Christmas at Biltmore Continues Through Jan. 1
Known as one of the Southeast's most beloved and storied holiday travel destinations, Christmas at Biltmore runs through Jan. 1.
Candlelight Christmas Evenings, offering evening candlelight tours of Biltmore House, take place through Dec. 31.
This year's Christmas displays throughout Biltmore House, the gardens and grounds will follow an art motif, with inspiration coming from various art forms found in and around Biltmore House.
Each decorated tree and its complementing display pieces will be designed to accent a particular piece of art found in a room, or composed around an expression of art such as the literary arts or music.
On Christmas Eve 1895, George Vanderbilt opened Biltmore House for the first time to his friends and family. In subsequent years, he and Edith welcomed family, friends and the estate's employees into the banquet hall for the annual Christmas party. Each child who lived on the estate at that time received a gift from the Vanderbilt family.
Biltmore's modern-day Christmas celebration is modeled on that first Christmas, with an elaborately decorated, 35-foot tall Fraser fir dominating the banquet hall.
Guests will see 68 trees throughout Biltmore House, each intricately designed and decorated by members of Biltmore's floral team. Miles of fresh garland and wreaths create a yuletide scent throughout the house, with around 1,000 red and white poinsettias in the Winter Garden and other areas.
In Antler Hill Village, Santa will visit with children and families from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 23. Antler Hill Village links to the Winery, where visitors may take guided tours, enjoy free wine tastings and purchase wines from Biltmore's diverse portfolio, including the limited-edition 2012 Christmas at Biltmore Wine. Special wine seminars are also available.
Biltmore House takes on a warm glow during Candlelight Christmas Evenings, even an air of mystery, creating a unique holiday experience for guests. Local choirs and small musical ensembles stationed in the Winter Garden perform music of the season as guests enter Biltmore House. Soloists perform traditional Christmas music throughout the house as guests wander among the decorated rooms. The front lawn will glow with a 55-foot Norway spruce, lit by 40,000 tiny white lights.
(Candlelight evening tours will not be offered Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.)
Guests may enjoy a festive meal at Bistro, Deerpark Restaurant, Stable Cafe, Cedric's Tavern or The Dining Room at the Inn on Biltmore Estate.
Other activities include taking a horse and carriage ride (blankets provided) and exploring acres of landscaped gardens.
To learn more about Biltmore, located in Asheville, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.
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