Things to Do This Christmas

November 4, 2016 - January 8, 2017

During Christmas Daytime Celebration, you'll be inspired by Biltmore House’s grand spaces enhanced by lavishly decorated trees, fireplaces adorned with greenery, ribbons, and flowers, and creative Christmas finery across the estate. Stay for Candlelight Christmas Evenings to enjoy Biltmore House by candlelight and firelight reminiscent of the first Vanderbilt family Christmas in 1895, reflecting off thousands of sparkling ornaments during these reservation-only evenings. To fully embrace the holiday spirit, stay overnight at Biltmore’s two splendid hotels with Candlelight packages that include evening tickets.

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Biltmore House seen from outside with evergreen wreaths and swags

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Santa in Antler Hill Village

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The sights of Biltmore House are enhanced with more than 70 intricately decorated trees along with hundreds of poinsettias and garlands. The glass-roofed Conservatory anchoring the Walled Garden is filled with blooms—offering a touch of the tropics on a chilly day, and daily demos at A Gardener’s Place shop provide tips and inspiration for guests’ own holiday décor. Christmas traditions and decorations are also in full force at Antler Hill Village & Winery. Weekends bring carolers as well as special appearances from Santa, ready to hear wish lists from all ages.

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Tours and Outdoor Activities

While the seasonal focus is on all things Christmas, November and December days often bring mild weather ideal for outdoor exploration, from Segway tours to sporting clays lessons to hiking. For the Yuletide traditionalist, there’s nothing more appropriate than the sound of sleigh bells jingling on a horse drawn carriage ride to make thoughts turn to Christmases past.

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family in carriage at biltmore house on a crisp christmas night

young nicely dressed couple toasts over a dinner at a biltmore restaurant


Biltmore chefs have developed seasonal menus highlighting holiday favorites and innovative flavors, drawing from local farmers, artisans, and growers. Guests can select from a range of dining options in Antler Hill Village, from the wine-centric American and European dishes of the Bistro, to small plates, signature cocktails, and relaxed setting of Village Social, to global pub fare and craft beers at Cedric’s Tavern.

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