Visit the Biltmore Estate and Learn How to Create Your Own Biltmore Christmas at Home
Seminars by Biltmore's staff available during Biltmore's annual Christmas at Biltmore, now through Jan. 3, 2010
ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Before diving into your holiday decorating this year, consider immersing yourself in the enchanting world of Christmas at Biltmore to glean ideas for a Vanderbilt-inspired holiday display of your own. Biltmore House and the surrounding 8,000 acres of the estate is celebrating its annual Christmas at Biltmore, now through Jan. 3, 2010.
In addition to touring Biltmore House and the estate, you can take part in holiday seminars conducted by Biltmore staff. Reservations are not required; however, space may be limited so guests should arrive early. Seminar attendance is free with your day's admission to the estate. Here is the seminar schedule:
- Deck the Halls, daily, through Nov. 22: Decorating tips for the home. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Biltmore House Library Den.
- Centerpieces for Holiday Entertaining, daily, now through Jan. 3: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at A Gardener's Place in the Conservatory.
- Decorating a Christmas Wreath, daily, now through Jan. 3: Turn an ordinary silk Christmas wreath into an elegant and interesting design. 1 and 3 p.m. at A Gardener's Place in the Conservatory.
- Red Wine and Chocolate, daily, now through Jan. 3: Discover why chocolate and red wine is a match made in heaven. 2, 3, 4 and 6 p.m. at the Winery.
With more than 100 decorated Christmas trees; hundreds of wreaths, bows and poinsettias; more than 150,000 lights in Biltmore House and across the estate; at least 10,000 feet of fresh garland; and more than 25,000 ornaments - you're sure to walk away with an idea or two for your home this holiday season.
Candlelight Christmas Evenings - Now through Jan. 2
Candlelight Christmas Evenings, where luminaries and a brilliant display of twinkling lights on the Front Lawn set the tone for tours of Biltmore House, requires separate entry from daytime admission. New this year are ballroom dancers in vintage costume gliding across the floor in the Winter Garden. A story teller regales visitors with readings from traditional holiday tales such as "The Little Match Girl," "The Gift of the Magi" and Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Choirs perform European carols, with musicians providing seasonal music.
Holiday hospitality extends across the entire estate. Biltmore Winery offers self-guided tours and complimentary wine tastings. Santa Claus will visit River Bend Barn on Saturdays, now through Dec. 20. Guests may enjoy a festive meal at Bistro, Deerpark Restaurant, Stable Cafe or The Dining Room at Inn on Biltmore Estate. For guests looking to extend their stay at Biltmore, the four-star Inn offers several packages for holidays, including special New Year's Eve packages. Or, you may choose to stay at any one of Biltmore's area hotel partners. For ticket and booking information, call 877-BILTMORE or visit www.biltmore.com.