Asheville, N.C. — Biltmore Estate is ready for the holidays.
The annual arrival and raising of the Christmas tree took place on Wednesday. The 35-foot tall Fraser fir tree's arrival into Biltmore House normally attracts a crowd, but due to coronavirus concerns the event was closed to the public. The ceremony was streamed on Biltmore's social media channels.
The tree, which will reside in the banquet hall, has a large custom-built eight-pointed Bethlehem star on top and is decorated with 500 ornaments and 500 LED Edison bulb-style electric lights.
The tree is among 55 hand-decorated trees that are part of the Christmas at Biltmore and Candlelight Christmas Evenings tours at the estate.
The holiday celebrations start on Friday, Nov. 6, through Jan. 10, 2021.
About 45,000 lights and 150 candles will illuminate Biltmore House itself with 135,000 LED and mini lights located around the estate. There are 1,200 traditional poinsettias in displays around the estate.
Biltmore Estate reopened to the public in June after being closed for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This year's holiday celebrations are more limited than previous years due to the pandemic. Guest capacity is limited inside Biltmore House and other buildings. Reservations are required and face coverings are required for guests over 2 years old.