Bucket list: Biltmore Christmas ✅
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina when fresh evergreens and twinkling Christmas lights add holiday flair to one of the most beautiful mansions you may ever see.
This was my first time seeing the Biltmore at Christmas, but since we were visiting my daughter in the Lake Lure area for Thanksgiving, it was the perfect opportunity to go.
And yes, we went on Thanksgiving Day which was far busier than I would have thought.
Guests enter at timed intervals, but once inside, you’re free to meander along the orchestrated route on your own time, so relax and enjoy all the details.
Each room is decorated uniquely with color-coordinated ornaments and trimmings that match the room’s theme.
Visitors can experience the holiday magic during the day or opt for the evening candlelight tour. Both options are self-guided and you sign up for a specific entrance time.
You can also opt for the audio tour which turns your self-guided experience into more of a hosted and curated experience lasting 90 minutes and you’ll learn a lot about the Vanderbilts.
I didn’t take the audio tour because I couldn’t stomach the thought of paying even more than the price of admission (which was NOT cheap), but I kinda regret it now. (If you decide to add it on, buy it at the time you purchase your admission tickets for a discount.)
If you don’t know anything about the Biltmore House, it’s a 250-room French Renaissance chateau and was built to be the country home of George Washington Vanderbilt. With 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces taking up four acres of floor space, “America’s Largest Home” took six years to build.
If touring the Biltmore at Christmas doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, I don’t know what will!
Even the grand staircase was resplendent with elegance.
Of course, there were a few sparingly decorated areas on the lower level which were really fun to see anyhow: the bowling alley, the Halloween room, the indoor pool, kitchens and pantries.
And once you’ve toured the inside be sure to wander the gardens and conservatory.
Set on a most amazing piece of property in Asheville, North Carolina, the 175,000 square foot home is adjacent to 8,000 acres of formal and informal gardens designed by the famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Ulmstead.
My Biltmore Christmas tour was one of my favorite holiday experiences to date.
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Comments & Reviews
Tara Pittman says
This place is so festive. I would love to tour this place and the audio would be a must for me.
This looks so amazing! Such a great place to see a fantastic Christmas decoration display!
robin rue says
Oh how lovely! I have always wanted to tour the Biltmore. Someday I will get there, but for now we have the Newport Mansions, which are similar.
Alissa A Apel says
That’s so fancy! I love it! I helped my friend (a Florist) set up model homes, for Christmas once. It was a fun experience. This reminds me of that.
The Biltmore looks like such an amazing place to explore during this time of year. I would love to experience first hand myself.
Lisa Favre says
This place is absolutely magnificent! I think this would make a wonderful family trip – so much to do and see!
Lisa Joy Thompson says
The Biltmore is absolutely gorgeous when it’s not Christmas…I can’t imagine how beautiful it is in person at Christmas! Someday I’ll make it at Christmas time!
Brianne Tursi Manz says
What an amazing place to visit this time of year. So festive and magical! I love how the Biltmore decorated for the holidays.
The Biltmore in North Carolina’s decorations look exquisite. I wish I lived nearby so I could see those myself IRL.
Wow, that is one gorgeous place. I love seeing all the holiday decorations. This place is really beautifully decorated. I’ve never been to Biltmore, but would definitely love to.
What a gorgeous place! If we are ever in the area, we will definitely check it out!
Oh my gosh, what a gorgeous place! Just seeing all of those decorated Christmas trees makes me want to curl up beside one with a hot cup of cocoa.
Wow! This is really gorgeous! Wish I could visit with my kids!
Wow this looks beautiful! I have a friend who lives in Asheville. I will tell her to go check this out!
Myrah Duque says
The Biltmore is the perfect place to visit durng the holidays. It is so festive and beautifully decorated.
Lyanna Soria says
That place looks absolutely gorgeous and huge! Look at all those wonderful decorations. I’d love to try visiting this place someday.