Biltmore’s Annual Candlelight Christmas EveningsPosted by wrightinn_bob on November 8, 2013
The Nature of Christmas
Each season at the Biltmore Estate has its own particular splendor. But Christmas time has a very magical glow. If you’ve previously visited this largest private home in the United States, then you already know how impressive it is. If you’ve never seen it at Christmas, then this is a must for your bucket list!!
Christmas at Biltmore began November 2nd and continues through January 12th. Candlelight tours of Biltmore House begin November 9th through January 4th. Daytime tickets include self- guided tours through the House, gardens, conservatory, grounds, winery, and Antler Hill Village. Candlelight tours are also self-guided but are date and time specific.
Each Christmas celebration is a continuation of the first time George Vanderbilt introduced his home to family and friends on Christmas Eve, 1895. A thirty-five foot tall Fraser Fir presides over the Banquet Hall, but that is only the beginning as there are 56 trees throughout the house that are each intricately designed and decorated by members of Biltmore’s floral team.
Fresh wreaths and miles of garland create a yuletide scent that permeates the house. A thousand red and white poinsettias are located in the winter garden and other areas.
Santa will visit with children and families on Saturdays and Sundays. There are seminars on Caring for Christmas Plants, Decorating with Christmas Wreaths, and Building your own gingerbread house. Check the Biltmore website for particulars.
This year the 1899 Wright Inn and Carriage House is offering a ticket package that will help stream-line your visit to the Estate. You will not need to pull off the roadway and go to the ticket office. You will leave the inn with your tickets and you’re confirmed Candlelight times, should you choose to do so. Don’t forget that our tickets are two day passes which gives you more flexibility when planning your stay, as you do need a ticket to get onto the grounds even if it is just for a meal, winery, or one of the classes.