lights.

More about Biltmore

Christmas at Biltmore
Christmas at Biltmore
November 01, 2019 to January 05, 2020
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
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
Don't miss the most visited Winery in the country! Sample wines in the Tasting Room, included in admission to Biltmore Estate. Enjoy specialty tastings and variety of tours. Shop for all the Biltmore wines and plenty of gift items. Located in Antler Hill Village, it's open late every day.
Biltmore House
Annual Pass Special, Biltmore Estate
Save $100 on a Biltmore Annual Pass when you purchase by May 12, 2019. Visit any day of the year, plus get discounts on shopping, dining, activities and wines. Great gift idea!
Cost: $119/person
Inn on Biltmore Christmas
Candlelight Evenings Package, The Inn on Biltmore Estate
Stay on the Estate at their 4-star hotel with unparalleled service this Christmas season. Includes luxurious accommodations, Chef's Breakfast Buffet, gift, candlelight tour & daytime admission, audio guides, valet parking, estate shuttle service. Nov 2-Jan 5. Book early for best deals.
From $467/night

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

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