The world-famous Biltmore House in Asheville opened its Christmas season with their over-the-top decorations that include 50 themed trees, miles of garlands, and hundreds of poinsettias.
Located just 125 miles west of Charlotte, America’s largest private home will now be decked out with the most epic Christmas decorations you’ll ever see every day today through January 9th.
I recently visited the awe-inspiring estate to see the decorations.
One of the first rooms you’ll see is the Great Banquet Hall, featuring a 37′ tall douglas fir with 500 gift boxes, 500 ornaments, and 500 LED Edison bulb style electric lights decorating it (as well as several other trees placed throughout the room).
There are over 13,000 additional ornaments on hundreds of other trees placed throughout the castle’s 250 rooms;
The servant’s kitchen in the basement even features a scaled-down gingerbread model of the entire Biltmore House;
Even the indoor pool and bowling alley are decked out for Christmas.
I’d recommend visiting the home in the late afternoon – the sunset views alone are worth the trip and price of admission.
George Vanderbilt first opened the home to his family and friends on Christmas Eve 1895 – with four acres of floor space, including 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces.
It took 1,000 workers six years to build the 250-room castle, which is now officially the largest privately-owned home in the country.
You can find out more about Christmas at the Biltmore and purchase tickets here.
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