Christmas at Biltmore launches with annual tree raising, Nov. 5

From a press release:

Christmas at Biltmore launches with annual tree raising, Nov. 5

On Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m., Santa Claus will escort a horse-drawn carriage delivering Biltmore’s holiday centerpiece, a 35-foot Fraser fir, to the front door of Biltmore House to kick off Christmas at Biltmore. The tree will spend the holidays in the 72-foot-high Banquet Hall, adorned with lights, gifts and ornaments.

Biltmore’s annual tree raising sets the stage for Christmas at Biltmore, Nov. 7, 2014, through Jan. 11, 2015.

WHAT: Annual Christmas Tree-Raising at Biltmore House

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov.5, 10 a.m.

• Roving carolers and Mrs. Claus will greet guests in front of Biltmore House.

• The 35-foot Fraser fir tree will be brought up to the front of the house on a horse-drawn wagon with Santa at the reins.

• The tree will then be brought into the Banquet Hall of Biltmore House by hand. Between 30 and 40 employees lift and carry it through the front door in a synchronized manner.

• Employees hoist the tree into place using ropes and pulleys to secure it into position.

• Members of the floral and engineering services teams work quickly to decorate the massive tree with more than 500 large ornaments, hundreds of lights and many gift-wrapped packages.

• Santa and Mrs. Claus will remain on the Front Lawn for photo opportunities until noon.

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Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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