O Holy Sight: Nothing compares to Christmas at Biltmore

O Holy Sight: Nothing compares to Christmas at Biltmore


ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A holiday tradition that goes back more than 120 years, Christmas at Biltmore transforms Asheville’s most famous address into an unforgettable yuletide destination.

This year’s theme – “The Art of Christmas” – can be seen throughout every element created for the season, taking inspiration from both individual pieces of artwork in the house as well as places that George Vanderbilt traveled to collect artwork.

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Inside the 250-room Biltmore House, a towering 35-foot-tall Fraser fir tree loaded with ornaments and wrapped packages tucked into its branches serves as the seasonal centerpiece.

More than 100 Christmas trees – each hand-decorated and styled – grace the house and estate combined.

The Conservatory anchoring the Walled Garden is filled with poinsettias and offers a daily complimentary seminar that provides tips on holiday décor.

You can enjoy free wine tastings at Antler Hill Village & Winery, where the winery will be decorated with 7,000 globe-shaped ornaments hanging from the ceiling; giving you the feeling of being inside a bottle of sparkling wine.

Weekends in Antler Hill Village will feature carolers and Santa. A constellation of holiday lights illuminates trees, buildings and paths in the village, making it a must-see.

The annual holiday celebration runs through Jan. 6.

Another must-see, is Candlelight Christmas Evenings, when Biltmore House glows with candlelight and firelight. Visitors step back in time with an experience more like guests had during their first Christmas Eve spent in Biltmore House in 1895. Reservations are required for Candlelight Christmas Evenings; the event starts Saturday and runs through Jan. 5.

Tickets start at $65.

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

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

Youth ages 10-16 receive 50 percent off the adult daytime admission price.

For more details on tickets prices, visit biltmore.com.