The Vanderbilt family opened the doors of Biltmore House for the first time on Christmas Eve in 1895. Take a step back in time to where it all began and celebrate Biltmore’s 125th anniversary with “An 1895 Christmas,” which takes inspiration from oral histories, newspaper articles, letters and menu books in the estate’s archives for décor that echoes the very first Christmas at Biltmore. With visitor safety in mind, Biltmore has adapted estate experiences by limiting capacity, requiring face coverings and reservations for tours of Biltmore House. Face coverings are required in all estate buildings. They have also enhanced their stringent disinfection procedures in accordance with CDC guidelines and industry best practices. Click here for details on modified operations.
- New this season: One of Biltmore’s most beloved holiday traditions is the raising of the 35-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree in the Grand Banquet Hall. This year, the celebration is completely online, featuring a new mini-documentary that will give viewers an inside look at the tree’s journey to become a seasonal centerpiece and a special look behind the scenes with details and stories from the people who create the magic of Christmas at Biltmore. To end the day with a bright spot, tune in for the premiere on Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. via Biltmore’s Facebook and Instagram.
- With more than 100 hand-decorated Christmas trees, 25,000 ornaments, 100,000 holiday lights, nearly 6,000 feet of garland and 1,200 poinsettias gracing the house and estate, Christmas at Biltmore (Nov. 6 through Jan. 10, 2021) provides a feast for the senses.
- Take a tour of the house by fire and candlelight during Candlelight Christmas Evenings (Nov. 6 through Jan. 9, 2021). Hand-lit luminaries line the walkway into the house where musicians are stationed throughout performing seasonal favorites. The front lawn is a sight to behold with its 55-foot Norway spruce encircled by 36 illuminated evergreens.