You Can Watch the Magical Christmas Tree Raising at Biltmore Estate From Home This Year

Photo credit: John Warner / Biltmore Estate
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During the holiday season, Biltmore - the Asheville, North Carolina mansion built by George Vanderbilt in 1895 - transforms into a true winter wonderland with thousands of lights, ornaments and festive Christmas decorations. If you can't travel to America's largest house in the Blue Ridge Mountains this year, you can still experience one of the historic mansion's most cherished holiday traditions: the annual Christmas tree raising.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic this year, Biltmore's arboriculture event is being followed virtually from home for free. The virtual arboriculture ceremony gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how the banquet hall's 35-foot milled fir tree is installed and adorned with beautiful, festive decorations. You can see Biltmore's massive seasonal centerpiece come to life, hear stories from the people who make it possible, and learn about the months of planning and preparation for the event. And this year's tree-raising ceremony is going to be even more special as George Vanderbilt invites his family and friends to Biltmore for the 125th time on Christmas Eve.
Photo credit: John Warner
Do you want to kick off the holiday season with this magical tree-growing event? Christmas in Biltmore: Virtual Tree Raising premieres Wednesday, November 4th at 5 p.m. EST. You can follow the ceremony on the Biltmore Estate YouTube channel or Facebook page.
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