“A Biltmore Christmas” will premiere on Hallmark Channel on Nov. 26
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 20, 2023) – “A Biltmore Christmas,” a new, original movie for Hallmark Channel filmed on the grounds of Biltmore, will premiere Sunday, Nov. 26, 8 p.m. ET/PT as part of the network’s annual Countdown to Christmas programming event.
“A Biltmore Christmas” stars Bethany Joy Lenz (“Good Sam,” “An Unexpected Christmas”) and Kristoffer Polaha (“We Wish You a Married Christmas,” “Jurassic World: Dominion”).
The movie was filmed in January 2023 on the grounds of Biltmore and inside Biltmore House. Biltmore has been home to many productions through the years, but “A Biltmore Christmas” marks the first time Biltmore itself serves as the movie setting. Dustin Rikert served as executive producer, and Andrew Gernhard served as producer. John Putch directed from a script by Marcy Holland.
Director of Destination Entertainment and Events at Biltmore, Travis Tatham, worked with the film crew throughout the production. “We are so excited for Biltmore and Hallmark fans to see this movie,” said Tatham. “Having observed the production and seeing the attention to detail taken, we think people will be enchanted by the story and how it unfolds within the setting of Biltmore, especially during the Christmas season.”
A special treat for guests visiting during Christmas at Biltmore, which begins on Nov. 3, the Library in Biltmore House will be decorated with a 1940s-era theme, paying homage to a major plot line in the movie.
About “A Biltmore Christmas”
Sunday, Nov. 26: Premieres at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Stars: Bethany Joy Lenz (“Good Sam”), Kristoffer Polaha (“A Winning Team”), Jonathan Frakes (“Star Trek: Picard”), Robert Picardo (“Star Trek: Voyager”)
Lucy Hardgrove (Lenz) is a screenwriter who lands the job of a lifetime when she’s hired to pen the script for a remake of the beloved, holiday movie classic, His Merry Wife!, which was filmed in 1947 at beautiful, historic Biltmore House. When the head of the studio isn’t satisfied with the ending Lucy wrote because it deviates from the original’s feel-good conclusion, he sends Lucy to Biltmore Estate for research and inspiration. While there, she unwittingly discovers the ability to travel to the 1947 set of His Merry Wife! through the help of an hourglass. While on set, she and Jack Huston (Polaha), one of the film’s stars, spend time together and become close. But her sudden appearance has set off a chain of events that put the production in jeopardy. Before she can return to the present, Lucy must make things right or threaten to alter the future forever.
Excitement around “A Biltmore Christmas”
“A Biltmore Christmas” took 15 days to film at Biltmore and other areas around western North Carolina. Nearly 8,000 people applied to appear in the movie as extras, but only 300 were selected. Many of the extras are local to Asheville. According to Hallmark Media, this was the largest number of applications they have received for their productions.
For encore airings of “A Biltmore Christmas,” visit the Hallmark Movie Checklist app or visit hallmarkchannel.com.
Established in 1895 in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago. In addition to Biltmore House, the 250-room French château known as America’s Largest Home, this beloved National Historic Landmark includes 8,000 acres of gardens and grounds. Comprised of managed forests and farmland, a working vineyard, 20+ miles of nature trails, Antler Hill Village and its shops, restaurants, and award-winning Winery, the estate also features such splendid overnight accommodations as a four-star Inn, a charming hotel, and a distinctive collection of private cottages. All this, plus seasonal exhibitions, outdoor activities, and live entertainment make Biltmore a one-of-a-kind destination.
Privately owned and maintained by his descendants, Biltmore remains true to George Vanderbilt’s original vision: a self-sustaining Blue Ridge Mountain estate and a luxurious retreat amid year-round natural beauty. Whether as a day trip or multi-night getaway, to experience Biltmore is to experience a legacy of gracious hospitality, timeless elegance, and an inspired sense of wonder. To learn more about Biltmore, go to Biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.