One of the most gorgeous Christmas traditions in North Carolina begins today- Christmas at Biltmore. If you’ve never visited before, Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC is the location of America’s largest private-owned home. The sprawling estate was home to George Vanderbilt and is still owned and operated by the family today. While Biltmore is worth visiting any time of the year, Christmas at Biltmore takes the experience to another level. I was actually at Biltmore a few weeks ago and was able to see the beginnings of the decorations going up. It looked stunning then I can only imagine the grandeur now.

The event features more than 100 decorated trees, 10,000 ornaments, 100,000 twinkling holiday lights, and an array of festive Christmas displays. The holiday season offers two different experiences. First is a daytime celebration perfect for viewing garlands, trees, and other decorations that deck the luminous halls. The second experience is Candlelight Christmas Evenings which features live music, lit fireplaces, and candlelight as you stroll through Christmas the way it would have felt in the late 1800s.

It’s not just the house that’s decorated the hotels on the property, the village, the winery, the conservatory, and restaurants are all dressed in their Christmas best. The event kicks off on November 5th and runs through January 9th. I had the opportunity to visit on New Year’s Eve one time and it was perfect even after the hustle and bustle of the season.

Gallery: Christmas At Biltmore

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