North Carolina
Biltmore Estate’s Victorian Splendor and an Appalachian Mountain Christmas
From Victorian carols to Appalachian music, from “gilded age” decorations to mountain traditions and hospitality, celebrate two legacies of Christmas in historic North Carolina.
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Program No. 10345RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Take part in a week filled with poetic musings, folktales and Victorian carols as you experience the beauty of the Christmas season at the fabulous Biltmore Estate. Contrast the Estate’s “gilded age” lifestyle and holiday traditions with the heart-warming history and hospitality of the Appalachian Mountain people. Sing favorite Victorian carols and hearken to poetic pleasures as you discuss the music and literature of the era. Consider those who took prominent roles in building the house and laying out the grounds of Biltmore, including Richard Morris Hunt and Frederick Law Olmstead.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Feel a sense of childlike wonder and awe at Biltmore, decorated with dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows, poinsettias, miles of evergreen garland and thousands of ornaments, as you stroll through the house during a candlelit evening and return the next day for viewing in the daylight.
  • Share three centuries of memories and recall a simpler way of life as you experience Appalachian holiday customs, food, games, music, decorations and crafts.
  • Enjoy a tasty holiday dinner at Deerpark Restaurant on the Biltmore Estate.
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