Christmas at Biltmore begins Nov. 3, 2023–
NEW Hallmark Christmas movie set at Biltmore
The delivery of a towering 35-foot Fraser fir tree at America’s Largest Home this week was the finishing touch after a year of planning and weeks of decorating Biltmore House for the holidays. Christmas at Biltmore begins Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, and runs through Jan. 7, 2024.
The Banquet Hall tree is Christmas at Biltmore’s star attraction. It took over 50 staff members to hoist the tree onto their shoulders and carry it into the Banquet Hall, where ropes secured the tree. The tree comes from Andrews Nursery in Avery County, N.C., and is a nod to a tradition started by George Vanderbilt on Christmas Eve 1895 when he opened his 250-room home to friends and family for the first time.
Biltmore House stars in a Christmas movie
The Library in Biltmore House is dressed in the style of a new original movie for Hallmark Channel, “A Biltmore Christmas,” which was filmed on the estate in January 2023. “A Biltmore Christmas” will premiere Sun., Nov. 26, 8 p.m. ET/PT on Hallmark Channel.
Two Christmas experiences at Biltmore
Two experiences are available to enjoy at Biltmore during the holiday season. Tickets are on sale now.
- Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration, Nov. 3, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024
Biltmore’s daytime Christmas experience includes a tour of Biltmore House, the gardens, the Conservatory, the Winery, and Antler Hill Village, all adorned in holiday splendor.
- Candlelight Christmas Evenings, Nov. 3, 2023 – Jan. 6, 2024
Biltmore House glows with candlelight and firelight during this nighttime tour. Musicians perform seasonal favorites. Setting the scene is a sparkling 55-foot Norway spruce tree in the center of the front lawn, and hundreds of luminaries lining walkways.
- Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius: This digital art exhibition will be on view through Feb. 20, 2023.
- Conservatory: Hundreds of holiday poinsettias warm up the Conservatory along with an array of tropical plants.
- Wine tastings at Biltmore Winery and estate-wide dining: A visit to Biltmore Winery is an essential part of the holiday experience. Holiday commemorative wines are available for sale in the Winery. Estate restaurants offer favorite seasonal dishes and craft cocktails.
- Antler Hill Village Illumination: The estate’s European-inspired village is a constellation of holiday lights.
- Bonfires: On the path leading from Antler Hill Village to Antler Hill Barn. Purchase ingredients for S’mores for bonfires at The Creamery.
- Visits with Santa: Santa makes a visit to Antler Hill Village Bandstand for pictures and to hear wish lists.
Holiday packages are offered at the Four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate and at the cozy farmhouse Village Hotel, both decked out for the holidays. Historic cottages from Biltmore’s agricultural past accommodate guests too. Depending on the package, offerings include admission to Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius, Wine Welcome Socials, a Gingerbread House Display, and more.
For more info about visiting, go to biltmore.com/christmas.