No one celebrates the Christmas season quite like the Biltmore Estate. It’s a tradition that began in 1895 when George Washington Vanderbilt entertained guests during that first Christmas at Biltmore and continued in the early years when Edith Vanderbilt personally selected and supervised the wrapping of a gift for every employee and the members of their families on the Estate.
The current holiday celebration began in 1979, when the Estate was opened to the public during the Christmas season. Christmas at Biltmore is held from early November into the New Year and has proven to be one of the most popular events at Biltmore, with thousands of visitors coming each year to see the fabulously decorated estate during the daytime and at night.
The Biltmore Estate remains open on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. There’s no better place to recapture the magic of the season with family and friends than with Biltmore’s larger-than-life Yuletide celebration. During Christmas at Biltmore, the nation’s largest home is decorated with a 35-foot Fraser fir, dozens more Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows and poinsettias, miles of evergreen garland, and thousands of ornaments, tinsel, beading and lights.
The festive holiday experience is enhanced by live holiday music and inspiring holiday demonstrations. One of the most popular activities, requiring tickets well in advance, is the Candlelight Christmas Evenings This popular evening event begins just as dusk falls. Candlelight and firelight transform the elegant rooms of Biltmore House into a vision of beauty and warmth. Choirs and musical ensembles perform holiday favorites, leaving you with a memorable experience of Yuletide cheer.
If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 800-235-2474. Or if you would prefer, you can send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.