Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina is America’s largest private home, built for the prestigious Vanderbilt family. It’s also one of the most popular attractions in the region and brings in over 1 million visitors every year.
It’s especially magical during the holiday season when the mansion is transformed into a winter wonderland with large Christmas trees and seasonal decor. In fact, between all areas of the property, there are over 100 decorated trees, 10,000 ornaments, and 100,000 lights.
What to See at Christmas at Biltmore
Every corner of Biltmore Estate is covered with holiday spirit. Visitors start their winter wonderland when entering the property, where a massive Christmas tree is on the lawn in front of the home. The outside of the house has wreaths, including on the iconic lion statues.
Once inside, the Banquet Hall has another massive tree, covered in ornaments and lights. Garland and greenery are hung from the mantels and chandeliers. The Conservatory is filled with bright red poinsettias.
Another special way to see Biltmore at Christmas is with the evening Candlelight Tours. They operate daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day and provide unparalelled access to the home.
Holiday Festivities in Antler Hill Village
In addition to the stores open year round, there’s also a Holiday Pop-Up Shop at The Barn Door and A Christmas Shop. Antler Hill Village is lit with Christmas lights. The Winery has a stunning lit tunnel for festive photos and is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of Biltmore wine. Santa has also been known to make an appearance!
When to Go to Christmas at Biltmore
Christmas at Biltmore runs from early November into early January, so you don’t have to visit in December to experience the magic. Crowds can be overwhelming on weekends so weekdays are a better time to go, not to mention cheaper. Operating times vary, but the house is open during the day from 10 am to 5 pm. Candlelight tours run from 5:30 to 9 pm.
Daytime audio guide tickets start at $106 and include reserved house entry, access to the 8,000 acres of groudns, complimentary parking, and complimentary wine tastings. Candlelight tours start at $119 and include everything the daytime tours feature, but access to the grounds and winery are offered the day of or day after.
Discounted admission is available when purchasing online in advance, when purchasing an annual pass, and for seniors and members of the military.
Where to Stay Near Biltmore Estate
There are a number of accommodation options in the area around Biltmore Estate. The Inn on Biltmore Estate is as close as you can get to staying inside the mansion. Guests enjoy mountain views, spa access, and nightly turndown service.
Omni Grove Park Inn is one of Asheville’s most beautiful hotels, located a short drive away. It has its own incredible Christmas decorations, including a tree in the lobby, and hosts seasonal events like the National Gingerbread House Competition.