Biltmore Busy As Usual During Holiday Season

Biltmore Busy As Usual During Holiday SeasonChristmas at Biltmore is going to be a little bit bigger this year.  Christmas at Biltmore, at the historic Biltmore estate in Asheville, N.C., is once again expected to be one of the Southeast’s most popular holiday destination spots.  The annual event runs from now until January 2, 2011.  In addition to Christmas at the Biltmore, the Candlelight Christmas Evenings in Biltmore House will be held from November 12 through January 1.

The past year marked a number of milestones for the Biltmore estate and each of them will have a place in this year’s holiday celebrations.  Both the annual Festival of Flowers and the Winery turned 25 during 2010.  The year also saw the opening of Antler Hill Village, the Biltmore’s new guest venue. 

The first Biltmore Christmas was in 1895 when George Vanderbilt and his wife Edith opened their doors to friends, family, and estate employees to the estate’s Banquet Hall for an annual Christmas party.  The modern-day Biltmore Christmas party is modeled off that first Christmas celebration, with tricycles, trains, books, dolls and other toys hanging from the limbs of a 34-foot Fraser Fir.

Guests can enjoy tours of the Biltmore House, the Gardens, Antler Hill Village and the Winery during their Christmas at Biltmore experience.

During the evening hours, the estate is illuminated during Candlelight Christmas Evenings.  The evening festivities feature ballroom dancers in vintage costumes and choirs belting seasonal melodies.  A lighted 55-foot Norway spruce greets guests on the front lawn and lets everyone know that it’s Christmas at the Biltmore House.

The estate features a number of shops and restaurants for guests to enjoy.  If you would like to extend your Biltmore experience, the estate also offers a four-star Inn. 

A separate ticket is required for Christmas at Biltmore and the Candlelight Christmas Evenings.

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