The historic estate built by George Vanderbilt was first introduced to family and friends on Christmas Eve in 1895~~
The Biltmore Mansion is the largest privately owned home in the United States. The house is 135,000 square feet and contains 250 rooms. Christmas at the Biltmore is an amazing spectacle of light and Christmas decor.
America's largest home is decorated with dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows, and poinsettias, miles of evergreen garland, and thousands of beautiful Christmas ornaments. From the moment you enter the grounds, driving through the gingerbread style gate house - you know this is going to be a truly unforgettable experience.
The Biltmore lions have been greeting guests to this magnificent estate for over a century.
The arrival of the Christmas tree at the estate is the beginning of a Christmas celebration that will last well into the coming New Year.
With hundreds of people involved in the decorating of the estate grounds, inside the mansion, and the surrounding areas that are also part of the estate - the Winery, Antler Hill Village, the farm, and the beautiful shops inside the gate house and garden center.
Weeks of preparation will finally culminate when the house is aglow with the twinkle of thousands and thousands of lights~~
Inside the home - hundreds of poinsettias fill the winter garden while musicians, dancers, and carolers fill the great halls with music and the sounds of Christmas.
From the last of November through the first weeks of the New Year - the house is open in the evenings for the Christmas Candlelight tour. There is something magical about seeing this opulent mansion through the flickering glow of Christmas trees and fireplaces.
(the following candlelight photos are courtesy of the Biltmore estate.)
Outside - all around the estate - Christmas decorations are found everywhere you look. Here a beautiful wreath adorns the door to the Conservatory.
And at the farm - a regal Christmas tree is part of the decorations in the courtyard.
The shop at the Winery is splendid with lights and festive displays.
The Biltmore winery produces a special Christmas wine every year.
Visiting the Biltmore at Christmas time has become a tradition for us. We love the atmosphere, the beautiful decorations and the shopping.
This year we had a candle light dinner in the Stable cafe. You can click the photo for a closer look at the incredible menu.
The shops in the Stable House are beautifully decorated for the season. This photo was taken at the Candy shop :)
The Christmas shop was filled with toys and decorations - these Nutcrackers were especially tempting to me~~
The entrance to the wine cellars at the beautiful Antler Hill village.
Night time sparkles at the village~
The entrance to the ice cream and pastry shop in the village is adorned with this gingerbread tree.
Baby - it was cold outside!
The lights from the trees made the whole village sparkle.
A visit to the Biltmore at Christmas is an experience to be treasured forever.
Do you have visits to special places at Christmas time that have become a part of your holiday tradition? If you would like to learn more about the Biltmore Christmas experience, you can click here.
The Christmas rush has taken over everything at our house. We just returned from a visit to Atlanta where we visited with our adorable 3 year old grandson Mason. (I will have some new photos soon.) Right now, the Gardener is putting the Christmas tree up and we will decorate it later tonight. We still have Christmas shopping to do, and wrapping, and baking. Is your life as crazy as mine right now?
I'm sending you holiday wishes - hoping that the magic of Christmas fills your hearts and that you have enough hours in your day to finish your "to do" lists!!