Christmas at Biltmore by the Numbers for 2017

For the Home 10/26/17

Written By Amy Dangelico

This year, our Floral staff has gathered inspiration from stories about George and Edith Vanderbilt welcoming friends and family to interpret this year’s theme of “A Vanderbilt Christmas.” Classically elegant decorations in platinum, gold, silver, and jewel tones adorn Biltmore House and its 8,000 acre estate.

We know that decking the halls of America’s Largest Home® is no small task, so let’s take a closer look at Christmas at Biltmore décor by the numbers.

Christmas treesChristmas Trees

Christmas lightsLights & Candles

Christmas ornamentsOrnaments

PoinsettiasPoinsettias & Other Blooming Plants

There are more than 1,000 traditional poinsettias on display throughout the estate—about 100 of which are in the Winter Garden. There are also more than 1,000 amaryllis, Christmas cactus, orchids, peace lilies, cyclamen, begonias, and kalanchoe.

Lion statue with wreathWreaths

Our wreaths are made of fresh white pine and Fraser fir, ornamented with golden arborvitae, holly, and other natural materials such as twigs and cones.  Artificial bases are decorated with ornaments, berries, faux flowers, and ribbon.  We place 360 fresh wreaths and sprays along with 130 faux pieces around the estate during the season.

Kissing Balls

There are 100 orbs made of fresh white pine and Fraser fir or dried and faux materials decorating the estate.

Garlands on HearthGarlands

We use 7,527 feet of fresh evergreen garlands during the season, made of mixed white pine and Fraser fir. The garlands are replaced weekly to maintain a fresh look and fragrance for our guests. Faux garlands add another 1,200 feet in Biltmore House and around 1,500 feet in other areas.

Christmas BowRibbons & Bows

There are about 1,000 handmade bows inside Biltmore House with an additional 2,000 across the estate. The amount of ribbon required for the bows ranges from five yards for one on the fresh garland on the Grand Staircase to 15 yards for a tree topper bow in the Tapestry Gallery.

Visit Biltmore this Christmas season and experience our Floral team’s vision come to life at one of the Southeast’s most storied holiday destinations.

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