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Biltmore Estate Christmas Candlelight Specials for 2016

November 4th, 2016 by abedofroses

Biltmore House Decorated for Christmas

The Biltmore Estate at Christmastime

Christmas at the Biltmore Estate is full of the extravagance of the Gilded Age. Experience the wonder and magic yourself this year! Stroll through the sumptuously decorated rooms by candlelight and the blazing firelight of 65 fireplaces. Listen to carolers and period musicians play. It is truly magical! This year’s theme will be “Hearth and Home” as they recall stories of Vanderbilt Christmases in front of the many grand fireplaces of America’s largest home.

At A Bed of Roses, you can customize your Christmas at the Biltmore Experience with our array of Candlelight Evening Packages! Add your choice of packages to a two-night stay in any of our unique Victorian guest rooms and live the fantasy. All Candlelight tours must be scheduled in advance by phone.

The Library decorated for the Holidays

The Library decorated for the Holidays

The Luxe Biltmore Christmastime Fantasy Package- $209.00

This deluxe package includes 2 daytime tickets to the entire Biltmore Estate, including the Gardens, Antler Village & Winery, plus a reserved Candlelight Christmas Evening at the Biltmore House. In addition you receive a gorgeous hard-bound Souvenir Book, “Christmas at Biltmore” featuring beautiful photography of holidays past and stories from guests and staff recounting the Vanderbilt holiday traditions. Take home a Biltmore Porcelain Filigree House Ornament as well, depicting a full color image of the Biltmore House at Christmastime in the snow. This ornament is a new design this year and is hung by a red satin ribbon.

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A new ornament design

A new ornament design

The Complete Candlelight Biltmore Package– $199.00

This special package includes 2 daytime tickets to the Biltmore Estate, Gardens and Antler Village & Winery plus a reserved Candlelight Christmas Evening at the Biltmore House. In addition take home the elegant new Biltmore Porcelain Filigree House Ornament hung by a red satin ribbon to remember your visit every Christmas to come.

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The Candlelight Evening Stand-Alone Package– prices vary by date.

With any stay at A Bed of Roses, receive a special discount code that will save you $15-$20 on Candlelight Evening tickets when you book them directly with The Biltmore Estate. These tickets give you a timed evening entry to the Biltmore Estate and access to the grounds only during the day.

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Champagne and Flowers

Enjoy a Romantic Retreat

Upgrade Your Romantic Retreat Package to a Romantic Candlelight Retreat – $295.00

Make this an extra special occasion and experience all the romance of our charming historic inn.  Relax by the fireplace or soak in the Jacuzzi with a glass of bubbly. Indulge yourself with a chocolate truffle. Visit the grand Biltmore Estate lavishly adorned for Christmas. Dine at one of our excellent local independent restaurants, then return to the Biltmore Estate for a special evening entry, Soak up the magic by candle and firelight as carolers sing and holiday music wafts through the halls. This package includes 2 tickets to the Biltmore Estate and Winery good for 2 consecutive days; a timed Candlelight Evening Entry to the house; a gift certificate for dinner at your choice of local restaurants; a fresh bouquet of flowers along with chocolate truffles and a sparkling beverage presented in your room.

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Candlelight Christmas Evenings are available from November 4th 2016 – January 8th, 2017. Entry times vary by the date chosen. All Candlelight tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Ready or Not Here Comes Santa! Christmas in Asheville

November 21st, 2012 by abedofroses

Santa and his wife

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the Asheville Holiday Parade

The Biltmore Estate Candlelight tours have begun, Asheville held its Holiday Parade this past Saturday and the Grove Park Inn’s Gingerbread Competition winners have just gone on display. In spite of my stubborn reluctance to even think about Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving, I can’t help but start to give in to the excitement surrounding the holidays. The Christmas season is here, like or not, and I absolutely love this time of year. There’s something magical about the decorations and the music, the parties and even the shopping. Downtown Asheville has a holiday shop window competition that brings out everyone’s creativity and helps get you into the spirit.

Snowman at the Spa

Mr Snowman at the Spa

Sensibilities Spa won the competition with their clever snow-people enjoying the spa treatment, complete with a snow ancestor portrait above the fireplace! The holiday parade was quite an extravaganza with innumerable floats, performers, marching bands playing holiday music and our own Olympic silver medalists, Lauren Tamayo and Manteo Mitchell serving as Grand Marshals of the parade. Santa was the last to arrive with his entourage of festooned live llamas, bobbing Christmas-tree characters, and dancing reindeer people. Families camped out along the parade route and excited children darted into the street to catch a glimpse of what was coming.

Kids at the Asheville Holiday Parade

The cutest float at the Holiday Parade

It was great family fun. The Gingerbread Competition winners are always amazing to see and it gives you an excuse to enjoy the outstanding Arts & Crafts Architecture and original mission furniture of the Grove Park Inn. These are not run-of-the mill gingerbread houses. They are amazing edible sculptures and the bakers come from as far away as Massachusetts to compete. There are no less than 6 productions of The Nutcracker or variations thereof in Asheville this year. They range from the Asheville Puppetry Alliance’s “In the Nutcracker Mood”, featuring holiday music, to a modern interpretation with all dance and no singing or speaking at the Flatrock Playhouse and Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre‘s “The Return of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” a surreal, imaginative telling of “The Nutcracker”. And of course, the Asheville Ballet will perform the full original ballet from Imperial Russia.

Biltmore at Christmas

The Biltmore Library at Christmas

There will be choral performances and parties as well, but nothing can compete with the Grand Biltmore Estate in full Christmas regalia. By candlelight, with harpists playing and choirs singing in the Conservatory, the myriad of trees sparkle even brighter. My own 9 foot Christmas tree has arrived from Balsam Hill trees and it’s all I can do to keep from setting it up now. Right after Thanksgiving it’s going up! Happy Holidays!