Christmas At Biltmore Goes International

Christmas At Biltmore Goes International
It took Phileas Fogg 80 Days to go around the world, but you can take a whirlwind tour across the globe with a trip to this year's Christmas at Biltmore celebration. Holiday displays throughout Biltmore House, the gardens and grounds will center on the many countries George and Edith Vanderbilt visited at the turn of the century. 

The couple enjoyed taking journeys together to learn, explore and collect art, furniture and other items for their home. Rooms in Biltmore House will feature the traditions and folklore of France, Germany, India, Egypt and Italy with elements of the Vanderbilt family’s own Christmas traditions mixed in.

The history behind Christmas at Biltmore dates all the way back to 1895, when on Christmas Eve, the Vanderbilts opened their magnificent winter chateau to friends and family for the first time. Now, every year, the tradition continues with an amazing display of holiday décor.

Throughout the historic home you’ll discover 57 trees decorated for the holiday, including a 34-foot Fraser Fir that dominates the impressive Banquet Hall. You’ll also find 1,000 red and white poinsettias in the Winter Garden and other areas.

Perhaps the most unique way to take in the holiday at Biltmore is with their always-popular candlelight tour. Every evening through January 1 you can marvel at the multitude of lights and listen to the sounds of small musical ensembles stationed around the house.

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