We have been Season's Ticket-holders for many years --but have never been to see this special presentation. Needless to say, we loved it (even though it was VERY cold that morning) and I'm sure we will do it again in upcoming years!!!!
Today I'll share some of the pictures we took from that amazing morning.... I will divide the group into three parts... Hope you enjoy the 'parade'!!!!
Part I was almost my favorite because we somehow got into a different Parking Area than we usually do... This ended up being the parking area where the parade set-up was taking place. SO --we got to see everything up close and personal... SO NEAT....
|It was such a JOY to see Santa up close and personal before the parade --in the parking lot... The kids (along with the big kid, ME) enjoyed talking to Santa.... He assured me that I have been a very good girl this year!!!!! Yeah.|
|The horses and cart/carriage arrived with their driver, the coachman, in the parking lot....|
|The horses were asking Santa for a Christmas Present just for them.|
|These hard-working young ladies were waiting to hook the tree up to the horse-driven cart... It was interesting to listen to the coachman telling the horses to back-up (which they did).... Neat!|
|More workers were busy making the cart neat and clean for the upcoming parade.|
|Santa and the Coachman in a nice conversation before the parade|
Part II is the Parade!!!!! George and I (along with about 1000 of our friends) were now in the Biltmore House Grounds --waiting for the parade to begin!!!! On the dot of 10 a.m.---a trumpeter stepped outside on the high balcony at the Biltmore House and played his trumpet signaling the beginning of the parade. That sent chills up my spine!!!!! AMAZING.
|We walked from the Parking Lot to the Biltmore House Grounds.... MANY people were there WAITING and listening to choral music presented by some local choirs...|
|We found a place to stand --and wait for the parade to pass by!!!!|
|The parade is coming!!!! I'm so excited!!!! (You can see the band in the middle right side of the picture, and the big tree on the middle left side.)|
|The Asheville High School Band is passing by us now..........They were playing some beautiful Christmas music.|
|Here they come!!!!! I loved hearing the 'clip clopping' of the horses hooves.|
|I hollered: "Hi Santa" as they passed us....|
|If that big tree could talk, it would probably say that it would rather be in the forest instead of all wrapped up on a wagon!!!!!! ha|
|We walked closer to the house and got a picture of the big tree as they began the process of taking it inside...|
Part III contain pictures we took after walking toward the house ---and watching the huge video presentation showing the remainder of the celebration.... My photos are actually photos from the big screen.
|This is a great picture from above showing the tree being taken off of the big wagon.|
|The tree is almost inside!!!!!!|
|It is UP....... Let Christmas Begin at Biltmore....|
Have a great week.