If you are looking for a reason to go to the North Carolina mountains during the holiday season look no further than Asheville and the Biltmore Estate.
If you thought visiting this 220-room mansion was just a regular thing to do then wait until you see it lit up for the holiday season. This home and its extensive attention to detail in decorations will make Ned Flanders’s Christmas-decorated home look like child’s play. Ned Flanders is the neighbor of Homer Simpson on the longest-running television show in the country for those that were lost.
Christmas at the Biltmore runs until Jan. 8, 2023, with this year’s theme tagged Winter Landscapes. The theme is in celebration of the 200th birthday of the estate architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The home will feature a 35-foot-tall Fraser fir tree which has always been native to North Carolina. There is significance to the tree being 35 feet tall because of George Vanderbilt continued a tradition of having a tree that tall dating back to 1895. The process of picking out a tree and staging it in the home is planned months in advance.
There are 66 other decorated trees in this estate. The home also includes about 45,000 lights and 250 candles inside Biltmore House. About 850,000 lights are placed around the rest of the estate including the Front Entrance, Antler Hill Village and estate buildings. I’m sure Duke Energy has a fun time billing the estate during this time of the year. It’s safe to say that the Biltmore estate needs a whole season of MTV Cribs just to get through the entire home.
There is also a Christmas pop-up shop at A Gardener’s Place in Antler Hill Village. Look out for nightly bonfires at Antler Hill Village on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 16 and then daily from Dec. 17-31. You can purchase ingredients for S’mores for the bonfires at The Creamery.
Read more about the Biltmore Estate Christmas here.