Christmas at Biltmore

Celebrating the holidays in grand Gilded Age style is a time-honored tradition at Asheville, N.C.'s Biltmore House. Tour the grand mansion, decked in Christmas finery, plus get decorating tips from Biltmore's experts so you can bring the luxe look home.

Decking the Halls, Biltmore Style

Tour the grand mansion decorated in holiday finery and get 13 easy project ideas from Biltmore's experts so you can bring a touch of the estate's timeless glamour to your home.

Making Biltmore Estate Sparkle

Get a sneak peek into holiday decorating at Asheville's Biltmore Estate.

Modeled after Loire Valley French chateaux and designed to be the centerpiece of a working estate, Biltmore House is America’s largest home and a shining example of Gilded Age glamour and 19th Century lifestyles of the truly rich and famous. To celebrate George and Edith Vanderbilt’s first Christmas in the home, the house and grounds were richly decorated for the season with miles of fresh evergreen garlands, hundreds of hand-tied bows, delicate, glittering ornaments and a massive Christmas tree towering over guests in the mansion’s Banquet Hall.

And, more than a century later, very little has changed. Relying on newspaper descriptions and estate records, Biltmore's design team works their magic each year to faithfully recreate the look of the Victorian Christmas that George and Edith Vanderbilt enjoyed when they welcomed their first guests in 1895.

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Christmas Comes to Biltmore House

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Biltmore House's Illuminated Front Lawn

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The Front Entry

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Biltmore House's Entry Hall

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The Library

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Biltmore House's Grand Staircase

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The Grand Staircase With Kissing Balls

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Candlelit Tour

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The Banquet Hall Fireplace

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Fresh Evergreen Garland and Wreath

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The Main Event

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Easy Does It

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Everything by Hand

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A Tall Decorating Order

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A Family Tradition

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