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Your goosebumps may begin the minute you drive through the historic entry gate and continue on the drive up the winding, wooded driveway to the magnificent Biltmore House. Every year, teams of local elves spread their holiday magic across the 8,000 acres of the sweeping Biltmore Estate grounds. Visitors come from far and wide to see America’s largest private home transformed with miles of glittering grandeur.

America’s Largest Private Home

Christmas at Biltmore — surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina — is their most popular time of year. Timed-entry tickets sell out quickly. Your team at Inspired Getaway ensures you get tickets and an entry time for this event when you stay at a participating vacation property. Christmas at Biltmore runs from early through the first week in January.

Photo credit via Facebook: @Biltmore

What Is Christmas at the Biltmore Estate All About?

The landmark Biltmore House is the centerpiece of any visit. Built for famed magnate George Vanderbilt and his family, the estate comes alive at Christmastime. During your visit, you’ll experience:

The Vanderbilt family Christmas, a tradition that began in 1895, lives on today. You may amble at your own pace through the expansive house, with a complementary audio guide explaining the history of each room. Decorating at Biltmore is different every year. It takes an entire year to plan and execute

Photo credit via Facebook: @Biltmore

What Can I Expect When I Visit Americas Largest Private Home?

A hallmark of any holiday visit is the immense Christmas tree installed in the grand Banquet Hall. The raising of the tree is the most anticipated event of the season — in 2022, the team purchased a 35-foot Fraser fir, brought from a mountaintop in nearby Avery County.

Dedicated crews pull out all the stops to give you an unforgettable experience. Biltmore House offers two different experiences:

What Else Can I Do at the Biltmore Estate?

In addition to the grand Biltmore House, your entry ticket to the grounds entitles you to participate in other activities around the Estate, such as:

If you’re looking for more to do at Biltmore, packages include lodging, specialty tours, events and spa services. Traveling exhibits occasionally come to the Biltmore House too, such as the Downton Abbey collection in 2020 and the Leonardo da Vinci immersive, multi-sensory exhibit in 2022.

Photo credit via Facebook: @Biltmore

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Biltmore at Christmas?

All tickets to Christmas at Biltmore include complimentary parking, the audio guide, access to the grounds and wine tasting. The prices vary, depending on the date you book and what’s included in the package. Ticket prices begin at $99.

If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, consider a day or a weekend that includes Christmas at Biltmore. Contact Inspired Getaway to recommend the best times to visit and secure tickets to one of America’s time-honored traditions.

April – Summer begins in the Mountains

You know it’s summer when The Biltmore House announces Biltmore Blooms begins April 1st.  This annual event is a flowering splendor that runs until May 23rd.  It begins with tulips and then changes over to poppies, snapdragons and pansies in May.  To see the entire schedule of what is expected to bloom when, click here.

Tulips at Biltmore Estate NC Arboretum Orchid Festival


Then on April 6th the NC Arboretum hosts the Orchid Festival (click here for details).

But this is just the beginning.  May brings more flowers and more exciting events for visitors and residents to enjoy Asheville, NC.

May 2019 Calendar

With all of these activities, vacation rental reservations will increase (we’re already seeing that happen).  So, don’t delay and get your schedule together and book one of our fabulous homes.

Group Lodging

If you’re planning on visiting as a group, we have an exclusive village of clustered short term vacation rentals.  Homes are within walking distance to each other, allowing for the convenience of your group to stay together but not “together.” Each family or couple can have their own living and sleeping space, kitchen and baths and yet visit with other members of the group.

The village of vacation rentals is known as “Cedar Cliff Village” .

Ridgeview Farmhouse

Magnolia Mountain Home