The three star rating is not for the mansion, which of course is spectacular, but rather the overall Candlelight Christmas experience. We had never been to the Biltmore, and had always heard that Christmas was the time to go. We decided on the Candlelight Christmas Evening tour. Overall we were dissapointed in the experience. As the brochure suggested, we expected to " Explore Biltmore House during holiday evenings when candles and fireplaces fill the grand home with a warm glow". Imagine our suprise to discover that of the 56 Christmas trees in the house, ALL BUT ONE were fake. They all had white twinkle lights on them (did they have those at the turn of the century?), to the extent that you could barely see the ornaments. They all seemed to look alike. Almost all of the garland and wreaths were fake, although the poinsettias were real. ALL of the candles were fake! There were NO real fires in any of the fireplaces. A dozen or so of them had very fake looking gas logs burning. So much for the "warm glow" from the candles and fireplaces. We expected an authentic Guilded Age Christmas. Instead we got a crowded, fake facsimile.
We plan to return in the Spring when we can enjoy the mansion for what it is.More