Christmas at Biltmore 2018 Insider's Guide

Christmas at Biltmore 2018

The Biltmore House is even more magical when adorned for the holidays - complete with 55 elaborate hand-decorated trees including the favorite 35-ft. live Fraser fir in the Banquet Hall, a thousand poinsettias, miles of garland and live music. This year's theme is "A Vanderbilt Christmas" with a strong Gilded Age feel. And there's much more to see and do throughout the estate. Find plenty of details and tips below! 

Daytime Tours: November 3, 2018–January 6, 2019
Candlelight Evenings: November 3, 2018-January 5, 2019
Christmas Tree Raising: November 1, 2018

Biltmore House Christmas - Library
The Library this year inside Biltmore House - see more photos from 2017 Opening Day!

Daytime & Candlelight Tours
Plan ahead and book dates and times for both daytime and candlelight tours, since prime dates and times sell-out in advance. Daytime tours are self-guided, but most days will have timed entry to prevent over crowding. Biltmore House takes on a warm glow during Candlelight Tours, complete with choirs and ensembles performing. The front lawn glows with a 55-ft. Norway spruce with 45,000 lights and hundreds of hand-lit luminaries. Candlelight Evenings require a separate ticket for entry from daytime admission - and reservations are required. Included with the Candlelight ticket is a daytime visit on the same day or next day to explore the rest of the Estate. Since candlelight tickets are limited, many dates will sell-out early. So buy tickets ASAP.

All tickets include self-guided tours of Biltmore House, the gardens, Antler Hill Village, and the Winery (open until 8 PM) for a complimentary wine tasting. Don't miss a trip to the tropics inside the Conservatory and strolling through the gardens with winter plantings. See our main Biltmore Insider's Guide for more ideas of things to do.


  • The Winery (open until 9 PM every night) is decorated with 7,000 globe-shaped ornaments hanging from the ceiling, giving you the feeling of being inside a bottle of sparkling wine.
  • Antler Hill Village is decked out with many more lights, including special effects in the fountain. Weekends feature carolers and Santa. Bonfires on Friday and Saturday evenings - buy a s'mores kit at The Creamery. Stores and Legacy Exhibit open until 9 PM.
  • Throughout the estate, find 100+ decorated trees with 25,000+ ornaments, 1.5 miles of fresh garlands, 500 wreaths and sprays, 2,000 poinsettias and other favorite holiday plants, and 100 kissing balls!
  • Candlelight Winery Tours (additional charge) available on Fridays and Saturdays at 6 & 7 PM.

Biltmore House Christmas Candlelight

Best Deals on Biltmore Tickets & Special Offers:

  • Buy daytime tickets at least 7 days in advance on the Biltmore Estate website and save $10 or more per ticket. Tour time reservations for house entry are required for many days, so plan ahead! Many days will sell-out in advance.
  • Seniors save $10 on Tuesday & Wednesday at Ticket Center.
  • Military save $10 at Ticket Center.
  • See overnight Biltmore Vacation Packages offered by area B&Bs, hotels and cabins that include discounted tickets.
  • Tickets purchased at local hotels and B&Bs usually include a second day for free.

Biltmore Conservatory Poinsettia Tree
Conservatory - great spot for selfies and family photos!

Conservatory, Gardens & Holiday Decorating Classes
Don't miss strolling through the gorgeous blooms and a huge array of plants inside the Conservatory. Also, walk through the winter gardens and along the peaceful hiking trails. Biltmore’s floral arranging and gardening experts conduct free, daily seminars at A Gardener’s Place retail gift shop under the Conservatory at 1:30 PM "Holiday Tablescapes with Plants".

Browse a dozen shops on the Estate including A Christmas Past, Bookbinder's, Toymaker's and Confectionary in the Stables beside the house. Don't miss the Wine Shop at the Winery. The Gate House Shop at the entrance of the Estate carries a sampling from many of the other shops - and you don't need a ticket to visit.

Days & Hours Open
The Estate is open every day, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days. The house is open 9 AM-5 PM for daytime tours. Estate gate and ticketing office open at 8:30 AM. Candlelight tours begin at 5:30 PM.

More Festive Fun
Holiday hospitality extends throughout the entire Estate. Enjoy a festive meal at Bistro, Deerpark Restaurant, Stable Café, Cedric’s Tavern or The Dining Room at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. Both the Inn & Village Hotel offer several packages, including New Year’s Eve. The Inn will offer its annual Gingerbread House Tea (Dec 15-18). Biltmore has a big variety of retail shops, all perfect for holiday gift shopping. Other activities include taking a cozy horse and carriage ride (blankets provided) and exploring acres of landscaped gardens.

Banquet Hall, Biltmore House Christmas
Banquet Hall's decorations for 2017. See more 2017 Christmas photos inside the House.

Annual Tree Raising
November 1, 2018: Watch the fun as 40 Biltmore workers maneuver the 35-ft. Fraser fir inside Biltmore’s Banquet Hall after Santa delivers it to the front door at 10 AM (see photos and video of tree's arrival).

Biltmore House Christmas, Winter Garden
Winter Garden

Tips for Visiting

  • See our Biltmore Estate Guide for more things to do, including guided tours.
  • See many more photos from previous years: 2016 | 2015
  • Buy tickets well in advance. Many days will sell-out - especially Thanksgiving weekend, Saturdays and Christmas week.
  • Yes, you can take photos inside the house.
  • Biltmore phone number for general info and tickets is 1-800-411-3812.
  • You may be amazed by the size of the Estate and all the things to see and do. Arrive early and allow a full day - or two!
  • Reduced-price admission is available to guests with disabilities. Parking assistance is available. They have some wheelchairs inside the house for guests at no charge for touring of the first and second floors. Guests with hearing difficulties can request a Neckloop Telecoil Coupler, a printed transcript or sign language interpreter. Call them for your specific needs 1-800-411-3812.
  • Your self-guided visit of Biltmore House requires a house tour reservation on their busy days (most Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and the entire Christmas week). So buy tickets early to get your first choice of time.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and layers to allow for changeable mountain weather.
  • Bring a car. Parking is free and some of the Estate venues are several miles apart. Shuttles from the parking lot to Biltmore House are provided, but you'll need your own transportation to the other Estate attractions. If you stay overnight on the Estate, shuttles are provided free to all major stops.
  • Remember, Candlelight Christmas Evenings require a separate ticket from daytime admission. Candlelight Christmas Evenings tickets are non-refundable, but you can change your date for a $20 fee. Or keep the ticket for a daytime visit later.
  • See our packages page for special offers & Biltmore packages from hotels, cabin rentals and bed and breakfast inns!
  • While you in the area, see other House Museums for Holiday Tours

2018 Ticket Prices

  • Daytime ticket prices TBA. Highest ticket prices are Saturdays, Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas week.
  • Buy online on the Biltmore Estate website at least 7 days in advance and often save $10/person on daytime tickets
  • Candlelight Tours TBA. Lower rates usually run Sunday-Thursday nights, except for Christmas week.

Antler Hill Village, Biltmore
Stop at Antler Hill Village after your home tour for the Winery, Cedric's Tavern, shopping and more exhibits including the historic barn.

For more holiday fun in Asheville, see our Top Asheville Holiday Outings.

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