Christmas at the Biltmore: Tour of the Beautiful Biltmore Christmas Lights

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Christmas at the Biltmore is so magical! I had visited the Biltmore in Asheville, NC previously during the summer, and seeing it all lit up for Christmas was quite an amazing transformation. I went on both the Candlelight Christmas Evenings tour and the Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration tour, and I don’t know if I could pick a favorite between the two. The mansion is beautiful at any point in the year, but I can’t recommend seeing the Biltmore Christmas lights in the winter enough if you get the chance!

For information about visiting the Biltmore in 2020, visit their Health and Safety page.

Christmas at the Biltmore: Tour of the Beautiful Biltmore Christmas Lights

Candlelight Christmas Evenings

I don’t think I have seen so many sparkling Christmas trees before going on the Candlelight Christmas Evenings tour! The Biltmore really is decked out for the season. The Candlelight tour has live Christmas music and lit fireplaces, and the lights are turned down low to make it nice and cozy.

If you want to really experience Christmas at the Biltmore and feel like you’ve stepped back in time, I definitely recommend the Candlelight tour! I almost felt like I was at Hogwarts at Christmastime it felt so magical.

Christmas light decorations in the Biltmore

Christmas light decorations in the Biltmore

Christmas tree in the Biltmore

Christmas decorations in the great hall in the Biltmore

Christmas light decorations in the Biltmore

Christmas light decorations in the Biltmore

Christmas tree by the staircase in the Biltmore

Christmas tree by the staircase in the Biltmore

Christmas tree and staircase chandelier in the Biltmore

Christmas trees in the Biltmore

Christmas tree in the Biltmore

Christmas tree in a bedroom in the Biltmore

Christmas tree in the Biltmore

Christmas tree at night in front of the Biltmore

Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration

If you haven’t visited the Biltmore yet, I recommend doing the Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration tour, too! Seeing it all lit up for Christmas at night is amazing, but you get to experience more of the house and its history during the day. And the tours during the day are much less crowded, so it was nice to be able to go at our own pace and not have to wait to take pictures without people in the way.

Christmas trees in front of the Biltmore

Women posing in front of the Biltmore at Christmas

Winter garden decorated for Christmas in the Biltmore

Dining room in the Biltmore decorated for Christmas

Dining room in the Biltmore decorated for Christmas

Winter garden decorated for Christmas in the Biltmore

Breakfast room decorated for Christmas in the Biltmore

Sitting room decorated for Christmas in the Biltmore

Nativity scene in the Biltmore

Living room decorated for Christmas in the Biltmore

View of trees from the Biltmore balcony

Chairs on the Biltmore balcony

For a little history on the Biltmore, it was built between 1889 and 1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt II, and it’s the largest privately owned house in the US (it’s still owned by the Vanderbilt descendants). I’ve been to the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY, and I think the Biltmore is even more impressive!

George Washington Vanderbilt II loved visiting Asheville for the scenery, so he built the Biltmore as his “little mountain escape” (I don’t know how the Biltmore could ever be considered “little”). It was built in the ChΓ’teauesque style, inspired by the French Renaissance. As beautiful as the inside of the house is, I recommend spending some time admiring the architecture outside, too! A lot of work went into small details with statues and gargoyles, and it’s pretty impressive to see in person.

Vanderbilt died in 1914 so the house was used less and less, and it became a National Historic Landmark in 1963.

Hallway decorated for Christmas in the Biltmore

Hallway decorated for Christmas in the Biltmore

Library decorated for Christmas in the Biltmore

Library decorated for Christmas in the Biltmore

Christmas trees in the Biltmore

Christmas garland on a historic fireplace

Children's bedroom in the Biltmore

Christmas tree in the staircase in the Biltmore

Christmas tree in the staircase in the Biltmore

Christmas wreath on the Biltmore

Details on the Biltmore house

Christmas wreaths on the greenhouse doors at the Biltmore

Christmas wreath on the greenhouse doors at the Biltmore

Make sure you spend some time exploring the grounds to experience more Christmas at the Biltmore! There isn’t much in bloom in the gardens, but the conservatory is amazing to see (and it’s a nice and warm escape during the winter). And if it’s a nice day outside, you can spend some time walking around the estate’s 8,000 acres and see beautiful views of the mountains.

Plants inside the greenhouse at the Biltmore

White poinsettia with raindrops

Red flowers with raindrops

Pink petals with raindrops

Succulents in a greenhouse

Greenhouse with poinsettias

Red and white poinsettia

Lion statue with Christmas wreath outside the Biltmore

Lion statue with Christmas wreath outside the Biltmore

I hope I’ve persuaded you to experience all the amazing Biltmore Christmas lights and decorations! The Biltmore in itself is amazing to see, but seeing it at Christmas is even more special and memorable πŸ™‚

Unable to travel to the Biltmore to experience Christmas this year? Check out my other Christmas content for beautiful sights around Philadelphia and gift guides!

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  1. Kat says:

    Love all of these photos! This was such a fun post to read. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I have heard of the Biltmore before but was treated to it even more with all of your photos! Just outstanding. I know it is even more special in person! Loved the photos with the purple doors. Very neat. Can’t wait to visit Asheville someday. On our bucket list! πŸ˜‰

  3. Emmy says:

    What a great guide about Christmas at the Biltmore! I have been during the early fall and its lovely to see this place and learn about your recommendations for a Christmas visit!

  4. Ally says:

    The Biltmore has been on my hotel wish list for ages. I love all the photos you took!

  5. Olivia says:

    Oh wow, what a stunning estate! It looks so magical during Christmastime! I’ve never visited before, but you’ve definitely convinced me to plan a trip there when the Christmas lights are up πŸ™‚

  6. Julia says:

    This is a real Christmas wonderland! The decorations are just as beautiful during the day as the night. I can recognise some French Renaissance architectural features like the spiral staircase! It’s fun to see this so far from home. I am bookmarking this so that I can visit one day!

    Julia x
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