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The Joy of a Biltmore Christmas

Childlike wonder embraces you at Biltmore at the Christmas season. A visit will take one back to when we believed in wonderlands of snow and winter’s warmth by a beautiful fireside. It is holiday season at America’s largest home where a 35-foot Christmas tree and miles of festive décor make your eyes get bigger than you ever thought possible. It will remind you of the stories of the holiday and you will find yourself hanging on to every word. Eyes stretched wide, imagination overflowing and memories of hearing Christmas stories that are as timeless as the stories themselves. A Biltmore Christmas helps one create those wonderful holiday memories.
The Biltmore Estate is a large private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore Mansion, the main house on the estate, is a Châteauesque-styled mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895. It is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet and featuring 250 rooms.
In 2014, the Biltmore mansion is still owned by one of Vanderbilt’s descendants. It stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded age, and of significant gardens in the jardin à la française and English landscape garden styles in the United States. It comes alive with Christmas decorations during this holiday season and can be fun for both adults and children. The beauty of this estate home finds a lighted fireplace in most rooms and candle lit areas within the mansion.

Tourist attractions include an early 20th century living area, two-story library, and other rooms filled with artworks, furniture and 19th-century novelties such as elevators. The estate remains a major tourist attraction in Western North Carolina and has almost 1 million visitors each year. There is a small walking or biking trail, which leads from the lagoon to the horse barn, the farm, Antler Hill Village, and the winery. There is also a trail which leads from the lagoon to the Biltmore House.

A visit to the Biltmore website to view a Biltmore Christmas will remind you of the holiday season as we have known it, Santa, sugarplum fairies and great tales of enchanting times. It is available at http://christmas.biltmore.com/#/night/awe. See America’s largest Hhme in all its beauty by day with dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths and poinsettias, and brilliant displays everywhere. It will offer an opportunity to reunite your family with Christmas in a way that leaves them truly in awe. A day pass includes for the holiday visitor daytime entry into Biltmore Home and access to the gardens and Antler Hill Village & Winery.

About the Author
Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D. ABPP is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut and tenured Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky

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