Biltmore Christmas Tree arrives

A towering Fraser fir tree arrived at Biltmore House this week as the finishing touch after weeks of decorating the home for the holidays. Christmas at Biltmore and Candlelight Christmas Evenings begin today. (PRNewsfoto/The Biltmore Company)

RALEIGH — A 35-foot North Carolina Fraser fir tree arrived at Biltmore this week as staff finished decorating America’s largest home for Christmas. The tree came from Andrews Nursery in Avery County and is decorated with 500 ornaments and wrapped packages tucked into its branches. It serves as the seasonal centerpiece in the home’s Banquet Hall. Christmas at Biltmore runs through Jan. 7, 2018.

Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., kicks off its annual Christmas at Biltmore celebration today. The 60-foot-tall front lawn Christmas tree greets guests between now and Jan. 7, 2018, for the estate’s long-running holiday event. (PRNewsfoto/The Biltmore Company)