O Holy Sight: Nothing compares to Christmas at Biltmore

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A holiday tradition dating back 125 years will be celebrated this year when Christmas at Biltmore transforms Asheville’s most famous address into an unforgettable Yuletide destination.

This year’s theme, “An 1895 Christmas,” pays homage to the first holiday season when Biltmore’s founder George Vanderbilt opened the doors of Biltmore House to family and friends.

Christmas at Biltmore runs through Jan. 10, 2021.

Visitors will be treated to more than 100 hand-decorated and styled Christmas trees, 25,000 ornaments, 100,000 twinkling lights and an array of festive holiday displays.

Two experiences are available: the Christmas at Biltmore daytime house tour experience, and the Candlelight Christmas Evenings nighttime house tour experience.

The entire estate is open to guests as part of admission to either Christmas experience.


New this year, a mini-documentary, “The Raising of the Banquet Hall Christmas Tree” can be viewed on Biltmore’s Facebook and YouTube channels. The special gives viewers an insider’s look as the 35-foot Fraser fir tree goes up in the Banquet Hall with behind-the-scenes details and stories from the people who create the magic of Christmas at Biltmore. The video will remain on Biltmore’s social media channels for future viewing if you miss the premiere.


Tickets start at $84.

Children ages 9 and younger are admitted free year-round with a paying adult.

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Biltmore’s COVID-19 safety policies include face coverings or masks being required for all guests older than age 2, clear bags and cashless transactions. Click here for more information.

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