Biltmore Raises 35-foot Fir to Kick Off Christmas Season

2015 Biltmore Tree Raising

Decking the halls, Vanderbilt-style

Each November, America's Largest Home welcomes its first holiday guest in the form of a 35-foot Fraser fir, which arrived yesterday on a horse-drawn wagon driven by Santa Claus himself.

Of course, getting the massive tree to the door of Biltmore House is only the first step. It takes 50 people to pull the tree into the front door, down the hallway and into the grand Banquet Hall, and then lots of rope and even more patience to get it upright. (Trick of the Trade: When you're decorating a 35-foot tree, you put the tree topper on before you get it into place.)

Take a look at what goes into preparing this holiday masterpiece:

Success! Now it's time to decorate. #BiltmoreTreeRaising

Posted by Biltmore on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

After the tree is secured in its proper spot, the decorating commences. This one tree (there are 64 others displayed throughout the house) boasts 500 gift boxes, 500 ornaments and 500 LED Edison-style light bulbs. About seven hours after the tree's arrival, here's the final product:

Visitors can check out the Banquet Hall and other decked out rooms during Christmas at Biltmore, which begins Friday, November 6th.

Biltmore's decorating experts have shared some of their secrets for trimming an eye-catching tree. Check out decorating tips for for a Vanderbilt here.

Discover more about Christmas at Biltmore in 2015.

Photos and video courtesy of The Biltmore Company.