Virtual tree structure today; Christmas decor, Van Gogh exhibition, Candlelight evenings, Santa Claus

One of Biltmore’s most beloved holiday traditions is when the 35-foot Fraser Christmas tree is raised in the large banquet hall.

It’s the final touch of Christmas at Biltmore, which takes place just before guests are greeted at the estate for the season.

It’s also quite a sight to see, as it’s the tallest tree in Biltmore House and decorated with 500 ornaments and 500 lights, with wrapped packages tucked away in its branches.

A virtual tree-farming special will air online at 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 3 on Biltmore’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Watch for an intimate look at this Christmas tradition, with behind-the-scenes details of the tree’s transformation to become Biltmore House’s seasonal centerpiece and background stories from the designers who create Christmas magic at Biltmore.

Those visiting for evening tours should arrive early to experience all the estate has to offer during the season, from holiday cellar menus to Antler Hill Village and "Van Gogh alive."

Two other experiences are available to enjoy in Biltmore during the holiday season – the Biltmore Christmas Day Tour Experience and the Christmas Candlelight Night Tour Experience.

The entire estate is open to guests as part of admission to either Christmas experience.

Christmas in Biltmore, November 5 to January 5. 9

This tradition includes a daytime visit to Biltmore House while the grounds are adorned with holiday decorations that number in the thousands.

A daytime visit to Biltmore is a feast for the senses, with wreaths, garlands and sparkle adornments.

Christmas candlelight evenings, Nov 5 Jan 8

Biltmore House glows by candlelight and fire during this nighttime tour, changing the mood and experience of the daytime visit.

Candlelight Christmas evenings at Biltmore House take guests back in time with an experience reminiscent of Vanderbilt’s first Christmas spent at Biltmore House in 1895.

Musicians stationed throughout the house perform season favorites. The setting is a sparkling 55-foot Norway spruce top in the center of the front lawn. Two hundred and fifty hand-lit light fixtures line the driveway to Biltmore House.

Those visiting for nighttime tours should arrive early to experience all the estate has to offer during the season, from holiday cellar menus to Antler Hill Village and “Van Gogh Alive”.

Those visiting for evening tours should arrive early to experience all the estate has to offer during the season, from holiday cellar menus to Antler Hill Village and "Van Gogh alive."

Van Gogh Alive” digital art exhibition

Part one in a year-long digital art series at Biltmore, Legends of Art & Innovation lines up with the holiday season with the opening of Van Gogh Alive on November 5.

Hosted in the Biltmore Event Center, Amherst in Deerpark, and running through March 5, this multisensory experience is an immersion into the remarkable life of Vincent van Gogh through light, color, sound and scent.

Part one of a year-long digital art series at Biltmore, Legends of Art & Innovation, lines up with the holiday season with the opening of Van Gogh Alive on November 5.

Highlights include savoring the wonders of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and other masterpieces.

Designed by Grande Experiences, the Legends of Art & Innovation series offers its SENSORY4TM system which combines multi-channel graphic animations broadcast through up to 40 high-definition projectors with cinema-quality surround sound.

Advance tickets are required for entry to Van Gogh Alive and are included with the domain’s Audio-Guided Plus or Expert-Guided Plus admission.

Part one of a year-long digital art series at Biltmore, Legends of Art & Innovation, lines up with the holiday season with the opening of Van Gogh Alive on November 5.

Holiday highlights and photos of Santa Claus

Holiday activities are present throughout the area. Seasonal flowers and an array of tropical plants are a warm and bright holiday stop inside the walled garden conservatory and include poinsettias, amaryllis, Christmas cacti, bromeliads, orchids, peace lilies and more.

Those visiting for evening tours should arrive early to experience all the estate has to offer during the season, from holiday cellar menus to Antler Hill Village and "Van Gogh alive."

Specially designed poinsettias, bromeliads, and a fireplace mantel decorated with holiday plants are all great for photos. The estate’s winter gardens and miles of peaceful trails are also available for exploration.

Biltmore’s European-inspired village, Antler Hill Village, features Santa appearances for photos and to hear wishlists on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as select weekdays from November 6 to December 23.

The Vanderbilt At Home & Abroad exhibit is open in the Biltmore Legacy Building. As evening falls over Antler Hill Village, a constellation of Christmas lights illuminate the trees, quaint buildings, the Winery Tunnel, and walking trails.

Those visiting for nighttime tours should arrive early to experience all the estate has to offer during the season, from holiday cellar menus (pictured here) to Antler Hill Village and "Van Gogh alive."

In addition to the estate’s many shopping options, a pop-up Christmas boutique is set up in a new location – at The Barn Door in Antler Hill Village – with everything you need to celebrate the season.

The estate’s restaurants offer favorite seasonal dishes and handcrafted cocktails. Reservations for free tastings of artisanal Biltmore wines must be made on the day of the tour due to the limited capacity of the tasting room. Reservations are not necessary to visit the Wine Shop and Wine Bar.

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