Biltmore House banquet hall Christmas Tree

The 35-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree in Biltmore House’s grand banquet hall features 500 ornaments and 500 lights, with wrapped packages tucked into its branches.

The time-honored tradition dates back more than 125 years ago when George Vanderbilt celebrated the first Christmas with family and friends in his new home – Biltmore House. Guests are invited every year to enjoy the enchantment of the holidays on the estate inspired by that first Christmas in Biltmore House.

Christmas at Biltmore

Biltmore’s design team has created this year’s yuletide décor based on traditional Christmas carols. The Banquet Hall will be decorated according to the “12 Days of Christmas” carol and feature traditional colors of red, green, blue, orange and shades of gold. Décor in Biltmore House alone (not including other areas of the estate) includes 62 hand-decorated Christmas trees, over 14,000 ornaments, 45,000 holiday lights, 250 candles, 1,000 feet of garland and 175 traditional poinsettias.

Two experiences are available to enjoy Biltmore during the holiday season

• Christmas at Biltmore daytime celebration, Nov. 5 to Jan. 9

A daytime visit to Biltmore is a feast for the senses, featuring wreaths, garlands, and the sparkle of ornaments. From Biltmore House to the Winery and Antler Hill Village to Van Gogh Alive, guests will want to linger on the estate to experience all that Christmas at Biltmore has to offer.

• Candlelight Christmas Evenings, Nov. 5 to Jan. 8

Biltmore House glows with candlelight and firelight during this nighttime tour, allowing guests to step back in time with an experience reminiscent of the Vanderbilt’s first Christmas spent in Biltmore House in 1895. Musicians stationed throughout the house perform seasonal favorites. Setting the scene is a 55-foot Norway spruce sparkling in the center of the front lawn. Two hundred and fifty hand-lit luminaries line the walkway to Biltmore House.

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