Built by George Washington Vanderbilt II (youngest son of railroad tycoon William Henry Vanderbilt), the Biltmore estate is one of Asheville's most opulent icons. Over 2,000,000 square feet in size and still owned by Vanderbilt descendants, the Biltmore House welcomes thousands of guests every year. Christmas comes to the Biltmore in Asheville beginning this Friday, November 4, 2011 with the Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration. The following weekend (November 11, 2011) is when this opulent estate begins their Candleight Christmas Evenings.
During the daytime celebration, guests will be treated to the most magnificent holiday decorations you are liable to ever feast your eyes on, including a 35 foot Christmas tree, decked out in ribbons, traditional ornaments and tons of lights. This is only one of the several Christmas trees you'll find around the estate. Garlands sweep along the elegant banisters. And Antler Hill Village, located on the grounds, is a perfect place to relax with the family and take in the sights. The conservatory is bursting with red poinsettias, tropical flowers, white Christmas cactus and so much more.
At night, the estate simply glows from the millions of lights strewn about. The ambiance of the estate takes on a totally different look when lit by thousands of candles. The warmth of the lit fireplaces will get you in the holiday spirit as well. The exterior lighting displays will simply take your breath away.
Fine dining is available at the Christmas style buffet. You've never taken a wine tour like this before! Wine tasting is even better by candlelight. Do some Christmas shopping for that one-of-a-kind gift that evokes the feeling of days gone by. The Winter Garden Choir helps ring in the holiday season with Christmas carol favorites. There's even a six foot long gingerbread replica of the Biltmore House set up in the main kitchen.
If you're interested in experiencing Christmas at the Biltmore in Asheville, visit their website to reserve your tickets for the daytime festivities, candlelight evening celebration or even to spend a couple of days there. Even though Thanksgiving is still a couple of weeks away, it's never too early to get into the holiday spirit. And what a unique way to do it!