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Christmas at Biltmore – By the Numbers

on December 15, 2011 – 10:44 am

They use a combination of fresh cut Fraser Firs and artificial trees for fire safety and protection of the collection in . They also use live nursery plants in the various areas of the house.

  • Of the 57 decorated trees inside Biltmore House, the largest is the 34-foot-tall Fraser Fir in the Banquet Hall.
  • A lighted 60-foot-tall Norway spruce is placed on the front lawn of Biltmore House.
  • A 14-foot-tall tree is placed on the Village Green at Antler Hill Village.
  • Dozens of decorated trees are located at other estate facilities, including The Winery, Inn on Biltmore Estate and their restaurants.

Lights and candles:
There are around 30,000 lights in Biltmore House, with around 125 candles. About 125,000 mini lights will be used around the estate.  Around 45,000 lights illuminate the Front Lawn tree in front of the house, and “up” lighting accents the poplar trees lining the front lawn.  Three hundred luminaries line the driveway and Esplanade in front of Biltmore House.

They use 500 gift boxes, 500 ornaments and 500 electric lights to decorate the Banquet Hall Tree. They use around 12,000 on the other trees inside Biltmore House, and that many again around the estate, for a total of 25,000 or more.

Poinsettias and other blooming plants:
They use mostly red poinsettias with some white and a few marbled and pink.  In total, they place around a thousand blooming plants throughout Biltmore House along with several hundred more in the other estate facilities.

Their wreaths are made of fresh white pine, Fraser fir, boxwood, holly or artificial bases decorated with dried flowers, silk flowers and other ornamentation. They place 360 fresh wreaths and sprays around the estate during the season, along with 130 artificial or silk.

Kissing Balls:
Around 130 are made of white pine and Fraser fir, placed all across the estate through the season.

Fresh garlands are made of white pine and Fraser fir. They change them weekly to keep them fresh for their guests.  They use 5,000 feet during the season.  Silk, dried and artificial garlands add another 1,200 feet in Biltmore House and around 1,500 feet in other areas.

Ribbons and bows:
They use 500 inside Biltmore House with that many again in the ancillary areas.  From narrow cording to 8-inch-wide ribbons, they decorate with velvets, metallics, satins, burlap and printed cottons.

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