PHOTO TOUR: Christmas at Biltmore 2018
By Jason Tarr
Biltmore shines with holiday grandeur as Christmas at Biltmore 2018 gets underway.
Magical. That's the word guests so often use when describing Biltmore during the holidays. Ornate decorations transport you back in time and showcase a tradition that dates back more than 120 years.
The stunning decorations inside the home and across the estate feature more than 100 hand-decorated trees, including the 35-foot Fraser Fir that anchors the grand Banquet Hall. Thousands of lights help Biltmore to sparkle. And, poinsettias brighten the rooms inside the home and in the Conservatory garden. Also, don't miss the expanded light display in Antler Hill Village and the 7,000 globe-shaped ornaments that adorn the ceiling of the Biltmore Winery.
Come join us on this photo tour of the 2018 decorations in some of the home's most iconic rooms. These photos were taken during the daytime Christmas at Biltmore celebration. At night, Biltmore lights the dozens of fireplaces in the home and live music adds to the special ambiance for Candlelight Christmas Evenings.
While these photos provide a sneak peek, you'll find visiting the estate in person is how you'll truly feel the magic of Christmas at Biltmore.
Christmas at Biltmore runs November 3, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Plan your visit today with the help of our Christmas at Biltmore guide.
Photos below by Jason Tarr of ExploreAsheville.com
The 7-story high Banquet Hall is the centerpiece of the Christmas at Biltmore celebration. A 35-foot Fraser Fir is trimmed with packages, lights and ornaments. The tree comes from Andrews Nursery in Newland, N.C. The grand fireplace, lit during the evenings for Candlelight Christmas Evenings (requires separate admission), is decked with matching-colored adornments.
When you enter Biltmore House, one of the first rooms you'll see is the Winter Garden. Beautiful natural light illuminates the poinsettias and natural garland.
Steps away, you'll find the inviting Breakfast Room. Notice the beautiful little presents placed on each plate on the table.
A row of sparkling Christmas Trees help illuminate the intricate tapestries. Look closely (but don't touch!) the beautiful ornaments on each tree.
George Vanderbilt loved reading and had a personal collection of 22,000 books. Garland and bows frame the large fireplace in his library.
New decorations adorn the Grand Staircase, which leads you in an ascending spiral to the upper floors of the House.
On the upper floors, you'll find many of the bedrooms, including Mrs. Vanderbilt's room.