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O Christmas Tree!

Posted on 11/30/2013 by Leeann Donnelly Comments(14)

For nearly 40 years, Biltmore’s engineering team has handled the logistical challenges of carrying a 35-foot-tall tree through Biltmore House and raising it safely and securely in the Banquet Hall for all to enjoy over the holidays. Here are their recommendations for putting up your own special Christmas tree: 

Tree Safety Tips

• Purchase the freshest tree possible. Cut off the first inch or so of the base to help the tree absorb more water.
• Secure your tree in a sturdy base that holds enough water.
• Select a location in your home that protects the tree from small children and pets. This helps keep everyone safe.
• For a larger tree, it’s a good idea to install small anchor wires from the tree’s limbs back to the wall using an eye screw or something similar.
• LED lights are safer than traditional lights. Due to the lower temperature of the lights, there’s less chance of starting a fire.

Biltmore-style sparkle

Our floral design team begins planning a year in advance to make Biltmore House and the whole estate come alive for the holiday season. If you’ve ever wondered why our Christmas trees look so special, it’s because the floral team takes time to get everything just right—beginning with the lights.

Here’s their 3-step “no-fuss” light-stringing technique you can use on your own tree:

1. Work each light strand from the top of the tree down—in sections—rather than round and round. This cuts down on ladder-climbing time. 
2. Work the lights in toward the trunk of the tree, then back out to the tip of the next branch, securing the strand by slipping the branch tip between the two wires of the strand.
3. To make sure the tree is evenly lit, step back, squint your eyes to make things look blurry, and look for dark or overly bright spots. Rearrange or add lights as needed.

Once the lights are in place, tuck shiny ornaments deeply into the tree, starting at the trunk, and working outward. This creates depth, color, and supersized shine. Hang special and more decorative ornaments close to the branch tips. Place the largest ornaments near the bottom

To further highlight your décor, place your favorite ornaments into bowls on your dining table, or mix them in baskets with pine cones and pods. Accent your wreaths and garlands with clusters of berries and shiny glass balls of different sizes.

Decorating by the numbers

• 6-foot tree:  8 sets of lights + 3–4 boxes of ornaments
• 12-foot tree: 26 sets of lights + 7–8 boxes of ornaments
• 14-foot tree: 32 sets of lights + 10–12 boxes of ornaments

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Posted on 11/18/2017 By Kirsten M

Hello! Our family was lucky enough to visit over Thanksgiving last year and take a tour of the Biltmore in the evening - so beautiful and festive! I was inspired, and have looked this year for lights similar to some I saw on your Christmas trees - they looked like real flickering candles but were just the most amazing lights. Could you tell me what kind you use or where I might find these? Thank you, and Happy holidays!

Hello Kirsten, we've sent you an email with a link to where a similar item can be purchased. – Biltmore Blog Editor

Posted on 11/09/2017 By Maggie H

How do you keep the live tree looking so good for so long?

Great question, Maggie! The tree is sprayed with an anti-desiccant, which is a protective coating that helps lock in moisture. Because of its massive size, the tree can last quite a while just on the water it has retained in its system. We do, however, switch the tree out about halfway through the season to ensure that all of our guests are able to enjoy that Christmas at Biltmore element at its finest. – Biltmore Blog Editor

Posted on 11/07/2017 By Jill C

Where does the tree come from?

Grest question, Jill! The Banquet Hall Tree comes from Andrews Nursery in Newland, NC. The family-owned nursery has supplied Biltmore with that key Christmas element since 1975. – Biltmore Blog Editor

Posted on 10/26/2017 By Ann M

What time should should we arrive for the Tree Raising event on November 1st? So excited to be able to attend the event for the first time this year.

Hi, Ann! We’re happy you can join us for this special event. The Banquet Hall Tree will arrive at Biltmore House at 10 a.m. This is an especially high-volume day, so you’ll want to allow plenty of time for travel once you’re on the estate. – Biltmore Blog Editor

Posted on 08/22/2017 By Karen L

When is the Biltmore tree raising for this year?

Hi, Karen! Thanks for your question. This year, the Banquet Hall Tree Raising will take place on November 1. – Biltmore Blog Editor

Posted on 08/18/2017 By Victoria P

Hello, just wondering when your Christmas tree raising will be this year? Thank you, Victoria

Hi, Victoria! Thanks for your question. This year, the Banquet Hall Tree Raising will take place on November 1. – Biltmore Blog Editor

Posted on 06/16/2016 By Nikki S

Hi, I was wondering when the tree raising is this year? Thank You Nikki

Hi Nikki, Biltmore Tree Raising is November 2, 2016. - Biltmore Blog Editor

Posted on 01/04/2015 By summer c

Where do you get your tree?

Posted on 10/24/2014 By sbell

Hi Janice, Yes we would love for you to join us during our annual tree raising event on November 5! Follow this link to see more details:

Posted on 10/19/2014 By Janice w

can you visit the biltmore and watch them bring in the tree on November 5?

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