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2023 Christmas Traditions at the Biltmore

Updated for 2023

Christmas is a magical time of the year. Twinkling lights, decorated trees, holiday aromas, and a building excitement are all part of each holiday season. Here in Asheville, we love the holiday season—especially Christmas traditions at The Biltmore. If your heart is set on visiting The Biltmore during Christmas, make your reservations early at The Biltmore and with us at Wildberry Lodge.The holiday season is magical even if you have visited The Biltmore Estate at other times of the year.

If you want a sneak peek of The Biltmore in the holiday season, tune into the premier showing of the Hallmark Channel’s “A Biltmore Christmas” movie with behind-the-scenes footage debuting December 2.

Daytime Celebrations

Beginning of November through the first week of January

The lure of Christmas finery beckons when you step up to the The Biltmore and see the lions guarding the house. Potted Christmas trees draw the eye to the lush evergreen wreaths that grace the doors and adorn the lions’ necks. And as you walk through the doors, all the senses come alive with the sights, sounds, and aromas of Christmas assailing you.

Biltmore Tours

The Biltmore offers a variety of tours that take you through the largest home in America and its estate. Stunning holiday decorations adorn each room throughout the house. The most notable rooms include the Banquet Hall, George Vanderbilt’s impressive Library, and the bright Breakfast Room. Choose from expert-guided, self-guided, audio, and several other tour options.

Christmas 2023 brings the multi-sensory exhibit Italian Renaissance Alive by Grande Experiences. This experience you won’t want to miss is part of any ticket for a House and a two-day Grounds ticket.

Gardens & Conservatory

A tour of the gardens is a definite must-see. Start in the Conservatory, which is filled with gorgeous poinsettias. Then, roam around the vast expanse of gardens and forest. Dress warmly and wear sturdy walking shoes, as the pathways may be uneven.

Shopping & Winery

There are three areas for shopping, so you are sure to finish up your list and head home with your arms full of bundles! At the House and Gardens, you will find a toymaker’s shop, a book shop, a chocolate shop, holiday decor, and a unique garden-themed shop.

There is a Gift Shop right near the Gate House (no admission tickets are required here) and several apparel shops at the onsite Inn.

Shopping along the quaintly decorated streets of Antler Hill Village is always a delight. During the holiday season,the Village is aglow with fantastic lighting displays. You will find home decor, traditional apparel, and our wine shop. With Vanderbilt’s love of the land and passion for entertaining, the winery produces reds, whites, and rosés. Visit the Tasting Room for your complimentary wine tasting.

Candlelight Evenings

Beginning of November through the first week of January

Again, right from the front of this beautiful home stands a majestic Norway spruce adorned with twinkling lights and a pathway lined with luminaries. The entire estate glows with thousands of glittering lights, candles, and shining ornaments. The Candlelight Evenings have several options for tours similar to the daytime celebrations.

As you stroll through Antler Hill Village, a soft sparkling glow lights your way. While in the gardens, they use thousands of lights to create dazzling displays. The lighted tunnel leading from Antler Village to the winery is an absolute favorite spot — definitely a photo-op! Inside, The Biltmore team decorates the Christmas trees to the nines in almost every room.

Christmas At Wildberry Lodge

Plan your stay at the Wildberry Lodge when you take in the Christmas traditions at The Biltmore. The Asheville area has several holiday lights displays and events. We’re just minutes off the Blue Ridge Parkway and provide the luxury of a boutique hotel with the welcoming feel of coming home. Imagine yourself after a day at The Biltmore snuggling by the fire, experiencing a rejuvenating rest, and waking to a tasty breakfast. Check availability today!


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