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Visiting the Biltmore Estate During Christmas

Updated on September 23, 2013

Visit the Biltmore When it is Decorated for Christmas!

When I first moved to North Carolina it was October. One of the most frequent recommendations I got from locals was, "You HAVE to visit the Biltmore during Christmas!" The 175,000 sq ft mansion is completely decorated for the holidays. You get to tour the house during the day, or in the evenings when it is lit in candlelight!

My recommendation is - get to Asheville in the morning, tour the house during the day, and check into a cozy romantic B&B. Tour Asheville the next day, make a dinner reservation at the Stable Cafe, tour the house during the Candlelit Evening, then go back to your cozy B&B to top off the night.

The Biltmore House in December!

The Biltmore House in December!
The Biltmore House in December!

History of the Biltmore Estate

How the Biltmore House Came to Be

  • In the 1880s, George Washington Vanderbilt and his mother began taking trips to Asheville, NC. They adored the location and climate so much that George decided to build a home there. He called it the "little mountain escape." It took about 6 years to complete the mansion finishing in 1895.
  • It is 175,000 square feet (Quite the "little mountain escape," eh??) with 250 rooms, and the grounds are 8,000 acres. The Vanderbilt family lived in the mansion until 1956 when it was converted into a museum. The estate is still family owned. It is managed by The Biltmore Company under the direction of Vanderbilt's grandson, William "Bill" A.V. Cecil, III.
  • From the Biltmore Website:
  • Why is it named Biltmore?
  • George Vanderbilt named Biltmore by combining two words: "Bildt" the region in Holland where the Vanderbilt family originated, and "more," an old English word meaning upland rolling hills.

A picture of Bill Cecil in front of the Biltmore

Where is the Biltmore?

The Biltmore Estate is located in Asheville, North Carolina. Tucked up high in the Smoky Mountains there is plenty of space, quiet, nature and delicious food!

The Biltmore During the Winter Holidays

Tour the Biltmore as the Mansion and Grounds are Decorated for Christmas!

  • Daytime Visit
  • Recapture the magic of the season during Christmas at Biltmore. Enjoy America's largest home decorated with dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows, and poinsettias; miles of evergreen garland; thousands of ornaments, tinsel, and beading; and a 35-foot Fraser fir.
  • Tour the Estate:
  • One-day Tickets start at $55 online. Enjoy a full day exploring our 8,000-acre estate. Your ticket includes:
  • - Self-guided visit of Biltmore House
  • - All-day access to our gardens and Antler Hill Village and Winery
  • - Complimentary wine tasting and guided tour at the Winery
  • - Plenty of dining and shopping opportunities
  • - Free parking

Would You Like to Visit?

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      I lived in North Carolina from ages 3-5 and so I grew up knowing about the Biltmore Estates (it made quite an impression on my older brother!) and I have always wanted to visit there. Great lens. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      emmaklarkins 7 years ago

      Omigosh, it looks so beautiful, just like a fairytale! I live in southern VA, so might be able to make the trip :)