The Biltmore Estate at Christmas Asheville Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the Biltmore Estate. Heck, Asheville wouldn’t be the same without the Biltmore Estate. It The Biltmore Estate at Christmas Asheville Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the Biltmore Estate. Heck, Asheville wouldn’t be the same without the Biltmore Estate. It’s a major draw for tourists from around the world. It’s easy to brag about the Biltmore Estate. They’re good neighbors who give back to the community. They practice sustainability: 20 percent of their energy use comes from its own network of solar panels, while 10 percent of the food served in its restaurants is grown and raised locally, some of it on the Estate grounds. So at Christmastime, Biltmore does it right. While the gate to the Estate and nearby Biltmore Village shine with holiday lights, the house itself gets decked out, inside and out. Whether it’s the time of the year or the holiday celebrations, Christmas has proven to be one of the most popular times to visit Asheville and the Biltmore Estate. Xmax_facade copyLR Christmas Décor at the Biltmore It all starts with the 35-foot-tall Christmas tree — with all the trimmings — that adorns the Banquet Hall. Every year, it’s a highlight of the house tour. Towering over a long table set for more than 20 guests, the tree lights up not only the room, but everyone’s heart as well. It’s a sight not to be missed. But that’s not all the Biltmore Estate does to celebrate its Asheville Christmas. Many rooms feature smaller trees, all decorated to the max and each one a heart-warming treat. Garlands and wreaths and ribbons and bows (even on some of the statuary on the grounds) somehow make it easier to surrender to the holiday spirit. Biltmore Estate Christmas Spirit at the Biltmore Estate The Estate has an ornate grand organ, which pumps holiday cheer through the halls of the first floor, adding to the feeling of jubilee. At night (see more below about the Candlelight Tours), live singers and musicians entertain guests as they wander through the house. From choirs to harpists and flutists, the Biltmore Estate welcomes you with song. Beyond the house, the conservatory features poinsettias and much, much more — it’s a veritable explosion of color in flowers, all within the warm confines of the conservatory. Antler Hill Village and the Winery also roll out the holiday welcome with lit-up trees and decorations reminiscent of a Thomas Kinkaid painting. Candlelight Tours at Christmas Even if you’ve seen the house during the day, it literally glows at night. During the holiday season, from early November into January, the Biltmore Estate offers evening tours. The illuminated entrance and the Estate and the brightly lit tree on the front lawn are merely teases compared to the house. Music rings out every evening. Christmas trees and candlelight shine in almost every room. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. Biltmore Estate Candlelight Evenings cost extra, and you have to buy your tickets in advance, when you’ll be given a specific time to enter the house. ChristmasFacade_PinkSky.LR Shopping at the Biltmore Estate It is the Asheville Christmas season, and the shops at the Estate offer special sales while rolling out the holiday treats and seasonal merchandise. From the many shops by the stable courtyard to the shops in Antler Hill Village and the Winery store, you’ll have ample opportunity to take a bit of the Biltmore home with you. And the dining experiences on the Estate are among the best in the region. Explore the Estate and then settle down — and get off your feet — for a gourmet meal and a glass of Biltmore wine. We recommend you make reservations in advance on the day (or evening) you plan to visit. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time to see the house and wander the grounds before your meal. Enjoy your Asheville Christmas at the Biltmore Estate!