A Biltmore Christmas is like nothing you have ever experienced before. Throughout the estate, find 100+ decorated trees with 25,000+ ornaments, 1.5 miles of fresh garlands, 500 wreaths and sprays, 2,000 poinsettias and other favorite holiday plants and 100 kissing balls! While planning a trip in 2020 may look a bit different (we are currently doing ours) many of the same beautiful things from previous years should still be around. After all they have been decorating the Biltmore Estate for Christmas for over 100 years!
Be sure to check out Visiting The Biltmore Estate on a Budget! This includes information on where to eat, where to stay and how to maximize your time!
Daytime and Candlelight Tours
When you attend a Biltmore Christmas they have two different “events”. The most popular dates and times sell out quickly so if you anticipate you want to attend and have limited availability don’t wait too long to reserve your tickets.
Daytime Tickets include a self-guided house tour before 5 PM with a full day of estate exploration (although pay for the audio guide and it feels less “self-guided). You’ll book an entry time at time of ticket purchase for the house tour, so plan ahead. In my experience the earlier during the day you do the tour the better. Daytime Admission Pricing: $74 – $244 (that’s with a deluxe personal tour). Remember to be sure to grab the audio guide- it’s worth the extra $12.
Candlelight Christmas Evening Tickets include a magical tour of Biltmore House (enter 5:45-10:45 PM), complete with live musicians, glowing fireplaces and twinkling lights. The front lawn glows with a 55-ft. Norway spruce with 45,000 lights and hundreds of luminaries. Advance purchase is required and the most popular time slots fill quickly. Included with the Candlelight ticket is a daytime visit on the same day or next day to explore the rest of the Estate. Pricing starts at $84 and they do some online discounts if you book early enough.
I will be attending the Candlelight Tour for the first time in 2020 and will update this post as soon as we do!
What Do You See on a Biltmore Christmas Visit?
A beautiful tree in the banquet hall- its a 35-foot-tall Fraser fir!
Live garland is draped everywhere.
I would love a seat at that table!
The trees are just beautiful. There are 55 trees in the house!
Look at the detail in the ornaments!
More beautiful garland!
The library is decorated top to bottom!
Shopping, Dining and the Winery
There are a dozen shops on the Estate including A Christmas Past, Bookbinder’s, Toymaker’s and Confectionery in the Stables beside the house (along with my favorite restaurant). And if you forget something The Gate House Shop at the entrance of the Estate carries a sampling from many of the other shops- this is before you enter the estate so no ticket is needed.
Some of the restaurants will have special seatings and food for the holidays so be sure to keep your eye on the Biltmore website.
Wine tastings at the winery are free. Currently you need to have a reservation (covid) but usually you can just walk up and try five of their wines. You can also learn about winemaking and take one of their guided experiences. During the holiday season, they have their own Candlelight Tour.
When Should We Plan Our Trip?
As soon as possible! If you want to go on a Candlelight Tour they fill up quickly on popular dates. Additionally the earlier you book you can usually get a few dollars off your ticket if you purchase online. We are planning our 2020 trip in August to be sure we get everything we want!