Celebrate Christmas at Biltmore with your Students

Jerry Blackwelder

Biltmore Christmas

Your students can experience the magic of Christmas with a holiday field trip to Biltmore in Asheville.

America’s largest home celebrates the season in grand style. Luminaries and twinkling lights adorn the 75-foot Norway spruce tree on the front lawn. Inside the home of George Vanderbilt and his family, dozens of decorated Christmas trees can be found in the grand rooms.

Biltmore History

George Vanderbilt was born in Staten Island, NY as the Civil War raged across the country. The Vanderbilts were among America’s wealthiest and most famous families. He first visited Asheville in 1888 and fell in love with the mountains of western North Caorlina. Construction on Vanderbilt’s 250-room French chateau began a year later and on Christmas Eve, 1895, the Vanderbilts officially opened their new home.

Cornelia Vanderbilt was born at Biltmore in 1900 and fourteen years later George Vanderbilt passed away. In 1930 Cornelia and her husband, John Cecil, first opened their home to the public.

Biltmore the Home

Biltmore has stood the test of time. The mansion itself is as impressive today as it was when it was completed in 1895. Among the many treasures, your students will see original paintings by Renoir and John Singer Sargent. More than 10,000 books line the shelves of the formal library. The Banquet Hall has a towering 70 foot ceiling. There is even an indoor swimming pool and bowling alley.

Biltmore Grounds and Gardens

No visit to Biltmore would be complete without seeing the gardens and grounds surrounding the estate. Frederick Law Olmstead, the landscape architect who designed New York’s Central Park, laid out the Biltmore gardens and created America’s first managed forest.

The gardens are immaculately groomed and spectacular with color. Your students will want to see the Rose Garden in particular with its 250 varieties of America’s favorite flower.

Biltmore School Groups

George Vanderbilt's quest for knowledge was a lifelong passion, and his legacy of learning continues today at Biltmore. We offer dozens of programs for students, including experiential educational, customized Biltmore House tours, and a homeschool festival. Download our full Education Program for details.A group tour planning guide is available on Biltmore’s website at www.biltmore.com.

Want to Go?

For more information or to schedule your Biltmore Field Trip contact Kathleen Bartlett, Education Sales Manager, at (828) 225-1409 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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