7 Amazing Experiences at the Biltmore Estate Christmas at the Biltmore

Christmas is an unforgettable experience at the Biltmore Estate. A beloved tradition, Christmas at the Biltmore features America’s largest home decked out in elegant holiday fashion. A majestic Norway spruce and path lights welcome you to the estate.

George W. Vanderbilt created Biltmore in the 1890s as a grand retreat in the mountains of North Carolina. The estate was officially opened to his friends and family on Christmas Eve 1895. The house has 250 rooms, including 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces. Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, designed the gardens and pathways. The estate is still privately owned and operated by George Vanderbilt’s descendants.

1. Daily Feast of the Season

A huge lighted Christmas tree welcomes you to the Biltmore. Inside, thousands of ornaments twinkle and candles glow, with fireplaces and twinkling lights adding to the magic. The magical experience continues at Antler Hill Village, with twinkling lights, garland and thousands of ornaments.

Antler Hill offers unique shops, restaurants, an award-winning winery and the Biltmore Gardens Railways – Wonders of the World. The village is also home to the Biltmore Legacy and its current exhibit, The Vanderbilts at Home and Abroad.

  • Dates: November 4, 2022 – January 7, 2023
  • Prices: Tickets start at $99. Buy them here.

2. Christmas evenings by candlelight

Imagine yourself as a guest at the Vanderbilt family’s first Christmas in 1895. The evening celebration brings a different feel to Christmas at the Biltmore. The magic begins with the thousands of candles and the light of the fire. Musicians stroll the grounds and the centerpiece is the huge glowing tree on the front lawn.

  • Dates: November 4, 2022 – January 7, 2023
  • Prices: Tickets start at $119. Buy them here.

3. Immersive Leonardo Da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius

Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance and many extraordinary achievements come to life in this multi-sensory exhibit. Enjoy large-scale projections, holograms, embedded music, artwork and inventions as you experience his life and works.

  • Dates: Expires February 20, 2023
  • Prices: Included in mid-price day and evening ticket options.
The Biltmore Winery

The Biltmore Winery

Photo: The Biltmore Company

4. Wine tasting

Guests are invited to complimentary tastings in the Biltmore’s Tasting Room. They can enjoy light dishes and wine pairings at the Wine Bar and purchase their favorites at the Wine Shop. In-person reservations are required for all wine tastings and must be made on the day of visit.

5. Tasty Delights

The Biltmore is known for its fine dining. Guests choose from several restaurants offering fine and casual dining options. Biltmore’s talented chefs create specialties based on exceptional produce grown on the estate and from local farming and cultivation partners. To dine at the estate, guests must have a day pass, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or stay at one of the estate’s magnificent lodgings overnight.

A replica of the Biltmore in the glass case on the estate

A replica of the Biltmore in the glass case on the estate

Photo: Laura Ray

6. Gardens And Grounds

At Biltmore, there are 8,000 acres available to explore. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the French Broad River, through dense forests or across peaceful open meadows. Plus, stop by the Biltmore’s towering glass conservatory to view the holiday displays of peony and exotic tropical plants. Take a virtual tour of the grounds and gardens here.

  • Dates: January 9 – March 31, 2023
  • Tickets: Tickets start at $75. Buy them here. Ticket prices do not include admission to Biltmore House.

7. Overnight stay

When you’re completely exhausted from the Christmas hustle and bustle, why not spend a night right on the grounds of the Biltmore? Options include the Village Hotel, The Inn and other cottages. Compare available accommodation and make reservations here.

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