Biltmore Estate welcomes Christmas with dazzling lights, brilliant ornaments, visits from Santa Claus, and many other beloved holiday traditions. It is one of the most wonderful times of the year, and there are few places that celebrate the holidays bigger than this lovely estate. Ring in the season with one of these fun Biltmore events! Afterward, if you are looking for more ways to celebrate, download our free Chimney Rock, NC, Vacation Guide. It is full of recommendations on restaurants, entertainment, local attractions, and more!
The Best Ways to Enjoy Christmas at Biltmore Estate
The Annual Tree Raising | November 1, 2018
The centerpiece of Christmas at Biltmore is the 35-foot Fraser Fir Christmas tree in the estate’s banquet hall. Hundreds of guests gather at the front of the house to watch as 40 Biltmore workers take the tree inside. After the tree is in place, the decorating team adds 500 lights, ornaments, and packages throughout the day. If you want to catch Santa Claus delivering the tree to the front door, be sure to arrive early! Saint Nicolas makes his appearance at 10:00 a.m.
Christmas Daytime Celebration | November 3, 2018 – January 6, 2019
The Christmas Daytime Celebration is a must for people of all ages. You can look forward to exploring more than 50 sparkling Christmas trees, beautifully appointed fireplaces with wreaths and garlands, stunning lights and ornaments, and the scent of fresh evergreens floating through the air. After a walk through the grand house, enjoy sipping on commemorative Christmas wine at the Biltmore Winery, or order a meal from the special holiday menu! Biltmore’s Christmas Daytime Celebration is available daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Candlelight Christmas Evenings | November 3, 2018 – January 6, 2019
From fireplace mantels draped with evergreens to towering trees dripping with lights, Candlelight Christmas Evenings are a sight to behold. These evening events are a cherished Biltmore tradition, offering live music and magnificent decorations. The self-guided Candlelight tour also includes daytime admission to Antler Hill Village & Winery and the estate’s gardens, shops, and restaurants. Candlelight tours are available by reservation only and begin each night at 5:30 p.m.
Other Holiday Activities
You can take in the beauty and majesty of Biltmore Estate in the Christmas with a variety of fun activities! Browsing the estate’s dozens of shops and sampling wines are two other popular ways to enjoy the estate in the winter. In addition, throughout the season, there are free holiday craft programs in the Conservatory. No matter your age, there is something at Biltmore for everyone!
The Best Lodging In Chimney Rock
After enjoying a day or an evening at the lovely Biltmore Estate, head home to the Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant for a cozy night in. When you book any of our beautiful cabins, like the Chimney Rock River Cabin, you can always look forward to the best amenities, packages, and top-notch service.
Daily hot-plated breakfast, spa services, a private park, and game room are a few conveniences that our guests can enjoy. In addition, The Esmeralda Restaurant is known throughout the area as the No. 1 place for dining in Chimney Rock, so you’ll never need to worry about where to go for dinner! When you are ready to plan your holiday getaway, check our seasonal specials and book your stay. We can’t wait to host you at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant!
Save money on tickets and lodging during your Christmas trip at Biltmore Estate. Take advantage of our Biltmore Package!