Biltmore Estate Reveals Theme and Opening Date for 125th Christmas Celebration

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Biltmore Christmas
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The countdown to the South’s most iconic holiday experience is on!

Christmas at Biltmore will begin November 6, 2020 and run through January 10, 2021. This year’s holiday extravaganza, which also happens to mark the 125th anniversary of the first Christmas at the Asheville landmark, is set to be unlike any other.

It was Christmas Eve 1895 when Biltmore’s founder George Vanderbilt first opened the doors of Biltmore House to family and friends. Taking cues from the home’s very first Christmas, Biltmore’s design team has interpreted the theme of “An 1895 Christmas” into this year’s holiday décor, taking inspiration from the estate’s archives with a focus on a traditional and classic Christmas.

“Just as the first guests slipped away from daily life to delight in the grandeur of the estate, those who visit 125 years later this holiday season are invited to find comfort, joy, and peace of mind in Biltmore’s Christmas traditions,” a press release proclaims.

Visitors to America's largest home can look forward to grand décor featuring more than 100 hand-decorated and styled Christmas trees, 25,000 ornaments, 100,000 holiday lights, nearly 6,000 feet of garland, 1,200 traditional poinsettias, and numerous other holiday plants throughout the estate grounds.

Two experiences are available to enjoy Biltmore during the holiday season: the Christmas at Biltmore daytime house tour experience, and the Candlelight Christmas Evenings nighttime house tour experience.

WATCH: Biltmore’s Legendary Christmas Tree-Raising Goes Virtual This Year

Christmas at Biltmore, November 6, 2020 – January 10, 2021:

This beloved tradition includes a daytime tour of Biltmore House, adorned with wreaths, garlands, and the sparkle of ornaments. Tickets include access to the Winery and Antler Hill Village, so guests can linger on the estate to experience all that Christmas at Biltmore has to offer.

Candlelight Christmas Evenings, November 6, 2020 – January 9, 2021:

Biltmore House glows with candlelight and firelight during this nighttime tour. Guests step back in time with an experience reminiscent of the Vanderbilt’s first Christmas spent in Biltmore House in 1895. Musicians stationed throughout the house perform seasonal favorites.

And don't forget to tune into the virtual tree raising on November 4!

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