Christmas at Biltmore

George Vanderbilt opened Biltmore House for the first time to family and friends on Christmas Eve 1895. Today, Biltmore’s Christmas events are based on what we’ve learned from our archives about that first holiday celebration. That attention to tradition and detail is what has made Christmas at Biltmore one of the Southeast’s most beloved holiday travel destinations.

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Christmas at Biltmore: A Festive History

Asheville, NC

When George Vanderbilt opened Biltmore House for the first time to family and friends on Christmas Eve...

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The 34-foot-tall Fraser Fir in the Banquet Hall. Photo Credit: The Biltmore Company

The 34-foot-tall Fraser Fir in the Banquet Hall. Photo Credit: The Biltmore Company

The 34-foot-tall Fraser Fir in the Banquet Hall. Photo Credit: The Biltmore Company

The Library during Christmas at Biltmore. Photo Credit: The Biltmore Company

The 34-foot-tall Fraser Fir in the Banquet Hall. Photo Credit: The Biltmore Company

Mrs. Vanderbilt's Bedroom decorated for Christmas. Photo Credit: The Biltmore Company

A choir from T.C. Roberson High School at the annual Christmas tree raising celebration on Nov. 1, 2019. Photo Credit: The Biltmore Company

Asheville High School Marching Band at the annual tree raising celebration on Nov. 1, 2019. Photo Credit: The Biltmore Company

Santa arrives with the 34-foot-tall Fraser fir at the annual tree raising event at Biltmore on Nov. 1, 2019. Photo Credit: The Biltmore Company

A crew lifts the 34-foot-tall Fraser fir off its carriage before carrying it into Biltmore House. Photo Credit: The Biltmore Company

A crew lifts the 34-foot Fraser fir tree in the Banquet Hall of Biltmore House during the annual Biltmore tree raising event on Nov. 1, 2019. Photo Credit: The Biltmore Company

Lodge Gate. Photo Credit: The Biltmore Company

The Conservatory. Photo Credit: The Biltmore Company.

Decorating the 34-foot-tall Fraser fir tree in the Banquet Hall of Biltmore House. Photo Credit: The Biltmore Company

The Conservatory. Photo Credit: The Biltmore Company.

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