No matter what the season, there is no denying the magnificence of Biltmore Estate. However, when the holiday season approaches, the estate takes on a new face. Watch as the extravagant mansion glows with over 50 Christmas trees, stunning ornaments, and flickering candles! Below, we’ve provided a comprehensive guide on the best ways to experience a Biltmore Estate Christmas. Afterward, if you are looking for more ways to celebrate the holiday season, unwrap your free Western North Carolina Vacation Guide. Our guide is full of recommendations on events, holiday shopping, fine dining, and more.
The Best Ways to Experience a Biltmore Estate Christmas
1. Watch the Christmas Tree Raising
One of the greatest highlights of Christmastime at Biltmore Estate is the annual Christmas Tree Raising. On this special day, visitors can watch as the 35-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree makes its way into the extravagant Biltmore Estate. What makes this event even more special is that Santa Claus delivers the massive tree! The Biltmore Estate Christmas 2018 Tree Raising is Thursday, November 1.
2. Admire the Dazzling Decor
During the holiday season, the lovely Biltmore Estate adorns itself with a myriad of colorful and festive decorations. The colossal mansion transforms with more than 70 illuminated Christmas trees and thousands of twinkling lights! As you stroll the many rooms and hallways of the mansion, you can look forward to merry and joyful garnishes everywhere you turn. Guided and self-guided tours are both available.
3. Complete Your Holiday Shopping
There isn’t a better way to have fun and find unique gifts for your loved ones than with holiday shopping at Biltmore! From Christmas ornaments to sweet treats from the confectionery, you will find a little bit of everything during your shopping spree. A few more of our favorite items to shop at Biltmore include clothing, handmade arts and crafts, old-fashioned toys, and home decor.
4. Enjoy a Complimentary Wine Tasting
Complimentary wine tasting at the Biltmore Estate Winery is always included with your admission! With over 20 wines to choose from, including reds, roses, and whites, we know that you will find the perfect wine to sip on all-season-long. Afterward, make a trip to the estate’s wine bar. Here, you can order your favorite wines by the glass and also indulge in savory, local cheeses and artisan chocolates.
5. Have an Exquisite Meal
No trip to Biltmore is complete without some delectable dining! During the Christmas season, the estate’s restaurants create special menus filled with classic holiday dishes, handcrafted cocktails, and more. For a full list of places to dine, see the Biltmore Estate restaurant page.
Enjoy the Comfort and Convenience of Orchard Inn
After a wonderful Biltmore Estate Christmas, head home to Orchard Inn for a relaxing night in. Nestled in the mountains of Saluda, our inn offers luxurious lodging with gorgeous views. When you book a stay in any of our private cottages, like the Paulownia Cottage, you can always look forward to spectacular amenities and top-notch service. Spa services, incredible dining, and complimentary breakfast are a few perks that our guests enjoy. If you are ready to plan your Christmas vacation, check our availability and book your stay. We can’t wait to host you at Orchard Inn!
If you are looking for another unique way to celebrate the holidays in Western North Carolina, take advantage of our Charles Dickens’ Dinner Special. This holiday-inspired event includes a memorable, five-course dinner with readings from A Christmas Carol. Remember to make your reservations early! This special dinner event always sells out.
Photo by The Biltmore Company