Christmas with the Crawleys: Biltmore’s holiday display adds a touch of ‘Downton Abbey'

Christmas with the Crawleys: Biltmore’s holiday display adds a touch of ‘Downton Abbey'

Christmas at Biltmore 2018. (Amy Trainum/Southern Departure.)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — It’s one of the grandest holiday displays in the Carolinas and this year, Christmas at Biltmore will offer even more than ever before.

A yuletide feast for the senses featuring traditional holiday decor and dazzling lights, you can see the estate's annual holiday celebration now through Jan. 5, 2020.

In addition, on Nov. 8, the estate will welcome “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition,” a traveling exposition dedicated to the popular television series and new feature film.

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The exhibition features a display of costumes, props, jewelry, set recreations, videos and virtual characters from the show.

Christmas at Biltmore will feature more than 50 hand-decorated Christmas trees, miles of ribbon and garland and thousands of lights. A 35-foot Fraser fir in the Banquet Hall is the home’s holiday centerpiece.

For the first time, hand-decorated Christmas trees will be displayed on the balcony that wraps around the home’s two-story Library.

Another must-see is Candlelight Christmas Evenings, when Biltmore House glows with candlelight and firelight and a constellation of holiday lights illuminate Antler Hill Village & Winery and the Village Green.

For ticket prices click here. Children age 9 and younger are admitted free year-round with a paying adult. Youth ages 10-16 receive 50 percent off the adult daytime admission price.

Pro tip: Save $10 on each regular daytime admission when you make your purchase seven days in advance.

For more information on Christmas at Biltmore or to make reservations, go to biltmore.com.

Christmas at Biltmore schedule:

Christmas at Biltmore daytime experience – Nov. 1, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020

Candlelight Christmas Evenings nighttime experience – Nov. 1, 2019, through Jan. 4, 2020

Illumination of Antler Hill Village – Nov. 1, 2019, through Jan. 4, 2020, 5:30 p.m. - midnight

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition – Nov. 8, 2019, through April 7, 2020

Complimentary wine tasting at Biltmore Winery – Nov. 1, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020 (winery specialty tours available with additional price and reservations required)

Bonfires in Antler Hill Village with s’mores kits available for purchase at The Creamery – Nov. 1, 2019, through Jan. 3, 2020, select dates, 3 - 10 p.m.

Visits with Santa at the bandstand in Antler Hill Village – select dates

The Inn on Biltmore Estate’s annual Gingerbread House Tea – Dec. 14-22, 2019, select dates, 1 - 3 p.m. (additional price and reservations required)