The big Christmas tree is up at Biltmore House.
40-foot Fraser fir grown in Newland arrived by horse drawn wagon
outside the house Friday morning and was greeted by large crowd of
visitors eager for the holiday festivities to begin.
dozen Biltmore workers lifted the tree from the wagon and hauled it
into the house. Crews on the Banquet Hall floor and in an organ loft
used ropes to lift it into place.
The weather was more like summer than the holidays and after a dreary and drilling
start to the morning, a bright sun broke through. But there was little
doubt that Christmas had arrived at Biltmore. An even larger tree will
be erected Monday outside the house.
Christmas at Biltmore
officially starts Saturday. The house has been filled with holiday
decorations including 56 trees, 1,000 red and white poinsettias and
plenty of garland and wreaths. Santa will meet children at Biltmore's
Antler Hill Village Saturday-Sundays Nov. 9-Dec. 22 and Nov. 29. Self
guided day tours happen Saturday through Jan. 12.
Christmas Evening tours will include performances by choirs and musical
ensembles starting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9-Jan. 4. Those evening tours are
by reservation. To learn more or buy tickets, visit www.biltmore.com.
We will also have a photo gallery and more video about this year's Christmas at Biltmore.