The Biltmore Estate's Annual Christmas Tree Raising Ceremony is Today!
It's one of the most beloved holiday traditions in the South. For more than 120 years, revelers have gathered to watch a team of men raise a 35-foot Fraser fir tree in the banquet hall of America's largest home. For many, it's a spectacle that marks the beginning of the Christmas season, not just in Asheville, but across the country.
This year, Biltmore's annual Christmas tree ceremony will take place on the morning of November 1st at 10am. Visitors are welcome to watch Santa Claus deliver the towering fir to the front of the sprawling home via horse-drawn carriage. It will take some maneuvering, but a group of men will then work together to install the tree in its spot of honor in the banquet hall.
It's not just the tree that gets the opulent Biltmore treatment. The entire 250-room estate and its grounds get done up in its holiday best in time for the beginning of Christmas at Biltmore on Nov. 3. Staff has already been at it for weeks! This year's theme is "A Vanderbilt Christmas," which will incorporate "a strong Gilded Age look and feel with elegant details rooted in Vanderbilt family Christmas stories," the estate said in a press release.
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Guests are invited to enjoy the entire estate as part of admission and view the 100-plus Christmas trees—each hand-decorated and styled—that call the house and grounds home. This year, for the first time in the estate's history, Biltmore Winery will be decorated with 7,000 globe- shaped ornaments hanging from the ceiling, "giving guests the feeling of being inside a bottle of sparkling wine."
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