Christmas Tree Arrives At The Biltmore

5:14 PM, Nov 1, 2013   |    comments
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The big Christmas tree is up at Biltmore House.

A 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.

Several 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.

Candlelight 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

We will also have a photo gallery and more video about this year's Christmas at Biltmore.

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