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Huge Christmas tree arrives at Biltmore
Monday, 02 December 2019 22:27

Marching band processional (with horses and Santa) signals the start of annual Christmas celebration

By MALLORY FLYNN
Biltmore Estate

Christmas at Biltmore began with a celebratory start on Nov. 1, when the estate welcomed its holiday centerpiece into the Banquet Hall of Biltmore House – a 34-foot-tall Fraser fir Christmas tree. 

Known for its monumental scale of traditional holiday décor and dazzling lights, Biltmore’s annual Christmas at Biltmore runs Nov. 1, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020. 

Led by the Asheville High School Marching Band, a horse-drawn carriage delivered the 2,000-pound tree to the front door of Biltmore House. The T.C. Roberson High School Choir performed music of the season as 40 estate employees lifted and carried the tree through the house and into the home’s seven-story-tall Banquet Hall. 

Once inside, 30 additional employees hoisted the tree into its place. Biltmore’s floral displays team, housekeeping team, and engineering services staff spent the afternoon navigating scaffolding to hang 500 ornaments and lights on the Fraser fir’s elegant boughs.

The Banquet Hall tree is the largest of the 62 hand-decorated Christmas trees in Biltmore House this year. Each room features the results of holiday designs months in the planning. More than 13,000 ornaments were used to decorate the trees. 

Miles of fresh evergreen garlands and swags provide additional seasonal beauty throughout the house. “This year’s decorating theme is Christmas Traditions,” said Lizzie Borchers, floral displays manager.

Along with the towering tree, the décor in the Banquet Hall features red and gold ribbons gracing the fireplace, giving the room a regal feel. Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. 

Asheville’s Biltmore Estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres, including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who is widely considered the father of American landscape architecture.
 



 


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