The home's library, with its large fireplace and furniture with red upholstery, manages to look cozy at Christmas, despite its scale - it holds about 11,500 books (roughly half of George Vanderbilt's collection).
We visited Biltmore last week for what has become a favorite yearly event for hundreds of families and groups: the raising of the tree.
Each year, hardcore Biltmore aficionados line the home’s front lawn to see the Banquet Hall tree — grown especially for Biltmore by the Andrews family nursery — delivered to the front door by none other than Santa himself, driving a horse-drawn wagon bearing the 35-foot Fraser fir. When the tree arrives, workers from across the estate are standing ready to take the tree inside in a carefully choreographed process which gets the tree from the front doorway, around the Winter Garden, and into the arched doorway of the Banquet Hall. There even more workers join in, some in the organ loft far above, to raise the tree and nail it into place.
Floral staff are standing by to finish the massive job of decorating the tree.
Guests visiting during this Christmas season will see 56 spectacularly decorated trees throughout Biltmore House.
They vary in size and opulence. A total of 58 additional decorated Christmas trees are at other estate locations, including the
Winery, Inn on Biltmore Estate, Antler Hill Village, and Biltmore's restaurants.
Read more about Christmas at Biltmore in GoTriCities! in the Living section of the Times-News tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 10).
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