Biltmore Welcomes 35-Foot Christmas Tree

Biltmore Welcomes 35-Foot Christmas Tree
Tree-Raising ceremony kicks off holiday celebration

Santa made an early delivery to the Biltmore House Wednesday on “Tree Raising Day.” He arrived via a horse-drawn flat-bed wagon with the 35-foot Christmas tree that with elicit “oohs and aahs” from thousands of visitors during the Christmas at Biltmore celebration. And he had plenty of help.

Hundreds of onlookers enjoyed watching a crew of 40 maneuver the multi-ton tree through the halls of America’s largest home. Inside the seven-story Banquet Hall, Santa’s helpers used a network of ropes and pulleys to carefully raise the centerpiece of the festive season into place. Just as it has every year since 1975, the Fraser tree came from Andrews Nursery in Newland, N.C.

Known as one of the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday traditions, Christmas at Biltmore daytime and candlelight tours begin on November 7.

This year’s displays throughout the estate draw inspiration from the theme “A Vanderbilt Christmas Celebration.” Décor will trend toward the opulent to create a sense of the Gilded Age, while incorporating elements that nod to George Vanderbilt’s legacy in Western North Carolina.

Watch Biltmore's holiday experts set up the tree in 24 seconds!

The banquet hall tree was also decorated with 500 gift boxes, 500 ornaments and 500 Edison-style string lights. How many lights and ornaments do you need to trim your Christmas tree? Biltmore experts weigh in.

Guests will discover 60 additional (and much smaller!) trees throughout the house, each intricately designed and decorated by their floral team. Plus, a thousand poinsettias, dozens of wreaths and miles of fresh garland will create a nostalgic yuletide setting.

Special thanks to Mark File of the Travel Guide for reporting on this story. See additional photos of the tree raising at, or follow Biltmore on Instagram.

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