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.

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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