ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- When a 34-foot-tall Fraser fir tree is brought into Biltmore House – America's Largest Home – it's a sure sign that Christmas is just around the corner. This week, Santa Claus, aboard a horse-drawn carriage, ushered the massive tree to the home that George Vanderbilt opened to his friends and family on Christmas Eve 1895. Christmas at Biltmore, the estate's annual holiday event, starts officially Nov. 4, 2016, and runs through Jan. 8, 2017.
Biltmore's celebration will immerse guests in holiday cheer. The wonders of Biltmore House are enhanced with dozens of intricately decorated trees along with hundreds of poinsettias and garlands. This week's massive delivery to the home's immense Banquet Hall is the star attraction.
While the volume of Christmas decorations is staggering, the resulting beauty is a testament to the expertise of Biltmore's floral staff. The team has interpreted the theme of "Hearth and Home" throughout the house, emphasizing fireplaces and mantels.
Guests may enjoy the entire estate as part of their admission. The Conservatory anchoring the Walled Garden is filled with poinsettias, and offers seminars that provide tips for guests' own holiday décor. At Antler Hill Village & Winery, guests may enjoy free tastings of Biltmore wines at the Winery. Weekends in the village feature carolers sharing Christmas favorites, and Santa making appearances at the bandstand to hear wish lists from guests of all ages.
Candlelight Christmas Evenings
Candlelight Christmas Evenings provide a warm welcome on a frosty night. By reservation only, these evenings in Biltmore House have become a cherished holiday. Setting the unique scene is a 55-foot Norway spruce sparkling in the center of the Front Lawn. Candlelight Christmas Evenings are offered Nov. 4 through Jan. 7.
Guests looking to extend their holiday visits have several options. Those seeking a retreat with personalized service, The Inn on Biltmore Estate offers four-star accommodations in a private hilltop setting. Holiday packages starting with Thanksgiving are available.
Biltmore's newest lodging offering, Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, is for the guest looking for a casual overnight stay. Village Hotel is located in the setting of Antler Hill Village. It offers a convenient home base steps away from shopping, dining, the Winery, live music in the village and outdoor activities. Special holiday packages are available.
For tickets, reservations, and more information, visit Biltmore.com/visit.
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